• Sweet Pickle Pictures specializes in natural light photography for babies, children and families in Manhattan, Kansas and the surrounding areas.

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Baby Hailey – Sweet Pickle Pictures – Manhattan KS Newborn Lifestyle Photographer

When most people think of newborn photography, they think of sweet, naked babies posed in props or on fabric and while I obviously offer that style of session with my studio newborn package, I offer something else too and that is a lifestyle newborn session. These sessions can be a great alternative to a studio session when parents contact me after the 10 day window, or they can be scheduled in the first week of life like any other session. They offer a more natural, laid-back approach to your newborn images and in my opinion a more emotional one as well. I have to admit that I have a bit of a soft spot for these sessions! Many parents shy away from the option because they are afraid of being photographed or because they worry their house will be too messy, but when I think back to the first precious days and weeks of my son’s life I remember just staring at him, taking in all his precious features and watching him sleep. A lifestyle  session celebrates and captures that stage of your baby’s life in a way that can be really beautiful. No major posing, no backdrops, no props….just your home and your baby and lots of snuggles captured forever.

Here are some images from a recent lifestyle session that I’m absolutely in love with. Enjoy!

Lifestyle Newborn Session

Lifestyle Newborn Session

Lifestyle Newborn Session

Lifestyle Newborn Session

Lifestyle Newborn Session

Lifestyle Newborn Session

Lifestyle Newborn Session

Lifestyle Newborn Session

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Lifestyle Newborn Session

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Blog Circle LOVE – Sweet Pickle Pictures – Manhattan KS Child Studio Photographer

Slowly but surely I will be working back towards some sort of regularly blogging I hope! Today I’m taking part in a awesome blog circle with some amazing photographer friends and the theme is LOVE. Well, when you say love, I think Valentine’s Day! I figured why not share some cuteness from my recent Valentine Mini Sessions for my post and talk about my new-found LOVE for studio photography? Make sure to check out the next post in our blog circle by Love Light Jules photography found HERE!

To explain mini sessions briefly, one of my goals for this year is to build up the studio aspect of my photography. It’s not necessarily an avenue I saw myself pursuing when I started this business, but I have grown to really adore studio shooting and the images that have come along with offering these types of sessions. Part of my goal is to introduce clients to indoor/studio photography through the offering of seasonal mini sessions. While I cannot promise for sure that every year will be this way, I’m hoping to offer 4-5 opportunities this year for clients to book fun, themed sessions at a “miniature” price. My packages will stay relatively the same as they were for this most recent round and I will of course be announcing those sessions dates and details several weeks beforehand both here on this blog as well as my facebook page. In addition to mini sessions, I also offer custom studio sessions year-round for all your baby milestones or child photography needs! See a special flier below about my current special that starts TODAY!

These next images are just a fraction of the cuteness we captured at the [Be My] Valentine Studio Mini Sessions!  While I was a tiny bit bummed we didn’t get any handsome little boys in the studio, these girls really rocked their sessions! Each session was unique and adorable. It’s amazing the amount of personality that can show through even with these shorter sessions!

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As for custom studio sessions, I’ve been slowly building up my backdrop and prop addiction supply and I’d love to pick out something fun and special to showcase your kiddo! To celebrate my first full winter offering studio photography, I am running a special for the months of February and March only – 15% off studio sessions for your baby or child! This discount applies to both session packages I offer which do come with their own set of digital files. See details on the image below and feel free to drop me a line through my contact form or on facebook to inquire about availability! 

February studio special promotion Sweet Pickle Pictures


Now continue through the blog circle by clicking HERE and checking out what Julienne has to say over at Love Light Jules Photography!

Liz R - Love your Love post Cristen! :) Can’t wait to see more studio sessions!

Susan Edge - Love these studio set ups, and what great Valentine’s photos <3

Amanda Jackson - You always take the best studio photos…I LOVE them! I can’t wait to see more!

Aimee - So sweet…love the sets!

Nicole Barnett - These set-ups are adorable! Looking forward to seeing sneak peeks of them :)

Colleen - Great post! You offer great sessions! I have always enjoyed seeing your work!!

[Be My] Valentine Mini Sessions – Sweet Pickle Pictures – Manhattan KS Child Photographer

I know we’ve barely begun the new year, but it’s time to start thinking about Valentine’s Day! It can never be too early, right? Saturday January 18th I will be holding [Be My] Valentine Mini Sessions in studio! Two simple yet charming backdrop options make for a sweet excuse to get some new pictures of the kiddos to send out to the ones you love!  Sessions exclude age newborn-3 months. Child must be able to sit unassisted (or with minimal help.)  To book a session, contact me via the tab above (or email sweetpicklepics@gmail.com) with your top two time choices (available slots listed below my image) and your choice of backdrop.  Full payment due at time of booking and I do offer sibling rates! Once your session is complete, your edited images will be delivered within 7-10 days via online download and come with a release to make prints/cards 8×10 and smaller. Not available January 18th? No worries…these setups will also be available to clients booking milestone sessions through January or early February!

If you do not get a response via my contact form within 24 hours, please email me at sweetpicklepics@gmail.com I’ve been having some trouble with my contact form!

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Available Time Slots (I will attempt to keep this updated):

11 AM

11:35 AM

1 PM



3:10 PM


Happy 2014! – Manhattan KS Child and Family Photographer

If you’re checking out my site for the first time right now, you might have the impression that I’ve fallen off the photography bandwagon due to lack of recent posts but trust me that is not the case! Fall of 2013 was absolutely my busiest fall season yet! I had to step away from blogging and website updating for a bit and put my nose the ‘ol grindstone and focus on getting my clients (and my family!) taken care of through these last few crazy months. 2014 has definitely snuck up on me a bit, but I’m excited to get the new year started and will be working on a couple of goals for my business this coming year. Once things quiet down just a tad I will be updating this site with some new images as well as featuring some of my favorite sessions from the last couple months! I also will be offering a special on studio sessions which will be announced here as well as my facebook page. This will be my first full winter to take advantage of my warm and cozy studio space next door and I have new backdrops and fun ideas just begging to be used!

In the meantime, a Happy New Year to all my clients, past and present. Thank you for this crazy year we just finished! Thank you recommending me to your family and friends and for showing off your images. Those may seem like small things, but they help my little business grow in big ways! I am thankful to start another year doing this job that I love and I look forward to all the faces I will meet and photograph over the next 12 months. Here’s a fun little collage of (most) of the faces from 2013. I have the best clients ever!


Small Business Saturday!

As a small business that has been built solely on word-of-mouth, I am eternally grateful and indebted to my clients. I have been honored to watch my business grow bit by bit every year thanks to all the wonderful people that trust me to photograph their families and their important memories. So THANK YOU for supporting me! Thank you also for sharing your photos, leaving reviews and passing on my name to family and friends. While seemingly small gestures, they do HUGE things for my budding little business.

So, on to what I’m offering for sale today! From this moment until 11:59pm Sunday, I will be offering gift certificates buy one, get one half off (or 25% off it you like doing the math that way.) You are welcome to purchase these as gifts for your family or friends, or you may treat yourself and save a little money on your next 2014 session!

To take advantage of this sale, visit the link listed below and use the shopping cart to purchase the gift certificate of your choice. I will collect all orders and send paypal invoices within 48-72 hours (so make sure to use a valid email address!) Certificates themselves will be delivered digitally, so if purchasing for a friend or family member, please make a note of that during checkout process or at the time of payment!

Looking forward to all that 2014 brings our way and hoping to see lots of new AND familiar faces in front of my camera! Don’t forget that while it’s cold outside, my studio is nice and warm and perfect for your baby or child’s milestone session and I’m officially taking bookings for 2014! Keep an eye out for a studio special to be announced a little further down the line:)

Click below to take part in the sale! An important reminder that certificates are valid on 2014 purchases ONLY.