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Fall Mini Sessions – Sweet Pickle Pictures – Manhattan KS Family Photographer

I know it’s a bit hard to believe with this toasty weather we’re having but FALL IS NEARLY UPON US! With it, fall will bring crisp, cool evenings, pumpkin EVERYTHING and rich colors added to our Kansas landscapes. For family photographers (like myself) it will also bring a lot of  WORK WORK WORK! Fall is officially the busiest time of year for those who specialize in family portraits. No photographer enjoys turning away clients when their schedule is full, but unfortunately there are only so many days in the season. I have offered a few fall mini sessions every year in an effort to squeeze just a few more families into my schedule and this year I’ve decided that one date is just not enough, so I will be offering two fall mini session dates this year. A date in September as well as October! Both dates will be weekday evenings and will consist of three time slots. Today launches booking for my first date which will be September 22nd. 2014 – yep, the first day of fall! More info below including  pricing and available time slots. Since I only have a few slots available, booking could go quickly. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have an interest!

Fall Family Child Mini Sessions Sweet Pickle Pictures

 

September 22nd Mini Sessions

Mini sessions are $169+ tax which includes a 20 minute session slot for 1-4 individuals as well as 8 fully edited digital images (available via online download once processing is complete) with a release to print up to 8×10 at a printer of your choice. Additional print/canvas orders may be placed through me after the session if desired. Location is TBD, although I’m leaning towards using a spot near my home about 20 miles north of Manhattan (so anticipate additional driving time as a possibility!) Although I’m sure it goes without saying – fall color comes much later in the season, so for these minis we will be looking instead at green, lush locations with pretty lighting if mother nature complies! I will also have some props and things on hand (similar to those pictured above) should you like them used in your session. These sessions can work great with smaller families, siblings or milestones!

Available time slots (I will try to keep these updated:)

5:25PM

6:05PM

6:45PM

 

HOW TO BOOK:

Please use the “contact me” tab above and submit my contact form with your top two choices for time slots (if only one time slot is a possibility, please let me know that!) I will be booking these on a first-come-first-serve basis, so there is no guarantee that your chosen time slot will be available. Full payment of session total is required via paypal invoice at the time of booking to hold your slot.

IMPORTANT: In the event of rain or other cancellation, the makeup date for these minis will be Monday September 29th (retaining your original time slot.) Please make certain this date works for you as well before booking! This is Kansas and unpredictable weather happens! Our minis last year were rained out and rescheduled to our backup date, so compatibility is very important! In the event of a second cancellation, I will announce a new makeup date or reschedule on an individual basis. I will also likely cry, pout and curse mother nature.

Still interested in a mini session but the September date is not going to work for you? Mark your calendar if this date does – October 13th, 2014 (Columbus Day) will be my second and final date for fall/family minis this year. Watch my facebook page and/or this blog for an announcement when booking for that date has started!

Looking forward to having both new AND familiar faces in front my lens this fall. See you soon!!

Cristen

 

 

 

 

Flower Girls – Sweet Pickle Pictures – Manhattan KS Child Photographer

On the blog today is a sweet session from early Spring! Mom needed some updated photos of her girls and while the weather was PERFECT (if you don’t count the crazy Kansas wind that seem ever-present during the Spring months) the grass and trees were only just beginning to return some color to our surroundings. I was so desperate for spring flowers that I decided to bring my own! An inexpensive grocery store bouquet made a couple sweet little bouquets for these girls to interact with and brought our session the much needed color I’d been craving. Some gorgeous sun peeking out at us also set the stage for some truly lovely portrait of these little girls in their sweet matching dresses! Definitely one of my favorite recent child sessions! Check out the results!

 

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Jmonique Itter - Such beautiful smiles, full of life. The pink dresses against the soft sun is just yummy! Great job :-)

Cari - These are beautiful !!

Ashley - Oh, they are adorable and the lighting in these is gorgeous!

Anna - Wow these are amazing!! Beautiful girls!!

carla - love those dresses! love this session!

Haley Willingham - Beautiful photos! I love the light!

harshita - gorgeous pictures…oh my god…lil girl has cutest expressions :) lighting is so beautiful

Emily Supiot - So sweet! Beautiful girls and beautiful pictures!

JoAnna - These are gorgeous! The light is amazing, and the girls are adorable!

Krystal - Beautiful images!!

Tiffany - Love these photos! You captured their sweet spirits so well <3

Abri Turns One – Sweet Pickle Pictures – Manhattan KS Child Photographer

There are few things more challenging in life than a mobile 12 month old (a mobile 9 month old perhaps? Ha!) I have photographed Abri since she was a newborn and she’s always been ready to GO GO GO. Her 12 month session was no exception. Sometimes I wish I could record sessions like these in the studio and then play them back sped up so people could watch us run around like chickens with our heads cut off.;) It would be entertaining to say the least! Keeping that in mind, I think we grabbed some amazingly sweet images from her session that night, and while she was thoroughly ‘over’ the idea of photos by the time we made it outdoors for a few with Mom and Dad, we even managed to grabbed a couple nice family photos for them to celebrate her milestone. Take a look at some of my favorites from this session below! I absolutely adore all the neutral tones that we used in studio!

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Anna - These are gorgeous!!!!

Ashley - What an amazing session! Those family shots need to be turned into canvases!

katlyn - great shots!! love them all

carla - oh my goodness! I love these!

Emily Supiot - So sweet! Gorgeous light!

Patiently Waiting – Sweet Pickle Pictures – Manhattan KS Maternity and Newborn Photographer

All too often I forget to share some of my favorite sessions here on the blog. Today I had a few minutes and had this little family on my mind (as I checked for the 5000th time online to see if he’s arrived yet!) I figured it was a good day to show off this session! This is by far one of my most favorite maternity sessions to date (and that’s saying something because I LOVE maternity sessions!) I’m thrilled with the variety we were able to get by utilizing both the studio and the outdoors to bring two totally different styles to our final images. We were also blessed with some beautiful evening light which always makes my photographer heart SO happy. It may have been chilly outside, but you’d’ never know looking at these two! Here are some of my favorites starting with our studio images!

 

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Outdoor Couples Backlit Maternity Session - Sweet Pickle Pictures

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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!

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