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Young Man Damien

What a handsome young man Damien has become!

When it came time to do Damien’s pictures this year, I had to face the fact that he has become a young man!  I’ve known this little guy since he was a twinkle in his mommy’s eye.  I am so proud of the sweet and vicious little guy he has become.Mommy's little devil, Hope Barker Photography, Terre Haute, Fowler Park, Indiana, 2017, Damien,

 

The mark of a well-loved child is an overflow of happiness, and I’m so pleased to see the love between Damien and his mommy.

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Life is full of choices, with many things to think about.  A little introspection is never a bad thing.

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Likewise, it’s always good to take a moment to enjoy the flowers.

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He’s ready to face the world full-throttle, watch out now!

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Hello Jocelyn!

Welcome to the world precious little Jocelyn!  Everyone has been so happy to tell you “Hello”.

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We’re all so happy to have you join this world, and you couldn’t be blessed with two kinder, stronger, more sincere parents. May you grow in His image, guided by these two faithful parents who have prayed for you and who cherish every moment with you.

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Your daddy who will no doubt teach you the rewards of hard-work and the enjoyment found in the outdoors.

 

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And I have no doubt that your lovely mother will show you how true beauty comes from within, how to have patience and a strong conviction.

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The future has endless possibilities and you couldn’t have a sunnier future!

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Baby Ballone, Coming April 2017

Baby Ballone is coming April, 2017!  Are you excited?  Well, these two are!  And these two deserve the blessing.  They are just those fantastic people that you hear about, and always hope to meet.

Hardworking

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Compassionate

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Sweet

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And humble

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I’m so glad that I got to become friends with them, and am honored that they have chosen me to document their first born into their lives.  From their pre-consultation, through their maternity pictures at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, and now planning Baby Ballone’s soon-to-be custom home-based newborn photoshoot coming up very quickly, Tony and Elizabeth have been ideal clients.  Asking educated questions, being receptive of advice on how to maximize their photography experience, to acting as gracious hosts.  I couldn’t have asked for better clients!  It doesn’t hurt that Elizabeth bakes a mean peach cobbler, either!  (Food is my love language!)

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We can’t wait to meet you Baby!

 

Photography Project

For those interested in being part of the Moms Out Of Darkness Photography Project, I currently have one spot left!

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Please join us for a pleasant morning filled with support from our community.  For more information on how to be involved, please check out my previous post for more details.

#MomsOutOfDarkness

 

Moms Out Of Darkness

 

Having a baby is “supposed” to be one of these great, light-filled experiences.  But that’s not always the case for many mothers.  Because some moms experience maternal and/or post-natal mental illness. Just like with other illnesses, these are NOT things that can be controlled, “fixed” with a “better mindset” or a healthier diet and/or exercise.  They are real, and if you know the signs, they CAN be visible.

And that is what I, and some fellow local photographers and mothers are trying to do: Bring awareness!  These are legitimate struggles, that are out of our control, that we need help supporting each other through.  They are NOT failures on behalf of the mothers.  They are OUR failure; failure for forgetting that we are a community and that we thrive or die by taking care of each other.

Some moms hide the darkness, not knowing that they are not alone.

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I am honored to help some of them take a step in speaking out, so as to help each other leave the darkness behind.

River K describes it partially as “It was a war in my head of being in love and delighted with my new baby and feeling like I just wanted to lay in bed all day and cry.” (Be sure to keep following for her personalized blog with her full testimony and photo session.)

Some are made to feel this way through trauma of an awful experience, where as some have chemical and hormonal imbalances. While I am well experienced with the latter, in regards to my long-term depression and anxiety, it is not something that I would wish upon anyone for any length of time.

Ladies, we have a voice for a reason!  We only fail when we give up, and look at all that we have accomplished throughout the centuries! Because we are warriors!

Please join us in educating our community, in uplifting it with encouragement.  I have listed some links below, there are many ways to help.  Even the bare minimum, sharing about these events, is more than what is happening now.

Now, I can’t take credit for the saying, but “Spread love around like confetti!” and go hug those babies that fuel our Mama Bear energies!

 

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Please share, join, and encourage!  If you would like to join the photography project on the 29th, feel free to email me for my last spot.

Walk Out of the Darkness event link
https://www.facebook.com/events/618352341681912/

Postpartum Terre Haute Support page link (invite anyone to like this page)
https://www.facebook.com/MaternalMentalHealthTerreHaute/

Postpartum Terre Haute Support group link (invite only mother’s or mother’s to be who may like to be involved in peer to peer support)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/MaternalMentalHealthTerreSupportGroup/

#MomsOutOfDarkness

Jake is Growing Up

It’s no doubt that Jake is growing up, and he’s becoming such a kind young man!  I love being able to witness these wonderful children grow and become their own persons; while seeing their parents peek through in certain mannerisms, expressions, sayings, and how they treat others.  It encourages me to stay hopeful for our future!

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Just like his momma, he has a love for reading and a soft spot for his good buddies.

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A man of action and humor, just like his daddy.

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But always a unique and smart person to be loved by all.

ISU library unique person Jake CarterNo denying it, Jake is becoming a wonderful young man!

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Thank you ISU Cunningham Library for not only educating a wonderful lady but for allowing your alum and guests to experience a beautiful campus.

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Welcome to turning 5 years old young man!

Newborn Bentley Moore

Welcome Bentley Moore!

Zoe Gallagher, Zach Moore, Holli Bell, Bentley Moore, Terre Haute, Indiana, Newborn Photographer, Hope Barker Photography, 2017

Don’t get me wrong, I have to run a legitimate and profitable business, but I LOVE it when I’m able to give to hard-working people.  Which is part of the reason why I was so excited that a friend wanted to gift her cousin a Newborn session for their first baby.

I loved her thoughtfulness.  She just bragged and bragged on this family.  And in our society today, it’s so refreshing to hear people be happy for each other, to be proud of hard-work, and to give so unselfishly!

Then I got to meet Zoe, Zach, and Bentley.  Zach and Zoe were so good to each other; helping each other care for their new pride and joy, Bentley, respectful of each-other, showing kindness and grace. They worked like a team, one solid unit. And you could tell, that even at only a few days old, Bentley felt comforted and secure in being cared by them.

Zoe Gallagher, Zach Moore, Holli Bell, Bentley Moore, Terre Haute, Indiana, Newborn Photographer, Hope Barker Photography, 2017

Every new parent feels a touch of anxiety when their new, first especially, baby fusses.  But Zach and Zoe showed such a calmness that Bentley was just a star at every stage of his session.  He’d let me know that I was interrupting his agenda, but then he’d hear his daddy cooing to him, and he would just calm right into place.

Zoe Gallagher, Zach Moore, Holli Bell, Bentley Moore, Terre Haute, Indiana, Newborn Photographer, Hope Barker Photography, 2017

He never got anxious, upset, inconsolable or mad.  He just cool as could be, let us know when he needed his mommy for a belly-fill-up and then he’d snuggle right back into work!

Zoe Gallagher, Zach Moore, Holli Bell, Bentley Moore, Terre Haute, Indiana, Newborn Photographer, Hope Barker Photography, 2017

Sessions like these……..  They make me so thankful for clients who let me be there to capture these moments.  They give me faith and hope for our world.

Thank you

Zoe Gallagher, Zach Moore, Holli Bell, Bentley Moore, Terre Haute, Indiana, Newborn Photographer, Hope Barker Photography, 2017

Time for a little education!

Good Morning!

It’s time for a little education Monday!  I get asked ALL sorts of questions but a few that I’m going to answer today pertain to why hire a professional.  Let’s look at two “before” pictures real quick.

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Looking at the first image, it may look pretty dark and uneventful.  What you’re NOT seeing are a bunch of behind the scenes equipment.

  • There is a flash behind the model, lighting up her outline.  You’ll see why I did this in a minute.
  • There is a flash in front of the model, bouncing off of a golden reflector.
  • The flashes are set to specific angles, power amounts, and positions.
  • The camera is set on detailed settings, to best optimize the darkening, rainy day while my lighting is made to compensate for the model.
  • Hope is changing positions from step stools and tip-toes, to down- low-squats.
  • The model is being directing on how to sit, stand, turn, position her head, arms, hands and feet in order to best enhance her natural beauty (Although, to be fair, she was a natural and barely needed direction!)

Now, looking at the second image you see a pretty bleary, washed out sky, you may recognize some heavier shadows and more blatant white spots.  You won’t see any flashes lighting up, etc.  That would be because I wanted a more natural feel, as opposed to the more glamorous feel of the first image.

 

As you can see, fancy and expensive equipment are not always necessary for your images.  It all depends on what emotion you are trying to invoke with your portrait.  I accomplished two different “feels” by changing the circumstances.

The equipment also does not determine the quality of an image.  You could have twice as many flashes as I do, a newer model of my camera, etc.  But tools are just tools!  Without acquiring training, practice, and even more on-going training, all of those tools would accomplish zilch.  This is what sets professionals apart.

Let’s take a look at the finished products, to emphasize how professional photographers serve you from start to finish.  How we perfect our art!

Glamor Maternity, Hope Barker Photography, Terre Haute, IN, Fowler Park, Avery Hunt

  • You now see that the flash behind her is giving her an ethereal quality.
  • That flash in front is warming her skin tone on the cool, dark day.
  • My experience with my post-processing equipment has balanced the two different environments (the dark, rainy day, and her spot-lighted figure) so that they work together to give her a god-like quality.

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  • And for our images where I wanted a more natural feel, a more “realistic” experience, I again used my skill to lighten the dark areas, and darken the lit areas so that the lighting and shadowing emphasize focal points. Their facial expressions and their snuggly hugs that are so unique between a mother and her children.

 

In closing, (Who else remembers speech classes?! ) I just want to leave you with the knowledge that when you hire a professional, it is a worthwhile investment!  You’re not JUST financially supporting a small business, *we all know how the government likes their cut*, but you’re investing in a top-notch experience from your pre-consultation to your delivered, high-quality prints!

Interaction

I know I haven’t been blogging my sessions lately *tsk tsk* but I’ve been busy interacting with everyone. I know, what an anomaly in this digital age!

Any-who, I’m taking some “me” time and getting a much needed haircut, AND braving a new color. For those of you that know me, I’ve never died my hair before so watch out now! I’m going wild!!

I’m bringing this up because it gave me a great reminder. You ready? EVERY business is made up of PEOPLE. Hold your hats folks.

Being a small business means that I handle everything, but I sometimes forget this when dealing with big companies. Shame on me! And you know what, we are all human, we’re fallible.  We make mistakes.

I got pretty upset with a local company yesterday. I had to drive 45 minutes into town, arrange for a babysitter for four kids, etc.  Then when I got there, they couldn’t give me the promised service. So, I had to come back today. I was a little worried that the same thing would happen again.

You know what happened? I’m having a really great experience! The lady is friendly and attentive, she is doing wonderful work, giving good, sound advice (NOT just placating or trying to just sell me the most possible) and I’m enjoy my time.

So yes, they made a mistake yesterday.  But everything is working out even better than expected now.

Maybe you didn’t need to hear this. Maybe you’re unconditionally patient and forgiving. But with the holidays especially, when we’re all rushed and stressed, please remember that every interaction is made up of humans. We’re all doing the best we can and adding hatred only makes things worse.

Merry Christmas everyone,  and blessings for a new year!

 

 

*I went festive! *

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Bring Me Your Babies

Holy Cow Folks!  Bring me your babies, because I can’t handle this!!!

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My baby girl, my LAST baby, is now ONE YEAR OLD!

What happened?  Where did the time go?  I’m not ready for this.  Who gave my children permission to grow up so fast?  Newborns are my specialty, but now I NEEEED a baby fix!

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Sigh………I can breath now.

See?  Babies make everyone feel better.

Since I’m needing y’alls help because I’ve been living in denial about my children growing up, I’m going to throw-out a deal.  It’s first come, first caught.  One time only type thing.

The first person to pay their retainer fee for a newborn session, and signed contract, will receive that much back in print credits!  That means, pay your retainer of $50 dollars, remaining balance due by start of session like usual, and you will receive $50 worth of prints.

Who wouldn’t want $50 worth of personalized, keepsake art of their baby?

Can’t beat that!

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Don’t make me beg my husband for another baby and him have a heart attack!  I mean, you’re saving a life, you hero, you!  😀