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Gorgeous maternity photography, Mill Creek newborn and family photographer.

maternity smoke gownI’ve been putting this post off for a few weeks, because it hits me right in the feels.

My brain works in pretty mysterious ways, and I will come up with crazy ideas at 2am while trying to go to sleep. I will then spend the next 4 months kicking the crazy ideas around in my head, until they become a reality. This one turned out EXACTLY as I envisioned (which doesn’t always happen…).

Here’s how it all started. A lazy mom order of amazon fresh. No joke. I’m obsessed with amazon fresh, mainly because dragging my 6 & 8 year olds to the grocery store is TORTURE for my sanity. They aren’t “bad” at the grocery store. They just like to point out (and often ask for) literally EVERYTHING WE PASS. So. Amazon Fresh to the rescue. Another lazy mom hack? If you order something frozen to be delivered via amazon fresh…it will come in a bag with some dry ice. (NOTE of caution. Don’t let kids touch dry ice, its super cold and can do some serious damage with just a quick touch. also, adults shouldn’t touch it either. samesies) Dry Ice is super fun, and under strict supervision, the kids have a total blast with it.

Dry ice is frozen Carbon Dioxide (the stuff you breathe out). The cool thing about dry ice? At room temperature (or in warm/hot water) it will change phases from a SOLID (ice) to a gas. It skips the liquid step, which makes it super fun and bubbly and magical. *The actual name of this process is Sublimation…and it’s pretty cool. Anyway, the kids and I were using the dry ice in some 2L bottles and blowing smoke rings, pretending we were wizards, normal stuff.

That night, I was thinking about how cool dry ice would look photographed. Then I went to sleep.

A few weeks later, in the wee hours of the night, I was thinking about this super weird feeling I had just after my daughter was born. I don’t know if this is a feeling that other moms experience, but for the first week after having my first baby, I felt a sense of loss…as in I missed being able to feel her every movement in my belly. That constant physical connection was so suddenly gone, and it took a few weeks to shake my sense of loss. Of course, my daughter was healthy, happy, and snuggled up in my arms this entire time…but it somehow felt different. I remember feeling totally insane, especially because I didn’t particularly enjoy being pregnant…and I was certainly ready for her to be born. It was a totally unexpected feeling, and it was weird. This sense that you can be so totally and completely connected in one moment, and just…not in the next. She was suddenly her own being. I know, i know. crazy. Well, about two years after my first daughter was born, I experienced this very same feeling of loss. Except, this time I didn’t have a healthy, happy baby to snuggle. My husband and I experienced the most terrible loss of our second baby, at around 19 weeks into my pregnancy. I was knocked sideways with the very same emptiness, and baffled by how deeply that connection was felt…until it wasn’t. I can tell you the exact moment. In one second, she was gone.

I don’t have a word for this feeling. The fragility of the connection. The power of the bond. The mystery of it all. I’m willing to bet there is a word for it in German. They have the best words for weird stuff (don’t believe me? Look up middleschmertz or Kummerspeck ). Well, that night while I was pondering the wonderful, powerful, “feeling”…I realized that the way the dry ice smoke swirls and bobs through the air felt like a good description…and from there I found the most gorgeous mama EVER, and she totally rocked it.

To create this dress, I literally put dry ice in a pitcher and poured the smoke/gas all around Bekah. (for some giggles, I totally forgot to bring my camera trigger so I was literally running back and forth between my camera on a 5 second timer and Bekah..there are some super gorg photos of me mid run). I then put about 30 different smoke images together in photoshop to create the gorgeous dress. This was such a fun personal project, and an amazingly cathartic way to communicate my “feels”…even if nobody else gets it.

 

 

Dreamy session, gorgeous gowns, beautiful princess!

Mama brought along some GORGEOUS gowns for this precious 3 year old, and now I want them both! The gowns are from Anna Truant and Dollcake, and simply stunning.

Little miss had a different idea for what she wanted to wear, and was definitely not pleased when mom had her put on her gowns..but she warmed up to them..eventually!

I just love Northcreek Park for outdoor sessions, there are so many different gorgeous spots! We started near the woods, and ended our session on the boardwalk. I can’t wait to share more, this little one has a HUGE gallery…some with big brother, and some with their puppy too!

June bug photography specializes in family photography, baby photography, newborn photography, cake smash photography, and maternity photography. We are located in the heart of mill creek, and serve the greater seattle area.
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Newborn Photography Session, Mill Creek

Recent newborn photography session: This family is so sweet! They are ALL so clearly in love with the newest member of their family, and it was so fun to see big brother snuggle him up. Mom and dad wanted cream/neutrals, blues, and grey used for the session, and I had a blast customizing their session for them.
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June Bug Photography specialized in newborn photography, baby photography, cake smash photography, family photography, and maternity photography. We have a natural light studio in the heart of Mill Creek, WA which is stocked with the most amazing collection of props, outfits, maternity gowns, wraps, hats, headbands, backdrops, and more!

Newborn session, baby boy! Mill Creek newborn photographer.

Baby Boy, Mill Creek Newborn photography session.

I met this sweet family during mama’s maternity session. I just KNEW that big sister was going to be super amazing with her baby brother, because she was so sweet with mamas belly.

Big sister was such a sweatheart with her baby brother, and she did such an amazing job the entire session. Baby boy has the most amazing head of hair, and spent the first part of the session awake, alert, and calm. It was a super fun session, and we were able to fly through so many different set ups!

Mom and dad (and big sister) are so clearly smitten with their newest family member, and I am so honored to be able to document these first few memories for them.

Melissa Jenkins of June Bug photography specializes in newborn photography, maternity photography, baby photography, family photography, and cake smash photography. Looking for a Mill Creek newborn photographer? Book today!

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Midsummer Night’s Dream Styled Photo Session, Mill Creek

2017-05-13_0001Many months ago, I had a wild idea to do a styled “Midsummer Night’s Dream” photo session with my kids. It was the dead of winter, which meant I had MONTHS to collect strange ideas.

In the months to follow, I made a Moss Chair HERE Ordered three pairs of elf ears, bought a wooden flute, and rounded up a pair of goat paints, and had a dress custom made by JH Gowns. You know, typical day in the life.

My friend Tami, of Lorene Photography brought over her girls and crafted up some gorgeous dresses and crowns for the ladies. The kids had a blast playing in the field, and I couldn’t stop giggling over all their adorable antics. Rex (our little Puck) ended up eating a dandelion..which is fitting.

Shot at golden hour in the field just outside my house in Mill Creek, I just love how this session turned out. My original inspiration came from an illustration THIS ONE and I think rex captured Puck’s spirit!

I’m already trying to come up with my next styled session idea! I just love getting creative, and creating magic with my kiddos.

June Bug Photography is a newborn photography, maternity photographer, cake smash photographer, and family photographer in Mill Creek, WA.

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Mill Creek Maternity session, with Hair and Make-up

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I am so super excited to now offer optional hair and make-up for mamas and mamas-to-be! Carolina (my hair and make-up gal) is so sweet, and does such an amazing job.

Carolina will meet you (and I) in the studio about an hour before your session, and she will get you camera ready! She’ll create a beautiful look, based on your preferences and make you look flawless (lashes included!). So easy, fun, and it gives us a chance to get to know eachother a bit before you have to get in front of the camera.

I asked my dear friend Liz to be my model to iron out all the details of hair/make-up in studio. She showed up with no makeup, and hair undone. Carolina made her look glam for her maternity session! Liz is about 38 weeks, and look absolutely stunning. Honestly, Liz isn’t a girly girl, and would have been gorgeous without getting fancied up, but it was so much fun to play dress-up (at least it was fun for Liz and I, her husband Cory might not have had the most fun).

We went to Northcreek Park for photos, which is my absolute favorite spot for outdoor sessions! I just love the gorgeous green wetlands, the wooden boardwalk through the bogs, and the beautiful trees. Its Pacific Northwest Perfection..and even better? Its a 5 minute drive from my studio.

I am thrilled to be partnering with Carolina, and I can’t wait to see all the gorgeous mamas she makes over!

Looking for a maternity or newborn photography session? Book today with June Bug Photography! We have a stunning natural light studio in the heart of Mill creek with EVERYTHING you need to create a custom portrait session. We have gowns in all colors and sizes, props, outfits, wraps, backdrops and more.

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6 Month Baby Photography Sitter Session, milestone photography session

I just adore milestone sessions! I offer mini sessions for babies age 3 months -12 months, and they are the PERFECT way to capture those adorable milestones. Milestone baby mini sessions are offered once a month, and include 5 digital images (via digital download). Mini sessions are 20 minutes, which is the perfect amount of time for baby’s short attention span. Photographing babies is definitely my passion, and I adore getting to see my tiny clients during their milestone session. Many of my babies come in every few months!

Some ideas for your next milestone mini session:
-Baby’s first smiles
-Baby lifting head/tummy time
-Baby is sitting unassisted
-Nursing photos
-Baby standing
-Baby crawling
-Baby eating solid foods (bring in baby’s favorite food, lets play!)
-Baby walking!

Book your mini session with June Bug photography and cature those fleeting moments!

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New backdrops in studio! Perfect for newborn photography and sitter sessions.

Those of you who have visited the studio already know this…but I have a bit of a prop addiction. Taxes this year were a bit of a shock, as I totaled up how much I actually spent on props & backdrops throughout the year. I definitely love to find unique, beautiful items to have in studio for clients to use.

I typically stick to solid, neutral backgrounds, as that is totally my style…but I recently ventured a bit out of my normal comfort zone and purchased a few printed backdrops. I am totally loving the versatility of being able to clip a backdrop up to my wall and change the look of the set up completely! I have a small collection of printed backdrops, and I figured I should show off what I have so clients can take a look ahead of time and let me know if there is a special drop they would like to use for their session.

I photographed several of my favorites, including a beautiful peachy floral backdrop that looks gorgeous with our white barn wood floors. The floors are real wood, and the backdrop is just clipped to my wall. I love that the fabric pulls nice and tight and looks so seamless! This is the perfect size for newborns photography sessions, as well as milestone and sitter sessions (This little lady is 6 months old, and looks just gorgeous, doesn’t she?!) I, of course, have coordinating outfits and props for each of my backdrops.

The next backdrop is so bold, girly and gorgeous! Loving those black and white stripes, and the florals add the perfect touch. I think this would be amazing for a cake smash set up!

My headboard is super classic, and neutral. I can easily pull up the futon, and create a soft, bright, cozy bed set-up. This backdrop is amazing for maternity mamas, newborns, babies…its a little small for families.

I have two different versions of this solid/painted backdrop. This one is a warm gray/brown, and I just love how well it goes with all my woodland props, hats, and more. I literally have a basket full of JUST animal hats. I have a problem. The other is a bit cooler, and would be perfect for a newborn overhead image, or for a nice solid backdrop with the white barn wood floors.

I am so excited to start putting these backdrops to use! Let me know if you see something you LOVE and we will be sure to use it for your next session!

June Bug Photography specializes in newborn photography, baby photography, maternity photography, and family photography. We have a gorgeous studio in the heart of Mill Creek, Wa. Serving Snohomish County, Bothell, Everett, Edmonds, Monroe, Mill Creek, and the greater Seattle Area.
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DIY Moss Chair, woodland inspired photography prop tutorial.

Sometimes I get hairbrained ideas. Then I make messes. Sometimes, my ideas work. Usually they don’t. Meet my moss chair.

This one worked. And I love it. I plan to head out this week to photograph my own kiddos on the chair..in the woods. If we’re being totally honest, I plan to dress my 6 year old son up as Puck (Midsummer Nights Dream)…told you I had weird ideas.

Anyway, I’ll show you how I made mine, just in case you want to make a moss chair of your own! I did use these for my spring mini sessions this year..and the moss was MESSY in studio. I had a vaccum handy, and it all worked out..but, fair warning.

Materials:
Chair. Don’t worry about the color/condition of the fabric. Find a chair with a SHAPE you like, and legs you like (unless you want to cover those too). I found mine on craigslist for $10 because a cat had scratched up the fabric.

Moss. I bought preserved moss from amazon (I used one of these boxes and filled in any space with moss I collected myself). MOSS

Adhesive/Glue. I used locktite construction adhesive. You chould use LOTS of hot glue, or another brand. (here’s a link to the brand I used…but I bought mine for much cheaper at a hardware store ADHESIVE

Paint/Fabric Medium. If your chair is red (like mine), you might want to paint it green first. I didn’t want red peeking through the moss. I mixed come cheap green acrylic paint with some fabric medium. Worked like a charm.

All said and done, I spent about $90 (and 2 hours of my life) to make this little guy.

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To start, I pulled off the seat cushion, painted the entire chair (and cushion) with green paint mixed with a fabric medium. I didn’t want the chair to be too stiff…although I don’t know if it would have mattered after layering on so much glue and moss.

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After the paint had dried, I used a caulking gun to apply/smear adhesive on the chair. I worked in small sections and layed out chunks of moss that I planned on sticking to the char. This was fun, and didn’t take as long as you might think. The moss can be easily torn and or smooshed to fit into the spaces you need. I pushed the moss into the adhesive, and moved to the next area.

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I worked around the chair, in small sections until the chair was covered. I left the space where the cushion goes empty, and covered only the TOP and front of the cushion. I could have just tossed the cushion and covered the entire chair…but I wanted the height of the cushion.

Any small gaps, holes, etc. I filled in with small bits of moss. I ended up going outside a collecting a bit more moss to add some variety to the color of the chair. I didn’t preserve the moss I found…so it may end up turning brown..but for now it looks great.

I’ll post photos of my chair in the woods if the rain ever stops, and I get a chance to photograph my kiddos this week!

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Newborn session, baby girl! Mill Creek newborn photographer.

This family is so sweet! Big sister was so excited to hold her new baby sister, and had practiced a few different poses the day before their session. She hung out in the studio while I posed her baby sister, and was so patient waiting for her turn to hold her!

Mom and dad requested a birth stat image to use for their birth announcements. I just love this set-up, it so simple and sweet. The photo is a great way to present new baby to friends and family, and it reveals birth weight, height / length, time of birth, and birth date.
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