A Newborn Family Album! | CT Newborn & Family Photographer

Happy Wednesday!  What a week this is turning out to be! Let me tell you craziness abounds!  Our household has faced a stomach bug, a cold, relentless allergies, a field mouse, mountains of laundry, sleep deprivation, and complete craziness!  Oh and did I mention my husband is still in a cast!  That’s life in the fast lane I guess! I have to say that yesterday was a total blast!  I hosted my first giveaway here on the blog and the response was overwhelming!  I am giving away stuff I love and you have the chance to win a gift certificate to the Etsy shop Gorgeous & Company .  You all must love her stuff too because you are entering in DROVES!  You can still get in on the fun!  Just click here to view yesterday’s blog post for the details.

Alright! Enough of that!  I have a new session to share with you today!  And what a session it was!  I always tend to gush over my clients.  My business has led me to meet the most amazing, sweet, and generous people.  I am blessed immensely by each and every one of them!  Since I am a custom photographer I usually only do one session in a day and this gives me the opportunity to really be relaxed and get to know my clients.  By the time all is said and done and all of the photos and products are delivered we become friends!  I recently shared with you the maternity session of Heather and Her Husband John.  I titled it Gorgeous is an Understatement. You all must have agreed because that session has become one of my top viewed sessions of all times!

Well Heather had the precious baby she was carrying the day I took those photos!  A healthy happy baby girl!  It was exciting to get the call to come back and photograph her newborn photos.  Their sweet daughter was a precious sight to behold.  She was just so sweet and so cuddly.  She performed like a champ for her photos and I was able to create some of my best newborn shots ever.

Heather and John were so thrilled with the results of their session that they asked me to create an album for them.  So I thought I’d spice things up a bit with this post and share the pages from that album.  Notice this family decided to mix in some of their maternity photos as well.  They are such a beautiful family!  It made the whole process very simple.  I love how the pages came together and I hope you do too!


This is the opening page.  Please note I removed details to protect my clients privacy.



Each image here represents a double page spread.  So you are looking at these photos as if the album were laying open on your lap.




I love to create pages with one photo that fills the entire page.  These ones are always stunning!








So there you have it!  A custom album by Crystal Starr.  Thank you so much for looking! Have a fabulous Wednesday everyone and don’t forget about my giveaway here!

Welcome to the World Baby E! CT Newborn Photographer

It truly is a small world after all!  No seriously!  It isn’t just a song it is the truth!  A couple of years ago when I was working as an education consultant part-time I was blessed to have a very dear friend Julia care for my boys a couple of hours a week.  Once in a while she had two other sweet children as well.  I know my boys enjoyed the extra playmates.  The arrangement worked very very well.  So well I worked longer than I would have liked in part because my boys loved going to Miss Julia’s so very much!

Fast forward a while and here I am expecting my next bundle of joy and shopping for a new health care practice.  I end up in a  fabulous practice and under the care of a delightful midwife named Amy.  I really enjoyed my visits with her.  I didn’t really care to see anyone else in the practice as Amy was just a phenomenal caregiver.  It turned out that Amy is good friends with my Miss Julia!  And those two other children who Miss Julia cared for from time to time…?  Those were Amy’s little ones!

Wait, there’s more!  Amy is a homeschooling mom!  So we started to bump into one another a different area homeschool events and conferences.  This of course gave us even more opportunity to get to know one another.  I was so honored when Amy contacted me for newborn photos of HER latest addition.  I had no idea what a treat I was in for.

Look at the luscious hair!  No seriously!  Take a look at how absolutely stunning this little baby girl really is!  She was born with enough hair to cover the cue-ball heads of all three of my own children!  I just fell steadfastly in love the moment I laid eyes on this precious baby girl.  She is just the epitome of perfection!

And as expected Amy was a fantastic mom to work with.  She was laid back, easy going, and allowed me to take my time.  Her little baby was quite the star.  She was one of my more cooperative babies to date.  What a great time I had that day.  Thank you Amy for the priviledge of capturing such a sweet time in your baby girl’s life.

Anyone need a great care provider?  I have one to recommend!  And let this be a bit of a reminder.  You just never know, the next person you meet might just turn out to be a great friend!  I don’t believe in coincidences.


FAQ: What is a Gallery Canvas Wrap?

My clients frequently ask me to describe for them what a Gallery Canvas Wrap looks like.  Since a picture is worth a thousand words I thought I’d share a few photos so you can see exactly what I am describing.  I cannot say enough good things about Gallery Canvas Wraps.  They are absolutely positively STUNNING.  They are worth every red cent you spend on one.  I would cover every square inch of wall space in my own home with them if I could afford to.

Canvas wraps are unique in that they arrive ready to hang.  No need to frame these beauties though you absolutely can if you want to.  The image is created on a beautiful quality canvas and stretched over a sturdy and long lasting frame.  The image is glazed to ensure long life and to reduce fading over time.

Canvas wraps take a photo and make it a true work of art.  You paid a premium to have a professional photographer use outstanding equipment and the latest techniques and artistry to create a special piece for you.  Why not showcase it?  Canvas wraps do a fantastic job of doing just that.

When considering an image for a canvas wrap you need to ensure there is ample, and I mean AMPLE room all the way around the main subject of the photograph.  With a gallery canvas wrap the outer edges of the photo truly extend and wrap around the outer frame. Imagine taking a piece of wrapping paper and wrapping it around a gift box.  The sides of the gift box are decorated by the edges of the wrapping paper.  The sides of a gallery wrap are finished (or decorated by) the sides of the photo.  If there isn’t enough room you might have part of someone’s head or a body lost off of the edge.  This is hardly ever attractive.  If you are interested in a package with a gallery wrap then I’d be happy to help you select the best photo from your session.

Now, I’m off to choose a few photos for my own home to have created as gallery wraps.

Gorgeous Is Really An Understatement! Connecticut Maternity Photographer

There I was, in a place that was so familiar and yet so foreign.  A place that screamed out to me from another time but yet didn’t look anything like I remembered it to be.  In front of me was an absolutely stunning mommy-to-be and her very handsome husband.  I was giggling inside with each click of the camera as I just couldn’t get over how blessed I was to be photographing this lovely pair.  Yet I was slightly disorientated by my surroundings.  For this session we chose a park that was near and dear to my heart as a young child.  I spent many summer days splashing in the lagoon with my mommy looking on.  I had climbed the nearby rock walls and splashed into the refreshing water beneath.  I had dug and dug in the sand and created countless numbers of castle creations.

All of that was gone now.  In it’s place as a nature sanctuary of sorts.  No more lagoon, no more water, no more sand.  It made me dizzy.  I had heard sometime ago that they had closed the lagoon.  Countless issues with bacteria and water quality were to blame.  I remember thinking how sad that was.  But I have to say, standing there in the middle of tall grass on a beautiful new bridge, it didn’t feel quite so sad any more.  The town had done a very lovely job with the space.  Still my mind kept fading back to those endless summer days of so long ago.

Some things were just as I remembered them.  Off in the distance stood a pool house and pool that was SO MUCH TINIER than I ever remembered it.  That was where I learned to swim.  The summer I was six years old my grandmother dutifully drove me to my lesson each and every day.  She’d sit just outside the fence in her folding lawn chair looking on as I followed the instructors as closely as a six year old could.  It took me the entire summer to pass the very basic introductory swim class.  I remember I had a hard time bobbing in the water 10 straight times.  I had very very long hair back then.  Clear down to my rear end.  Each time I poked out of the water my hair got in my face.  It drove me NUTS so I would stop to wipe it away.  Well, that was against the rules!  So I just couldn’t pass.  Until the end when I decided not to let it bother me.

Now here I was in another time, a whole other person, living a life that six year old couldn’t have fathomed.  And I was having a ball!  When I received the inquiry for maternity photos from Heather I was absolutely thrilled.  (Okay, truth be told I am ALWAYS thrilled with new inquiries).  Heather, her husband John, and I attend the same church but opposite services so I hadn’t had the pleasure of meeting them just yet.  I knew we had a number of mutual friends including the Jakum’s and I am just thrilled when my name is passed around between friends.  But I also feel pressured!  It is flattering to know my work was appreciated enough that someone new would like to book yet I always wonder… can I do it again?

I have to tell you Heather and John made things so tremendously easy!  Heather is just absolutely positively gorgeous and she just RADIATED as a mommy-to-be!  I was just so insanely jealous!  And I mean that in a good way.  She carried her pregnancy so well.  I would have eclipsed her with my own full term belly when I was pregnant.  Anyone who knows me well and has seen me carry three babies knows I am not exaggerating in the slightest.

Oh, and not only could this lady walk the runaway as a model, but her and her husband were just the absolute sweetest people!  We chatted it up like old friends right from the first minute.  I was overjoyed when they asked me to return to capture some of their newborn’s first days once she arrived.  The two of them stole my breath more than once!  The love they have for each other was just amazing.  I laughed when John ripped off his sweater so his love wouldn’t have to sit on the ground.  Who says chivalry is dead!

Their excitement for the day when they’d meet their new little bundle was just so sweet to behold.  For just a short time they gave me a peak into their little world and they invited me to document this special moment in their journey together as a couple.  What an honor and privilege.

We did take a few photos at Heather and John’s home.  I had to share this one.  Isn’t she just amazing?

I won’t soon forget this shoot.  It brought me back in time and reminded me to appreciate the here and now as it is always slipping away.  And I had the opportunity to meet to amazing people and start to develop a new friendship.  I’d say it was a day very well spent.

Enjoy the photos and do leave some comments in support of Heather and John!  I know they’ll appreciate it!


Baby Olivia & Family! A Newborn and Family Session!

Children are small for only so long.  It’s true.  Everyone says it.  Everyone KNOWS it.  But when you are the parents of small children it is somewhat hard to feel it.  They say the days are long but the years are short.  Blink your eyes and your newborn is a baby, a toddler, a school kid, a teenager.  That is why I delight in the newborn and family sessions.  Your family will only be just like this for an extremely short time.  Capture it before the opportunity passes you by.

This is the family of our great friends Pam and Tony.  I’ve known Nikki since he was just a baby crawling around my living room when his mom dropped him off once or twice a week while she worked part-time.  My husband and I have had the pleasure of watching this family grow along side ours over the last several years.  This fall they introduced their latest addition.  Of course I jumped at the opportunity to photograph her.  This family is notorious for having children with LOTS of hair.  Baby Olivia did not disappoint.

All of their children are just absolutely gorgeous and such sweet kids to work with.  I was totally impressed with how well they did exactly what I asked for.  They were just delightful.  My studio was just filled with giggles.  Lots and lots of giggles.  What could be better?

Thank you Pam and Tony for sharing your family with me. It is always a privilege to capture the early days!

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