36 Weeks with Twins

Really love seeing underwater maternity photos get so much attention in the news so I’m sharing this amazing mama again. She was incredible to work with at 36 weeks with twins!

Samantha McBride Photography

This was just one of the most inspiring sessions I’ve had as a photographer, combining my new love of underwater photography and my old love of maternity photos. Even more special, this mom was carrying twins and found me last minute — when she knew it was probably now or never to capture this glorious pregnancy, as the twins were expected any day. We were both new to underwater maternity, so it was funny and intuitive and relaxed, too.

I had much to share about my experience carrying and having twins, so that was fun to talk about, although I have to say I was not nearly as strong and lean and graceful as Taylea, which put me in awe of her. I certainly know how strenuous it can be to carry twins and even to breathe on land — so to do so underwater was a physical challenge at…

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Welcome Beautiful Baby Boy (and newborn clients!)

There were so many rules in my head that kept me away from in-home newborn sessions — you have to pose baby in knots, cart a truckload of props and swaddle like a superhero to name a few. And while there are people that do this beautifully, it’s not me and I’m so thankful for other lifestyle photographers that have opened my eyes to the fact that I can photograph newborns in the same way I shoot my family in-home sessions — in a natural, baby-led, storytelling way. So I’m excited to share I’m now doing in-home newborn lifestyle sessions — not at my location but at the client’s — in their element.

I was just over the moon at this session because I’ve worked with this family since the beginning of my business and am so happy for them! Little Evan has been a favorite of mine since she was six months old and I was so tickled at how excited she was about baby brother. I love the image of her in her favorite costume especially because it’s her daily attire and I’d never capture this at my typical outdoor session. While there is so much beauty and moments to be had at an outdoor session by a pond, the in-home lifestyle session offers a more intimate, personal side of the story. And both sides need to be told, I think.

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Happy Place

More from our beach trip in September that I hadn’t gotten a chance to work on. To me, nothing more beautiful than the sight of my boys in their happy place and these were taken at sunrise, so the light was amazing. Just based on how much I love shooting here, I think I may be a beach photographer at heart — with a small hurdle being that I don’t live at the beach! :)

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Fun Time on a Friday!

This sweet family came and saw me on a Friday afternoon, driving in traffic with a baby that hadn’t napped — but you would never know it! She was such a delight and set the tone for a fun and special session. Her big bros were also so great to work with even after the long drive. Perhaps this family has some baby super powers — after all, they are the creators of the NumNum baby products that are just awesome for little ones. You’ll definitely want to check them out if you have a little one: http://numnumbaby.us

Special thanks to this family for letting me take their photos –I loved this session and the moments we captured!

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Adorable Family at Berry Patch

This family was adorable in every way and such a pleasure to capture. When my talented friend and fellow photographer (Kenzi Tainow Photography) reached out to me about a session, I knew it was going to be super fun! They ventured out from the city to tackle Berry Patch Farms with me. I’m a creature of habit when it comes to where I shoot, because I like to really know it to make the most of it — and Berry Patch is a new favorite spot for me! Loved this session and love this family!

Morning Light

I feel super lucky to get to work with this family and also lucky that my prime location has both morning and evening light that is perfect. Every session is different and I love the privacy and natural beauty here. It can be chilly, but kids can be more cooperative in the morning and parents have more energy too! Loved spending time with this wonderful family!

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Beach Sessions!

I’m the worst about getting my own family photos done. One reason is that my sister Lisa Rappa is an amazing professional photographer and she gifts us with a great shot at random moments on vacations or family gatherings. Of course, I know that there’s much more to be had from a full family session, but I photograph my own kids so much and we’ve had great luck just handing the (set) camera to a stranger for the family shot when I do hold our own little sessions, usually at the beach. This was the first year we didn’t get that shot but it wasn’t a big priority. These photos were taken first thing in the morning and I literally jumped out of bed, barely put a brush through my hair or much thought into what the kids were wearing. No pressure on getting it right when you are the photographer and I love the boys in their normal swim gear just being their wild and free selves. My husband helped me get some mom shots that I’ll treasure forever, and I have a new favorite spot to shoot! Unfortunately, it’s a 6 hour drive away, but I am scheduling vacations around sessions this coming year in both Jacksonville, FL and Seagrove, FL — so please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you are headed down that way! :)

As a side note, this was one of my quickest edits ever due to very limited time — many are just one click with the Water & Light Presets!

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36 Weeks with Twins

This was just one of the most inspiring sessions I’ve had as a photographer, combining my new love of underwater photography and my old love of maternity photos. Even more special, this mom was carrying twins and found me last minute — when she knew it was probably now or never to capture this glorious pregnancy, as the twins were expected any day. We were both new to underwater maternity, so it was funny and intuitive and relaxed, too.

I had much to share about my experience carrying and having twins, so that was fun to talk about, although I have to say I was not nearly as strong and lean and graceful as Taylea, which put me in awe of her. I certainly know how strenuous it can be to carry twins and even to breathe on land — so to do so underwater was a physical challenge at this late stage of the pregnancy, but she was up for it, even doing underwater flips — with breaks in between, of course. Special thanks to Nicole Kristin Photography in Florida for connecting us and Taylea for coming out to my pool that day. I’m officially in love with underwater sessions and booking late Spring and Summer 2017!

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For Photographers – PRESETS

INTRODUCING THE WATER & LIGHT PRESET COLLECTION – $65 Introductory Sale

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Mood is everything!  My Lightroom Water & Light Presets allow me to instantly create beautiful tones and consistently set the mood and make a photo special — both over and underwater. I’m excited to share them here! As with all presets, these rely on good exposure, light and white balance in the original photo. A few other things to note:

— 5 PRESETS included in the Water & Light Collection — CRISP, FILL LIGHT, NORMAL, SOFT AND BW. The four color presets have the same tones but subtle differences that help depending on the photo’s light. The Black and White preset is classic, dramatic and my basis for all BW photos.

–Designed to work with RAW files. Each preset will work on JPEGs but be super strong.

–Lightroom Process version 2012 and CC

–These are strong presets. Don’t be afraid to adjust and tone down the preset to work with your photo. This is a starting point and your edit might be one click but it might need some fine-tuning.

–The examples below are ONE-CLICK so you can see the instant mood with each.

Get at the Introductory Sale Price of $65 for the whole Water & Light Collection (regulary $85).

BUY HERE:  http://www.samanthamcbridephotography.bigcartel.com/

 

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Lifestyle Session (new package)

So much to love about lifestyle sessions (my new “Day In the Life” Package) — being in the client’s real-life environment, capturing them together in their element, the flexibility of the format, the extended time and the magic that just naturally happens! I couldn’t have asked for a more awesome family to start with and I loved every minute of the experience. We were busy and covered so much ground — just in their house and yard. It was amazing and I can’t wait to do more lifestyle sessions this Fall and Winter!