Traverse City Cake Smash Session

Here at Springberg Photography Studio, we create an easy way to capture your little one's birthday with a special portrait session just for them! They are the star of the day when they get in front of the camera! 

Our basic package includes a handful of portraits with a special outfit or two, before we change them into something simpler and have them dive into their cake! Included in the pricing, you can choose from our selection of paper backdrops, cake stands, a custom made pennant banner, as well as 6 helium balloons that match your chosen color scheme of your child's session. 

For just a small additional charge, you can have us arrange a matching decorated 6" layered cake from our favorite local baker! That way you won't have to worry about a thing the day of: just bring your little cutie into the studio with your favorite outfits for them and we handle the rest! It's that simple!

Contact us today to easily schedule a cake smash session for your growing little baby or tot! springbergphotography@gmail.com

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Should You Bring Props for Your Next Family Portrait Session?

Have you ever thought about adding props to your photo sessions? Props can add interest, variety and extra flair to your pictures. 

 Mom brought a vase of cute pom-pom flowers for some added depth and pop of color!

Mom brought a vase of cute pom-pom flowers for some added depth and pop of color!

Get your children to hold flowers, sit on a special chair, or simply hold a sign. 

 Baby's parents had a baseball theme for their wedding and wanted to incorporate their love for the sport into their newborn session, too!

Baby's parents had a baseball theme for their wedding and wanted to incorporate their love for the sport into their newborn session, too!

Love sports? Then use baseball mitts or bats in your next family photo to bring out your passion. 

Here are a few tips for ways to incorporate props in your next photo session:

 Ultrasound images, baby booties, favorite onesies, heirloom stuffed animals and other baby keepsakes are always a favorite maternity prop to bring!

Ultrasound images, baby booties, favorite onesies, heirloom stuffed animals and other baby keepsakes are always a favorite maternity prop to bring!

1.    Classic is Timeless. 

While you might have recently seen a few photos that incorporate a specific prop, try not to use something that will look really dated in 20 years’ time. Classic is definitely better and there are many fun options to choose from.

 This wagon proved to be a cute AND practical prop to bring along for this family's session! When not being photographed, it lugged their diaper bags, toys, and change of outfits with them along the way while we explored the nature trail!

This wagon proved to be a cute AND practical prop to bring along for this family's session! When not being photographed, it lugged their diaper bags, toys, and change of outfits with them along the way while we explored the nature trail!

2.    Be Realistic. 

It’s easy to go wild when thinking of a theme for your photo session. You should decide on one that you can actually find props for. For example, if you want to use seasonal props, try and source them in that season as they’ll be easier to find.

 Props can enhance the themes for certain portrait session purposes, and make them more obvious: Birthdays, Holidays, New Family Member, Change of Seasons, etc.

Props can enhance the themes for certain portrait session purposes, and make them more obvious: Birthdays, Holidays, New Family Member, Change of Seasons, etc.

3.    Does the Prop Enhance? 

There are some larger props that work really well in photo sessions such as using your grandpa's farm tractor as a background piece. However, there are some larger props that can take away from the beauty of the photograph altogether. Make sure that your prop enhances the photo and doesn't detract from it. 

 Favorite books, musical instruments, and signs with meaningful sayings on them can be used to add flair to a session.

Favorite books, musical instruments, and signs with meaningful sayings on them can be used to add flair to a session.

4.    Make It Meaningful. 

If your child has a favorite stuffed animal or if you have a musical instrument that you treasure, try and incorporate it into your photos. This way your pictures will have more meaning to you and your family.

 These sisters were photographed while doing an activity that they both enjoyed together! Meaningful moments being shared like this one are always most treasured. 

These sisters were photographed while doing an activity that they both enjoyed together! Meaningful moments being shared like this one are always most treasured. 

5.    Use What You Have. 

Make the current season work to your advantage by using what’s available.

 Leaves in the fall make for amazing props in photos and don’t cost a thing.

Leaves in the fall make for amazing props in photos and don’t cost a thing.

 Special family heirlooms, such as a Grandmother's quilt, can be a special way to pay tribute and pass down the memories to your children. 

Special family heirlooms, such as a Grandmother's quilt, can be a special way to pay tribute and pass down the memories to your children. 

 This little guy's parents are both involved in their school's basketball teams, so they wanted to incorporate their interests into their family session! 

This little guy's parents are both involved in their school's basketball teams, so they wanted to incorporate their interests into their family session! 

 Just think: seeing how tiny her little feet once were in mama's wedding shoes will be so special when she grows up!

Just think: seeing how tiny her little feet once were in mama's wedding shoes will be so special when she grows up!

Remember, using props can be the perfect addition to your photos but make sure that they don’t become the main focus. 

If you’re ready to schedule a family portrait session this season, reach out to us anytime at SpringbergPhotography@gmail.com. We are happy to assist you in choosing the right props, outfits and locations for your next session! 

Kaylie's Newborn Session | Springberg Photography | Traverse City Photographer

Meet sweet baby Kaylie and her parents! We had the pleasure of capturing her parent's maternity session at approximately 36 weeks along, and then when Kaylie was just 5 days old they brought her into the studio for her newborn session! 

Mom and dad were both very excited to bring their rainbow baby into the world, so we incorporated that into both sessions for them.

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The weather doesn’t always cooperate for outdoor photography – but the snow was perfect that day! We personalized their session by incorporating some of the things they love, including their Jeeps and their two German Shepherds. 

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Props or no props – these soon to be parents looked stunning!


Miss Kaylie was born at 8 pounds 15 ounces and measured 21 inches. We were able to do 4-5 different set ups with her and got some wonderful keepsake photos! We loved working with this family and hope to see her in a few months for baby milestones!

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All of the props, wraps, blankets and bows seen here are items we have in our studio for client use. Many additional items and colors available too! To inquire about your own custom maternity and newborn session, please contact us at springbergphotography@gmail.com during your 2nd or 3rd trimester.

 

About the Author

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Katie King

 

 

Photography Assistant

I grew up and went to college in the mountains of North Carolina. After moving around the country, I landed in Northern Michigan and don’t think I’ll ever leave!

My husband and I have a small hobby farm that keeps me busy most days. I also love gardening, hiking, stand up paddle boarding, bonfires, and playing cards.

Click here to read more about me...

Cousins Spring Portraits

Whether you are planning a gift for grandma, or are needing some updated photos of your own grandchildren — cousin photoshoots can be so much fun! 

These adorable cousins came out to our Traverse City studio for some Spring portraits last week, and brought along their moms and grandma for the occasion! 

Won’t these look amazing printed out and framed for Grandma’s fireplace mantle or night stand?

6 Tips I Followed to Help Prepare for a Milestones Session

Hey guys! It's Katie here, writing a post about what helped me prepare for Everly's 6 Month Milestones Session!

1) Timing is Key! Schedule a time for the session that works well with your child's nap routine. If you live close - plan a time shortly after they typically wake up. Since I live 45 minutes out of town, I always plan on the car ride being our nap. I try to schedule everything around 11 am or 3 pm, so I can just pop her in the car for her nap. 

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2) Give Yourself an Extra 15-20 Minutes! A quick feed and diaper change right before the photoshoot will help keep baby full and happy. This way you will be ready to go when your session is scheduled to start, and the photographer will be able to capture as many cute memories as possible! It will also give you some buffer time for any unforeseen circumstances, like a traffic jam or a diaper blowout.

3) Dress Baby in Something Quick and Easy to Take Off. Dressing your child in the clothes you want them to be photographed in can be risky! I don't trust my kiddo to not to spit up, drool, or get her clothes dirty somehow along the way during the car ride to the studio. I dress her in an easy-to-slip-off sleeper and bring my outfits with me. 

4) Bring Options! Pack a variety of clothing options for anyone who will be in the portraits...

KC has a great eye for color, and I like to bring around 3-4 options to let her choose which ones work best with the backgrounds and which ones look best put together. I like to pick a light/dark option as well as a print/solid option. They don't have to be 4 separate items - you can do a light solid and a dark print or any combination. 

5) Make it Yours! KC loves to incorporate items or ideas into a photoshoot that have special meaning to you and your family...

If you have special newborn props or a special pose you would like to do, let your photographer know ahead of time so she can come up with some options on how to make it happen. If you have a Pinterest board of ideas - send them on over before the shoot. Make sure to let her know which ones are most important to you in case she can't get to them all!

6) Most importantly - HAVE FUN! These tips are to help reduce the stress of preparing for the photoshoot, and allow you to truly enjoy your child's session...

Have fun with your kids and make them laugh. Some of my favorite pictures are the candid ones that I didn't even realize were being taken! Don't worry if you think it's not going perfectly - you might have to stop for an extra feeding or diaper change - just don't sweat it. KC and I will guide you through your session and you will have amazing photos to look back on! 

About the Author 

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Katie King
Photography Assistant

 

I grew up and went to college in the mountains of North Carolina. After moving around the country, I landed in Northern Michigan and don’t think I’ll ever leave!

My husband and I have a small hobby farm that keeps me busy most days. I also love gardening, hiking, stand up paddle boarding, bonfires, and playing cards.

Click here to read more about me...