project 52 :: from the lake

I am just getting back from an amazing, inspiring, creative weekend with some of my best photographer buddies from all across the United States. We worked hard all weekend long, fitting in two maternity sessions (two of the gals are each expecting their third baby!), a newborn session, and countless hours sharing secrets in all areas of business. But we did get some down time too, to just chill and enjoy our time away... Sunday night we took the boat out on the lake as the sun was setting and the light was absolutely divine. I captured this shot on the dock. I am completely captivated by lens flare these days, this one is extra dreamy. I'll be posting more photos from the weekend as I get a chance to process through them. Happy Wednesday!

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spring mini sessions :: minneapolis children's photographer

Announcing spring mini sessions!  These 15-20 minute sessions are perfect to get some fun, updated photos of your kids.They will take place at Health Foundations, the beautiful new family health and birth center in St. Paul.

Sunday April 18, 2010 (yes, that's next weekend!) limited afternoon sessions available

includes:

15-20 minute session for 1-3 children 10-15 images presented in an online slideshow gallery ordering session one 8x10 or 8x12 print 3 lo-res watermarked images for sharing via email, facebook, etc. access to all my a la carte products, including prints, canvases, albums and image boxes

session fee: $150

Please contact me right away if you would like to book a session! 612.747.0372 gwen@gwendolynwaite.com

new birth center in st. paul :: twin cities newborn portraits

About two weeks ago, I read an article that was posted by a facebook friend of mine about a new birth center that is opening up in St. Paul. (Yes, all the best news I find on facebook!) My thoughts? IT'S ABOUT TIME!!! I'm SO excited that the Twin Cities is finally going to have a good option for families who don't wish to labor in the hospital, but are not prepared for a homebirth. Last week I met with the birth center's owner, Amy Johnson-Grass, and took a tour of the location. It's called Health Foundations Family Health & Birth Center, and it's absolutely beautiful inside. Gorgeous. They took an older home on Grand Avenue and completely renovated it to accommodate the birth center, a yoga studio, and a family and women's wellness center. The rooms are cozy, comfortable, and filled with beautiful natural light. Their website sums it up well: "Providing individualized natural family medicine from pregnancy & birth to everyday wellness." This is going to be an incredible resource for the Twin Cities. Please visit their website for more information.

And I am incredibly grateful to be able to display some of my work on their walls!

They will be having an open house this Saturday from 1-5pm (visit this link for more info) and one of the door prizes is a free newborn, child or family session from Gwendolyn Waite Photography! I will be there for a little while, so please stop by and say hello. You can get a chance to look at some of my work, answer any questions you might have, and enter your name in the drawing.

And if you don't win the free session, there's still something in it for you - if you book a new session at the open house on Saturday, you will receive a $100 print credit. Your session can take place anytime before December 31st, 2010.

And rumor has is that Peapods will be giving away a baby gift basket as a door prize as well!

And of course I can't post without a photo, here's a newborn I recently photographed...

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birth day photography :: twin cities birth photographer

I am beyond excited to start offering birth photography in the Twin Cities. When I was pregnant with my third child, I knew that I wanted to document his birth. I only have a couple snapshots from my oldest kids births, but they are still some of the most amazing, beautiful photos of our new family. I knew that I wanted to capture this third and final birth for our family, and it is one of the best decisions I have ever made. These photos still bring tears to my eyes when I look at them, reliving the amazing process of birth. They are one of my most cherished possessions. All three of my babies were born at home, so I am very comfortable and familiar with homebirths, and now we have a new Birth Center opening up in St. Paul (I will be posting on this very soon - check back later today!) so I will be happy to document your birth wherever you choose to deliver. I use only natural, available light. No flash to disturb laboring mom or newborn. No matter how dim your room - candlelit, table lamps or overhead light, I will capture the mood and beauty of your labor.

Knowing how important these photos are to me, it gives me great joy to announce...

The Cherished Arrival Birth Day Photography

Your child’s birth is an unforgettable occasion.   But trying to photograph the experience can be a tall order for new parents.  Birth Day Documentation begins with a personal consultation prior to your due date that helps acquaint me with your needs and answer any questions.  Then, whether at a hospital, birth center or in your own home, I provide unlimited coverage of labor and delivery, unobtrusively and quietly capturing moments from this extraordinary event.  Because I can only schedule a limited number of these sessions per month, please contact me as soon as possible for complete pricing, and to reserve your space on my calendar.

Here are some photos from a birth I photographed recently, and here is what the parents had to say about the experience:

"Gwen made what could have been an uncomfortable situation feel totally natural... she captured the absolute joy of meeting Katy for the first time.  Those first moments of awe at seeing this little wonder were captured on film, it is a gift I can never repay!  I am still brought to tears when I look at the photos from those first wonderful moments when she came into our lives."

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project 52 :: week 4

Whoops. Life happened last week, and I got a little behind with my Project 52. So sorry.

I'm sure you all were on pins and needles.  All three of you who read my blog, that is. :)

Our theme this week for Project 52 is Details. This is one little detail I really wish I could just bottle up and keep forever. Of all three of my kids, Elliott is the first to use a pacifier (his "nookie") and really be attached to his blanket. He's not one of those kids who has to take his blankie everywhere he goes (we've made sure of that), so it rarely leaves the house. But, when he's home, his blanket is his constant companion, trailing behind him wherever he goes.

When he gets tired, nookie goes in, blankie gets cuddled, and his fingers go right for the satin edges. Here he is, right before lunch, after running around at open gym for 2 hours this morning. Tired bear.

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Edited to add: I had just shot a bunch of photos in a much darker room, and needed to bump the ISO way up to 1600, and it was still just too dark. So I picked up Elliott and went to the other side of the house where it was brighter (although still very overcast and dismal, so not a ton of good light). Of course when I went over there, I forgot to change my ISO back down for the first few shots, and just my luck, my favorite shot was one of these first ones, with the high ISO and the fast shutter. My bad.

So the settings I ended up with after I changed them are: ISO 400, f/1.6, 1/400. But this is still my favorite shot, so this is what you get. And I have to say, there's hardly any grain there despite the high ISO - love my new Mark II!

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