HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY DANTE! At Home Newborn Session with I Heart Paris + The Flying Poodle II Newborn Photography Paris

I cannot beleive it's been an entire year since sweet Dante made his grand entrance into the world, an especially my heart. Two ways to describe him: Gigantic (he looks like a two year old now!) and ever smiling (just my type of person, eh?).

Federico and Anastasia, I couldn't be happier for your little family and cannot wait to see Dante grow! For now, here's a flashback to his sweet newborn session we did in their home a year ago!

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Three Is Not A Crowd II Newborn Photosession II Paris Newborn Photography

At home newborn sessions are amongst my favorite things to photograph! This beautiful family had just moved to Paris so it was their first session with me (and I really hope not the last!). I LOVED those silly, crazy boys and how they just wanted to play! When they had their little brother in their laps all they did was hug him and kiss him and look at him. It was THE SWEETEST!

Enjoy a few of my favorites from their newborn session!

LaMotte Family: At Home Newborn Session in Paris, France II Paris, France Destination Family Photographer

There have been a few times in my career that I've shed a tear while taking photos - Mostly during wedding ceremonies and once during a photo session, this one.

Family photography is my calling, I love documenting the love and playfulness of families with young kids and their bonds. It brings so much joy to my life, it's crazy. This family is one of those families that has magic in their household. Both parents are so calm, loving and happy just being with their kids and playing. While this is their second newborn that I've photographed (see first HERE), I feel like I know them so well simply because I had the beautiful opportunity to observe them and document one of the first mornings as a family of 5 (6 including Gizmo, the cat!).

My teary eyed moment: At one point, the two older kiddos needed to dance and let out some energy so they flipped on the soundtrack to Love Actually. Maybe it was the music, but one of my favorite memories from this session is watching them dance as a family to God Only Knows by the Beach Boys. You know the lyrics:

I may not always love you
But long as there are stars above you
You never need to doubt it
I'll make you so sure about it

God only knows what I'd be without you

If you should ever leave me
Though life would still go on believe me
The world could show nothing to me
So what good would living do me

God only knows what I'd be without you

God only knows what I'd be without you

If you should ever leave me
Well life would still go on believe me
The world could show nothing to me
So what good would living do me

God only knows what I'd be without you
God only knows what I'd be without you
God only knows

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It is literally the most beautiful and perfect song for family.

 

WHAT THEY SAID:

"Katie

These are just wonderful. We really are delighted, as last time. I sincerely hope you will be around to shoot many more of our family moments going forward because these are the type of shots that stop me in my tracks and make me realize just how precious - and fleeting - these short baby years are. We are still going through the album and will get back to you shortly with our selection of photos. But in the meantime, thanks so much again : you really are talented. "

 Hello mischief!

Hello mischief!

FEATURED: Katie's Interview on Rebecca LaChance Art + Photography

Hey guys! I'm so humbled to tell you that I've been interviewed for the Inspiring Photographer Interview Series by Rebecca LaChance Art + Photography!

Here it is (click here to see her original post):

"Our third inspiring photographer interview!  

Meet Katie Donnelly. An American woman living in Paris. Her photos on Facebook and Instagram make me want to hope a plane back to Paris! Her lifestyle photos of kids make me giggle.

Make sure you read all about Katie's "why".  Why she takes the photos that she does.  A "why" is required for every photographer because your "Why" influences how you present your work and how people find you.

I’m Katie Donnelly, a happiness expert and family photographer based in Paris,France.

Katie is best known for capturing childhood magic in a quirky, kiddish way. She then shows her magic tofamilies, who seem to forget how very wonderful and full of love the little moments are.

How did you develop as a photographer?

The school of life + photography school. Bosses, clients, teachers telling me what they loved and hated about my work. Taking that, and then finally realizing that I don’t give a crap about what THEY loved, I needed to give a crap about what I love. I realized that I loved kids and everyday life.


Do you have a philosophy of photography/art? How does that influence your photos?

It’s gotta make you feel. If it doesn’t, if you don’t hate it or love it or aren’t inspired by it, it’s not art to you. Point blank. Art is different for everyone. Also, everyone makes crap art, seriously, I take a ton of really bad photos ALL THE TIME because I know that I’m aiming for the really good ones, and it takes a lot of hard work to get them. I’m okay with that. It’s the fun in making art. Though it’s also frustrating.

kids playing in jardin du luxembourg

Has photography opened you to new/different adventures? Into what new areas? How did it happen?

Teaching and writing. They’re both really scary things for me to do, but you gotta jump off the highest cliff to make the biggest splash right?

I started giving private photography lessons and I wrote the book, The Authentic Portrait: A Parent’s Guide to Documenting Childhood. It’s a book for parents on using their cameras, figuring out how to use simple natural light, and working with their own kids.

family playing at home together

I’m really passionate about everyone being able to photograph their lives. It’s so, so important. I have only a few photos from when my parents got married and when my brother and I were kids. Before the divorce.

couple in love laughing in garden
family in parents bed hugging

I want to know that I came from love. That they (parents) really loved each other. It’s so personal. So many people come in and out of our lives and have this huge impact on us that echoes for years, and through lifetimes. We need to remember those people.

brothers playing together in tree

What makes you “feel” a photograph? How do you translate that “feel” into the picture?

Hmm, I’m not so sure if I understand this question but photographs need to give me emotion. I want to hear the laughter and cry with them. I want to feel how warm and tight her hug is. It’s a whole experience.

little boy drinking water from fountain

Your favorite photos…what makes them special to you?

The people in them. They make me remember certain memories or give me a connection with someone I may not even know. Like I said before, you experience the photos, they aren’t just there to be pretty.

siblings playing together with little girl laughing

What has your photography taught you about yourself? and the world around you?

That art is really a series of self portraits. My business and goals around photography have pushed me past so many self-made boundaries and made me really dream. It’s made me want to throw up with fear, it’s made me closer to myself. I’m a naturally optimistic person, I’m so joyful so much of the time but I still carry a lot of baggage from my childhood. Like most of us.

It becomes very raw and clear when you dig deep. It’s scary to go down into yourself. You need courage. And a hell of a support team. I’m so glad to have the women over at the FCA, (Female Creatives Association) my other photographer/creative friends, and a partner who celebrates me and lifts me up. I’m really really lucky.

Are you involved in any projects? What do you hope to get from the project(s)?

I just wrote my book (woo!) and am starting some personal photo projects that I’ve been
dreaming about and have been too scared to start. Everyone’s always waiting for the right moment when most likely that moment was yesterday. I’m hoping to layer on the emotions and storytelling even more. I’m hoping that doing this project just for me, will help me get past my fears and self doubts of calling myself an artist.

 

My Take Aways: 

  1. Your "why" is the reason behind your photography.
  2. Don't be afraid to take the photos that YOU like.

Any other take aways that caught your attention?  Feel free to share them in the Facebook Group.

Happy Weekend Everyone!  Looking forward to see how the weekend inspires your details of heart and emotion.

Rebecca
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