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    Life, it happens and it happens fast. In the hustle and bustle it is easy to forget, or to put off, the "small things" like photographing your family. But it is so important to preserve the memories of your life as it is today because you never know what it will be tomorrow.

    As a child growing up in Central Square, New York (about 20 miles north of Syracuse), I loved looking through photo albums - my parents' wedding album with the carved wood cover, the albums of me and my brothers as babies that were nothing more than snapshots put on those sticky pages with the plastic overlay. They were glimpses of what my family was, and they preserved special events (my first birthday and holidays), everyday life (me next to a snowman in April or covered from head-to-toe in a mud puddle), and loved ones no longer with us. I still have many of those photographs committed to memory.

    In today's digital world, snapshots and the good old fashioned photo album have been replaced by CDs, DVDs, hard drives, and mostly, the Smart Phone filled with snapshots never to be printed and to likely be lost somewhere down the road.

    My goal, my hope, is to encourage YOU to make a commitment to documenting and preserving you and your family as it is today! Whether that be by taking photographs with anything besides your cell phone, having those photographs printed by a lab and put into an album you can hold, making a photobook that will last a lifetime, or by hiring a professional photographer, whether it is me or someone else, to preserve your family as it is today! I promise that you will not regret the time spent and investment made to create memories for you, your children, your grandchildren and beyond to look back on and reminisce.

    And so, I welcome you to explore my site and enjoy the memories captured for my clients and their families. And the picture to the left? That is my little family captured in the moment by the great Deanna Wallace of Visually Deelicious! She is amazing, check her out in my Friends tab!

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When I arrived at Cole and Reed’s house for their session, I opened the back of the van and realized my husband forgot something when he loaded the car with my equipment. He forgot my seamless paper backdrops that I typically use when doing an indoor session with littles who are not newborns. We just moved to the middle of nowhere, so my drive was far too long to run back and grab them. So after the call to my hubs – you know, the one where you make them feel guilty for messing up – I decided to ditch my studio lighting as well so that I could move around the house. Luckily, it was an unusually sunny day in Upstate NY during the world’s longest, coldest winter, and Cole and Reed’s mommy is an interior designer! So out of my comfort zone I went, and I am SO glad I did because I LOVE the results. Let’s start with my buddy Reed. I could have photographed him all day. This was a session to capture him at 4 months – the start of my favorite 4-8 month age! Smiles? Check. Inability to move too much? Check. Most awesome hair ever? Check. Reed was ready for me!! We started in his brother’s room which had an awesome carpet!

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Rochester NY Baby Photographer

Rochester NY Baby Photographer

Rochester NY Baby Photographer

Add a flat cap, and I melt! I love me some flat caps!

Rochester NY Baby Photographer

Rochester NY Baby Photographer

Rochester NY Baby Photographer

Rochester NY Baby Photographer

Then we moved to the master bed where we were able to pull of some gorgeous sibling shots! Cole was not particularly interested in sitting still but most almost 3 year olds aren’t! But seriously, he did such a great job holding his baby brother!

Rochester NY Children Photographer

Rochester NY Children Photographer

Rochester NY Children Photographer

Rochester NY Children Photographer

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Rochester NY Baby Photographer

We moved around to keep things interesting for Cole, and he and I played in his room for a bit!

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Rochester NY Children Photographer

Rochester NY Children Photographer

Rochester NY Children Photographer

Rochester NY Children Photographer

Rochester NY Children Photographer

Rochester NY Children Photographer

Last stop was Reed’s room. Reed loves the camera, and the camera loves him!

Rochester NY Baby Photographer

Rochester NY Baby Photographer

Rochester NY Baby Photographer

Rochester NY Children Photographer

Rochester NY Children Photographer

Finally, with Cole, we resorted to pure bribery. A promise of a popsicle was what he needed to sit still!! Isn’t he handsome?!

Rochester NY Children Photographer

Rochester NY Children Photographer

Rochester NY Children Photographer

Rochester NY Children Photographer

Rochester NY Children Photographer

I love these guys and can’t wait for our family shoot coming up!!

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Oh, this baby. This baby has been loved and dreamed about for SO long. Kate and Tom have waited so patiently for SO long to hold their baby in their arms. They didn’t know it over the years, but they have been waiting for this sweet guy, Tommy. Needless to say I was THRILLED when they gave me the privilege of photography Tommy for not only his newborn session but throughout his entire first year!! And he is pure perfection with his sweet blonde hair.

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Austin Newborn Photographer

Tommy’s nursery is a teddy bear theme so I knew I had to get the sweetest bear bonnet out there by the amazing Avonli Cottage! Seriously, he is the cutest Teddy Bear EVER!

Austin Newborn Photographer

Austin Newborn Photographer

Austin Newborn Photographer

Austin Newborn Photographer

Really, Tommy is just adorable no matter what I put on him. And his little toes? Gah, I just love them peeking out!!

Austin Newborn Photographer

Austin Newborn Photographer

Austin Newborn Photographer

Austin Newborn Photographer

Austin Newborn Photographer

Austin Newborn Photographer

Austin Newborn Photographer

Austin Newborn Photographer

Austin Newborn Photographer

And this session would not be complete without mommy and daddy holding their perfect baby boy. I am SO happy for this family of three and cannot wait to see them soon for Tommy’s 3 month session!

Austin Newborn Photographer

Austin Newborn Photographer

Austin Newborn Photographer

Green and Cream tweed beanie by What’s Knot to Love

AMAZING Romper by Avonli Cottage

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I was so excited for Miss Sydney Jane’s newborn session. For one, I L.O.V.E. her big brother Will! I met Will when he was 6 months old, and he stole my heart!! I also love Sydney’s mama. Courtney and I went to middle and high school together, and it has been great to reconnect with her and meet her family, and, with this visit, meet sweet Sydney (grandma’s first granddaughter)!!

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My buddy Will wasn’t so sure about the whole touching his new sister thing, and wanted to make sure he let her now the ground rules. I think she will hold her own just fine!!

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But we managed to convice Will with some dinner mints to give his new sister a kiss, and he even let one linger a little!

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Sydney wasn’t the biggest fan of sleeping, but we were able to get through a few setups, including some sweet and simple shots, which I always love.

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Courtney and her hubs, Alex, did not find out the gender but Courtney kept sending me ideas for a girl. In fact, she went ahead and decorated the nursery in a girl owl theme (the wall color was easily convertable to a boy). She went with a gender neutral owl hat, just in case, but she was pretty sure it was a girl and she was right!!

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I have been waiting, somewhat impatiently, for a baby girl to use some of my newest goodies from one of my favorite vendors, My Darling Emma. After a string of boys, Sydney was the perfect subject to don my new goodies!! I swear this gorgeous lace bonnet was made for Sydney!!

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Sydney, despite resisting sleep, sure did love being all cozy in the silk web and bowl. She even gave us a sleepy little smile!

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Sydney is perfect, and I am so excited for Courtney, Alex and Will, and the rest of the Asmus and Aubertine families!!

White tieback by Just Hatched Designs.
Lace bonnet by My Darling Emma
Silk web and matching tieback by My Darling Emma

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I. Love. This. Family. The leader of this pack is my best friend (forever), Michelle. We have been best friends since about the day we met when we were in 4th grade. In fact, this November will be our 25th Best Friendiversary! The one thing I do not like at all, however, is that she lives in North Carolina. So I don’t get to have much face time with her, but when we do, we laugh. This past November, she was home visiting for Thanksgiving and, of course, it snowed like crazy the day we had carved out for a family session. But her gorgeous kiddos did an excellent job braving the cold despite their thin, Southern blood!

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Michelle’s son, Michael, is my godson. I still can’t believe he just turned 7! He is such a great kid, and so very handsome!

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Molly is next. Michelle was pregnant for her at the same time I was pregnant with Lucas (my first). Molly reminds me so much of Michelle, especially her laugh! Look at it, it is amazing and real!

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The baby, Mia, is about 5 months younger than my daughter. It is like Sarah and Michelle Part II!!! I am so excited to see them get to know each other and be BFFs!!

Rochester NY Family Photography

One of my favorite images from the session was a sweet moment between Michael and Molly when Michael said he was cold (it was cold)! Gah. I just love it!

Rochester NY Family Photography

And my biggest accomplishment of the session? Getting a picture where it appears Michelle’s husband, Mick, is smiling and maybe even having a wee bit of fun!!

Rochester NY Family Photography

It was a quick session but we captured some great images!! Next time, let’s do this BEFORE it is freezing out!!!

Rochester NY Family Photography

Rochester NY Family Photography

If you want a snowy family session, there is still time!!! Email me at sarahbornphotography@gmail.com to get your session booked while we still have snow!!

  • March 1, 2015 - 10:05 pm

    Michelle - Love it!!! I need to get some of these!!!ReplyCancel

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I LOVE Multi-Generational Family Sessions. It provides the opportunity to get images of grandparents with their grandbabies that will be treasured forever, parents with their adult babies (they are always our babies, right?), each child with the families they have started, and, of course, the whole family together! I was thrilled when Val reached out to me about doing a Multi-Generational Session with her 3 siblings, their perspective families, and of course, their parents while everyone was home for Christmas! I have known Val for a long time – we went to middle school together and did 4-H together. I do believe we have slept in a horse stall together, and I once had to chase her escaped pet pig, Minnie, through the woods to get her back home! I knew these would be images her mom and dad would LOVE to have of their 4 children and 6 grandbabies!

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We did the session at Mom and Dad Gardner’s house – the house that Val and her siblings, Natalie, Stephanie and Chris, grew up in (and now Val and Natalie have houses on the same road)! It was as gorgeous as I remembered, and the perfect setting for their Multi-Generaltional Family Session. You would never believe looking at these that this was the day after Christmas up in the New York snow belt!! Seriously, you could not ask for better weather for a Christmas session!!

I love love, so we had to get some of everyone loving on each other!!

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Oh, and I forgot to mention, Multi-Generational Sessions give you the opportunity for COUSIN shots!! Some of the babes were not into these ones, so we added Grandma and Grandpa to help out!

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Sibling Love. So much laughter with these ones – then and now!

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I know Mom and Dad Gardner are so proud of the adults their children have become! Job well done Mom and Dad!

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I loved being able to spend some time with Val and her family, and get some gorgeous images of them!

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These moments of pure joy and love are always my favorites!

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Val’s three kiddos did great putting up with the slight chill (and me) so that we could get parent shots with each, and I just LOVE the love in them!!

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And her three kiddos!!

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Val’s sister, Natalie, lives down the street with her family, so the kiddos are growing up together!

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This little lady gave me a run for my money, which often happens with this age! But I love the snuggled shots we got of her with her mama!

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And the baby!!

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Next up, Stephanie who is getting MARRIED!!

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And lastly, the only son, Chris with his lovely girlfriend!

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This is just a portion of the Gardners’ gorgeous gallery! I cannot think of a better Christmas gift for their parents than this Multi-Generational Family session from their 4 wonderful children!! Thank you so much for letting me capture these beautiful moments for the WHOLE family!!!

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