Qualified Newborn Photographer | Columbus Ohio Newborn Photographer

It’s Official!

In July of this year I applied to become a qualified newborn photographer (QNP) through the Accredited Professional Newborn Photographers International (APNPI). I’m going to be honest, I didn’t think I would pass the first time I tried.

The application process included answering questions and submitting over two full galleries worth of images. I had to display skills in lighting techniques, camera functions, and artistic composition. I also had to show that I was able to consistently produce high quality images through a variety of circumstances.

Over the past few weeks, I have been periodically checking in on the status of my submission. This past Thursday, I was surprised to see “Congratulations on a successful QNP submission!”. I couldn’t believe my eyes. It didn’t seem real. How could I have actually passed?

From the official press release:

“The Accredited Professional Newborn Photographers International (APNPI) is proud to
announce Brittany Lytle of Joyful Moments Photography, Galloway, OH, US, as a Qualified Newborn
Photographer certificate recipient. Brittany Lytle’s successful submission was chosen along with a select
number of others deserving of the QNP title placing them amongst an elite group of photographers
worldwide who currently hold QNP certifications.”

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Brielle | Columbus Ohio Newborn Photographer

Brielle | Columbus Ohio Newborn Pictures

I always enjoy photographing newborn babies. However, photographing this little girl was extra special because Brielle is my cousin’s little girl. Born on August 8th, weighing just 6 lbs and 13 ounces, she is already very loved.

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Will | Columbus Ohio Newborn Photographer

Will | Columbus Ohio Newborn Photography

I have had the honor of working with this family since before big sister was born and have photographed them more times than any other family. When they told me they were expecting baby #2 and they wanted me to photograph these special moments, I was beyond excited! I can’t wait to continue working with them as I photograph all of Will’s first year milestones.

Will is named after his great grandfather on his dad’s side. What an honor! I am certain he has some big shoes to fill. No doubt this little man is meant for great things. He was a champ for his newborn session and slept through the entire thing.

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Fall Mini Session Uses | Columbus Ohio Photographer

What can I use a fall mini session for?

The short answer… ANYTHING! Fall mini sessions can be used for a wide variety of portraits. I have listed just a few of them for you here. The possibilities, however, are limitless.

 

For information about our 2018 Fall Mini Sessions, click here.

To schedule a fall mini session with Joyful Moments Photography, click here.

Family Portraits

The most common thing I have had people use fall mini sessions for is updated family portraits. Typically, clients will want a few pictures of everyone together as well as some poses of the children together and by themselves. Some parents even request a photo of themselves together. Think about it, when was the last time you have a professional picture of just you and your spouse? Was it 10 years ago at your wedding? Now is the perfect time to get an updated picture!

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Senior Portraits

Not all teenagers want to have a full 2 hour session for their senior pictures with multiple wardrobe changes and locations. A fall mini session is the perfect opportunity to get a nice picture for the year book and a couple different pictures to hand out to family and friends.

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Engagement Portraits

Just wanting a professional picture to use for your save the date? Maybe you just want a few pictures to use in a slideshow at the ceremony or in the guest book. Fall mini sessions are a great way to save money and get just what you want. Plus, it’s the most beautiful time of the year.

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Maternity Portraits

It is very popular these days to hire a professional photographer to document this very special time in your life. You are welcoming a new baby! Not every pregnant woman feels up to walking around a park for an hour in the heat to get a bunch of poses of her ever growing belly though. If you are wanting to remember this important time in your life with just a few high quality pictures, fall mini sessions are for you.

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These are just a few of the ways you can use a fall mini session. How will you use yours?

For information about our 2018 Fall Mini Sessions, click here.

To schedule a fall mini session with Joyful Moments Photography, click here.


2018 Columbus Ohio Fall Mini Sessions | Joyful Moments Photography

Fall Mini Sessions in Columbus Ohio

In Columbus, Ohio, or really anywhere in the mid-west, fall is the perfect time to get your pictures taken. The temperature is typically not too hot and not too cold. The fall scenery in Ohio is stunning this time of year as the trees turn beautiful shades of yellow, orange, and red. Central Ohio is filled with so many beautiful metro parks that make the perfect backdrop for pictures. In the fall, sunset is earlier so you also don’t have to worry about trying to keep the kids up late for their photo shoot.

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2018 Fall Mini Sessions with Joyful Moments Photography

This year, fall mini sessions will take place on the weekend of October 20th and 21st. Typically, during the third week of October, fall foliage is at it’s peek, so that makes this the perfect time for pictures.

You will have the opportunity to schedule your session online this year by clicking here. Sessions are available in 20 minute increments beginning at 4:00 pm and ending at 6:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. These sessions are VERY LIMITED. There are only 14 total time slots available (7 each day). So hurry and sign up while there are still spots left.

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Fall mini sessions will take place at the beautiful Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park. This park has multiple entrances and several different areas to explore. Our sessions this year will take place in the area near the Nature Center. The spot I will be using has a beautiful mature tree, a fence, tall grass, and a trail covered with a canopy of trees. About a week before the session takes place, you will be given more specific directions on exactly where to find me at the park for your pictures.

During your 20 minute session I will lead you to a few different scenic backgrounds to add some variety to your pictures. I will also guide you in a few different poses for the groupings that you want (i.e. family picture, picture of just the kids together, picture of each child individually, etc.).

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While you may hear my camera click a few more than 5 times during our 20 minutes together, you will receive 5 pictures in the form of a digital download. A few weeks after the session has taken place, I will email you a link to view and download your 5 fully-edited high-resolution images. With that download you will also receive a print release. This release gives you permission to print your pictures at any lab, and in any size or quantity that you would like.

2018 fall mini sessions cost ONLY $125. That price is over 50% off my normal price for 5 images. That is a HUGE discount! Now is the time to get updated family photos at a fraction of the normal cost. Once you choose your time slot online, I will send you an invoice for the full session amount which must be paid in advance in order to reserve your spot.

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If you have any questions, please email me at joyfulmomentsphotos@gmail.com.

Again, to schedule your 2018 fall mini session online click here.


London | Columbus Ohio Newborn Photographer

Sweet little One | Joyful Moments Photography – Columbus Ohio Newborn Photographer

This cute little man weighed in at 8 lbs and 10 oz when he arrived on May 4th, 2018. A week later I was blessed to have him and his parents in my Galloway, Ohio studio for his newborn session. In an email mom later commented, “you handled him so well and he just slept through the session!” I always give my clients a newborn session guide to help them best prepare for their session and this family followed it so well. Because of that, little London snoozed the entire time and let me take lots of pictures. He even gave me a smile! This ended up being mom and dad’s favorite picture… and mine too.

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I always love when mom and dad decide to jump in for a few pictures. Long after your baby is too big to hold in your arms, you still have these pictures to look back on. These are such sweet moments to cherish.

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A few more of my favorites from London’s newborn session.

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For more information about a newborn session or to schedule your own little one’s newborn session, click here.


“Desperate” Chapter 2 Book Review | Columbus Ohio Baby Photographer

Chapter 2: The-Go-It-Alone Culture (on needing people)

Over the past few weeks, I have written about the book Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs To Breathe By Sarah Mae. If you missed chapter 1, you can read it here.

Chapter 2 is all about the concept of “it takes a village”. Before each chapter of this book, the reader finds a letter from Sarah Mae and a response from Sally. I want to share with you Sally’s reply to a desperate call for help from Sarah Mae who knew she needed community, but didn’t know how to fit it in.

“We were crafted by God to have friends. Motherhood was meant to be experienced with other mothers, aunts, grandmothers, and a community of women sharing the load. Please do not attempt this alone! Find an older woman and ask her to mentor you. create a play group with other young moms and build your fellowship and fun over the same ideals.”

I personally have always struggled to make time to spend with friends. It has only got worse with the addition of a baby. The need has also become greater since my son has been born. I am trying, but I am still a work in progress.

Sarah Mae begins the chapter with the following quote that I can absolutely relate to.

“Failure loomed over me as I realized I couldn’t seem to catch up with my ideals. I made lists, read books, ad tried harder, but I just kept failing at doing all the things I wanted to do: keep up on the kiddos’ chores, teach scripture, play games, read books, train and discipline, clean the dishes, keep up with the laundry, keep my husband happy, etc. All of these noble goals became too much, and I gave in to being tired and depressed. Feeling like a failure as a wife and a mama, I just sort of gave up; I stopped being motivated to try. I was totally overwhelmed; I was drowning.”

Have you ever felt like Sarah Mae? Have you ever felt like you were drowning? I know I have. I am a list maker and when I don’t cross enough items off my list, I get very anxious and stressed. Sarah Mae goes on to tell us the solution.

“I thought I could do this mothering thing without other women, but it turned out, I couldn’t. I needed help; I needed a mentor.”

Since reading this chapter I have tried harder to reach out to other moms. I have found so much encouragement in knowing that I am not alone. I am so thankful for all of the women who have offered advice or simply an ear.

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We should not take this lightly, we need to find the right woman who will speak truth and love into our lives. Sarah Mae tells us to pray for God’s direction in selecting a mentor.

“If you don’t have a mentor or a friend to advocate in your life right now who teaches and encourages your spirit, I want you to stop reading and start praying right now. Ask God specifically for what you need as a mama of little ones.”

Sally begins her portion of the chapter by telling the reader why it is so important to find a friend or mentor.

“Going at it alone is, without a doubt, one of the most common and effective strategies that Satan uses to discourage moms. A woman alone in her home with her ideals eventually wears down and becomes a perfect target for Satan to discourage.”

I found that to be so true in my own life. On the darkest days, in the middle of winter, with no where to go and no one to talk to, I found myself deep in despair.

Sally also goes on to say,

“God made us for community and accountability and close friendship… Young moms were never meant to be without the advice and care of multiple women assisting them and advising the, in their lives. Yet we have become so used to living without support that we often lose perspective on how much we need intimate friendships with other women. This deep need sometimes puts pressure on husband to fulfill needs that they were never designed to fill. No matter how wonderful a man may be, he is not crafted by God to meet all of a woman’s needs… None of us are made to deal with life alone. All of us, even introverts, are made for relationship, to experience God’s grace through our dearest friends around us.”


Newborn Pictures | Columbus Ohio Newborn Photographer

Precious Baby Boy

This little guy came in to my Columbus, Ohio residential studio a few weeks ago as a model. He has the sweetest parents and he is so incredibly loved.

Newborn sessions are limited and it is best to schedule them in advance. We are now booking for summer 2018. To schedule your newborn session, contact me here.

To see more newborn pictures, visit the Joyful Moments Photography Newborn portrait gallery.

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“Desperate” Book Review | Columbus Ohio Baby Photographer

Chapter 1: ” Ideals and Going Under”

Over the past two weeks I introduced the book Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe By Sarah Mae. If you missed those posts, you can read them here and here. Today, I am going to delve into chapter 1.

Sarah Mae starts off the chapter with this quote:

“I want to set realistic goals that fit who I am, and what God requires of me.”

I realized very quickly that some of the goals I had set for myself in motherhood were unrealistic. Until I lowered my expectations, I was always disappointed because I felt like I was failing. Ultimately, it is what God wants for us that matters. My main goal is to please Him and fulfill the purpose that he has given me.

Sally Clarkson, mentor to Sarah Mae, offers a lot of insight throughout this book. Her input in chapter 1 is no exception. In the following excerpt, she shares one of her prayers.

“As I sat in still darkness, my heart cried out to God, perhaps more sincerely than ever before. Lord, teach me how to be a mother. I feel so inadequate. I don’t know what to do. But you are {insert child’s name}’s heavenly father, and you love him even more than I do, so please show me your way and help me to know how to do the right things.”

I have prayed that prayer more times than I can count. I just want to do what is right for my son. I want to be the best mom to him that I can be. I want to raise him in a way that is pleasing to God. As a parent, there are so many important decisions to make for my child. I want to make the right ones.

Sally is full of encouraging words for a mom who is struggling. Her words made me feel so important. She reminds women every where that God designed them with a specific purpose in mind.

“In keeping with His character, He must have intended something beautiful in creating a woman with the ability to give life, nurture with love, and cultivate the soul of a precious human being entrusted into her hands.”

Such a big, important, and sometimes scary responsibility God has given to mothers. He trusted me to love, nurture, and care for the sweet little boy he blessed me with. I never want to take my job as a mother lightly. Thankfully, he doesn’t just leave us on our own to figure everything out. He leads us and guides us each and every day.

“Each of us has a story, but God who originated the design of motherhood, is the expert adviser to whom we should turn. God has equipped us for every good work, and I am quite confident that he who designed this role to be so eternally significant is the one who is ready to help, support, instruct, and guide. He will provide all we need for the task he has given us to fulfill. But to hear from God we must become women of the word and women who pray, so that His voice may lead us as we grow into this role with grace.”

At the end of the chapter, Sally leaves us with one more quote to tell us just how important she believes the role of a mother to be.

“I have even come to believe that a mother’s role might be the most determining factor as to how history will unfold.”

That quote reminds me of another one by William Ross Wallace that my husband often reminds me of.

“The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.”

I would like to leave you with the two verses of scripture that Sarah Mae included at the end of this chapter.

“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you., for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will uphold you with my righteous hand.” – Isaiah 41:10

“Come to me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28

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1st Birthday Cake Smash Pictures | Columbus Ohio Baby Photographer

Birthday Girl

Emma’s mom is a friend of mine and I was so excited when she contacted me about 1st birthday pictures. I had the privilege of taking her newborn pictures a year ago and I loved seeing how much she had changed and grown. Mom chose a unicorn theme for her party and pictures. Jumbo cupcake by Miranda Huey of Miranda Made.

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