Battle Family, Nov. 28th, 2014


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Hi Kimberly, Ryan, and Parker!! Thank you so much for letting me get these images with you - it was so special to get to meet Parker in his first day(!) out in the world, and to share even a small part of this huge event in your lives. It also brought back so many memories for me of my own experience there a year and a half ago - (and made my wife say she wants another baby, like I said she would!). At any rate, i hope these images will be able to document the emotions and feeling of the very first steps in this journey for you... congratulations again!


The images below are the 'first picks' I made of all those I shot.  Now you have the hard job in this next phase - picking your favorites, and the images you'd like me to do final edits of. As you pick, keep in mind the following tips and instructions:


Notes Specifically For This Album:


1) As I've said, my style and hope with this kind of session is to go for a very natural, "raw" feeling - getting emotions, and some of the details that fade so quickly from memory in all the hustle that ensues over these next months of adjustment. Most of these images will be converted into black and white (which is very common for newborn sessions) - just because babies this fresh-outta-da-oven are all shades of red, pink, and purple (our girls looked like blotchy alien eggplants for at least a few days). B&W helps minimize this contrast in skin tones, especially of the whole family together - and also adds a more classic, 'nostalgic' look to final images. I've left them in color here - but put a few (very quickly) in as B&W samples, just so you'll have an idea of what to visualize for ginal images. We'll get the 'studio' ones for the shoot in a few days - but this is a very different feel/style altogether.


2) For this session, go ahead an pick 15 images you want final edits of - and since it's free anyway, I'll also happily give you any others you'd like with other basic edits just in case they end up being enlarged at any other point in the future. Just don't tell anyone. :) 


3) Please make your choices for final edits by leaving a 'comment' in the box below these instructions (I've left additional instructions there!). 


General Instructions/Notes:


1) All images are essentially unedited, except for some minor adjustments if I would have planned on cropping in advance, etc. Otherwise, they are taken as-shot, straight out of the camera. Don't worry about skin blemishes, etc. - I'm very good at editing those types of details! There is a balance with edits on newborns - as you want some of the blotches sometimes because it highlights how 'new' they were - and you certainly want to preserve some other details. Bottom line, I'll make every image look it's absolute best. 

2) So that means, for now,  pick images based on things like: what you have the strongest emotional response to, expressions, poses, and overall composition/framing. Don't leave an image off of your 'list' of picks because of small variations in color, tone, or small distractions (like a few stray hairs that are out of place, etc.). Those issues can all typically be fixed/corrected in editing. 


3) All images below are not full-resolution - they are sized for convenient downloading/viewing here on the website. I will edit the final images you choose and give them to you on a flash drive, or make them available for digital download at full resolution, without a watermark. The size of final images is quite large - and more than enough to make large (actually, gigantic!) prints of if you wish.



Selecting Your Final Images for Editing:


Please follow the instructions in the comment box below for selecting the final images you want me to edit and get to you in full-resolution.  Once you have finished selecting your images in the comment box below, please either send me an email ( - text, WeChat, or WhatsApp messages are also fine!  Editing will typically take no more than one week from the day you have made your selections; I try to get them done as quickly as possible, however!


Once editing is finished, I will give you these final edits along with all of the others from the session in a few days (you'll have 25 final edits from that one) - but we'll get to that soon enough. If you want a few of these ASAP, I can try to get them to you quickly so you have them to post/share with friends family - it's a little crazy until this conference is over on Thursday, but after that, things get a little more manageable. 


I can't wait to see what you pick - and can't wait for the next session! Will give you a ring/text tomorrow about scheduling the time for that one. 


Best Regards, 


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