Princeton WV Children & Portrait Photography by Autumn Branscome Photography » Autumn Branscome is a childrens and family photographer based in Princeton WV serving Princeton, Beckley, Bluefield, Charleston and surrounding areas in WV.

Sorry I haven’t blogged in forever, y’all! I promise to get back in the swing of things!!!! As we all know, babies wait for no one. And sweet Maci decided to arrive right in the middle of winter storm Jonas! Her sweet momma text me Thursday afternoon and said that she was in the hospital and baby would be coming soon. We were due to get 2-3 feet of snow beginning Thursday night into Saturday!! Friday morning, momma messaged me and said that Maci had arrived around 11:30 PM the night before. I knew that if I needed to get to the hospital ASAP if I was going to be able to photograph her before getting snowed in. I asked Jessica if she could be ready in about 45 minutes and we would go ahead and do the session! At exactly 12 hours old, sweet Maci was a DREAM to photograph. She didn’t make a peep the whole time I photographed her and was so easy. Big brother was still a little leery around her as you can see in the photos ๐Ÿ˜‰ He loves her so much though! And can I just say how amazing Jessica looks after giving birth 12 hours ago (and at almost midnight, y’all know she didn’t get much sleep!) I wish I would’ve looked like that, hot mess express, right here! HAHAHA!

Thank you so much “B” family for letting me capture this sweet moment in your lives! Maci is absolutely beautiful!

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I usually do a Top __ of 20__ post at the end of each year and today as I was picking out my Top 15 of 2015 I realized something. I could NEVER narrow down just 15 images because my sessions were all so amazing this year. I got to meet so many new clients and even made some new friends. When I started my business 5 years ago, I never in my wildest dreams would’ve imagined where I would be today. I thought it would always be just a fun hobby where I could make some money for Christmas and give my close friends + family the gift of portraiture. As my business has grown over the past 5 years, I can’t express how thankful I am for my sweet clients.

To those of you who have been with me from the very beginning (the very rough beginning, hahaha!) thank you from the bottom of my heart. For trusting me with your special memories and for sticking with me through the good times and bad. Thank you for being loyal to ABP and for sending your friends and family my way. I love watching your families grow and am glad I can call you a friend!

To those of you who haven’t been with me from the beginning but have stuck with me, thank you thank you thank you. Once again, I am so thankful that you trust me with your memories and love getting to watch your sweet families grow in front of my camera! I couldn’t do it without you!

To those of you whom I just met this year, thank you for giving me a chance!! I love meeting new families and new little faces. Every moment that I capture is special to me and I hope that I provided you with the best ABP experience possible. I hope that I see you again soon!

Thank you to each and every person that stepped in front of my camera this year. I really do treasure each and every one of you and couldn’t do it without you guys. You all have made ABP what it is and for that I am eternally grateful. Thank you for trusting me with your memories and for letting me be a part of your lives. I mean it when I say, I really do love you guys!!!!

Now that we’ve got the mushy stuff out of the way, photo overload anyone??? My favorite post of the year, by far.

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It’s time for part 2 of our Why Lifestyle? series! This weeks post is all about fresh48 photography! Being the lifestyle photography junkie that I am, in the past year I have also started offering another type of lifestyle newborn photography… Cue the fresh48! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Let me tell you a little about how my fresh48 journey began… Last year a wonderful client of mine text me and asked me if I had ever done a fresh48 session and if I would be able to try it with her new baby who was due in December. I’d never done a fresh48 but I have a few photographer friends in different parts of the country who offer fresh48 sessions and I always fall in love with those images. I said that I would certainly give it my best shot!

Once again, it was love at first click y’all.

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Yep, those are images from my very first fresh48.

Okay, so some of you may be wondering what in the world is a fresh48 session? A fresh48 session is a lifestyle newborn session done in the first 48 hours of life, typically at the hospital or birthing center. I know firsthand how foggy those few days immediately following your little ones birth can be. Not only are you trying to figure this new addition out, visitors are coming and going, the restless nights set in, and not to mention dealing with everything that comes along with delivering a baby. You know what I mean!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  I barely remember my first few days with my Hannah. I was relieved she was here, uncertain about how to care for this little one, thankful she was healthy, utterly exhausted, and the list goes on. I can’t put into words the amount of emotions that flooded me, you guys. The only way I can describe those first few days is just… foggy. I don’t remember them but I wish I would’ve found a photographer to come to the hospital and take professional and timeless images of her that I could treasure for years to come. I would give anything to have images of her tiny wrinkled feet, an image of her in the hospital bassinet, a shot of our brand new family of 3. I don’t remember any of those moments now and I want to give my clients images of those times so they always remember. I strive to capture those special moments that the fogginess of a new baby can cause us to forget. The wrinkled feet, baby’s tiny head in dad’s hands, the look of wonder in big sisters eyes as she looks at her new baby brother, mom taking in that sweet newborn smell as she kisses her new baby’s forehead. All of these sweet memories disappear too quickly in time.

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You may be wondering why all of these images are in black and white? If you know me, you know I love black and white images. There is just something so timeless about a black and white image! Let’s think back to the 80’s… What colors defined fashion in the 80’s? NEONS!!! Neon pink, neon green, neon blue… Fashion was all about neon and neon was cool! Now we’ll travel to the 90’s… What colors defined the 90’s? Those bold primary colors! Reds, blues, yellows… It was all about bold colors! Which colors will define present day fashion? Who knows! My point behind all of this is that colors date photos! When photos are taken in black and white, there are no colors to distract from the emotion of the image. This is why I photograph fresh48s in black and white. When your baby girl is getting ready to graduate high school and you pull these photos out of an album for her to see, you’ll see the emotion you felt on the very day that she was born. That’s what these sessions are about, remembering that raw emotion you felt on the day your sweet baby was born.

I really didn’t mean to write a book, you guys. fresh48 newborn photography is just something I am extremely passionate about and so excited to bring to our area! Not only will you treasure these images for years to come, your kids will treasure them. And their kids, and even their kids after that. It’s not completely about you, it’s also about them. Give them a gift they will treasure for years down the road.

If you missed part 1 of our Why Lifestyle? series, check it out here!

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You guys know how much I love fresh48 sessions. They are truly my passion. Meeting sweet Cainan was no different. Cainan was the best baby I have ever photographed. He didn’t make a peep, even when I took the piggie shots! (I unwrap my newborns when I photograph their feet and most of them get highly upset with me!) I also got to take some sibling shots of Cainan with his big brother Liam. There is nothing sweeter than photographing a new big brother or sister! The look of wonder and amazement in their eyes is the absolute sweetest. Thank you “B” family for trusting me with these precious memories!Princeton WV Newborn PhotographerPrinceton WV Newborn PhotographerPrinceton WV Newborn PhotographerPrinceton WV Newborn PhotographerPrinceton WV Newborn PhotographerPrinceton WV Newborn PhotographerPrinceton WV Newborn PhotographerPrinceton WV Newborn PhotographerPrinceton WV Newborn PhotographerPrinceton WV Newborn PhotographerPrinceton WV Newborn PhotographerNext week I’ll be continuing my Why Lifestyle? series with a post on fresh48s!!! Be sure to stay tuned!

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