Category Archives: Babies

Myla: {Fort Myers Hospital Shoot}

Hospital shoots are hands down one of my favorite sessions I get to do. It’s an experience that is so incredibly special and the amount and level of different emotions is probably at an all time high, for most people in the room. I feel like “priceless” is the closest word I can use to describe the moments and hours following a birth (and moments I sooo wish I could replay in my own life!!).

So, needless to say, I was ecstatic when previous clients, Alisa and Kevin, contacted me about doing a hospital shoot for their little girl. Their wedding day, which was at the gorgeous Miromar Lakes, was one of my favorites of all time. Not only was the venue and event wonderful, but I was blessed to work with this couple who is so in love, incredibly fun, down to earth, and so selfless.

Alisa and Kevin, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! I am thrilled for you guys as you begin life as a family of 3. Your baby girl is beautiful and she is so blessed to have parents as awesome as you both. Thanks so much for allowing me to follow you and capture your journey of life together for the the past few years. Love you guys!

Enough writing, since I know everyone here is ready to see little Myla…Just a little less than 24 hours old, here is the “Product of Alevin”!


And this is why I love doing these hospital shoots so much. One of my favorite Myla/Mommy pictures…LOVE.

I’m sure you’re wanting more Myla- CLICK HERE for the slideshow to see a little more….

Professional Prints vs. The Retail 60-Minute Lab

Last week out of urgency to have an image printed, I decided to do a quick upload through a local retailers’ one hour lab. As a photographer, this was the only one hour retail lab I said I would ever use, when in dire need. I didn’t even bother to check the 4×6’s and 5×7’s before leaving but when I got home and opened the envelope, my jaw literally hit the floor. My children looked like grey ghosts.

I’ve seen other photogs comparison pictures of “why never to order through walmart, etc.,” but when I saw first hand how distorted the coloring of a photo can be, it became so much more “real”. I immediately went to my professional lab to order the exact same images for comparison. How excited I was when FedEx knocked on my door this morning to drop off these pictures. It doesn’t take an expert, photographer, or genius to figure out how poor of quality and lack of detail the retail print is in comparison to the professional print.

Now granted, I just snapped side by side pictures of the photographs for quick comparison, but I’m excited to have these in my office so people can see first hand the difference in quality- paper and all. Happy Wednesday!!

{ Little Sidenote: I totally understand the desire to want to order your prints (whether they’re one you’ve taken or images provided by your photographer) without going through a professional company. One of my favorite online retail companies is www.mpix.com, and they come highly recommended. Plus, they’re quick and really don’t cost any more than a local one hour retailer! }


Katie & Luis: Waiting On Greyson

A few years ago I had the pleasure of meeting, getting know and working with Katie and Luis as I captured their amazing wedding (which you can view here). In fact, I liked Katie so much I brought her onboard MGP and she is now the creative assistant, doing everything from editing to second shooting. You could say Luis helps Katie in this department too because (just like my husband) he has no problem critiquing any picture that comes his way. 🙂 Truly though, I am so grateful for all she does and her willingness to not only succeed, but do anything to exceed my expectations. I am blessed to call her my friend and I am so excited to watch her role as mother begin!

In just a few short weeks, or really any day for that matter, they will be welcoming their little man- Greyson- into this world and I am absolutely thrilled for them. I know they are going to make wonderful parents as they raise this precious boy in the ways of the Lord. I remember reading an article by John Piper where he talks about being coronary Christians rather than adrenal Christians and I think this is so vital when it comes to parenthood. There are days when we don’t want to serve our children or have patience with them, but as a coronary Christian we have to be reminded that it’s not about comfort but rather the cause. Anyway, here is a little snippet from Piper’s article and I pray it encourages you the way it does me, regardless of role:

“I am glad for adrenaline; I suspect it gets me through lots of Sundays. But it doesn’t do much for Mondays. I am more thankful for my heart. It just keeps on serving – during good days and bad days, happy and sad, high and low, appreciated and unappreciated. It never lets me down. It never says, “I don’t like your attitude, Piper, I’m taking a day off.” It just keeps humbly lubb-dubbing along.

Coronary Christians are like the heart in the causes they serve. Adrenal Christians are like adrenaline – a spurt of energy and then fatigue. What we need in the cause for the unborn is coronary Christians. Marathoners, not just sprinters. People who find the pace to finish the (life-long) race.

O, for coronary Christians! Christians committed to great Causes, not great comforts. I pleaded with you to dream a dream bigger than you and your families and your churches. I tried to un-deify the American family and say that our children are not our cause; they are given to us to train for the great causes of mercy and justice in a prejudiced, pain-filled, and perishing world.”

Luis and Katie, I am THRILLED for you guys and cannot wait to meet your little Greyson!

 

Jett.

I knew Jett’s newborn session was going to be nothing short of fabulous. Little did I know, his mommy was going to go above and beyond and fill their entire dining room up with props and all sorts of amazing things. A vintage scale, handmade items from etsy.com, birdcages, baskets and sooo much more…it was pretty much a newborn photographer’s heaven!

We did this shoot a few weeks ago, when Jett was about 10 days old and I promise you this little man is just as sweet and perfect as he is cute and adorable. It was such an honor to capture this most special time and I am so excited to watch this little boy grow!

Alana is ONE!

I may totally be speaking for myself, but I often don’t realize how much can change in 6 months. Life just goes on, day by day, and then all of a sudden you question, “when did this change” or “how did this happen” or “when and how did my baby get so big”. I know as a mom, the latter is so often the question. At bible study today a lady said something to the extent of “Life just gets in the way of the daily”. How true that is. I truly want to be a person who values each day to the fullest extent and even better, each hour and minute. How am I spending my time? Resolution #1 for 2011…hoping to be a wiser time spender this year!

Yesterday, I had the honor of getting to spend a little time with Miss Alana on one of the biggest days of her little life. Her First Birthday! The last time I saw Alana was just a little past her 6 month birthday. Back then she was this little girl who sat where you put her and now she’s an opinionated little princess who loves to go, go, go, eat grass and wear the fanciest jewels she can find. Not only that but I think she’s even more adorable than she was last time, if that’s even possible. Doesn’t her precious little face just melt you!? I won’t even get started on her eyes…dark hair+blue eyes=one of my favorite combos!

Happy First Birthday Alana!!! You are a doll and I am so grateful I got hang out with you on such a special day!


It’s Finally Time…Spring Session Giveaway!!!

First of all, THANK YOU so much for getting me to 500 facebook fans!! You guys ROCK!!! If you haven’t become a fan yet, join here.

So, here’s the deal, one lucky winner will receive an hour long session, anywhere in Southwest Florida. If you don’t live in the Fort Myers/Naples area, keep reading, because you can transfer it to someone who does!! The winner will receive an 8×10 double matted print of their choice, 2 5×7’s and a disk, with rights, of their images from the shoot. Your shoot can be whatever you wish- family, children, newborn, maternity, senior, engagement, bridal, etc. It’s your hour, and your choice!

Entering is simple! Just leave a comment on the blog www.mariaglassfordblog.com (there is a comment section following each blog post) and you are automatically entered. One entry per person, BUT if you would like a second entry, thereby doubling your chances of winning, just Tweet about this contest on Twitter, post it as your Facebook status or mention it on your blog and you will be entitled to a second entry. Just be sure to include the link www.mariaglassfordblog.com in your announcement of the giveaway and then email me (maria@mariaglassford.com) to let me know where you posted it. It gets better than this though. If you win the giveaway and have a double entry (by forwarding this giveaway on, per the above mentioned methods), you will win a shoot for not only yourself, but also a shoot for you to giveaway to anyone you wish. Therefore, if you win and have two entries, you win two shoots!! Mother’s Day is coming and this would be a nice little treat for any mom!!

Just a few more things…
The winner will be chosen by random.org on May 5th, contacted by email and announced on this blog. Prize has no cash value and no substitutions can be made. Sessions are scheduled based on availability, but typically planned 2-3 weeks in advance. We will not sell, use or share your email address with anyone. If you have any questions or need clarification of this contest, please feel free to email me at maria@mariaglassford.com. Good luck!!

Getting Ready for Emery

Last week I was honored to attend my friend Andrea’s baby shower luncheon, at The Veranda, in downtown Fort Myers. It was a spectacular event, with gorgeous pink tulips, Bennett’s doughnuts (www.bennetsfreshroast.com) and Norman Love Chocolates (www.normanloveconfections.com). Seriously, the doughnuts were to die for; simply, heaven on earth. Let’s just say the diet I had been doing so well with totally hit the brick wall once I took a bite. Not only did I take a bite, but I ate TWO whole doughnuts. However, they were most definitely worth every ounce I gained from eating them. Bennett’s is located in downtown Fort Myers and from what I hear, the little coffee shop is definitely a must visit. I plan on taking my family there to pick up some coffee and donuts followed by a stop at Centennial Park…where I will chase my kids until the sun goes down, just so I can maybe eat THREE next time.

Okay, enough about me. Andrea looked so adorable, as always!! She’s the Martha Stewart from our group of friends and we are just so excited she moved here last year!! Baby Emery got so many great gifts for her big debut in May. Some of the cutest baby things I have ever seen and it *almost* makes me want to have another baby just so I can buy all of the new, fun stuff they have out there these days.

Of course, the food at The Veranda was fab. I just love the charming little restaurant and cannot wait to go back and eat outside on the brick porch on a beautiful spring day!! We also got to choose from an assortment of Norman Love Chocolates. I have been eating Norman’s “treats” since I was a kid, since I used to babysit for their kids (and my brother was friends with their son) and I can tell you, he has only gotten better at what he does. As usual, they were as good to eat as they were to look at!! We also were treated to the most beautiful Norman Love cake I have probably ever seen. It was AMAZING.

Andrea, your shower was just as special as you are. I am so thankful for your friendship and I cannot wait to meet your sweet baby girl!!










Mia Luciana

She truly is as beautiful as her name. She’s so teeny tiny, has gorgeous dark hair, the cutest little lips and a face anyone would love. I finally got to visit little Mia (and her momma!) today after waiting excitedly for the last 9 months! She was a wonderful Christmas present for the family, as she made her big debut a little earlier than expected, on December 23rd. Baby Mia definitely has her own little game plan or maybe she was just too excited for her shoot because she decided to stay awake pretty much the whole time I was there! Regardless, we still got some cute shots. Without further ado…here’s little Mia!


…and, seriously, how good does her mommy look for just giving birth!?!

It’s Raining Models.

There’s much to be said about friendships. I have best friends I’ve known pretty much my whole life and then I have best friends I’ve made in the past few years. I treasure each and everyone of them and I love the different relationship with each one.  Over the past 4 years, my friend Ali has turned from an aquaintance, to someone I saw every week at playgroup, to a best friend who is like my second sister.  One of my favorite things about Ali is her living each day to the fullest and the determination she has regardless of circumstances. I love that she has no fear to skip naptime, just so we can have a little more fun that day; or her ability to pick up and meet somewhere with no notice or premade plans.  So, with a little bit of Ali’s spontinaity, we ended up here…

… my best friend and I braved the pouring rain (P O U R I N G) to take the kids for a little photoshoot. Who wouldn’t love a photoshoot in the rain, with 8 kids and 2 adults? I got there a little before Ali to attempt a Christmas card pic of my kids (success) and then waited for her to arrive. As the kids and I are sitting on the porch of a house, the rain starts coming (like cats and dogs). Sure enough, that doesn’t stop Ali. The kids were troopers though, waiting patiently under shelter, splashing in the puddles, eating candy and counting down the minutes until their lunch break.  Overall the day was a huge success. I got some shots I just adore of her girls. Seriously, model material.