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  • Connie Granja Photography {Beauty captured naturally}

    Your newborn's tiny toes, your toddler's silly smile, your child's toothless grin...  these are moments you'll want to remember forever. I pride myself in capturing what it is you see when you look at your child - their quirks, their little personalities, the way their hair smells and their tiny toes curl up. One day, when they are all grown, you'll want to remember how small they were and what your family looked like when you were all first getting to know each other. It's a beautiful and wonderful time and I am thrilled to document it and tell your story. It would be an honor to capture your family as they are today so they can treasured for generations to come.

    Connie Granja Photography is located in Boa Raton, Florida and specializes in Maternity, Newborn, Infant and Baby Portraiture in Broward and Palm Beach Counties.

The Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project {Boca Raton Newborn Photographer}

If you read my post for World Breastfeeding Week last year, you’ll know the art piece it inspired me to create of my daughter Emmy and I, and you would know how passionate I am about moms, babies and breastfeeding. So it’s no surprise that when I heard about “The Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project” that Texas photographer Leilani Rogers came up with, I couldn’t help but want to be a part of it. Professional photographers nationwide are participating in this event where we photograph moms breastfeeding in public. We support and encourage each other and share our experiences, all the while helping to continue the conversation to normalize breastfeeding and helping to educate others on the misconceptions of breastfeeding in public.

I am excited to participate in this event! I am looking to photograph five lovely moms and their nurslings in the Boca Raton area on Saturday, July 19th. This will be a complimentary session where I take lifestyle images of each mom breastfeeding out in a public spot around town. The images captured will be featured here on my website, on my facebook page and on my Twitter account (follow me @conniegranja) August 1-7th, 2014 during World Breastfeeding Week. They will also be shared on other social media pages nationwide. Moms interested in participating must sign a model release for themselves and their child. In exchange, moms will receive 2-3 digital images from their session.

If you would like to join me and be a part of this project, please send me an email (info@conniegranja.com) with the following:
1.) your name
2.) your email address
3. ) your nursling’s name(s) and age(s)
4.) and a little bit about yourself and your experience breastfeeding in public.

I will be selecting 5 moms for this project on Thursday, July 17th and we will be shooting on Saturday, July 19th in the afternoon.

I am excited to be a part of this nationwide event and thrilled to help bring awareness in our society and our community. Here’s to taking one step closer to normalizing breastfeeding!:)

(Below is an example of the style of images I will be shooting for this project, which is separate from the studio work I usually offer.)

This is me with my littlest, nursing in his sling while I indulge in my favorite treat, ice-cream from Coldstone Creamery. YUM! My favorite flavor? Cake batter with caramel and bananas. His favorite? Mommy’s milk, straight from the tap.;)

 

Breastfeeding Awareness Project | Boca Raton, Fl Newborn Photographer | Connie Granja Photography | www.conniegranja.com

 

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Top 6 Reasons Why Rachel Vanoven’s Family Guide is the BEST

As a professional in my business, I’m always looking to grow and learn. That’s what I love about photography – you can never stop learning! There is always something new to make things easier and even better.

When I had the opportunity to test Rachel Vanoven’s Family eWorkshop Guide, I jumped at the chance. Not only because she is one of the best in the field, but because I know everything she creates, she puts her heart and soul into. She is completely dedicated to her craft and it really shows. I met her when I took her newborn workshop in Jacksonville last year and I feel it completely changed everything I do for the better. Not only is she smart and fun to be around, but she’s hilariously funny – which you will notice her personality pop out in her guide. I promise, you will not fall asleep reading and watching this!

So here goes, my top 6 reasons why Rachel Vanoven’s Family eWorkshop Guide is the best one out there, and if you’re a photographer that shoots families, you need to RUN not walk to buy this eworkshop guide.

1.) It is ridiculously thorough.
Rachel has put together a BEAST of a family guide. I own several family guides, so I know what I’m talking about – nothing comes close to hers. I have never seen a guide that covers so. much. She’s giving away alll her secrets here. Seriously, I’m in awe of how much she shares. And I’ll be honest – I thought, I’ve been doing this a while too and I’ve learned from other workshops and how much new information could there really be, ya know? Ha. I was wrong. She covers things where I was just shaking my head, “Brilliant!”

2.) It’s easy to read and in plain English.
The PDF Guide is hands down a family photographer’s dream. It’s easy to read and beautifully designed. It has over 60 pages, tons of images and even diagrams.

It starts off with how to use your camera, she talks about settings and she discussed using manual mode in terms anyone can understand. When I was learning to use my camera several years ago I was totally stumped at using manual mode. I just couldn’t get it! She explains it so easily that I only wish she’d created this years ago and it would have saved me so much time figuring it out!

But don’t think this is for beginners only! The Guide continues to more advanced techniques, such as lighting, where to position your subjects, getting that amazing backlighting and composition. She also talks about interacting with your subjects to get the most out of your images. And like I said, she explains things in a way a friend would, not like a teacher. She makes you crack up with things like “tiny leg syndrome” and “dad crotch syndrome.” You will seriously enjoy this read.

3.) The videos. Oh, the videos!!
THIS is why you want this workshop and not any other. What other Family Photography Guide offers not only a book you can read and reference, but also videos with actual examples?!! And not just one video… not 2… nope, not even 3 vidoes. Rachel has gone above and beyond and includes 7 videos with this guide. The very best one being of what one of her actual photo shoot looks like. It’s like being there in person and she narrates what she’s doing and why she’s doing it.

4.) The editing.
As a graphic design as my background, I really thought ok, the editing I got down pat. I really thought there wouldn’t be much new information for me here. But I was very pleasantly surprised. Again, Rachel goes above and beyond. She shows you her entire workflow, from beginning to end – how she culls her images, what actions she uses, how she uses ACR and Photoshop to achieve the look she wants without spending a million hours at the computer editing. Oh and did I mention she does this in a video?! And not just of one image, but of several! She discusses editing RAW images, recovering overexposure, and even head swapping. You can watch as she edits 10 images at the same time in a matter of minutes. Seriously, how nice would it be to get a few hours of your life back that this will save you in editing time??

5.) Tips and tricks for interacting with clients.
This is where I think Rachel really shines. And if you’ve ever met her, you’ll know what I mean. She’s just that kind of person you can’t help but like. She makes you feel comfortable right away and she’s so silly and goofy and knows exactly how to make her clients (especially children) feel at ease in front of her camera. She shares her tips and techniques for how she interacts and why, in order to get the shot she’s looking for. I have never seen this presented any better than the way Rachel does. I think the hardest part of family photography is genuine expressions and that is what Rachel is really amazing at. Anyone can get a pretty shot. But getting that “REAL” smile that mom and dad want? That’s frickin’ hard! Getting a child to smile on command? It can be like pulling teeth! But Rachel’s ideas make it seem so easy! The entire cost of the Guide is worth just this section alone. She explains this in the PDF guide where she goes in depth and discusses how to handle each age range individually: one and under, two to four and four and up. Oh, and did I mention she even gives an example of this in a video as well?! I KNOW!!! Amazing!!

6.) The learning never ends.
Another absolutely amazing aspect that is completely different from other Photography Guides is – once you purchase this guide, you get access to a private Facebook group where you can talk with other photographers that have purchased the guide. Not only can you  network and bounce ideas off of each other, but you can always tag Rachel and ask her and other photographers questions. This is the guide where you never stop learning. See what I mean?!! Have your socks been knocked off yet?!

Ok – so that’s my experience with Rachel Vanoven’s Family Guide. I love it. Whether you’re a beginning, intermediate or advanced family photographer looking to take your images to the next level, I know you’ll love it, too.

And you wanna know exactly how much I loved it?? I just watched and read the Family Guide today, and I just HAD to blog about how awesome it was, that I just spent the one precious hour that I get to myself during my kids’ nap time to write this. (If you’re a mom, you’ll understand what a big deal that is.) My youngest just woke up, which is why I have to stop at the top 6 reasons instead of the top 60.

Seriously, you’ll love it. Go get it here when it goes live tomorrow, Tuesday, October 8th, 2013. When your clients are gushing, you’ll be glad you did.;)

PS – I’ve got newbie sessions coming up but I can’t WAIT for my next family session in a few weeks to try out some of the new ideas I’ve learned! Follow me on Facebook and you’ll be the first to see! www.facebook.com/ConnieGranjaPhotography

 

 

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Beautiful Baby Girl Newborn Session {Boca Raton Newborn Photographer}

Meet the Claytons! I had such a great time getting to know them and photographing their sweet kiddos. Mom really wanted a neutral and organic feel for her images so we stuck to more earthy tones, which went perfectly with this little girl’s creamy color.  And just look at how beautiful this family is! I can’t get over how loving baby Sydney’s big brother was with her! My heart just melted!!

What a wonderful way to welcome a new little bundle into the world and capture the tininess that is the brief newborn time… The hours are long but the days are short. Capture them before these days slip by and you forget how really small they once were!

Baby Girl Newborn Session - Connie Granja Photography
Baby Girl Newborn Session - Connie Granja Photography
Baby Girl Newborn Session - Connie Granja Photography
Baby Girl Newborn Session with Big Brother - Connie Granja Photography
Baby Girl Newborn Session with Big Brother - Connie Granja Photography
Baby Girl Newborn Session with Big Brother - Connie Granja Photography
Baby Girl Newborn Session - Connie Granja Photography
Baby Girl Newborn Session - Connie Granja Photography
Baby Girl Newborn Session - Connie Granja Photography

 

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First Birthday Family Session at the Park

This sweet little girl had her first birthday cake smash session taken by me recently and we met up again for a family session – it was so much fun! This little girl was on the move – curiously investigating every part of the park. Forget holding her hand for too long, though – she wanted to EXPLORE! I love seeing little personalities shine through – and little Miss Blakelin definitely has a mind of her own. Mom and Dad were so laid back too – which made for an awesome session. We had a blast!

First Birthday Family Session - Boca Raton Photographer - Connie Granja Photography

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Breastfeeding Art Piece for World Breastfeeding Week {Boca Raton Newborn Photographer}

Happy World Breastfeeding Week to all my mamas!  In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, I wanted to share this personal project I have been working on. This is a portrait of me nursing my youngest daughter (19 months). It is one of the most beautiful pictures I have of her. It captures our relationship right now perfectly and I’m so thrilled that I was able to bring this idea to life.


Breastfeeding Mother

 

Breastfeeding photography is something near and dear to my heart. I breastfed both of my children and it was difficult at first with each one of them. It involved a bad latch and a tongue tie, engorgement, pumping at all hours, clogged milk ducts, constant monitoring of baby’s weight, painful nursing, stress and tears. So for me, I associated breastfeeding with anxiety. When I had my first, I did what I could to avoid breastfeeding in public - I was afraid of what people would think of me, if they would stare, of what they might say to me. I consider myself to be quite modest and I felt that the moment my daughter started nursing a spotlight was suddenly on me and that everyone would know what I was doing. Those first few weeks those few times we did venture out with the baby out to lunch or dinner, I would have to leave the table (and my family and my hot food) at restaurants, walk all the way back to my car (which wasn’t always close by) with a crying, hungry baby just so I could nurse her someplace no one would see. I would nurse in my car, and during the day it would be scorching in the hot Florida sun. Errands and meals took forever, constantly running back to the car to hide. I was miserable that things were hard enough with learning to breastfeed and to care for a baby, and my daughter was miserable constantly having to wait and crying for her next meal.

Then I met a group of amazing moms, all who were going through something similar to me and together we started meeting up with our little ones during the day. And inevitably, we started nursing in public. Some of us were second time moms and were braver than others – some nursed with a cover, some in a sling, others under a blanket and some covered by nothing at all, simply nursed with strategically layered tops that only exposed what was necessary. Some you couldn’t even tell they were nursing! I was so impressed! Seeing how easily and nonchalantly they all handled it made  it seem so easy… and then it was when I realized – you know what? This is no big deal. I’m just feeding my baby. It was such a supportive environment. I felt uplifted, encouraged and suddenly accepted, with no need to keep hiding. It was the best feeling in the world. I was suddenly nursing everywhere. And once I figured out how to nurse in my sling, life with my baby got even better. If it wasn’t for the amazing support I received from these women and from my family, I don’t know how I would have continued breastfeeding. Because of them, we were able to get through the rough challenges we had with bad latches, tongue ties and lip ties that threatened our breastfeeding relationship from the beginning. And even more, we were able to get past the hurdles of breastfeeding while outside in the everyday world. I am so proud that I was able to nurse my daughters well into toddlerhood, my second one who is still nursing at almost 2 years old. Having now breastfed 2 children, I realize how much breastfeeding is something I truly cherish. Not just because of the nutritional aspect of it, but because of the bond I’ve created with my daughter. It just warms my heart when I stare into her eyes and see hers staring back at me. So sweet. So loving. So tender. It melts my heart.

That is what led me to create this piece for World Breastfeeding Week. I wanted to capture my  second daughter breastfeeding with that beautiful gaze that just fills me with so much love. I created the set up for this and my second shooter (aka my sister Cathy) took the shot. I am so in love with this. It is an image I will cherish forever, long after she’s weaned and forgotten what this was like… I will still remember. The good, the bad, the hurdles and the triumph. Mostly though, I will just remember her eyes, her gaze and her love. <3

If you would like a portrait like this of you and your nursling, contact me at info@conniegranja.com and I would be happy to create it for you. <3

Breastfeeding Mother

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