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    My name is Bonnie Ingraham, and I'm the girl behind the lens.
    I am a photographer in Lancaster County, PA, and my style is simple, clean and creative. The "CB" in my website stands for 'captured beautifully' because that is what I do. Whether it is your precious newborn or your precocious toddler, I will create beautiful memories that you will treasure forever. I'd love to tell you more about myself - come on over here!

Baby Mason * Lancaster Newborn Photographer

Oh goodness – Mr. Mason, when your mommy told me you were born and you had tipped the scales at over 10 lbs…I couldn’t believe it!  I think I’ve only had one other baby that was that big!  Well, you were certainly one adorable little chunk!  Mommy was worried you would be too big to do the typical newborn poses – but  you were such a champ!  So sleepy and so curly.   Thanks so much for coming to see me – you were such a cute little snuggle bug!

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Baby Annalia * Lancaster Newborn Photographer

Sweet little Annalia.  It was such a joy to meet you.  One of the reasons I enjoy photography so much is because of all the wonderful families I get to meet.  Yours is certainly no exception.  I really enjoyed talking with your mommy, and the story she shared of how you came to join their family, is no less than a miracle.    I know for certain you could not have joined a family who loves you more than your mommy and daddy do.

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And this one just tugs at my heart.   The significance is more than I can share here, but I’m so thankful to have captured such a special moment between you girls.  A moment your mommy and daddy will have forever.

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Baby Asher * Lancaster Baby Photographer

Sweet little Asher – it was such a delight to meet you on your two week birthday!   Your mommy did a great job keeping you awake all morning, and you just slept and slept!   I was thrilled to see the gorgeous props that your parents brought along for your session.  They are avid antique shoppers – and the bowl and barrel were perfect!

Guess what? I met your cousin a few months ago for a portrait session, and he was such a little ham for his pictures.  How special that you two are so close in age…destined to be great friends!

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I just love this little face!  What a look you were giving me! :)

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kids artwork

I don’t know about you, but I love to see the artwork my kids bring home from school!  It is really cool to see their imagination at work, and how they are learning and trying new things.  In fact, I “oooh” and “ahhhh” over their pictures, asking them about every detail and praising them for their hard work and creativity.

Then, they walk away, and I’m left holding this gigantic snowman picture that is flaking a random substance all over the floor – and wondering what in the world I’m going to do with it!   I’m also left wondering how in the world they found paper that was this large  – the snowman is HUGE! You might say – well, just hang it up somewhere so they can look at their work and be proud.  I could do that, but by the end of the year, I’d end up wallpapering an entire room!

What do you do? Do you keep your kids’s artwork for a few days and then throw it out?  Or, do you save everything they bring home?  Or, maybe you pick and choose what is save-worthy and throw the rest away?  (If you are like me, you would still end up with a very big pile!).  My usual action was to throw most of it out.  I’m not a pack rat, and I love the freeing feeling of decluttering.  But, I felt rather guilty putting my kid’s artwork into the garbage (when they weren’t looking of course!).  They never missed it, but I wondered if some day I would miss it.

I just didn’t like any of those alternatives – so, somewhere along the line I heard of a great idea.  Use your camera to take a picture of your child’s artwork!  That way you have a record of what they made…. but then you can THROW AWAY the actual pieces.  And, of course there are always those pictures you would never throw away…ones that are just too sentimental.  Or maybe you want to frame a few and hang them in your home.   But, for everything else – this solution works so well!

Here are a bunch of pictures that I accumulated over the past month or so.  They are all on extra large paper and very difficult to store.  I wanted to remember them, but not to keep them.  So, out comes my camera.

I take individual snapshots of each picture like this…..

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Here are a few tips for you:

-Try not to use flash.  Flash will most likely cause hot spots (bright flashed areas) on your pictures.  So, find a nice well lit area next to a window (but not too close, or you will get the same effect).

-Shoot straight down onto the picture – not at an angle.

-Fill the frame with the picture – zoom in as close as you can.

-Store them in a folder on your computer called something like “Aiden’s 2nd grade artwork.”   Then as you take pictures throughout the year, you can keep adding them to the folder.  At the end of the year print them out as 4×6’s and put them in a little labeled album.   And, suddenly, you have your whole wallpapered room shrunk down into the size of a little 4×6 album!

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twins * Lancaster Newborn Photographer

Meet Liam and Elias, the cutest little 7 day old twins you ever saw.  Oh my, what a pair of sweet baby boys!   They were such sleepy, calm little guys who loved to snuggle beside each other.  Liam has the darker hair and the adorable furrowed brow.  Elias has the lighter hair, and is who mom affectionately calls her “baby bird.”

I was very grateful to have the help of another photographer friend.  I always feel like I need another hand during newborn sessions, and for twins it was so helpful.   It really is fun working with twins.  When there is just one baby, there is a lot of down time spent getting the baby to sleep and feeding them.  But, when there is two, I always seem to have a sleepy subject ready to take pictures!

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newborn pictures

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