I'm an Athens photographer specializing in glamorous fairytale portraits for ladies of all ages. Babies and kids are what I'm best known for.
My kids portraits are stress free, fun, and easy. I have a studio client closet so I provide all the dresses, wings and crowns for these fantasy photo sessions.
When I'm posing your kids, they'll look candid, never stiff. I do that by making a fool of myself behind the camera. I was a pre-school teacher before I became a photographer, so I know all about how to manage over-exuberant kids or bring a shy child out of their bubble.
My images speak for themselves. Check out these spectacular examples in the kids and babies portfolio right now.
My style is colorful and fun. Vibrant photos are important to show off the real character of your children. I am known for being patient and taking the time to get a shy child to open up, or waiting for a silly kid to calm a bit. The true smiles and real expressions captured in my photography will make the personalities of each child shine. I'm well known for being patient and calm and for being able to get amazing images of siblings together.
The location you choose can set the mood, so I have a whole list of my favorite places to take gorgeous pictures. I make sure to find the best light and include the surrounding environmental area to make your photos stand out. The resulting prints and albums will be treasured by your family for generations to come.
I love fairy photography! I think one of my favorite parts about fantasy photography is that I get to work with some of the prettiest normal girls ever. Add a fairy costume and a flower crown, and it's magical. I provide kids couture dresses and wings to my clients for use in the session, as well as going to the salon before the shoot for hair and makeup. Running a children's portrait studio is a very hands-on job. I build or craft a lot of my own props for shoots. I built an 8ft moon once. I shot a fairy session for a grandmother who wanted her tattoos shown off. I did a session that included a 9ft skirt, a leaf blower, and two cars. I built a 6ft bird nest with the help of my husband. I started a circle hoop swing trend in the photography world. I borrowed a taxidermy coyote and moved him for a Red Riding Hood shoot. I lost my mind with all the glitter left over from these shoots. I met a mermaid. I tossed a bed in the ivy. I met two Unicorns in Seattle. I cut 300 paper butterflies and hung them in trees. I made an entire outfit from paper once. I made 6ft fairy wings once. I met Merida from Brave. I built a steampunk Cinderella. I hung jars full of flowers from trees. I use some purple smoke grenades in a treasure box.I put my heart and soul into these shoots, and I think it shows. I’ve photographed in several locations in Athens and Watkinsville. The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, the UGA Founder’s Garden and North Campus, Ashford Manor in Watkinsville, and Thomas Orchards.
Of course sisters and can sometimes be more of a challenge than single kids. I have years of experience and lots of stupid games to play to get even siblings who don't like each other or are over being touched to pose together for photos. No matter how the photo session looks like it's going, I guarantee that I have at least one of all your kids together looking great and at least pretending to have fun. See the siblings gallery page for more photos!
Babies are a unique photography style all on their own! From newborn to sitting up and crawling, to finally walking and running away, each stage is different! 17+ years of experience in capturing all of those baby stages means that I can get you the cutest ever baby pictures you've been looking for. Little chubby toes and fingers, fat baby tights and cheeks, you want to remember it all.
Capturing how fast your baby changes in the first year is crucial! That squishy newborn phase is gone in a few short weeks. They sit and then stand up and then walk in just a few months! It goes so quickly, and you'll want to remember every little thing.
Setting up the whole year so you have nothing to worry about is wonderful. I recommend that you do newborn baby, four months, eight months, and twelve months. Or three sessions with newborn photos, six months, and twelve months. Ask me about a special First Year multi-session package with a baby's first year album!
My prices are transparent and posted on my website for you to see at any time. I know that most people want digital images from their photo sessions, but I also know what a pain it is for most people to do anything with that CD or USB drive full of pictures. For lots of people, they get it and it just sits in their drawer for years without being enjoyed. Too many clients tell me that they went to another photographer but they never printed the images they got. You'll get downloadable digital images from me, but also fully custom printed products as well, so you can really feel your photos. Turning the thick pages of a leather-bound album or standing in front of a beautifully framed wall print makes the portraits so much more real than scrolling through your tiny phone screen. See my Pricing Page for full information with pictures and videos of products.
Autumn is traditionally the time when moms schedule their kid's photo sessions because of the holiday season. Fall pictures are wonderful because the weather has cooled down (finally). Prints and albums make perfect gifts for Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa of course, but are also wonderful for Mother's Day, Father's day, Grandparent's day, and Valentine's day gifts. If you send holiday cards at the end of the year, what better way to show how your babies have grown than with photo cards? See my Pricing Page for full information with pictures and videos of products. Your memories for a lifetime will shine brighter as photo gifts.
I've been doing portrait sessions for kids and babies in the Athens and Watkinsville area for 17+ years. I went to school for a degree in early childhood education and was a pre-school teacher before starting my photography studio, which means I have about 25 years of experience with kids. I know all the potty humor that works to get real smiles, all the games to play to get true poses, and all the fun things to say to see your child's true personality. I get told time and time again that my clients love how calm and patient I am, and your photo session will be absolutely fun!
As a former pre-school teacher, I can definitely under that children have many moods. I know how to maximize a child's shorter attention span and make the process fun for them while still getting amazing images that will show your child's personality beautifully.
I've been a photographer in Athens and Watkinsville for 17+ years, so I have had plenty of time to figure out where the best spots are. I know what looks best in the background of your portraits, where and at what angle the best light is, and what areas look best with your wardrobe. From formal to wild, a field of green grass to flowers, I will match your style to the locations I know look best. See my Top 10 Athens Photo Locations for more info.
The smallest little unnoticed thing in a photograph can ruin the entire mood. You wouldn't hang a timeless portrait on the wall if it looked like there was a tree growing out of your head. Hair ties on wrists, litter in the corners, questionable graffiti on a pole behind you... it all needs to be seen and fixed before your photos are on your walls. I begin each photo session by checking the list and making sure everything looks great, and making sure that continues through the entire time I'm with you.
Hi, I’m Heather Larkin. I am a child’s photographer located in Athens GA shooting fantasy fairy portraits! I provide the dresses, wings and accessories for girls sizes 2 to 14, and girls over 5 years old get a complementary trip to the salon before the photo session for hair styling and light makeup. So what happens when you book a Fairyography session?
This is one of the best parts, the SHOPPING! I invite you to come 'shopping' through my studio. I'll bring all the dresses that fit your girl for you to see and touch. Come pick out what she'll wear and see how easy the wings are and hold the gorgeous flower crowns!
Then we'll chat about what you have in mind for the session, this is what you love most about your daughter and what you'd like to remember in her photos. Don't worry if you don't have any ideas about what you'd like her shoot to look like, I have plenty for both of us! Her experience is half of an amazing photo session, let's make it something she'll remember and talk about for years!
Then we'll go through my products. Check out the samples of the prints and see why my photo albums are so coveted! Your final products are the other half of what make a Fairyography session so unique. and I want you to see what could be hanging on your walls or sitting on your coffee table.
I know, you're worried. You're thinking "But my girl is wild and I know she won't sit still for photos!" or maybe you're thinking "Oh my gosh, I know my girl is amazing but she's so shy she takes a while to warm up.. will we have time?" Yes, I promise I know. Fairy sessions are SO FUN and I’m often told at the end of the session that the giggling kid that I was just with for an hour on a stroll through the forest is usually super shy. Not with me! I went to school for Early Childhood Education so that I could work in preschool. I am crazy silly and super patient. I ENJOY being with your daughters, Plus I know what’s appropriate for her age and how to run a session. I speak TO her like a person, and not at her. I read her and I know when she’s done for the day. There are no crying princesses at my photo appointments. You'll come and leave with a happy, thrilled little girl who will talk about how she was a fairy for weeks and months afterwards.
You've already seen what I offer at your consultation, so you've already had what you want to go home with in the back of your mind for a while. You'll come back to the studio for the reveal of your images. See them all large on my studio TV screen and get my professional recommendations about which ones will go well together. You'll see a pre-design of an album so that you can know what your girl's story will look like laid out, no guesswork needed! Of course, you can change anything you want, but it'll be super easy for you to see it all.
Once your order is in and I've had time to check it over, you'll be emailed or called right away so you you can take your babies home! Your framed art will be ready to hang immediately once you get it home so you can enjoy looking at your wall art right away.
Athens, Watkinsville, and into Atlanta - Available for travel to Seattle, Portland, and New Orleans