Monthly Archives: November 2011

Baby Belly #1 | NWA Maternity Photographer

A few weeks ago, I did my first maternity shoot on a local first-time-to-be-expecting mother. Each time I dive into a new genre of photography, I’m both humbled and excited. There are small nuances that differentiate each type of photography — newborns, families, seniors, weddings, landscapes, wildlife, etc. — and each takes a different skill set and vision. I haven’t done this much, so I’m not sure how these really turned out; I hope they aren’t too bad! There are a few with the baby’s name, but that’s hush-hush for now. Check back at the end of December :) You can see more images here on Flickr.   Image (c) 2011 Stephen Ironside / Ironside Photography (14)


There are many things to be thankful for at this time of year — friends, family, and all of the usual things. But as far as my business is concerned, there is one thing I am especially thankful for: my clients. You. This has been an incredible second year. Business has more than doubled, and if the trend continues, next year should be even better. So, many thanks to you. Thanks for being the best clients anyone could ask for. Thanks for supporting me and putting your faith in my ability to deliver. Thanks for letting me do what I love while giving you something that you love in return. It’s a win-win.   As a token of my appreciation, here’s a deal too good to pass up.

Costa Rica 2011 | NWA Nature & Travel Photographer

In the middle of September, the Mrs. and I finally went on our honeymoon in Costa Rica. I had been there once before on a study abroad trip in 2009, and boy was it good to be back! We both love to travel, so it was a nice break from the daily routine.   Image (c) 2011 Stephen Ironside / Ironside Photography (30) More images after the jump!

Ann’s Newborn Shoot | NWA Newborn Photographer

I recently had the privilege of taking some newborn photos of little Ann in Fayetteville. Even though she would not go to sleep even once (no matter the bribe), I think I ended up with at least a few keepers. It’s pretty tough to do newborn shoots when the baby won’t close her eyes or look at you, much less be asleep, so I consider this a successful challenge.

Newborn image by Stephen Ironside.

Williams Family | NWA Family Portrait Photographer

A few weekends ago I shot the Williams family on Dickson Street in Fayetteville. Although the kids didn’t really want their photos taken, I still managed to snap a couple of keepers. I employed some of the tactics I learned last summer at Skip’s Summer School, a four day photo workshop in Las Vegas, regarding family photographs. This little boy did not want anything to do with photos, so I took him aside, by himself, and just talked to him. Asked him what was up. Asked him why he wasn’t having a good day. Asked him why he didn’t like having photos taken. I even complimented his dump truck. This opened him up a little — it’s amazing what the minds of children do when they’re trusted and treated as equals. (The little girl loved it.)   Image by NWA Family Portrait Photographer Stephen Ironside.