Hi there! I'm Mindy and I'm so glad you decided to stop by today! As a natural light photographer I consider myself incredibly blessed to be able to use my love of photography to capture moments in time for my fantastic clients.

As a mama to two young children, my family comes first and as such, I am only scheduling a limited number of sessions each month so please book early to make sure you get on my calendar! If you have any questions or would like to book a session please email me at info@mindynewtonphotography.com or give me a call 209-304-7025.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Holiday Edition of What to Wear│Sacramento Family Photographer

It has been a busy last few months here at Mindy Newton Photography and I've enjoyed all of the lovely families and children I've photographed.  Between editing images, processing orders, photographing sessions and keeping up with emails, my little blog has been sorely neglected.  I hope you all have found me on Facebook though as that is a fabulous way to keep up with what is going on at Mindy Newton Photography!

In the next few weeks I do hope to begin updating my blog as there has been lots going on and much to be excited about in 2012!  Until then, please enjoy this Holiday Edition of "What to Wear"...

Sunday, November 20, 2011

What to Wear│ Fall 2011

As the holidays near and the season of Fall family photo sessions is almost over, I don't want you to miss out on these great clothing combinations if you're still completely lost in choosing YOUR family's outfits for photos.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Shutterfly Giveaway Winners Announced!│Sacramento Family Photographer

It's Friday - woo hoo!

Thank you to all who left comments on my Christmas card giveaway from Shutterfly!  I used Random.org to choose the winner:

Unfortunately I couldn't get the actual generated results to post, but the winners were commenter #4

"Kelly said...
Mindy! this is a great giveaway, love Shutterfly too."
November 15, 2011 9:14 PM

And commenter #2:

Anonymous said...LOVE IT!! I use Shutterfly all the time too! And with a photo shoot Sunday this would be perfect!! ~Raeane ;)
November 15, 2011 8:30 PM

Winners - I will be contacting you to give you your discount codes for 25 free cards.

If you didn't win please head on over to my family blog and comment for another chance to win!  Giveaway ends Sunday.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Christmas Cards + A Giveaway!

It's that time of year again, time to scramble and book a last minute session with a photographer (if you can) or ask your neighbor to take a quick snap of you and the fam so you can get a personal Christmas card out to your friends and family before the New Year hits!  Of course, ideally you would have already had that photo session booked with the photographer of your choice (hopefully me!) and your Christmas card design ready and waiting for that perfect family photo to insert with the envelopes addressed and ready to mail off December 1st.
Yet very few of us live in an ideal world and sometimes it is hard, if not impossible, to be that
always put-together Martha Stewart persona we dream of.  For those of us not quite prepared, Shutterfly and their AMAZINGLY HUGE selection of Christmas cards is there to make at least the Christmas card selecting part of the season easy and quick.  With just a few clicks of the mouse, uploading a family image and typing in your family's name, you can have a custom and well made card to send out to your loved ones...and they'll never know you waited until the last minute since Shutterfly's processing and shipping is so fast!

Most photographer's offer their client's the option of choosing one of only a few designs to create their high-end press printed cards.  While I can definitely appreciate this and the many design options presented, I've found Shutterfly to be an excellent and comparable alternative.  For the past 4 years I have used Shutterfly to create photobooks for myself and to give to family members as gifts.  In addition, I use Shutterfly to create photo calendars each year using pictures taken from that exact month of the year before so I can see how much the children have grown and changed from year to year.  These calendars are also given as gifts and are now looked forward to each year.

This year while trying to decide what to do for our family Christmas card I saw that Shutterfly offers a huge selection of designs - ranging in folded 5x7s, to flat stationary cards to the more economical flat photocards.  I myself tend to have trouble deciding on just one photo to include with our card, so I appreciate their large selection and options of using one photo or multiple photos.  Here are a few examples of some of the multi-photo designs I really like:

If you don't care to send out Christmas cards, it's not too late to put together some amazing photo gifts for friends and family.  Shutterfly offers many great photo gifts that I'm sure you'll have no trouble finding something wonderful to make with your family images this year!  If you don't have a big family but still want to send out cards, I love that Shutterfly even includes a fun option for you to highlight your favorite furball!

Now are you ready for a giveaway??!  Shutterfly has generously allowed me to give 2 of my readers 25 FREE cards!  Did you see that?  25 amazing cards absolutely FREE!  They are available through December 31, 2011 and to win all you need to do is comment on this blog post by Thursday November 17th.  I will pick the two winners using Random.org and send you the codes for your 25 free cards from Shutterfly.  That's it, easy peasy!  So please pass this along and good luck with crossing off all the projects on your Christmas "To Do" list!

Also a reminder that it's not too early to book your 2012 photo session with Mindy Newton Photography.  I book a limited number of sessions each month so give me a call or send me an email if you'd like more information or want to get a session date on the calendar!

Disclosure: As a blogger, I am receiving 50 free cards from Shutterfly for this post.  

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Mini Session Family #2│Sacramento Family Photographer

This was such a fun family to shoot, it's always nice to have a super helpful big brother to love his brother and sister and help get them to smile.  Mom and dad were fantastic too and despite the ridiculously HOT October weather, we had a relaxing and successful mini-session.

Little Miss Samantha was a wonderful little model, but at the end she was just DONE!


I loved this one of the three kids - how blessed their parents are!

Mini-Session #1│Sacramento Family Photographer

I had such a fun time with this family as we swapped ideas for our session and explored our location.  The morning light was beautiful and the love this family shares for one another was a joy to see.  A terrific family that I hope will love these images!

Monday, October 31, 2011

All Grown Up! │Sacramento Children's Photographer

Let's go back about 8 years...you will find me working with little toddlers in our church's nursery and one boy in particular was such a crack up!  I was so excited when his mom called me up and wanted to do a photo session with both kids.  I had a great time getting to know both kids again and we captured some fun moments during our time together too.  They are both so bright, friendly and funny - traits I am not the least surprised they possess knowing what a sweet lady their mom is.  Andrew + Rachel - I hope you're having a fantastic Halloween!

Still a crack-up with this "Thinker" pose!

Gotta love some gorgeous light!

Finally...an Incredible Family {MAY You Be Blessed Winners}│Sacramento Family Photographer

You may remember back in May I ran a campaign called "MAY You Be Blessed", my small way of honoring a well deserving family who has overcome adversity or is currently facing difficulties.  The deserving family received a complimentary photo session and disc of images.

I received nominations from many wonderful and deserving families and I am honored to introduce you to the amazing Escobar family.

 Here is the nomination email I received for Jaime and her family,

"Jaime Escobar- Busy mommy to 4 kids  ages  6, 5 year old twins and a 3 year old with special needs. Her pelvis broke when she was pregnant with the twins. When her youngest was born she had four kids two and under. Her youngest Maggie appeared fine when she was born but when she was a few months old she was diagnosed with Tubersclerosis, she has lot's of benign tumors in her brain which causes her to have seizures on a regular basis.  When Maggie was just two years old Jamie had to have brain surgery and was on bed rest for 3 months. Her mom & mother in law took turns helping with the kids. Jaime also had to have a knee surgery somewhere although I can't remember the exact timing of when. They were told that little Maggie would never walk or talk and at one point they were told to gather all of the family because Maggie had only a short time to live. They were also told Maggie would need a lobectomy but with the risk of loosing her hearing & eye sight.   Jaime decided against this and is giving Maggie a special liquid diet and she is showing lot's of improvement.  Maggie is now 3 years old and is doing great.  She is a little miracle.  She can walk and talk. She can laugh & play and do things that they never thought she could do.  Jaime keeps busy with activities for the older kids and therapy for little Maggie.  Jaime is so friendly & happy & encouraging.  One would never know that she has faced so many difficulties in the last few years.  Jaime just completed her first half marathon.  Family pictures would be so special to them.  It would be a reminder of all that they have been through and to celebrate how far they have come."

I had a wonderful time at our session Jaime and LOVED working with you sweet family!  You are an inspiration and blessing to many!

This image may not jump out to some as wonderful, but considering little Maggie was never expected to walk, this is not only beautiful but extraordinary!