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Featured Friday: Clovers and Pearls

I recently began working with small business owners to help create images that can showcase their products on a professional level.

Beautiful images that showcase a product is obviously imperative to any marketing plan. It’s no different than a photographer’s portfolio. You want and need to show your best representation of what you are selling;)

When I started this venture, I really didn’t think about posting here. After all, this blog was more about portrait session previews and features. However, something has been tugging at me to share these shops with my readers and clients.

Starting today, I am beginning a “Featured Friday” series to show off some of these awesome shops and small business owners.

Today’s featured business is Clover’s and Pearls.  Jen has filled her shop with beautiful jewelry at great prices. An online boutique with stunning pieces to spruce up your wardrobe!

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A little background from the owner…

“The idea for Clovers & Pearls started when I moved from GREAT shopping cities to a small beach town in Southern Maryland.  To say choices were limited, would be an understatement.

I have always loved boutique shopping and finding things that you wouldn’t find mass produced in the stores so, I decided to take matters into my own hands.”


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A new found love during this shoot… Mama Said Tee’s.  These ladies had the perfect collaboration!

I loved Jen’s styling of the jewelry with a cute T-shirt. Takes the everyday casual up a notch, don’t ya think?

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“Clovers & Pearls will always bring you fun, trendy, quality accessories that you wont find in the big box stores.  We buy a lot from small designers and do everything we can to support other small business. “

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“The name Clovers & Pearls is the result of two of the most fabulous women in the world.  My Irish Grandmother, and My Southern Belle Nana.  These women are the definition of class ( and a little sass ; ) and were the perfect muse for the store.”

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If you have made it this far, you know you need to go check out her shop now! Head on over to Facebook and Instagram and follow her too;)

Mason ~

Two weeks new Mason and his gorgeous parents came to see me recently in the Westminster studio. We are still getting around to taking photos of the new place but I am LOVING shooting here!

This tiny fella was absolutely perfect for his entire session. Not a single peep out of him! Slept like an angel and posed so naturally.

We went for mostly naturally organic images. Not a lot of props aside from the football hat and Superbowl ring, which was obviously very special to the family;)    Neutral colors and we kept the focus on Mason.

My absolute favorite kind of newborn session.

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Thank you sweet Mason for being such a doll baby!!

Katelyn and Aj ~

It’s no secret that Maryland attracts many temporary residents. I joke with my clients all the time, that the majority of them aren’t born and raised Marylanders. Instead, they are a nice combination of military and medical families.

Sadly, those families usually don’t stay in Maryland for good:(  (insert crying face).

I first met this family when big sis was born. I do believe she was my first newborn in the Elkridge studio. They have since moved FAR away to Guam, but I still get to see the babies grow through Facebook!

When mom let me know they came back for a visit and wanted a family session.. I was ecstatic!! They came to visit me at the new studio and we had such a great session!

Hopefully I wore the babies out before that long flight home the next day;)

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Zach ~

I first met Zach’s family several years ago when I photographed big brother Drew for his first birthday. I am fairly sure his adorable face still graces an image in my portfolio. You know….. that adorable smiling boy, with colorful Federal Hill displayed in the background.

I was super excited when his mama contacted to let me know they introduced a new member to their family. 10 week old Zach!!

Zach was almost 12 weeks when we met and could NOT have been a better model for me! Slept like a dream and flirted with those big beautiful eyes. I have a new love affair with photographing 10-12 week old babies. They have the most lovely creamy skin, baby pudge, and still sleep for a few poses!

Be still my heart.

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Everly ~

Everly was absolutely amazing for her entire newborn session. session.

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Happy New Year!

For many photographers, it seems to be the trend to ignore your blog through the crazy fall months and come back with a vengeance in January. There’s just something about January 1st that gets your brain working again. Like a fresh start.

I’m no exception.

We had an insanely busy fall season, on both a business and personal level. My family went through a lot of changes, including a move and some health obstacles. Thankfully, all issues are short lived and I am feeling renewed. We are settled into our new home and love the new town.

One big change we have this year to the studio is the option to choose from either our Elkridge location, or the Taneytown location. Both studios have their own advantages and we can discuss that during your consult. I will be posting photos of the new place soon. Just one more thing on my to-do list!

I’m excited about what’s to come in 2015. I think Tobin here is too;)


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Bo ~

This sweet little fella has the best cheeks EVER.    Perfectly alert but gave us great sleepy images also.

Loved this little boy and his adorable parents.

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The Inspired Mama ~

I am likely insane for trying to keep up with two blogs, and two facebook pages but it sure is a lot of fun.

Have you checked out our other blogsite… The Inspired Mama ?  If you haven’t, head on over and make sure to subscribe for updates and giveaways.   You can find the Inspired Mama FB page HERE.

The Inspired Mama is my outlet for a different creativity. I love home decor and anything related to motherhood and it always felt a bit weird sharing all of those things here on a portrait blog. Since I started this Kim Flores Portraits blog in 2007, it was mainly to share sessions.  Along came Facebook and now most of my session sharing happens over there. No need to duplicate the shares, so this blog has cobwebs! I’m working on a schedule to change that…. but in case it doesn’t happen, you know to find recent work shared over on the portrait Facebook;)






Jashaan ~

I can’t believe this little guy is turning ONE!!!! If you have visited me in the past year, you have seen the cube with his adorable newborn session.

If you’re looking for a good baker in the Elkridge, Ellicott City or Columbia area (super close to the studio)… check out Delightful Indulgence! I see a lot of cakes come into the studio and this was amazing!!!

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Emma ~

To say I loved miss Emma’s newborn session would be a total understatement. Not a peep out of this little princess. Simply divine.

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Moving to the Country!

Many of you already know that we are building a new home in Taneytown Maryland. Every time I tell someone that, the first reaction I get is “Taneytown? Where is that?!”—- I think that’s why I like it;) It seems like very few people know where it is which means it’s perfect for our family. I know that sounds bad, but I have always dreamed of living either near the beach, or in the country away from the chaos of the city. Since commuting from Ocean City is a wee bit much, we decided the “country” would be a better option.

Taneytown is a quiet little historic town near the Pennsylvania/Maryland line. I know you’ve visited Gettysburg at some point in your lives (at least if you’re on the East coast). Taneytown is right by there… and just 20 minutes past Westminster.  Our new neighborhood is an adorable little area surrounded by farm land and a park. The community is small enough that we already know several of the neighbors and made some amazing friends… and we aren’t even in the house yet! Bob Ward Homes is doing an AMAZING job!!!!

I’m sure you’re wondering why this matters to you. It doesn’t I suppose, but I have really felt the need to add some personality on this blog and not just post sessions. Knowing the person behind the lens is important too right? The only way it will affect you will be the studio will have set open days now, including afternoon appointments! I know many of you will appreciate that;)

A little glimpse into our home progress so far….

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Our new Puppy ~

And there ya have it. We have officially lost our minds.  Five kids 10 and under, two cats, a full time portrait studio….and a puppy? Ever heard of the saying, “If you think my hands are full, you should see my heart”— that completely sums it up. Our hearts are full seeing these kids smile with their new pup.

In case you’re wondering what breed she is….. she’s a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. About 2.5 lbs when we brought her home and already growing like a weed. We are officially in love with our Charlie Rose. Even the tough guy husband who fought me tooth and nail on getting a dog is madly in love with our fur baby. Pretty stingy with her cuddles actually. I have to pry him out of her hands!

I’m pretty sure if you follow me on Instagram, it’s obvious she’s spoiled already!


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Summer Updates ~

It’s been quiet here on the blog, but certainly not quiet at the studio. What a crazy fun spring and summer we have had so far! Easily the busiest in 7 years and I couldn’t be any more grateful. I have met so many new families, and had just as many come back with new babies, or to capture a baby milestone. I’m truly blessed to do what I do.

I’m learning though, that it’s time for a bit more balance with home and work life. As of this week, we began a new schedule for the studio. This should allow me set days to edit, process orders, blog, and schedule sessions. And for the first time in 7 years, I will have two full UNPLUGGED days. No Facebook? Am I crazy?!  I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I feel like my life revolves around checking emails and Facebook updates some days. While I love to connect with other families and photographers, I am excited for those two days a week to remain world web free, and think it will benefit my family. My clients will also thank me when I come back refreshed;)

Also, I will be mass emailing the fall booking updates soon. Yeah, I know summer just started, but fall sessions book FAST. So if you are even thinking about a fall family or milestone session….. NOW is the time to get on the calendar.

Lastly, until I get on a more regimented schedule, the absolute BEST place to check out recent work and sessions is on the Facebook Page. Make sure to “Like” the page and add to your interests. It’s easier and faster to update than the blog, so we tend to prioritize that before blog posts. I’m hoping to change that again soon.

A few beautiful faces from this spring/early summer…… hoping to share more soon!! But for now… I have several galleries to get out today;)

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Stella, 9 days new

I first met this family 3 years ago at my first studio, and have enjoyed watching them grow through Facebook:) Marina was an absolutely beautiful baby girl so I just knew her little sister would be just as stunning! She sure was.

Introducing Stella and her sweet big sister Marina….

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Hugo, 2 weeks new

What a perfect way to start an insanely busy week. Hugo was such a doll for his newborn photo session this morning in this studio. I can’t count how many times he smiled for me! He even smiled wide awake! I offered to let him stay all day so I could photograph him;) I’m sure his parent’s think I was kidding…. with these cheeks and smiles.. I was serious;)

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Kensington ~

We had a very busy weekend here at the studio! Four families and all so fun to work with!

The last baby this weekend was stunning 6 month old Kensington. She smiled when I first met her, but it didn’t take us long to realize, my usual “peek-a-boo’s” weren’t going to work with this little one.  We took our time though and captured some beautiful smiles and her big brown eyes. She is so beautiful.

Love LOVE mom’s craft work…she made this beautiful purple tutu and the headbands!

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Mayli and Mama ~

This year so far,  I have been fortunate enough to have many many beautiful mothers in the studio wishing to capture their pregnant body. It’s such a fleeting time… a perfect time to pamper yourself and spend the morning preserving it with photographs of your baby bump.

One of the best parts of the maternity sessions is getting to know each other before baby arrives. I think it sets the stage and really makes a huge difference on how comfortable you feel with me when you bring your new miracle back to the studio. Many of my maternity clients come to me, obviously without ever meeting me. I assure you, when you leave… you won’t feel like I’m a stranger;) That is the best part of my job…creating new friends every day!

I had so much fun at Lina’s maternity session. Her husband is quite the riot too and we all had a lot in common;)

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It wasn’t long before Mayli Grace arrived. I knew she would be stunning before I even saw her. She was amazing for her session. Pure perfection.alexandria newborn photographerDC newborn photographersNOVA newborn photographer

Thanks for letting me indulge in a large share tonight. I had too many favorites to narrow it down further;)

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Kamali, 8 days

Introducing today’s sweet newborn boy, Kamali, Xavier. A teeny tiny 8 days new. He reminds me so much of my second daughter, Elena when she was born. Full head of fluffy dark brown hair.. I should totally post a photo of them side by side!

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Oya and Ela ~

I first met big sister Ela two years ago. They came to my old newborn studio on Frederick Rd Catonsville for her newborn session. She was an angel for me, so I was excited when dad called to say they were expecting again! Another baby girl!

Baby sister Oya was the perfect newborn model. Posed and slept like a dream.

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There was no way I could let them leave without capturing a few of Ela and these BIG brown eyes!! She has got to be one of the most beautiful toddler’s I have ever met.

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Harper, 16 days new ~

I’m always up in the air with the best way to approach this blog. Do I post after a gallery is complete, to show more variety? Or should I post the day of a session, when the session is fresh in my mind and when anticipation is high for the parents? Oh the choices!

I think generally, I stay more up to date here when I post daily, even if it’s just a few favorites. When I wait to post a huge session share, I tend to procrastinate.  I’m already weeks behind!   I guess I am answering my own question here. I should just post the same day;)

Today’s beautiful newborn girl was Harper. We had to reschedule TWICE due to snow. At 16 days new, she was absolutely stunning, and so alert! She’s a military baby (mom is a NICU nurse), so we joked that she was ready to fight! She finally settled into a deep sleep though and allowed me to capture some beautiful photos of her.

I went for a little touch of spring today, in hopes that it will chase the winter away!

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Maci ~

One of the drawbacks of living in Maryland is having such a turn around with families. Many young families come to Maryland for the military, government, or to finish their residency at one of Baltimore’s many  teaching hospitals. We happen to have one of the countries top teaching hospitals here in Baltimore, John’s Hopkins Medical Cener.   Of course with all the job opportunities here, one would think I shouldn’t complain right? Wrong.

Each year, I meet so many new families and sadly, many of them have to leave and move:( I mean many! I had to say goodbye to at least 20 of my favorite families this year alone! Thank goodness for Facebook because we can stay in touch and I can still watch their babies grow:)  Without that, I would be one sad lady!

While I am happy to see families grow and move on to bigger and better things, the selfish part of me misses capturing those memories.  What I will say is, if one happens to be you, make sure to ask me for a list of amazing photographers in your new hometown! I network with photographers all over the globe and would be more than happy to make sure you find someone to treat you good.

Anyway, back to the lovely subject of this post. Miss Maci Jane (love her name!). Maci’s family came to me as a referral from another favorite client who is moving to CA soon. And guess what? Maci will be moving to San Diego too! WAAAHHH!!! Her paren’t are AMAZINGLY sweet too which makes it even worse:(  Beautiful baby girl, stunning mom and handsome dad.. yep. Some California photographer will be lucky to have them as clients!

Miss Maci.. you are just beautiful. I will miss seeing you, but hope to see you again in June before you go!!


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Maci was breech in her mama’s tummy and loved to have her feet up by her face;)

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We incorporated several special things into her session. I have only posted a few here. This little hat below was custom made with a Rhino, as dad is a pilot and Rhino is his call name. Pretty cute eh?

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This quilt Maci is resting on was created with her late Grandmother’s favorite sweatshirts. I admit, I watered up when I saw this:(  I know how special it is to them.

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Did I mention dad is a pilot? I think so;)  Of course the airplane was a given!

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Until next time~


Sarah was absolutely glowing at her maternity portrait session at the studio a couple of weeks ago. Pregnancy suits her well:)

I am so excited to meet their little boy at his newborn session soon!
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Julian ~

Introducing Julian…..

Huge share here because I couldn’t pick a few favorites this time. Oh wait… I said that with the last post too didn’t I? I guess it doesn’t take a genius to figure out I am indecisive;)

Julian was absolutely perfect for his newborn session in the studio last week. To top it off, he came in with his gorgeous sister and adorable big brother! Seriously beautiful Catsonville family here! I love my job!!

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Camille ~

Introducing baby girl Camille…..

I had this long post typed out last week and it didn’t save. Ooops!   Anyway, I just HAD to share this amazingly beautiful 12 day old newborn girl. Her photo session went well beyond smooth for us and I think it makes the cut for one of my all time favorites.

Camille’s mom is an OB in Bethesda Maryland so it was pretty awesome to have her in the studio with her own newborn baby. Aside from what I do now as a newborn family photographer, being an OB would be my next choice as a career;)  I have the utmost respect for them, and think they have an amazing job!! Truth be told… if I had to time to go to medical school(and were a few years younger!), I would consider going back to school for it;)

As you can tell, her father has quite the heroic career also.  I think the below image speaks for itself. She is one lucky baby to have such giving parents.

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Baby smiles while awake?? Come on folks, this just doesn’t happen at 12 days old!  GAH!

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