Hello, I'm Karen Kahn. Welcome to the Looking Up Photography blog, showcasing highlights of  client sessions celebrating baby's first year, useful information for your next session, and other helpful resources. Stay a while and enjoy!

Baby's First Year and Beyond

“Squeeze the day!” … “Kids are the zest!” …  “Live your zest life!” … “Easy peasy lemon squeezy!” …  Are you finding me punny yet? I am so excited to share this session with you because it helps remind us that, in spite of everything that has happened over the past few years, birthdays are […]

cottage core first birthday sitter studio session

What’s better than a day in the studio with a birthday baby?! I’ll tell you what – almost nothing! Milestone sessions are a favorite pastime of mine (if I’m allowed to call my work a pastime). You’ve gotta love capturing sessions that involve cake, right?! It’s always important to enjoy the little things, no matter […]

smiling first birthday portrait by Looking Up Photography

We are looking forward to spring, and what better way to do that than with a gorgeous studio cake smash session! Before COVID, I had the pleasure of doing many beautiful cake smash sessions, so I was excited to photograph this fun shoot with baby Reagan. All the balloons, and Reagan’s sweet smiles, gave me […]

one year-old girl with gray eyes looking seriously at the camera, 1st birthday cake smash session

When you wish upon a star … This is the year of the cake smash for Looking Up Photography! Today, I have this fun, gold star-inspired cake smash session to share with you. Don’t worry – I’ll have more studio cake smash sessions coming your way soon! · Being a mom myself, there are certain […]

1st birthday cake smash session

The 20’s are back again, baby! And so is little Elodie, celebrating her first birthday with a 20’s themed Cake Smash Session. I loved celebrating her birth a year ago with her newborn session, and ever since then she’s only grown more beautiful and more full of personality! Her parents, Leah and Patrick, worked together […]

Expecting mom and dad relaxing in the grass with beautiful yellow fall colors for outdoor posed maternity session

Parenthood is a wonderful thing. I love to witness the budding joy in the hearts of a new mom and dad, especially when their little one has yet to see the big and beautiful world they’re going to grow up in. This lovely couple has this same joy growing inside of them, and you can […]

Girl with long hair and big eyes and festive red dress blowing glitter in the air in whimsical Joyful Gatherings gold set design for fall holiday portrait session

There is a special beauty to fall and the winter holidays. You can see it in the wonderful colors appearing on the trees, the brisker air in the mornings, and the pumpkin-everything all around us. It’s hard to pin the wonders of the season down, and bottle up its essence, until you strip away everything […]

Sleepy baby girl posed reclining on arms with lovely hair and flower headband and pouty lips on white blanket for newborn portrait session

With time comes some of the most wonderful blessings. If you’ve been following the blog for a little while, you’ll remember my lovely friend’s maternity session, and her amazing story. Since then, she’s given birth, and her child is every bit as beautiful as we expected, and more so. The many blessings that my gorgeous […]

Pouty cuteness in gold and pink themes themed cake smash session for one year old milestone baby girl looking adorable in onesie with gray polka dots for 12 month portrait

There are very few things as precious as your baby. As I’m sure you well know by now, their first months go by so quickly, so much so that the thought of getting professional pictures taken was stuck at the back of your mind. Now that they’re nearing the one-year milestone, it’s time to celebrate […]

Black and white back-lit expecting mommy draped in lovely lace fabric cradling belly for posed maternity portrait session

There’s an infectious joy that a new mother has, and it’s a beautiful thing to witness. This maternity session with my close friend was a joyful and wonderful time, and I’m so glad we were able to capture her happiness in her session! We both have a passion for creativity and love to put our […]