Newborn Twins A & C.| Jacki G. Photography| Richmond, VA | Family & Newborn Photographer

Twins are always fun to photograph. I travel to your home and bring the studio to you. The biggest challenge is getting them to sleep at the same time. I typically start with the sleepiest twin for their solo images while a parent is getting the other to sleep. Then I bring them together for sibling images, and finish up with the other twin’s solo images. I really enjoy working with twin families, and have so much respect for parents with twins! Having ONE newborn is challenging, so I can’t imagine what it’s like to have two!

Anthony & Cole are fraternal twins who could not be more different, Anthony is tiny and delicate, about 5 lbs and his brother Cole has about 1.5 pounds heavier. It was so funny to see the two of them next to each other! I just love how genetics work out with siblings sometimes.

After I finished photographing the babies, we moved on to the parent and family portion. There are lots of variations with two newborns that we’ll walk through, and I’ll assess your comfort level in how you hold them. Baby safety is the top priority , , so we won’t place babies in potentially risky positions even in your arms. I am always checking with you to make sure you feel that your baby is secure and that you have a good hold on them. We’ll be in constant communication during our time together about how you’re feeling and if you need a break to sit down and rest. Postpartum recovery is a process, and it’s normal to feel extra tired or to become a bit light headed after standing for a while. A six pound baby might not feel so heavy at first, but can feel like an anvil after ten minutes for a new mom.

Enjoy just a few of my favorite images from Anthony & Cole’s newborn session!

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Welcome to the world S.| Richmond, VA| Family & Newborn Photographer| Jacki G. Photography

Welcome to the world S.  a week old ,  this little guy was so cute for his session.  I just love all these soft tones making a very natural and organic look in newborn photography,  the more simple the better for me.   Here are some highlights from his newborn session.   Big brother wasn't too thrilled to hold baby brother but we did get a few shots together. 

 

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Welcome Flint 8 days old| Jacki G. Photography| Family & Newborn Photographer| Richmond, VA

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Jacki G. Photography is a Birth, Maternity, Newborn and family photographer located In Short Pump Virginia. We specialize in creating memories you can share for generations.  My style is a mixture of lifestyle and posed.   I use a lot of natural fabrics and make the subject the main focus while using minimal props. 

Welcome Flint earth side.   He was such a sweet newborn.  His parents love Indian Jones so i tried to incorporate a brown hat into a few of the images.   Flint was so handsome. 

 

Welcome Everett 12 days new| Jacki G. Photography| Richmond, VA | Family & Newborn Photographer

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“Enjoy the little things in life, Because one day you will look back And realize they were the big things.”

Newborn sessions hold a special place in our heart. The ridiculous amount of love and happiness that fills the home always brings back a flood of memories of our own special time. There’s nothing more exciting than a brand new bundle of joy, and despite the lack of sleep and endless diaper changes, everyone is in awe of this sweet little bundle of joy. 

Planning for your family portraits| Jacki G. Photography| Richmond, VA | Family & Newborn Photographer

Planning for your family photography session can seem overwhelming. There are so many factors that can influence your end result and are worth consideration prior to your shoot. And while your family photographer can remain fluid and flexible with respect to timing and location, and session structure, it is helpful if you – the client – considers your goals and planning points.

Your family photography session should be relaxed and fun, but keep in mind that it is an investment, and an important one that perhaps you’ve been saving for. With a little bit of extra thought and planning, you can be assured you are more than satisfied (and perhaps a little amazed!) with the final results!

When planning your family photography session, think about these 4 key “W” questions:
1. When (time of year),
2. Where (beach, city, park, meadow, home),
3. What time (time of day)
4. What to wear (casual, traditional, preppy, trendy, etc.)

And while you nail down those basic planning elements, take a step back and think about what you will DO with your images. Do you plan to:
• Create a keepsake album or coffee table book?
• Display images on your walls, and if so, to what size… will they be framed or canvases?
• Give gift prints?
• Share the images online and use in your personal photobooks and slideshows?

Once you’ve thought through those items, you will want to consider your family’s personality, your style, and the decor of your home.
• What type of family are you (sporty, preppy, beachy, traditional, casual)?
• Which room(s) are you most likely to display your images (foyer, family room, hallway/staircase, living room, bedroom)?
• What is the style, decor and color of that area (warm, cool, formal, modern, beachy, cottage, traditional)?

Next, describe your dream images – if you could have 5 images come out of your session, what would they look like?

Armed with these answers, regroup with your photographer and communicate your vision. Together you can come up with a game plan that will ensure you are on the same page and allow your photographer to deliver the type of images you have always dreamed of having for your home. Additionally, once you view your gallery, you are not arbitrarily looking at images, but instead selecting them with your specific goals in mind.

To make sense of this, consider viewing a gallery in two scenarios:

1. Without Family Photography Session Planning: “Huh, well, I like the family ones, but they are cropped tight and you can’t see the landscape and I think it will look funny over the beach house fireplace… plus, our winter, formal clothes don’t match the beachy decor.”

2. With Session Planning: ”Awesome, this is exactly what we wanted for the focal point wall gallery in the family room. I love it! The beach backdrop, the colors and our outfits are exactly what I had in mind when I thought of a story-telling canvas collection for above the fireplace.”

Remember, it’s your family photography session. You probably don’t have time (or energy) to repeat it at this exact stage in your life, so make sure that you stack the deck in your favor the first time! Your planning, preparation and communication will surely pay off and you will have personal art in your home that makes you smile every day, for years and years to come. Isn’t that what custom photography is all about? We think so.

Thanks so much to Design Aglow (DesignAglow.com) for this incredibly helpful article!!

Welcome Everliegh 10 days old| Jacki G. Photography| Richmond, VA Family & Newborn Photographer

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Beautiful Everleigh was such a pleasure to photograph. I feel pretty  fortunate to call THIS my job. Congratulations to Tricia and Brian.  You guys are beautiful on the inside and out! Its been a pleasure getting to see your family grow and documenting your life for the past two years.    Best wishes to your beautiful family! Enjoy these memories we captured <3 

 

Meet Addi | Jacki G. Photography| Richmond, VA | Family & Newborn Photography

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Just three years ago i photographed this families first daughter's milestone pictures.  Today i photographed their new addition to the family Addi.  I felt like i was photographing her Big sisters pictures all over again!  They looked so much alike, both sweet and adorable.  Here is a few from Addi's newborn session.  Stay tuned for more since they purchased the milestone package as well.  

Isabelle is here! | Jacki G. Photography | Richmond, VA| Family & Newborn Photography

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I met Emily a few years ago as i was her doula for her first baby.  I was so excited to hear that she was expecting again.  I was even more excited when she contacted me to do her sweet little girls newborn portraits.  Isabelle was just perfect and i had great company while doing her session.  Here are a few from our session of Miss. Isabelle.  

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Great GrandMom loved meeting her new great grandson. <3 

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I could have photographed this one alll day long. Sometimes its hard to stop  Love when babies come in sleepy, and enjoy being posed. His whole session were all of my favorite colours…

Zoe 8 days new| Jacki G. Photography| Richmond,VA | Family & Newborn Photographer

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Meet 8 day old Zoe:

Oh my….I know I say this all the time but seriously baby girl Zoe is just the prettiest baby girl!!  She has given me a bad case of baby fever, haha.  She just the sweetest little gal too, I could have snuggled with this cutie pie all day long.   She has the most gorgeous head of curly hair hair and the biggest most beautiful set of brown eyes I’ve ever seen on a newborn.  Zoe was very happy to keep those eyes open for most of the session.  Yep, she definitely knew something was up and she didn’t want to miss one single thing.  I love when newborns have such wonderful eye contact.  It’s rare to get a picture of them looking directly at me but with my paparazzi like skills (hehe) I’m able to wait for that perfect opportunity to get that most sought after picture.  It took a LOT of sweet talking to get Miss Zoe to fall asleep but once she did I was able to capture some very beautiful pictures of her.  

Congratulations to this new family of 3!

Arjun 3 wks old. | Jacki G. Photography| Family & Newborn Photography| Richmond, VA

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Meet 22 day old Arjun:

Introducing the teeny tiny sweet-as-can-be Mr. Arjun.  He was 22 days old the day of his session and he just rocked it!  That was the day of the big snow storm.  He has such a wonderful little personality and he even shared a few really adorable big smiles with me.  His smiles where so big at time, I’m pretty sure I heard him laughing.  I wonder what he was dreaming about….or maybe he was just laughing at me, haha!

He already has such a fun personality.  He really LOVED being wrapped up.  I’m so glad that the weather finally held out long enough for us to get Arjuns' session done – it’s been so cold and snowy.  We received 17" of snow that day. I'm glad i was able to photograph this sweet boy before the snow really hit.   Pretty soon this sweet little boy will be running around outside all day long and his family will soon be missing the newborn stage.  They will forever have wonderful memories to forever remember this fleeting age always and I’m so happy that I was able to capture so many beautiful pictures of Arjun for his family.  The newborn age only happens once and I’m always so honored when families have chosen me to capture this precious time for them.

Many congratulations to this wonderful new family:

Birth Photography | Jacki G. Photography| Family & Newborn Photographer | Richmond, VA

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Birth Photography

I have always had a passion for photography and babies, pregnancy etc.  So i combined my talents and have finally found my passion.  To be present at a miracle and document this miraculous event is an honor.  I have photographed several births and was in aww.  To present the parents with a story of how their family began is really special.  

Why hire a birth photographer?
The photos from your labor and delivery will serve as a beautiful reminder of one of the most important days of your life. Allowing The Birth Photographer to handle this very important task will not only free up Dad or your other support person to be more available to you during your labor and delivery, but it will also ensure that his or her participation is captured on film. Dad won’t have to worry about taking photos, so he’ll be better able to enjoy the moment right along with you. He can be a more active participant. It’s definitely a day worthy of documenting. 

About birth photography
Birth is very unpredictable, and the lighting is never ideal. These are not portraits. Jacki photographs births in a photo journalistic style and prefers to use black and white images for your slideshow. The black and white images better reflect the mood of the event, and they help to tone down the graphic nature of birth.

 

Newborn photography session| Richmond, VA| Jacki G. Photography| Family & Newborn Photographer

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Adore this dreamy session with Adalynn Snow who is 14 days new. I created a warm and neutral setup plus we added a touch of a snow white theme to go along with her sweet middle name. and the families love of Disney.  This sweet babe even gave us some smiles! Can not wait to share more with her family. 

Currently booking newborn and sitter session in my Richmond, VA  studio.

Maternity session with the Ritter Family| Jacki G. Photography| VMFA Richmond, VA | Family & Newborn photography

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I photographed a beautiful couple about to welcome their first child together in a few short weeks.  The weather was just perfect.  The sun was setting on the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts grounds as the setting of this beautiful maternity location.   I can't wait to meet the little one in Jan.  

Welcome to the world Lincoln| Jacki G. Photography| Professional Newborn Photographer

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As a professional portrait photographer, my passion is creating beautiful custom imagery that will be treasured by your family for generations.  Lincoln was an older newborn at one month old.  He was awake for a lot of the session but in the end i think we achieved beautiful images his mom loves.