Welcome Baby A| Richmond, VA| Newborn & Family Photographer| Jacki G. Photography

I couldn’t wait to share this session! Sweet little A. was born last month but I know the wait was worth to finally share her images. Many parents worry if their baby is not within the recommended 2 weeks for their newborn portraits but as you can see, older babies do an awesome job and we get gorgeous images. Little A slept through her whole session and was even more settled than most of the littles that I photograph. I loved the girlie headbands and delicate wraps we used. I photograph a lot of boys (and I’m a mom of two little guys plus an almost 18 yr old daughter ) so when I get to capture a little baby girl, I get extra excited.. feels like it’s playing dress up. Below are some favorites from A session..

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

Welcome to the world O. 6 days new. I love when I get to photograph families as they grow….I photographed O. Big sister a few years ago. Baby O. was a dream to photograph. Here are some of my favorites from her session. These sessions take place in the comfort of your own home.

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

This little sleeping beauty is Veronica and she is brand new around here!  She was such a great sleeper for her session and then when it came time to take the last few photos, she woke up but gave me the sweetest smile.  Her doggy brother was so sweet with her.

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

Making her big debut on the blog today is precious newborn baby Cecilia photographed by yours truly, ) She is the sweetest little baby and really melted my heart during the entire session.  Her big brother did amazing with her who I also got to photograph when he was a newborn too, so it was great to see him now playing the role of big brother!  Big Brother was super excited to hold his new baby sister and have his picture taken as well.  I wouldn’t be surprised if baby Cecilia grows up to be a model- she just looked so cute in everything we put her in and every pose we placed her in. 

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

Meet sweet baby Isabelle. This little lady was a doll. She was as beautiful as could be and is already so loved and adored by her beautiful parents. For Isabelle’s newborn photography session we used lots of neutrals and grey.

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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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What should Parents & Siblings wear| Jacki G. Photography | Richmond, VA | Family & Newborn Photographer

Booking your baby's first professional portraits is truly exciting! You've waited months to meet the baby and have dreamed of holding them in your arms! Now that you've selected your photographer and are gearing up for a great session, you may be a little unsure what to wear to your newborn session. Have no fear! As a professional newborn photographer plus mom (I mean, I DO have three children !) I know how important these images are to you. You'll treasure them forever. You would like to look and feel your best. I'm here to guide you and provide an amazing, laid back experience for you new parents.

Mom & Dad : simplicity is key

First and foremost, moms should wear something that makes them feel beautiful and comfortable (after all.. you just had a little one!).   The best advice really is to keep it simple.  The best way to do this is by wearing a simple, solid-colored top.  Light colored tops in creams, light grays, and light pastels help in keeping the focus on your expression and the moment.  Mom can wear a long sleeve, or no sleeves. I prefer Dads to wear long sleeves but for one picture I would need Dad to wear a short sleeve shirt or no shirt.

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Siblings: comfort is king

No matter how old the sibling is, the main goal is to have them comfortable with photos with their baby sibling.  It’s especially important because some of the sibling shots involve them laying down on a blanket with the baby.  Again, try to coordinate colors with the parents.  A light or cream-colored top on a sibling creates an angelic and sweet look.

The sibling portion always makes mom's heart soar! This is a very popular request for sessions and we set aside an additional 30 minutes for these setups. I like to pose the older sibling on their back while the eldest child holds the new baby. This is a safe way for them to interact without worrying if the baby will be dropped. A neutral colored flokati, such as cream or white, is a really pretty option here. Little ones look super precious in classic, natural attire such as dark wash blue jeans, perhaps even khaki pants, and then a simple top in a lighter color, such as beige, cream, white, or tan. 

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Families: be you

Each family is unique and different.  These tips are here to help decide what to wear for your baby photoshoot.  Though neutrals and light colors are recommended… if you love color, don’t be afraid to rock it! But nothing neon.  If you are still unsure, let me know… I’m here to help you along each step of the way!

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Welcome to the world E. | Newborn Photography| Jacki G. Photography| Richmond, VA

Newborn Eva was so cuddly for her newborn session.  I love that I have the flexibility to do both in-home sessions and studio sessions.  Most of my clients choose the in-home session, which is no extra charge to travel to my clients home.  My studio is located in Short Pump, VA   

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Welcome to the world V. 8 days new| Jacki G. Photography| Richmond, VA | Family & Newborn Photography

Sharing this sweet little babe on the blog today.  Nothing beats newborn photography for me,  this is my favorite type of photography...Just the newness of the little one and the excitement to document a new addition to a family is so special to me.   I am so thankful for every set of new parents that allow me into their homes to photograph their new baby.  Here are my favorites from this session.

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Best Year Yet| Jacki G. Photography| Family & Newborn Photography| Richmond, VA

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I still find it mind blowing when I look at all these beautiful babies from last year! 2017 was an amazing year for me and I got to meet so many amazing families and hear their stories. 

So last year I photographed over  65 newborn babies…..65…..wow….I can’t believe it was that many! So many have been back already for their 6-8 month sitter sessions and so many booked in this year! I can’t wait to se everyone again. Newborn Photography is a passion that doesn’t fade with me. I find newborn babies so wonderful and mesmerising! They are each so different and it’s mind boggling that at sometimes just seven days old you can see their personalities emerging!

So here is to another busy year with my newborns – can’t wait to meet you all:)

 

Fresh48 & Newborn Session| Jacki G. Photography| Richmond, VA| Family & Newborn Photographer

I met the cutest baby boy with the sweetest parents a few weeks ago.   Sweet baby W.  was born right after Thanksgiving.  I arrived at the hospital for his fresh 48 session.  When i walked in the room i was not only greeted by his elated parents but also members of his very proud extended family.   I loved  getting to meet so many of  the people that love him so much all at once. 

Then a few days after his Fresh 48 session,  I photographed his newborn session at his home which is very convenient for his family so they don't have to leave their house.    He was just the perfect model for his newborn session. 

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Maternity to Newborn beautiful family| Jacki G. Photography| Richmond, VA| Newborn & Family Photography

I photographed the M. family a few months ago and just recently V. asked me to photograph her maternity session and newborn baby.  I was honored to document the new addition to the family. Enjoy the sneak peek. 

Jacki G. Photography specializes in maternity, newborn, babies and family photography.  Please contact me for availabity.  

Welcome to the world Dylan| Jacki G. Photographer| Family & Newborn Photographer

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Welcome Dylan 3 wks old baby boy. Dylan was the perfect model.  Blue and grays were great colors against his skin. My Canon camera caught some adorable pictures of this precious newborn boy!  The newborn sessions last from 3-4 hours depending on baby’s mood. I keep them classic and timeless so display in your home as art.  

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. 

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