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

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I first worked with Mercedes and Ryan for their first maternity session and newborn session with their first daughter. I was thrilled to hear from Mercedes again letting me know she was pregnant with her second child, a baby girl. They loved their experience with us and wanted to work with us again for her new daughters session. I absolutely love seeing my clients throughout the years for different sessions as their family and children grow.

Since Mercedes had worked with us previously, she knew exactly what to expect from our time together.

Baby A. was a great sleeper and BIG sister M. was only 17 months old but made my job look easy photographing them both.

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

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Newborns are just so squishy and warm and basically perfect. Now that my little ones are much older I soak up these sessions and it helps me remember how quickly time flies. He was a complete champ and slept the whole time, and here are the beautiful results!

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 to the world baby A. | Jacki G. Photography| Richmond, VA 23233| Family & Newborn Photographer

Sharing this adorable newborn and family session.   I often get questions if family pictures are included in a newborn session.  My Deluxe Newborn session is ideal for a few parent poses/lifestyle and sibling portraits.   Nothing is sweeter than those smiles coming out when looking down at a new baby.  Excited to share  just a handful of these images. 

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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:)

 

Welcome baby boy 9 days new| Jacki G. Photography| Richmond, VA | Family & Newborn Photographer

i photographed this sweet little boy,  he was a dream to photography.  This was my first time using the Posing Pod by Little Prop.  It was very easy to use and i will use it more.  

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The "Froggy" posed explained| Jacki G. Photography| Newborn & Family Photographer| Richmond, VA

So in the ever growing world of newborn photography there are zillion poses and positions we photographers persuade our gorgeous models to wriggle into to achieve the cute images that are so popular, but there is one that seems to be the holy grail of many photographers...the frog pose.

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lts a divisive pose, with some loving it, and some hating it. But whatever your opinion of it, there is one thing that is vital to remember. No baby can hold that pose on his own. Fact. So, great care must be taken to ensure no baby is harmed or upset when doing it. Personally, l refuse to accept the stance that in the right hands a baby will balance. l don't care.....no, l REALLY don't care! l don't care if you can get a baby to balance in the pose.....letting go is dangerous!

So how do l get the images l do without ever letting go? Well, firstly l needed to know l could be skilled enough in Photoshop to allow me to merge the necessary images together. Then l had to know l could persuade the baby to settle happily in the necessary position. l didn't even attempt the frog pose until l was over two years into my career. l was not prepared to ever try it until l could be sure l could do so safely.

Not every baby will do the frog pose. Part of doing it well and safely is developing the skills needed to know which will, and not trying it with those who wont. That all comes from reading each baby. They are all different, and a huge part of what l do involves getting to know them a little bit, and if l'm honest, loving them a little too. 

Once l think a baby will do it, l ask the parents if they'd like me to try. As l said, not everyone even likes the resulting image. l wouldn't ever do it without asking. So each time its done, the parents are helping or an assistant is helping hold the baby.  You will see that each frog pose l have done is of a baby happy, relaxed, comfortable and sound asleep. No matter what pose l do with a baby l am gently moving arms and legs, hands and fingers, gently moving and using lot of gentle motions to get baby to leave them where l want for the images. This pose is no different. l gently move baby until l am happy baby is relaxed and settled. lf l try and baby doesn't want to do it, l don't push it. That's totally ok, and sometimes l try and then don't get the pose, even though l thought baby would. 

Once baby is in position, l have my assistant or parent gently support baby with one hand and take the images. then they hold baby wrists with the other, moving the position of their  hand in between. They NEVER let go.  hands are on baby at ALL times. You can see the two images l take below, and how l then use them to create the finished image.

You can see that even as hands are  moved, baby remained totally relaxed and asleep. 

So, if you love the frog pose, and would like your photographer to do it for your baby, please don't be afraid to ask them if they do it as a COMPOSITE. They'll know what you mean. Ask them to show you images like the ones above. lts your baby. PLEASE don't assume that just because they claim to be safe that they are. 

The industry isn't regulated, and probably never will be, so its important that you know how to keep your baby safe during the session, and especially when doing this very clever, but very skilled pose. 

Fresh 48 session| Jacki G. Photography| Richmond, VA | Newborn & Family Photographer

I'm a certified birth doula who transitioned into a full time newborn/ family photographer.  I love births and i love new babies.  I  have been wanting to photograph a newborn within the first few days of their arrival in the hospital setting for so long! I've now photographed over 20 births, but a Fresh 48 session is different because I arrive after baby is born, usually a day or two afterwards, and don't capture any of the labor or birth. The benefit of this is that new parents get to remember those early days through these images, without the sometimes scary idea of having a photographer actually attend your birth. I know that turns lots of dads - and moms - off, so this is a great compromise. Mom gets to ensure that she looks the way she wants for this session, the lighting is more predictable since it's not usually at night, and there's no bodily fluids involved in the final product!

I love birth photography so much, but I loved capturing this special time almost just as much! Here are some of my most favorite photos from meeting Y. for the first time.

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

My word what a beautiful baby boy!  He was such a good sleeper and made newborn photography look easy.  I'm completely in love with how his gallery turned out.  I hope you enjoy the sneak peek.  

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

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. 

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

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Those first days with your newborn is such a special and memorable time. These are your first moments of parenthood, and they are priceless! A newborn portrait session is the perfect way to capture the beauty, sweetness, and intense emotions of this special time as timeless art.  We love getting to know each of our clients, and creating custom art that will be treasured forever!  

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.  

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Great GrandMom loved meeting her new great grandson. <3 

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…

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: