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

I have to share this twin session.. they were seriously some of the best twins I have photographed. They were so calm and sleepy.. They had a full tummy  and never woke up until the end.   They are just beautiful too. Loved my day with them <3 Thank you guys so much <3

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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. 

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.  

Look who turned ONE! |Jacki G. Photography| Richmond, VA| Newborn & Family photography

Baby Josiah is ONE!!  I cannot believe it's been a year since his newborn session.  I photographed his milestones, from newborn to just holding his head up to learning to sit on his own, to pulling himself to a standing position and now walking...sweet memories his parents will charish forever.  

Jacki G. Photography specializes in newborn, baby, maternity and family photography in Richmond, VA and surrounding counties.  Contact us for availability. 

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

This is one sweet newborn girl!  Just 9 days new and just a doll. Her big doggy sister was a great protector during her photo session.   This is such a lovely family,  I wish them all the happiness in the world.  

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 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 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!  

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: