Meet sweet and adorable little Mason. This session was a mini newborn session. These in-home newborn mini sessions are quickly becoming some of my favorite to shoot! We do just a few simple set-ups with baby only, yet clients still get a diverse gallery. These sessions are great for those who don’t want family or sibling images or who just want “a few” pictures of baby. You can clearly see you get more then a few images, but that is besides the point. I hope you enjoy this sweet baby boy as much as i enjoyed photographing him. He slept the whole time. Newborn Mini sessions are 30 min. I come to you and you receive 5 digital downloads for $200. each additional digital is $15 each.
It’s that time of year again!! I’m booking the Red truck minis. These are one of my favorite sessions. They are perfect for family Christmas pictures or just a classic family photo. Oct. 27th** Sunday & Nov. 22 ***FRIDAY are the only dates this year. The session takes 15 min for $140 and you get 5 digital downloads. Spaces are very limited.
Meet Asa, This little guy was just so calm for his almost newborn session . He was 1 month old and just so adorable. He loved to be swaddled and fell asleep but once the swaddle came off he was awake again but just looking around. I did get a few images of him sound asleep. What a handsome little man with that full head of hair! Enjoy!
Happy National Rainbow Baby Day! If you're not familiar with the term, a "rainbow baby" is a child born after a miscarriage, stillbirth or the passing away of an infant. These babies signify hope and healing after a loss and for many parents, these babies are "the rainbow after the storm"
I haven't shared the story of my stillbirth publicly but it was a devastating and deeply profound loss. When I found out I was pregnant again I was absolutely terrified but my little Noah arrived safe and sound and has changed my life in the most incredible ways. I will never forget ^Gavin^ my baby that came before him but for me Noah is definitely a beautiful , beaming rainbow of light.
There is still a lot of stigma around miscarriage and stillbirth so I believe it's important that we share our stories in hopes of showing other parents who are grieving that they are not alone and that there is hope. Sending love and light to all of you Mamas and Daddies out there still waiting for their own rainbow baby to arrive. but for me Noah is definitely a beautiful beaming rainbow of light.
I have attached a few examples of the rainbow babies I have photographed.
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..
I had such a great time photographing this handsome baby boy! Little L. was 3 months old but his adjusted age was 1.5 months due to early delivery at 34 wks. He was such a flirt and smiled so much. He did fall asleep near the end.
I truly love capturing these moments for you and I am always humbled and honored when you choose me to take pictures of your family. Whether it’s savoring the memory of your bump, your first newborn, your toddlers first steps or your growing family….I love it all!
I hope to hear from you!
I first met Meg at Panera to discuss my idea of birth photography and newborn photography . We hit it off and she signed the contract right there. We chatted via email a few times and discussed the type of birth photography she envisioned. Meg was scheduled to be induced on the 10th of April. So, being on call was much easier since I knew what day I would be photographing her birth. She was admitted into the hospital around 7 a.m., she was 4 cm. and they broke her water. I figured since it was a induction this would take a while even though this was her second pregnancy. Needless to say she was a rock star and delivered her baby only 3.5 hrs after being admitted into the hospital. I can share a few great images from the birth.
I look forward to photographing little W. next week for his posed newborn photography session.
Meet newborn Kerrigan. He is a beautiful little guy and slept like a champ for his newborn session. He made the cutest little faces while he slept! We used a new blue backdrop and wire bed for his session.
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.
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.
This handsome little fella took a couple minutes to warm up to the cake smashing, but once he figured out it was fun he definitely gave us some great smiles! I have been photographing this guy from birth so I know that once he smiles they are camera worthy and oh so adorable!
Sweet little Chloe is growing up, too fast! It feels like just yesterday that I photographed her newborn sessions. But look at her now she is a cute ONE yr old. She is definitely very fashionable and she certainly looks adorable in every outfit that she wore! She loved her cake and since it was her Birthday she didn’t have to smile if she didn’t want to :)
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!
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
This little peanut was a little shy during his ONE yr session but we did get a few smiles here and there. I love photographing him and so glad to have captured his milestones.
Wow! What a year 2017 has been. Thank you to all the families i had the privilege to photograph. Here is a quick peek of the sessions this past year. I can't wait to see you all in 2018.
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:)
Preparing for your session:
When planning a session, it helps to pick one main color that will be present in all the shots- then add complementary colors to the images to add a bit of interest and to compliment ( yes, i said complement...not over power) the images (or baby!) as a whole.
The images below are a few of the props i have available for you to choose from. I always try and to incorporate a prop into each session. Take a look below to see the types of buckets, baskets and wreathes available to you during your session.
Choosing the color scheme and props involves a little planning and thinking about what the end goal will be. Did you want a wall display? custom framed prints, gallery wrapped canvases or an Heirloom album. Whatever your goal may be, my goal as your photographer is to take the color scheme you would like and make beautiful images for you to display in your home.
The wreath can be plane or decorated with flowers to suit your specific session. The antique suitcase is very nice when posing newborns or older babies. The curved bench is one of my favorite props to use. If you wanted a nautical theme i have the boat for you. :)
. I have a few cream buckets to choose from one taller then the other, an antique silver bucket as well as an antique wood bucket.