National Rainbow Baby Day| Richmond, VA| Family & Newborn Photographer| Jacki G. Photography

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.

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Santa is coming to the Studio| Jacki G. Photography| Richmond, VA| Newborn & Family Photography

Can you believe that the holidays are almost here? Where did this year go? Jacki G. Photography will be hosting Santa Mini sessions this fall! If you’re looking for an easy going, line-free Santa portrait, these Santa mini-sessions are for you! I’m all about making things easy for my families! I know how hard it can be to get out to the mall and wait and line. Let’s take that stress out of your Santa portraits this year and have them done with as much fun as possible!

 

The 2019 Santa Mini Session Details

Santa will be coming to my studio on Sunday November 17th.  Santa Mini Sessions will be held from 10am-12pm. Each family (kids only) will have 10 minutes with Santa. He will have a book to read, and can sneak up behind kids who aren’t so sure! One of my favorite things is the moment they first notice Santa! It can be excitement or tears, you just never know!  I will do my best to try to capture smiles and the tears that are so typical of Santa pictures and toddlers!

Your Santa session will come with 5 high resolution digital images and the option to purchase additional files when you receive your gallery.

Newborns, Special Needs, & Santa

I have reserved the first few sessions for newborns and children with special needs who may thrive with a bit fewer people around. If you fit in this category, please contact me.

Price: $140 for 15 min and you get 5 digital downloads

Deposit: $70. A deposit is due at the time of booking to hold your spot.

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Look who's ONE| Jacki G. Photography| Family & Newborn Photographer| Richmond, VA

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! 

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Look who's ONE| Richmond, VA| Family & Newborn Photography | Jacki G. Photography

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 :)

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

These Valentine mini sessions are perfect for babies & children as a fun way to document their current age as well as celebrate the holiday!  I will have an adorable Valentine’s themed set with a backdrop & several props to choose from.   I’m excited for these minis and I hope you are too!

You choose the day in Feb that works for you.

Price: $140
Includes:
15 minute session
5 + artistically edited digital images
Print Release

*Price includes up to 2 children. $15 each additional child
*Location will be at my home studio, Short Pump, VA

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Christmas Tree MIni's| Jacki G. Photography| Richmond, VA | Family & Newborn Photography

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Its that time of year again! Don't miss out on our Christmas Mini Sessions at Windy Knoll Tree Farms! Their property is stunning! Bring the family for a fun filled photo shoot! 

If you are looking to have beautiful photos on your Christmas cards this year, then make sure you book soon! Sessions are $140 plus tax for 15 minutes with 5 digital images with print release. Dec. 1, 2018. There are only a limited amount of sessions available. Please comment with the time and email me so we can get your Christmas Mini session scheduled.

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

It’s that time of year again! I’m offering Valentine Mini Sessions on Sat. February 3rd & Feb 10th ,   The sessions will take place at my in-home studio in Short Pump and will last 15 minutes. I’ll have some Valentine props and backdrops, or we can go classic and simple, your choice. Looking forward to seeing some cute little sweethearts in my camera!
 

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Book your families Fall Mini session| Jacki G. Photography| Richmond, VA| Family & Newborn photography

I'm opening up a few morning spots for Nov. 5 th. The afternoon is completely booked. Thank you everyone. If you would like to book an early morning mini session please inbox me. I'm also opening up Oct. 15th & Oct 28th for Fall mini's Please share with family and friends. 

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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. 

Welcome to the world I. 17 days new| Jacki G. Photography| Newborn & Family Photography| Richmond, VA

Beautiful Newborn baby girl!  She was an older newborn and slept like a champ during his session.  This little stunner was simply perfection during her newborn photography session.  She had a couple quick snack breaks but other than that she slept right through allowing for lots of great shots.   I hope you enjoy the sneak peek.  

Double the fun| Jacki G. Photography| Family & Newborn photographer| Richmond, VA

How cute are these two ONE yr old twins.  They were just the cutest and loved their cake.  Enjoy the sneak peek.  Babies are such a blessings and having twins is double the miracle.  Enjoy the sneak peek.  

Meet Isabel 2 month baby girl| Jacki G. Photography| Family & Newborn Photographer

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Oh, Isabel,  Isabel was the sweetest 2 month old baby.  He age was something a little different for me,  typically the baby is either brand new or three moths old when they visit me in the studio but, oh my, did she show me how much fun it was to work with a two month old!  So sweet and alert and then....sleepy.  

Jacki G. Photography is a Maternity, Birth, Newborn and Family photographer based in Richmond, VA.  Would you like to book a baby session of your own?  Please contact me jacki@jackigphotography.com  Follow me on Facebook   www.facebook.com/photographybyjacki 

 

 

Newborn Maria along with sister Bella| Jacki G. Photography| Richmond, VA Family & Newborn Photographer|

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Newborn Maria along with big sister Bella.  I did Bella’s newborn pictures and was thrilled to take her baby sisters! Maria’s mom loves purple! I do to, so it was easy to work it in her session. Bella was so very proud of her little sister. Can you see it in her eyes? Speaking of eyes aren’t Bella’s amazing? I think she is going to take extra special care of her! I hope you enjoy this beautiful session. It really was a fun one for me!