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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Sunflower Mini sessions| Richmond, VA| Family & Newborn Photography| Jacki G. Photography

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The sunflowers will be in bloom sometime in July. Location: Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery. 4100 Knolls Point Dr. Richmond, VA Come join me for a mini session (family/toddlers, high school seniors, or maternity.

I have a Two dates listed with time slots (if you can't make any of the time slots, get in touch with me). Please let me know the date/time you are interested in. Sessions are 15 minutes. Mini sessions will be offered at a rate of $140 for 5 digital downloads.

Please arrive 5 minutes early since the sessions are back to back. I want my clients to be able to choose their favorite digital photographs. You will get a proof gallery in 2 weeks (with my watermark) up to 15 photographs to choose from. If you would like to purchase the whole gallery, you just favorite all your photographs and each additional image after the 5th one is $10 each.

Saturday, July 20th - 5:30PM-7:45PM
Sat. July 27th 5:30PM-7:45PM

Important: Last year there were a lot of bees at the sunflower field, so please be cautious of this if bringing small children or have any allergies! 

Hope to see you there! Email me at jacki@jackigphotography.com to schedule a mini session

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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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 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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Sunflower Mini Sessions!!| Jacki G. Photography|Family & Newborn Photography| Richmond, VA

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It's that time again! The sunflower fields at Lickinghole Creek will be in bloom in July.  The bright yellow beauties are the perfect backdrop for summer portraits. 

 

Please read flyer and details below carefully before signing up for a mini session. Please email me at jacki@jackigphotography.com  with the day, time slot you are interested in and how many people in your party.                                  

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 *please note-early evening sessions will provide the best lighting*

Sessions will be booked on a first come, first served basis. Session fee is non-refundable, but can be transferred to  use for another mini or full session within 12 months of booking.

Half the session fee MUST be paid to book your spot.  The remaining balance is due at the time of the session.   I accept PayPal,  Check and Cash.

 Please email me with your name, phone number, number of people to be photographed, your top two preferred time slots, and your preferred method of payment.

In the event of inclement weather, sessions will be held on Sunday the 15th. & 22nd.   If this rain date will not work with your schedule, please contact me asap. Session location will be held at a Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery. 4100 Knolls Point Dr . Goochland, VA 23063
 

Mini session is intended for up to five families member- due to time constraints larger groups are not able to participate in mini session. 

Sessions are booked back to back and must run on time. Please arrive early to your session. 

It's going to be a wonderful event and I look forward to working with some lovely families!!

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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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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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:)

 

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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Pick a prop|Jacki G. Photography| Richmond, VA | Newborn & Family Photography

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.  

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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 several baskets, &nbsp;a curved wicker basket, a flatter longer basket and a brown crate all make for adorable props. &nbsp;I also have a white birch tree truck for the winter months and a sling for a simple clean fresh in the womb feel.&nbsp;

I have several baskets,  a curved wicker basket, a flatter longer basket and a brown crate all make for adorable props.  I also have a white birch tree truck for the winter months and a sling for a simple clean fresh in the womb feel. 

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.  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. 

For the all around little boy pose i have a dump truck to place baby in. &nbsp;

For the all around little boy pose i have a dump truck to place baby in.  

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.