Whoa, gorgeous MaMa! Capturing K. maternity session at my home studio is quite a treat because not only do I get to spend time with a glowing mama, but we also with different outfits. Bonus: In a few weeks I’ll get to snuggle her new baby! Maternity sessions are such an important way to document this huge milestone in your life. Glowing mama and growing family! Your littles will want to look back on these moments, and your photographs will show them just how excited the family was for their arrival. Maternity sessions are typically captured between 32 and 36 weeks, and we can go as easy as you need or be as adventurous as you want! I’ll help you select a location – in your home or outdoors – and outfits! This process is meant to be FUN and EASY, so I’ll hold your hand! What are you waiting for?!
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.
Meet sweet baby Isabelle. This little lady was a doll. She was as beautiful as could be and is already so loved and adored by her beautiful parents. For Isabelle’s newborn photography session we used lots of neutrals and grey.
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!
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.
15 minute session
5 + artistically edited digital images
*Price includes up to 2 children. $15 each additional child
*Location will be at my home studio, Short Pump, VA
A beautiful early morning for a fall family session. The colors were gorgeous and so was the family.
We held our first ever Red Truck Minis the other day! The weather was great, the location was just turning colors, and everyone was happy! They went SO well, that I plan to offer them again on Dec. 15th limited spots available. Start thinking of your outfits now!
Please comment below with the time & EMAIL address so we can get you scheduled.
DEC. 15, 2018
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.
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.
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.
Oh, Miss Aditi, 10 days new and just ! This sweet girl breezed through her sessions and owned each setup I custom designed just for her. The neutrals with a mix of soft girl colors brought out her beautiful complexion. Aditi was a posing natural!
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!
Despite the cold weather at the end of March, this little baby was all smiles and giggles for her photo shoot. Looking at her parents, it’s not hard to see where she gets her awesome personality. Thanks for such a fun-filled shoot!! Midlothain mines was the perfect location for this milestone session. The trees were just starting to bloom and make for a great backdrop.
Mommy and Daddy couldn’t stop smiling. They were practically giddy with all the love for their sweet little girl, and it was magical to capture those emotions in family portraits. Even big brother was excited about the new arrival.