Anyone who is in a creative field or has a creative hobby will tell you that they like to push themselves to grow and to remain fresh and excited about their work. I find that to be true of my own work as a newborn photographer. I've taken many courses, both online and in person, to learn new things and push my skill set. I also like it when my brain has to get involved. This session was just that type of session. As I was on the phone planning the session out with this mama, she had a request that I have never had put to me before: she wanted to incorporate her African heritage. Wow, that was one that had me stretching my "muscles" a little. I wanted to do this right, and do this respectfully, and do this well. Like, knock it out of the park well. I asked the mom to clarify for me a little bit because what my lived-in-Philadelphia-my-whole-life experience thinks that representing someone's heritage is might, well, be wrong. So, we talked, and I got it. Then, I headed to a store that we have in my town called Ten Thousand Villages, because I know that they offer fair trade options and pay indigenous people a fair wage to create items that are more genuine than anything else to which I might have access. I got a plan together. A "set list" as I call the individualized plan I make for every baby who is coming to my studio. I pull matching wraps, sets, hats, outfits, headbands, etc., and everything is customized for each baby.
So, I got my items from the shop and set about writing my set list and pulling my props.
Then mama, her sisters, and baby arrived. This little peanut girl was only 5 pounds, with a full set of hair and the most magnificent and tiny little features. I'm sure I "squeeeee"-ed a little but I'm pretty sure you will too when you see her photos.
Those cheeks and her long fingers were just perfect in this darling little pose.
Then I brought out my find. Mom asked for a giraffe. I found a giraffe, y'all. Oh, my my. Made from banana leaves. I think that this is my favorite image that I have ever taken in my life. Her name means "crown" in Eritrean, also. So, all around, perfect. I felt joyous that mama did feel that I knocked it out of the park. Phew. <3
You have maybe read this blog enough to know that one of my most favorite subjects is a tattooed parent with their baby. CHECK.
This little Rosie the Riveter inspired set always gives me such joy. This girl did it proud!
Pure. Simple. Perfect.
and with flair
I'm fairly sure I could go on posting favorites from this session all day long. Instead, I will leave you with mama and two of Baby's aunts and Baby. Takes my breath away how beautiful these ladies are. These three were as fun as they were gorgeous.
Thank you so much for the pleasure of photographing this new life that you have brought to the world. It was my honor and pleasure!
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I get all "squeeeeeee" in a way that is not like me when a baby comes into my studio. I only squee out over puppies and babies - and it sort of embarrasses me because I'm not that kind of a lady. But being in the business of newborn photography, I have the pleasure of meeting a lot of babies, and they all get me a'squee-in'.
This little lady was no exception. Because just look at that hair! That pout! She was a darling little thing and I just loved working with her. It was a dream! Look at this sweet, perfect little pose. I love her feet and her cheeks in this one, also her little wrinkles on her back and the hair that sticks out over her little ears.
I also love this variation with her little hand tucked up under her chin like that. This headband, and, well, really anything with feathers, is fantastic too. I don't let my kid pick up feathers because they're dirty (well, didn't your mom tell you not to pick up feathers because they were dirty??? No? Only my crazy mom?) but these are clean and perfect and pink ones. Totally different story.
I love a baby tucked into a little bed of any sort. Even more when they are tucked in with a giraffe friend. When your mama loves giraffes, that's how it works. (this is not my giraffe, btw. I'm more of an elephant girl, not that I have any of them either. Yet. :) )
I would say this is my most used prop. You can use it with so many poses! Look at those little hands on those adorable, perfect cheeks. <3
I consider it an honor to be asked to photograph this new life, to commemorate this minute at the start of the journey.
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I sat down during a rare moment with no galleries pending to edit, in the hopes of posting a blog post to showcase some Philadelphia baby photography, since I haven't blogged a session in a while and I love to show you all what I've been up to. I couldn't believe how many sessions I haven't shared yet.
So, I decided to pull this one to show you all.
I loved working with this family. Lately I am having so much fun because we are incorporating things that are meaningful to the parents in one of our setups. This session was no exception. When Mama and I were speaking before the session, she mentioned that this sweet pea's daddy is a golf pro. She said she was going to bring some golf balls and mentioned having seen my green fluff in action and likened it to the green - she actually specifically mentioned this basket too. I love when people give me a clear idea of what's in their head so that I can take it and run with it. I made this little tee marker and, well, fore, y'all! :) So, so cute, right?
As the session was going on, Mama happened to notice that I had some gorgeous wooden photo blocks around of dogs. She asked, "Oh, are you a dog lover?" AM I???? I went on to explain about how I shoot dogs for the Delaware County SPCA, my now-famous story of how my mom hates dogs, etc. She sort of casually dropped, "Ohhh, I have a really well trained 5 year old Great Dane" and that was all I let her get out before I was begging her to bring that dog back for the parent portion with her husband. She obliged and we created these masterpieces that, to me, deserve to be hung huge in their home. (I'm a huge photo print hanger in my private life. 40"x30" or bust, people.)
And, a huge version. Wood print. Swoon. <3
My new favorite newborn pose: the potato sack, as I'm calling it. I think I could do a post of just my favorite potato sack poses from this year. This is no exception. Look at those cheeks! Love this.
Unadorned, pink tones in skin matching pink blanket. I love how the simplicity draws your attention to her perfect little bits - gorgeous little lips, beautiful baby cheeks, toesies, her hairline. Perfect baby darling.
I could keep going, because this baby was just rockin' her session. She indeed "put the rock in rock-a-bye"! <3 If you'd like me to photograph your little rockstar when they arrive, click here to contact me!
I am so excited to announce some really exciting news! You can now add products and your session fee to your baby registry! I have been trying to figure out how allow my clients to add my services and products to their baby registries for almost six years, and I finally figured it out!
There is a company called Baby List that will consolidate registries and allow you to add me to your registry. Here is the unique link to get me added to your registry: https://babyli.st/we-love/jamie-siever-photography Right now, you can add your session fee and also digital files, as well as gift certificates to spend with me like cash. Soon, I will be adding the gorgeous wood and metal hanging blocks too!
Also, I'm going to add some images to this post because blog posts are better with cute babies.
This is a 40cmx60cm framed wooden block, with the photo directly mounted onto a wooden block. The block and frame are both handmade in the Netherlands, as are all of my wooden block prints.
This handmade gorgeous block and frame also comes in a round version:
There are unframed blocks, too:
And, pre-designed wall groupings, with holes drilled for easy peasy hanging:
As you can see, I'm loving these new offerings I have but do not lose focus because you see pretty things; the big announcement is that you can add my services to your baby registry! (You can also consolidate registries from more than one store - which I think is also pretty big news, but maybe you knew that already. I haven't been baby registering for many years.) Use the link. Add me to your registry because you were going to have a session with me anyway, so now you can get it as a part of your registry. Get something you WANT not like, a wipe warmer. (But definitely get a breast friend pillow if you are breastfeeding. We used to use the pocket for the remote control. Have I said too much?)
I've had the pleasure of photographing the incredibly talented Myke Chambers for a while now - I've photographed him for a few magazine features about him in magazines like "Inked". Myke travels the world going to conventions and has worked in many shops around the country. So, it's pretty exciting that he has recently settled in Philadelphia and opened a tattoo shop of his own called Seven Swords Tattoo Company, where he has hired some of the most talented tattoo artists in the area. There was a feature being done on this amazing shop and I was lucky enough to be the one to shoot them for the magazine. I always love photographing Myke and it was an absolute treat to photograph all of these talented artists. Mostly because they had me laughing the whole time, but also because Philadelphia tattoo artists are among the most beautiful, interesting and fun subjects to shoot, and this group was no exception. They are gracious and kind, on top of being some of the best tattooers in the country. And, truly, these people are beautiful. I love how these photos look. Unfortunately, I didn't do any interviews with them so that you can get a look at who they are as people rather than just at their photos, because I love filling out the whole picture and giving you some examples of their work too. Should I do some interviews with these people?
You can often find Myke tattooing live here which is really interesting to watch.
I'm also including the links to their online portfolios so that you can check out their artwork. Many of them book a few months out so get in touch with them now to get on their schedules this year.