So, you're probably here because you are interested in a newborn photographer Philadelphia, or beyond. Or for the pretty pictures. Or both. Either way, welcome! Thanks for finding this post.
I'm currently sitting at my desk, editing photos while listening to The Carpenters (what? you know you like them. I wanted to kiss Apple Music when they showed me "adult hits of the 70s" and I don't care who knows it), and realizing that I am really behind on blogging. I pulled up my calendar and opened up my external hard drive and figured I'd start. Ooh, there were SO MANY sessions I loved this year! So, I'm just starting where I left off and I'm going to bring you all of the sessions I haven't shown you yet. Get ready. There's a lot of cute babies in that hard drive, people! So, here goes. I gave my dog a sunbutter-filled kong so I figure I've got a good 20 minutes.
So cute. Look at all of that hair! I cannot also get enough of the little "critter" headbands. This one is a deer. Are you kidding? Like, how is anything this cute on earth!?
I don't know which I love more here, all of her pretty dark hair or those smushy wrinkles in her back. Babies are perfection.
Oh, gosh. Grumpy face? Yes. Give it to me. SO cute!
I've not ever been a big macro photographer, but I'm loving this shot of her toes (HELLO! DO YOU SEE THE CURLED TOES ON HER RIGHT FOOT???? <3)
Simple setups. I love white on white probably above everything else - baby's sweet perfection stands out so nicely.
I had a lovely morning with this darling little lady. Every baby I photograph is so different, with their own little personality already, whether they insist on having their hands tucked under their chin or simply like to snuggle up under your chin, they all already show little snippets of who they are, even at eight days old.
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I love this combination of colors - it's so "fall" to me, but also just beautiful. Deep rich green + a fox hat + a gorgeous baby??? Yes, please, sign me up!
Green is definitely this guy's color, right?
Something you will probably notice when you look at my photos is that I am somewhat obsessed with color-coordination. I like all of the colors in the photos to be cohesive - so see above, we have a green flokati, a green hat and a green wrap? I just think that makes the photo even more beautiful and allows the perfect baby to stand out so much more. Do you like them coordinated or do you prefer a more random look?
Something I also love is this simple white on white look.
Again, the most important part of the baby photography is the BABY. Simplicity and coordination to me make it so much cleaner and put the focus squarely where it belongs: the perfect baby. I love his fingers and his piggies in this one!
Now, that isn't to say that I don't love a prop, because OH, how I love to use a prop. See this absolutely perfect baseball and bat setup? LOVE IT. These are handmade, like almost all of my baby props, and were made by Buttercup Baby Props.
One of my favorite things to do is to design my set list: the list of which poses, colors and props I will use for a session. Did you know that every session I do has it's own set list? Yep, that's right! Your session is custom designed for you - long before you even step foot into my studio. When you arrive, the studio is warm, the props are prepped and the colors are ready to go. We chat beforehand so that I know what poses are your favorites and what colors you want to use.
We used mostly neutrals for this session with a few pops of color, at his mama's request.
As is the case with the majority of my newborn clients, this mama scheduled their session while she was still pregnant - this ensured she got in when she wanted to! If you are pregnant and would like more information about a new baby photography session, click here to contact me!
I often tell the story of how my mom doesn't like dogs so I didn't grow up with one - and so any time someone wants to incorporate the dog they love into their newborn session, I LOVE IT. This special family brought me their sweet Luna, who was also present and a participant at their newborn session. I just love how she is looking at the baby here. So sweet. Such a great look at the heart of a dog. She was so darling during the session - she was attentive, she listened, she sat quietly. Her life is clearly changing, but what a darling dog she is.
I love this one - so simple. But such a great reminder of what he was like when he was so small. All those little wrinkles, toes, furrowed brow, little bottom, baby fingers, wrists, rolls. Little wispy, baby hair and scrunchy lips. It's hard not to just watch a baby BE. Like, the amazingness and perfectness of this new life - hard not to be in awe of them. I'm such a fortunate person to have this experience weekly, if not more frequently, but it really doesn't take away from the awe-struck feeling. It's a privilege. Ok, digressing here... back to baby photos.
Frequently, I deal with the mom-to-be in the scheduling of the newborn sessions, and thus am just meeting him for the first time at the newborn session. It used to be that the new dad was just sort of there and not as excited as the moms about the newborn photos. But, more and more, the new dads excited about the photos, which I LOVE! They are also now coming with their own ideas to the planning table before the sessions, and I LOVE IT. We are incorporating their ideas, and it's so cool having them as creative partners. It was this way with this guy's dad - and, really, he's a brilliant creative mind in his own right, so it was actually super exciting to have him with whom to collaborate. Check out his shop, Art Machine Productions, in Fishtown.
I'm not sure if/how he saw my little desk, but he had such cool ideas for it! He wanted to incorporate his profession into the session, and brought his tattoo machines along, as well as the nubs of the pencils he uses to draw when he designs his tattoos. I was so inspired and wanted to make sure we were able to bring these into the session and bring Dad's ideas to life. I superdupercrazylove this one, where you see the pencils, the machine, and baby's beautiful face. Behind the scenes, we worked SO HARD to make this shot work - Dad was instrumental in getting this shot, and making sure it was done safely.
Oh, hi, Cheeks! <3 I love those little cheekies and his peeking-out little fingers. Plus, a baby in a little itty bitty hoodie wrap? Come on, even the Grinchiest out there has got to give a little squeal for this one.
Y'all, did you really think I was going to forget the mama? Like, I'd write all that glowy stuff about a dad and just leave the mom out? Oh, hells no. This is the person who grew this baby, who fretted, stretched, itched, craved, swelled, ached and ultimately labored to bring this boy into the world. It is not an easy task, becoming a mother. The birth pains we endure are both physical and emotional, as we grow and birth both a baby and a new self. Now, before I start to make myself cry, I will just say that this is the lovely mama.
I'm honored to have been able to capture these photos for you all.
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Newborns in things with ears is one of my favorite things. This little felted fox hat had it's debut with Mr. J but will definitely be meeting a lot more babies come this fall.
This little cute photo was his mama's request. She is a Mets fan and comes from a long line of mets fans. Oh, goodness. I think I love a baby yawn almost as much as I love a baby smile!
Do you think this yawn means he won't be a Mets fan? Does he prefer the Philadelphia Union? :D
But, I'll let you decide. Here is a little baby smile for you. I love this because I bet it will remind one of his parents of something they do themselves - I'm guessing Dad. It's such a grownup little smirk!
Love this boy's perfect features: itty bitty round nose, beautiful eyes, lips and long fingers. Both of his parents were super tall - so maybe basketball or something else that tall people do is in his future.
And, then, less soft but gorgeous in COLOR! I love a baby in a vibrant turquoise, and when I saw this drawer I had to have it! Thank you to my little secret antique shop for keeping me in awesome props! Love the coordinating colors in this shot. Also LOVE how serene this darling boy looks!
It was actually super hard for me to narrow down all of the photos to show you - this dude completely rocked his session and I was so thrilled with all of the images that his parents received.
On another note, ARE YOU PRINTING YOUR IMAGES??? Don't let them just languish on a USB. I know I've said it before but I have a 40"x30" framed print in my kitchen of my family that I stare at while I'm in my kitchen and it seriously brings me SUCH JOY. I printed via artifact uprising and I can't rave enough about the product that I got from them. Giclee print that I had mounted at a local framing store and then I bought a gigantic antique gold leaf frame. Joy, I tell you. PRINT YOUR IMAGES. :D
I frequently schedule sessions while the mother is pregnant. It's the best way to ensure I won't be too booked when your baby arrives! Click here to get the party started.
As I was looking through this gallery for photos to post, it struck me: babies look really good with old things. Vintage and baby is my favorite combination! I was so happy to use this little quilt layer under the bed when I was setting up this session. I love how it looks out of focus and all beautiful and vintage, especially with the rustic pallet wood. One of the things I really love about newborn photography is custom designing sets for every baby and their family.
I speak with every parent who books a newborn session and find out if they have any special requests. It's important, because I'm custom designing each session for every family so I want it to be exactly what they want. Colors, poses, likes, dislikes, special requests. Families often like to incorporate things that are unique or special to them - be it one of the parents' occupations, a lifelong interest, shared loves, etc. This family did have a special request. Mama is a principal, and in her search, she'd seen a shot of a baby in an itty bitty desk. She asked me about it in our first conversation. I told her I didn't have one but I would find it in time. And find it I did. :) Have you ever seen a desk so teeny?! Adorable, right?
Let's have a word about this fuzzy purple hat, shall we? If I could have clothing made exclusively of this fuzzy French angora yarn for winter, you know I would. I bought this yarn this summer in all the colors I could think appropriate for spring/summer and knitted a bunch of fuzzy, sweet, cozy little hats. I tried to use them in every session because they are divine. Now that fall is coming, I need to go back and buy all the fall/winter appropriate colors and get ta knittin'!
Sleepy princess. Also, I love yellow. A lot. I don't go in huge for the 'princess' thing, though, not for little girls or for anyone, really. Not Disney or otherwise. But damn if I don't LOVE a baby in a crown. An itty bitty crown. So, what do we call it if not a princess? Just a crown wearer? Really cute crown wearer? You tell me, folks.
Sage, sage, all the rage. I don't know what that's supposed to really mean other than I am seeing more of this color everywhere this summer and that's just fine with me!
If there's a really cute crown wearer in your future, click here to contact me and get your session scheduled!