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!
The little girl in the bottom picture is one of the very first babies I photographed, for free, in a prop hat I knitted myself. She is in first grade today, which kind of blows my mind that I've been at this for so long. I also kind of don't want to see those first photos because I know that I won't see how beautiful and tiny she is, but all of the things I did wrong and all of the technical flaws and be critiquing myself in my head. What's that about being our own worst critics? Naaah. Haha.
That young lady also holds the distinction of being the only time I've ever left a session in different clothes than the ones I arrived in. (I used to travel to people's homes before I had my studio). She pooped on me, as newborn babies who are naked are often wont to do. But it was like, ON ME. So, I went home in a pair of gym shorts and a tee shirt that were not my own and had to be returned in the mail. This girl is the reason I keep a change of clothes in my studio today.
Her younger brother was much kinder to me on his go around with being photographed - sweet and calm guy.
This guy was the same. Maybe he knows that the third baby in a family has to go with the flow a little bit more, or maybe that's just him, but he was just a chill dude throughout his session.
And, before I show you the beautiful photos of this guy, I'd like to reflect for a second on how very cool it is that I get to see a family grow like this. Meeting first time parents, meeting them again as second time parents, meeting the big sister now as a big girl - it's just so wonderful to chart their growth in photos and such an honor to be the one asked to do it now three times. <3 I truly feel blessed and lucky to have the best clients in the world, if not in all of Philadelphia and the Main Line.
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Oh, how this post wants to pull me in three different directions! First, I will say about how much fun it was to see this family again, because I photographed their older daughter when she was a week old and it's a huge compliment to me when people come back to me with another baby. Second, it's such a treat for me to see how the one whose photos I took years ago has grown, is talking, has those adorable little baby teeth that look like mini chiclets, not to mention that I love seeing my new mamas and new daddies again! Third, I love that I got to see them again because they challenged me in their first session to come up with a way to incorporate their love of Crossfit, and to use a kettlebell in their first kiddo's session. Um, okay. Because those things go together so well? Except they DO! I came up with a concept I was happy with thanks to talking it out with a teenaged comrade of mine (teenagers are smart and are the future and I count myself lucky when I have a teenaged friend!) and we came up with this. This photo is my most pinned image ever. If you google "crossfit baby" this comes up first. And these parents LOVED it, too, which made my heart sing. I loved it as well. And it made me love creative newborn photography and incorporating a fun, meaningful "prop"py shot or two into every session when possible. Third, I want to say that they did it again. They challenged me to come up with something showing their love of music. So, I give you, rockin' baby. Possibly my favorite image from 2015. Definitely top ten.
But wait, there's more.
Beautiful awake baby. Love the gorgeous, bright eyes!
Of course, Mr. K needed his OWN "crossfit baby" shot:
Love this shot a lot. Because, piggies. <3
Here's hoping they have a third baby because they make beautiful children. <3 Thanks, J Family! To schedule your own newborn photo session, click HERE.
Genetics is a funny thing. When my kid was born, everyone told me how much they could see my husband. Oh, that baby looked like my husband, and on and on and on. I was like, "And here's me with a row of staples in my stomach, though. Nice." I felt like saying, "JUST LIE TO ME". So, I know how annoying it is. Yet, I feel like it's crazy how many babies come in and look just like their dads. I feel like recently I read an article about there being an evolutionary reason, but then I just googled and couldn't find it. That said, in my business as a delaware county newborn photographer, I see a lot of babies. They mostly look like their dads. Like 70/30 or more. Sorry, mamas. <3 I think evolution did us wrong.
That said, I was just looking at these photos to blog them and could not believe how much this baby looked like his dad. It's crazy, because I got to see them both at their maternity session (see here) and at this session, so I got to see the father twice. And boy. This baby is the spitting image (yucky idiom what the heck, English Language??!) of his dad. I sometimes think: Well, the mom likes how the dad looks most likely so that's good. :)
And, I'm thinking now I'm rambling, so I'm gonna show you some images from this super cute newborn session. Look at this amazingly beautiful mama. <3 She was so sweet and emotional when we shot these, because she was so in love with the baby. Thinking about it makes my eyes kind of leaky. This is one of my favorite parent images ever.
Little toes. <3 Love.
Little baby pants. And those long fingers. Babies captivate me!
We got to do some fun prop shots too!
Asleep on a cotton candy cloud. Sigh.
That's all for now, although I could post a million more favorites from this sweet session! Thanks, B Family!
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