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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Is there any bigger compliment than a referral? Whether from someone I've worked with before as their baby's photographer or from someone's who has seen my work and loved it, I'm so honored any time that someone emails me and the "how did you find me" line mentions someone I know. Plus - it's so cool to do that fun thing where you both love the same things about the people and you already feel connected because of it. The mama of this little darling contacted me because her brother and sister in law (who have two of the most adorable kids I've ever laid my eyes upon) told her that she should. And then she did. Something else that is really cool about this referral is that we are all in the same small town. So, whether we run into each other a few days later while having coffee or at Dining Under The Stars, the small town thing is so in effect and makes Media is hands down the best place ever to be a newborn photographer. (how's that for getting my focus keyword in the first paragraph, peeps?)
But. I am a nincompoop sometimes, and we totally got our wires crossed about when and where the session was going to be. I know. How do you not have that one down? Complicated, y'all. Such a darling and gracious lady this sweet mama is that she didn't even seem to hate me once I got there, even though I did not wear matching clothing.
We got one of my favorite awake shots ever of this sweet, serene little man.
And also some really lovely sleepy shots. I love this little egg wrap - I love new variations of wrapping. More on this soon. :)
Shooting into the shadows. Love it. I think that I could create a whole blog post of all of the different angles I love from this session on the white.
With a bunny friend is so sweet.
But there is also this. Which I love, too.
Stay tuned for part two, coming soon! If you'd like to schedule a newborn session for your soon to arrive little one, click here to contact me.
One of the best things about when a family decides to do a maternity session is that I get to know them a little bit before we meet for me to do my thing as a Philadelphia baby photographer. At the maternity session, we chat, but the best part for me is that I get to listen. I get to hear about occupations, how Mom and Dad met or where they came to Philly from, or what they love about this area. It gives them the opportunity to mention a pose they love or a prop they've seen me use, or we can discuss what they can do with their two year old during the hours at my studio. Basically, we all get a little comfortable. Then, when they bring their sweet baby back, I'm always looking forward to seeing my new friends. (I have that syndrome where everyone becomes my friend. My mom calls people named Larry "Lar" within the first three minutes of meeting them. I love that about her. And, when a hairstylist or mustache waxer calls me Jame right off the bat, she has me. I love familiarity, not formality.)
Phew, that was a long intro to say that I had a maternity session with this darling family who moved here a year or so ago from Memphis. No accents, though. They didn't always live there. But apparently people from the south don't always have the accent I think they will.
Oh, guys. Mamas and their babies get me right *here*. Don't you love the look on her face? Can't you feel that new mama joy? <3 LOVE it.
White on white is a favorite pose of mine - and I love this profile and this way of wrapping that shows all the fingers and the toes.
Did we discuss that gorgeous head of hair on this girl? LOVE it!
Snug as a bug in a rug. Look how long those baby fingers are. I love noticing all the little parts. Someday she will be a big lady or even a second grader, or maybe even just a one year old and it's so cool to look at the parts that were already there from when they were a wee little one and how they've changed but even cooler, how they've stayed the same.
Cheese basket. One of my favorite props. I'm so lucky to have a sister-in-law who is an amazing antiquer with a fast iPhone to send me snaps of all the props she thinks I'll love. She's usually right! She was with this one.
And this one too. An antique baby scale. It's even accurate, we learned.
Thank you, H Family, for spending time with me and for bringing your baby to me and trusting me to capture these moments and toes.
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