When you are a baby photographer, life is like a bowl of chocolates: You never know what you are going to get. I find myself squeeee-ing a lot when I see the babies come through the door because they are just sososocute. This baby caused a squee when I removed his little hat; I love a baby with a full head of hair! And, curls! Curls. <3
And, then I set out to photograph him. I always make what I call my set list, I think I've talked about that before here. The set list is a combination of my workflow + customization based on the discussions I have with the parents about the colors they prefer, their interests and likes, poses they have seen and love, props they want used, etc. I really enjoy working with families to customize their session so that it's exactly the way they want. Many of the details I choose in advance so that everything is set up and ready to go - and then I'll give options to the parents like, "Do you prefer this hat or this one?" to match the colors of a particular set. In the case of this little darling, when I saw him, I had to audible at the line (sorry to all of you non-football fans, but the Eagles just had their first preseason game last week and I'm a little excited about the return of football!!!) and change from the sage fluffy flokati rug to the gorgeous denim blue one. The color was just perfect for him.
Also, he was giving me smiles for days. Like, at least one in every single setup. Look. <3 Isn't he gorgeous? Little baby curls, people.
Then, he was just sheer perfection in this little bed. I gave this boy more than a few snuggles. I had to. You would have too!
A word on this little bed prop: so versatile, so many adorable ways to use it. Obsessed.
This turquoise and this little drawer are one of my new favorite props. I've become such a proppy lady! I never used to use a lot of buckets/baskets but now they're taking over my sessions with their cuteness!
Gorgeous boy in beautiful handmade bonnet. <3
Tell me that you see that itty bitty smile. Those long fingers are so beautiful. Babies. Swoon.
I'm trying to go light on this post - to just give the highlights. But for real. And I'm not even posting the one where he is wearing. a. bracelet.
Okay, I'll stop, but just know that there are a lot more.
Wait, that's a lie, one more. He rode the giraffe y'all. I have to post a photo of any baby who rides the giraffe. <3
And baby in a crown is everything. Done. Bye. Click here if you want to schedule your own amazing custom newborn session!
When trying to find a Philadelphia maternity photographer, have you ever noticed that they often want to shoot in the evening, never at noon? There's a reason for this, and it doesn't have to do with the fact that we often stay up editing our photos into the wee hours of the evening. Okay, that last part is actually true, but it still has nothing to do with that fact. That's why they make coffee. Duh. I usually drink coffee up until I actually get into bed - I'm impervious to caffeine at this point. But I digress. I do like to do the majority of my photo shoots in the evening, if I can, because the sun is low and the light is dreamy and golden and not overhead and you can do amazing things with it, things like lens flare and just generally bathing your subjects in beautiful light.
Like this. That dreamy light occurs at the time before sunset - see how low the sun is in the sky? That magic light is so, so perfect.
Also - I love how the simple black dress highlights her beautiful growing form. So classic and perfect in this scene.
Love this black and white. LOVE her hat. Love her genuine laugh.
I'm posting these two, even though they are similar, because I love them both and I feel like the lens flare makes them different.
Love the wide variety of looks we got here out of this location.
I feel like this looks like a painting.
A mama's gotta have her dog.
Are you noticing the Sia vibe here? Intentional. :D
I think this is my favorite of the day.
What love looks like. Or should.
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I think the question of "What do I need for a new baby" is probably one that people ponder as soon as they find out they are expecting. With SO many options and babies being such a giant industry, there is always something new that people are being sold - wipe warmers were that thing when I was having my baby years ago. And there are even more options now - buckets to float your baby in (I saw it on You Tube, people) and to Bumbo or does that make you CPS worthy? It's hard to know. But the real truth is, all you need are diapers and love. Seriously. Probably in reverse order.
In photographing the babies I have over the last six point five years, it makes me smile when I think of every mama's face when I hand her back her new baby. Like a cool drink of water in the desert, having that baby back in her arms is life. I know and occasionally miss that feeling - sleeping, warm, delicious-smelling baby heavy on your chest. What better feeling in this world?
Oh, and one other thing you need - great newborn photos. Because, you're so darn tired. It's so fast. All the teenyness and squish and milky breath is replaced with teeth and then with braces before you know it. Oh, I'm not gonna make either of us cry, I'm just saying. I wish I had newborn photos of my kid. I don't, and it makes me sad that I just didn't know they existed when I had my baby because, Lawdamercy that kid was beautiful.
Just like every mama's kid. This one featured here is no exception. It was so much fun creating the set and the poses, colors and flow for this family - just like I do for every family.
I love this pose. It's one of the ones I started adding to all of my sessions this year and it is probably one of my top three favorites now. So cute, so potatoey. <3 If I can capture a part of a smile, too, then I'm a happy newborn photographer!
Love this pose too - another variation that always makes me think: "precious little bundle"
Love this little puppy hat. And, who doesn't want to snuggle a puppy when they sleep?! I know I do!
Around these parts, we encourage a tattooed daddy to take his shirt off - even if just for a few frames.
And, that feeling I talked about earlier. This is motherhood. This is life. This makes me happy.
Thank you for trusting me to capture these first moments with your little one. If you would like to schedule your own newborn or older baby session, click here.
I was writing this post about baby photography and this little jingle below was running through my head. I have no idea what that little song is from - something I remember from when I was a kid. But when I was thinking about this post, because babies.
Babies are beautiful,
Babies are smart.
Each one's a whole new start,
I I do so love babies, and I really love when I get to see them after their newborn session, because it's so cool to see the one year bigger version, to see how much more they look like their mom/dad/themselves. And I also wind up really, really liking nearly every single family I work with, so seeing them all again is just a treat. Click here for this guy's newborn session photos. They're some of my favorites! (especially that little Harley jacket. Right??)
This boy and his parents were certainly no exception. It was so much fun to see them all again, to see how he has NOT grown into those long, gorgeous eyelashes, to see those CHEEKS!
His serious face - when he wasn't sure of how this session was going to go, exactly.
Those. Lashes. OMG. And, don't miss the itty bitty teefers on the bottom. <3 Love that smile. A little belly tickle goes a long way!
Beautiful boy. What a perfect combination of his parents. I love those big, beautiful eyes.
So, maybe not so sure about the bunny ear hat. But looking sooooo cute in it!
Happy birthday, big dude. It's so cool to have seen you at ten days old and then see you now, at one year old! Such a sweet guy. Thanks, S Family! I loved doing your baby photography this year!
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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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