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!
I'll put it out there: Some people, I fall in love with from the start. This mama was one of those people. I just liked her. I think that's one way that being a newborn photographer is such a lucky job: you get to see people truly on their happiest, most in love day/s. I love a moony, swoony new parent. I know how that feels and it's just dreamy.
Anyway, so this darling lady and her husband (also darling, btw) brought their beautiful, new, long eyelashed boy to me to photograph.
I love this. It reminds me of a 1920s black and white photo for some reason. The tied bow makes me think of an antique christening gown. Gasp.
Oh, gosh. Also. That hair, those lips. I love how the hood of the hoody wrap is down. Oh goodness, look at how his fingers are over the edge in the sweetest way. I don't always fall in love with black and whites of teeny babies, especially in the potato sack pose, but I sure did with these.
This is just pure sweetness and perfection. I love babies in white, on white. This is no exception!
When his mom and I were talking about the session, she didn't have a ton of requests. But this, this had to be done, because she wanted to do it for her birth announcement. (I'm just now realizing I forgot to post it to Facebook, because I didn't want to ruin her surprise. But it does need to be seen, doesn't it?) The best part is, she mentioned that she really wanted to have him yawning in the photo. I was like, "Oh sure" and she knew there was obviously nothing I could do to make that happen. BUT THEN HE DID IT YOU GUYS. And I have no "poker click" (the photographer's version of a poker face, I just made it up) so I click like a maniac and draw attention to the fact that ALL THE GOOD THINGS ARE HAPPENING instead of being a normal person and surprising her in her gallery when she sees it.
Then he went into the little bed. I have used this bed with dozens of babies and the thing I love most about it is that no two babies ever go into it the same way, or look the same in it. Case in point: this boy was the only baby ever to stick his little baby finger out like that. I know, right?
Love his hair. LOVE HIS SMILE.
I don't think I used to be a detail person. In fact, I know that when I was starting my photography journey, I'd take adorable practice photos in my home and not realize stray toys were in the background. But now. Now the details are what get me. The hair, his eyes, his lips, how his cheek is squishing into his shoulder, his curled up pose, his dad's wedding ring. It truly is in the details - the love, the important stuff.
Phew. That was wordy, eh? I just loved them. Loved their session. Wanna get yours??? Click here and shoot me an email. Do it while you're pregnant/before you have the baby. You'll thank me, I promise.
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.
If you are looking for your own Philadelphia maternity photographer, I'm your girl! To schedule your session, click here. Don't forget to check out my newborn work as well! Keep your eyes peeled for this mama's baby coming soon as well.
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.