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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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!