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.
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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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While I firmly maintain that one of the luckiest captures that you can have as a newborn photographer is a smile, I have to say that this "frown" is pretty darn cute as well.
Is it really a frown? I don't know. But it's really cute! Check back later when we discuss if baby smiles are really them smiling or gas. Spoiler: I don't think it's gas. <3
Also back wrinkles. Oh, man. I know it's because I'm so sentimental by nature, but when I look at those little wisps of her hair in the background, the roundness of her baby toes, and the round baby shoulder, it sort of makes me feel like crying. I'm that person who HATES to be told to "enjoy every minute" or something like that about their own child - not because it's condescending or presumptuous (which it is! Gosh, it is.) but because I worry that I can't. I worry that I'm not. I worry that I won't. Time is just that fleeting and your baby WILL grow up before you know it, right before your eyes, while you are washing the dishes and admonishing her to get her shoes on so that she's not late for school or driving him to soccer practice and laughing about "swarm ball" as my friend calls it when they play soccer really young. And that sort of makes me cry. Ok, not sort of, y'all.
And, we're walking, we're walking. No crying, nothing to see here. Well, yeah, there is. Cute baby ahead! Wearing a feather. In a basket. :)
And, a sleeping baby snuggling a pink bear. I can't think of anything I like more.
Enjoy your holidays, "enjoy your kids", every moment.
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I am a lot of things, like a funny person and someone who dances poorly, someone who is a pretty great baby photographer but is terrible with directions, for example. Organized is not one of those things. As such, it is a quality that I greatly admire in other people. So, when I got an email from a mama who was readying to have her fourth child, who was three months pregnant, I felt a mix of awe and envy. What together person does these things?!
When I got in touch with her, she was funny on top of it. Who is this rare creature? And, of course when we met in person, I adored her. Naturally. It was like hanging out with a friend and her baby, while I posed and photographed him and we oohed and aahed over how cute he was (because, really. Look below. that's a CUTE baby!). She brought her whole family back later on in the week and there were more adorable people that she had made.
Bear ears hat is one of my favorites. And this set is one I always use because it's so sweet and pure and I love the texture of the fluffiness too.
Look at those cheeks! Those lips. That hair. Anyone who doesn't want to kiss this baby makes no sense to me.
If there is anything sweeter than a newborn smiling, I don't know what it is. I always say, "If you hear me clicking away like a fool, rest assured your baby is smiling." <3
More ears. Plus a bear to snuggle? Yes, please and thank you. Plus, I love his fingers, how his little toe is peeking out a tiny bit, and his round little nose. Sigh.
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