Princess Kaycee arrived at the studio after I’d had a long string of newborn boys! I was truly ready to bring on the headbands and flowers and do a feminine shoot! Kayce was born several weeks early, and her newborn photo session took place when she was 3 weeks old. She slept like a champ, […]
When these twins’ grandmother contacted me about a newborn session, my schedule was virtually full; however I dearly love multiples and cleared a few hours for them. Esti and Ahron were already 4 weeks old when they arrived at the studio, and they had been born at almost 7 lbs each at 39 weeks! There’s […]
Vivian was just about 22 weeks pregnant when she contacted me about a newborn photo session. Initially, she had requested a maternity and newborn shoot; however, I currently offer exclusively newborn and baby portraiture. It’s always interesting to me to see how my clients find me, and Vivian follows a wedding photographer in DC, Dotun […]
Although my personal preference is for parents to book their newborn photography session during their second trimester, sometimes that isn’t quite possible. Here is the email I received when baby Everly was 10 weeks old:
My daughter was born September 18th at 32.5 weeks. She was only released from hospital earlier this month.
We would like to get newborn photos of her.
However, she is a very light sleeper and I am a little concerned she will not remain asleep for the posing.
My policy is that I never turn down a baby for a session, even if she is technically “too old” for a newborn session. I promise a beautiful gallery, although I cannot guarantee lots of curled up sleepy poses, and my clients always appreciate this.
This mom had multiple complications and surgeries during this pregnancy. In fact, the cardiology team at the University of Maryland was unsure about both mother and baby surviving the journey. Thankfully and miraculously, baby Everly was delivered at 32.5 weeks and released from the hospital two months later in good health!
The birth of a newborn is always a miracle, and during this photo session I felt even more attuned to the magic of a new baby! Everly was a strong 12 pounds, and I kept her swaddled for the majority of the session. At the end of the photo shoot, the parents were in tears, thanking me for the gorgeous photos, as they had been fearful that they’d missed the amazing opportunity for newborn portraits.
Enjoy these photos of Everly, the beautiful miracle baby!
This beautiful family contacted me regarding a newborn photo session when the baby was almost a month old! Normally, babies visit the studio for their newborn session when they are about 1-2 weeks old, and they still curl up into womb-like poses in little baskets.
As this had been a rough pregnancy with many health challenges with the baby being born a few weeks early, Mom was not up to scheduling a newborn photo session until now, and she was very worried that it may be too late to capture beautiful newborn photos. I reassured her that I never turn down newborns because they are older than two weeks; however, I set expectations that they may be more alert and less likely to curl into a variety of different poses. Mom was absolutely thrilled to hear this, and we scheduled the session for a mutually convenient date the following week.
This was the email that the mom sent me, as she had been worried that she’d missed the window for newborn photos:
I have been super concerned that we missed the window on newborn photos since she’ll be a month old next week. So having you tell me this morning that you go off of due date (hers is September 26th) was the very best news! We got off the phone and I texted my husband, Kris immediately…haha! We couldn’t be more excited!!!
The proud big sister Rylin, and big brother Tilman, were absolutely thrilled to hold their little addition to the family, baby Dillon. We got a variety of beautiful photos with the big siblings, and then Dillon alternated between staring right at me and deep, peaceful, slumber. Since she was already 12 pounds, and older than my average newborn, she needed to be swaddled for most of the session, and she was quite content to be wrapped. I always wonder if being swaddled reminds babies of their relaxing time in the womb!
I always ask parents if they’d like to bring a special toy or book for the big siblings to hold in their solo photos. Mom asked if it would be possible to photograph 5-year-old Rylin in her wedding gown, which was something I’d never attempted before! I was up for the challenge, yet I suggested that we save that for the very end of the session, so that it wouldn’t take the place of the newborn photos they wanted so badly. Rylin looks adorable in her mom’s gown, and I know that it will be a photo that they will treasure forever!
Kelly truly deserves a prize for booking her newborn session early in her pregnancy! If you are currently researching newborn photography in Baltimore, it’s advisable to book your photo shoot in your second trimester. This will give us plenty of time to discuss all the custom options and be fully prepared for your session, and guarantee that I will have an available slot for you on my studio calendar. (It’s sad when I get last minute inquiries from parents of babies who didn’t book their session when they were pregnant, and I have no choice but to turn them away because my schedule is full.)
Five year old Parker and two year old Nora were incredibly proud of newborn baby Reese! Their parents are certainly doing something right, as these preschool girls listened to my every directive and posed beautifully. I also love how the big sisters showed such expression to me; you can feel their confidence in these photos! I always take the time to get individual shots of the big siblings who accompany their baby to the studio, so that they can feel extra special when looking back at their baby’s album.
Little Reese did not get the memo that she was supposed to arrive sleeping to her newborn session, and was awake for the beginning of the photo shoot. In the photo where the big girls are wearing silver dresses, Reese was wide awake and looking at my half-cross-eyed, but I managed to capture her blinking with a peaceful expression! I love both open and closed eye photos of newborn babies; yet the open eye photos are a toss up — the infant will usually look in every direction except my camera! Luckily, in the photo with the blue backdrop, Reese made perfect eye contact with my camera’s lens!
Speaking of that photo on blue; this was the very first time I posed a baby girl with the color blue! As a mom of 3 boys followed by a girl, I love to use pinks, purples, and neutrals for the princesses at my studio, and using blue for a girl is very far from my creative mind! However, I had recently purchased this beautiful blue headband, so when Kelly chose blue as one of the colors for her session, I dared myself to go out of my comfort zone and pose a girl with blue, and the results were fabulous!
Enjoy these photos of Reese and her lovely family!
There are so many variables when it comes to photographers, that I’m reminded about when I asked a contractor, “How much would it cost to finish my basement?” He wisely responded, “How much would it cost to buy a dress?” Just as there are a myriad of price points for clothing and renovations, you can probably find newborn baby photographers in DC from $500 – $5,000 ranges!
When you purchase a dress for a special occasion, you’ll want to ascertain the quality of the fabric, the fit, the stitching, and how well it will hold up over time. If it’s time to do some construction in your home, you’ll undoubtedly make sure to inquire about the reputation of the contractor and read reviews about new appliances prior to ordering them. Similarly, when it’s time to find a newborn photographer, here is a useful checklist to help you with this once-in-a-lifetime process:
2) Examine the portfolios of several newborn photographers within a 1-2 hour radius of your home.
3) Check for focus and clarity: Can you count the eyelashes of each subject in every photo? It’s outstanding how many times I see “professional” photographers who give their clients out-of-focus images that will look awful when blown up and displayed as wall art!
4) Is there a soft transition between highlights and shadows? Photos are a 2-dimensional representation of 3-dimenstional subjects. In order to realistically capture the depth in just two dimensions, light and shadows are utilize. This helps the brain understand the spacial reality within the photo and provides that touchable sense of reality to the portrait. Some photographers utilize “flat” lighting, which demonstrates little or no depth. Other photographers place so much emphasis on their artistic shadows that it is difficult to discern the baby. Find a photographer whose use of light and shadow is pleasing to your eye.
5) How much variety is there in every session? How many setups will the photographer prepare? Nobody wants a dozen photos of the baby laying on a gray blanket at slightly different angles! You’ll want to research how many poses the photographer is capable of doing to ensure that you receive a wide variety of beautiful photographs of your baby!
If you have any further questions about choosing the right photographer for your upcoming baby, feel free to contact me with any thoughts that come to mind!
Enjoy these gorgeous portraits of handsome baby Connor and his lovely parents!
Are you researching newborn photography in Maryland? When you are seeking the best photographer for your brand new baby, you’ll find that there are lots of choices available to the discerning consumer.
When Shahida emailed me, in her second trimester, her note had me teary eyed! Take a look at what this pregnant woman had written:
As Shahida and I chatted, it turned out that one of my clients and friends had been in dental school with her! It’s truly a small world after all!
We stayed with a feminine palette of pinks, purple, blush, and some fresh sunflowers for beautiful little Mia. Mia’s two grandmothers came to the shoot, and it was wonderful to capture those extended family images. How I wish I could have a beautiful photo of my grandmothers (who passed away when I was 8 and 17) holding me as a baby!
We choose feminine pinks and blushes, with some purple, and the rest neutrals. We also did a bucket setup with several sunflowers nearby, which turned out absolutely adorable! Baby Mia was a joy; she slept the majority of the time, and woke up a few times to make the cutest faces at me!
Please note, if you’re looking for a newborn photographer, that my calendar does fill up quickly! It’s best to contact me in your second trimester to ensure that I’ll have a slot available for your newborn baby!
There are so many decisions that must be made when you’re preparing for a new baby; the baby’s name, bottle or breast, which car seat to purchase, daycare or nanny, and choosing a newborn photographer!
Here are 7 things to consider when you are researching baby photographers:
1. Style. Are you looking for a posed newborn session where the baby will be curled up on soft blankets and in cute little baskets? Or are you looking for a photographer to come to your hospital or home for a Fresh 48 session? Or, would you prefer a lifestyle session that takes place in your house?
2. Reputation. Ask your friends who already have children, post question in Mom’s groups online, and look at Google reviews to ascertain that clients have been happy with this photographer’s services before you commit to booking. Google is fairly strict about ascertaining that reviews are legitimate, so they are a good source of information.
3. Flexibility. Do you have an heirloom quilt or sentimental stuffed animal that is important for you to use in your newborn shoot? Some photographers do not allow outside props, while others welcome clients bringing their own props.
4. Portfolio. Take a good, strong look at potential newborn photographers’ portfolio. Dig deep to ascertain that the quality of their work is consistent. Unfortunately, there are some unscrupulous photographers who take a few photos at a workshop and use those for their portfolio without the skills to replicate the setups on their own. Look for a variety of different babies on families on the photographer’s website: if you see just a handful of families, that could be a red flag.
5. Family and siblings. Is there an extra charge to get photos of Mom and Dad, and an older sibling? If you fear that you’ll have a few pounds to lose a week after giving birth, and are hesitant to be in photos as a new mom, does the photographer carry long lenses (that compress distance and automatically take several pounds off a subject!)? Can she manipulate her light and shadows to create a slimming effect?
6. Props. Does the newborn photographer you are considering choosing have their own props, or does she ask you to bring your own? If she stocks props, look at her Instagram page to see if she is using the same blankets, baskets, and headbands over and over again. You’ll want your photos to be unique, and you’ll want to choose from a large variety of props.
7. Legalities. It’s your right as a client to inquire bout the photographer’s legalities. Does she carry business insurance, and is she registered as a legal business? You want to make sure that you’re patronizing a photographer who has all the technicalities of running a business in place.
Let me know if you have any further questions about choosing the right newborn baby photographer, and enjoy these gorgeous portraits of adorable Iris!