As a newborn photographer, my guidance starts with a phone call upon booking so that I can learn a bit about your family, answer any questions you may have, and help you select a wardrobe. Throughout your session, I will provide gentle prompts to encourage natural interactions. Then, I quietly observe and capture little details that reveal your family’s unique story. We will allow your baby to lead the session, keeping them calm in your loving arms while I document soft hair whorls, fuzzy shoulders, wrinkly feet, and the way those tiny fingers grasp a sibling’s finger. There will be plenty of time for feeding, diaper changes, and snuggles, so don’t worry about timing your session around your newborn’s sleep (as if that were even possible!).
Inevitably, most newborns do fall asleep at some point during the session and we are able to lay them down so I can capture their own natural sleepy newborn poses and (sometimes!) the elusive sleep smile. Years from now, when you snuggle up with your child to tell him about the story of his birth and first weeks with your family, these are the tender photographs that will transport you back to a time when he slept on your chest in that perfect round baby shape. You will recall the sensation of his downy soft hair against your cheek, his silky smooth, newborn scented skin, and the other details that would otherwise fade into the haze of memories from those first sleep-deprived weeks.
While you will often hear that the best time for newborn photos is in the first two weeks of life, my connection-focused approach allows for more flexibility with wakefulness than a posed newborn session. Those fresh, squishy newborn details do change quickly, but it is never too late to schedule newborn photos! As a family and newborn photographer, I offer in-home sessions for babies and families of all ages; no age restrictions here!
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