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So it seems that little girls still want little sisters, regardless of how many sisters they already have. These two were positively delighted to welcome the third baby girl to the family. Can’t say that I blame them… after all we girls… well, we are pretty awesome. While I have no biological sisters, I am lucky enough to have several cousins that I consider sisters as well as a few amazing sisters-in-law that I adore and would prefer to just to drop that pesky ”in-law” part. So I can relate. The more the merrier. And there’s room for at least one more over here… just waiting for a certain someone to pop a certain question… But back to these beautiful sisters….
I have to admit – I’ve been very lucky lately with some older newborns. This little 18 day old girl was awake for awhile but she was so content and alert that she was practically posing for me. I couldn’t get over it. She was staring right at me. Practically smiling… she was smiling with her eyes, I could tell Eventually she gave in and fell into a blissful sleep for some snuggly poses.
It’s true… I won’t deny it. MOST newborn sessions take place within the first 14 days of life and they are better for it. It has pretty much become the industry standard for a newborn session and rarely will you see a newborn session that looks like this when the baby is older. Why? Because when newborns enter their 3rd week of life, baby acne can start to show up… they tend to sleep less and are more alert and awake. Plus, they start to lose that newborn curl and some other classic newborn traits. So I strongly urge all my newborn parents to let me know as SOON as baby is on the way or has been born. Most put me on their call list of friends and family to let me know that baby has arrived. And I can’t tell you how much I have LOVED getting those emails or texts that say “we are on our way to the hospital to have the baby!” I feel like I’m part of it and how exciting is it to be waiting for a new baby to arrive?! Few things in life beat that…
Hmmm … where was I? Oh yes… newborn photography past 14 days of life usually doesn’t normally look like this. But… then every once in awhile there is a dream baby like baby G… and she will do everything that a 6 day old will do and more. (Actually, I’ve been super lucky lately and have gotten several fantastic “older” newborns…maybe it comes with the experience ) When Baby G’s mommy contacted me last minute I just happened to have an opening – I couldn’t say no…
We were SO excited when she gave us all these amazing poses. She was just a happy baby and it showed. Her mommy and daddy were just over the moon in love with her and that showed. It was one of the sweetest newborn sessions ever. And the really great thing about ”older” newborns is how nicely filled out they are…they are eating well and have started to fill out so they are plump and biteable. [It's a word, I just made it up] Here she is… gorgeous baby G!
And the shot that had me LMAO when editing this session… LOVE this!!
I couldn’t believe my luck. Julie and I had planned our weddings together, essentially, through a wedding planning forum. She got married about a month before me. We ended up meeting for the first time at a mutual friend’s wedding (from the same wedding planning forum)…and now… many years later we see each other again…and I am photographing her 2nd and 3rd child – newborn twins. A beautiful baby boy and a beautiful baby girl. All the while, we stayed connected, in varying degrees, through the web. It’s a small world…er, web.
So anyway, when Julie told me she was pregnant with twins and that I was one of the first to know – I was honored and THRILLED for her. Plans for her newborn twin session were quickly underway. Before I knew it, (actually a more than a few days early), they were here – happy and healthy. Julie, please thank your SIL for me again for being a wonderful assistant and congratulations again on your beautiful babies – enjoy them! And even though you have a beautiful, sweet, and talented photographer in the family, I hope I get to see your adorable kiddies again soon!
They arrived in early July… and here they are just 6 days old. You might remember their Mama’s maternity session on the beach, it seems like the other day to me and before I knew it, they were here! Photographing newborn twins can be twice the work, but they are twice as fun and twice as sweet. I love how they settle down to sleep so peacefully when their sibling is near. Most of these were shot on the very same blanket that Mom had wrapped around her in her maternit session…
And it’s so cool how, even at just 6 days old, they each have their own unique personalities…
One of my favorites from the session… that’s a little smile there…
Congrats again to the B family – you have a beautiful family!
I photographed Rhyan’s big brother Aiden late last year for his 1st birthday photos and that’s when I found out he was going to be a big brother this June. Rhyan was a 12 day old beauty…slept like, well, a baby for almost the entire session. And how could she not… the house had to be around 90 degrees without my heater going…. perfect for a newborn session. =) I always try to prepare my newborn session parents well before a session by letting them know the house has to be very, very warm. I bring heaters with me but the house also needs to be warm. I tell them that basically when the heat is just right, everyone will be a bit uncomfortably warm. Everyone except the newborn, that is.
I have to start with this one… this might be my favorite from the session. Though I reserve the right to change that. Dad had just gotten the tattoo…
Rhyan’s Mom and Grandma did a *little* shopping on Etsy
They got so much cute stuff…this was the girliest girlie girl session ever so I had to break it out…yes, the newborn pettiskirt!
Okay maybe this is my favorite… Congrats again K & S – she is beautiful!
Love his name. Loved his chubbiness even more! And his mom was tiny – you should’ve seen her! They are such an adorable family and I loved hanging out with them while I captured their gorgeous new little boy.
The umbilical cord stump. It’s the newborn tag…. Like when you go to the store and buy something new, you bring it home and it has the tags on it. I see the umbilical cord stump on an 8 day old baby and I think… wow… brand new… and there’s the proof. There it is… a life… new, with tags. =)
A clean, fresh process (my usual) paired with a black backdrop makes for a timeless image:
Look at those cheeks!
So comfy and cozy…
A happy, sleepy newborn is always a goal for me at a newborn session but I love capturing a happy, calm, awake newborn… especially one with eyes like this – priceless!
I was so excited to meet baby Dillon. I did his Mommy’s maternity session in January, when we were lucky enough to get a few flurries for her outdoor shots. It was just so fitting that he was a Spring baby with those snowy Maternity shots! Dillion definitely got his parents long, long legs. He still curled up so adorably for me in my green wrap. He ate and slept like a champ for his newborn session and with all that eating – we certainly had a few laughs over all the resulting…er…. incidents. Dad got the brunt of it, but he handled it really well. I always tell my newborn parents – the accidents are inevitable – I expect it and plan for it. All we need to do is have some paper towels and wipes nearby, we handle it and move on. After wiping away the tears of laughter, of course! As you can imagine, I’ve got some pretty hysterical stories and most new parents can definitely appreciate and relate. You won’t have to ask, I usually cheerfully volunteer to recount them!
Anyway – again another shout out to Dillon’s Dad on this shoot – I absolutely loved the suitcases and other props (some of which Dillon was too big for!) that he had ready to go!