Category Archives: Newborn Portrait Session
Happy newborn? Check. Well-trained dogs? Check. South-facing windows? Check. Laid-back parents? Check. Shoot made in heaven? Check!!
As a lifestyle newborn photographer I cannot tell you how important it is for me to work with families who desire to capture authentic moments and are willing to be themselves in front of a camera. From our very first conversation, I became excited about working Darcy and Catherine because they wanted to tell their story in a natural and modern way. I love capturing families in the simplest way possible, so I immediately knew we were a good fit.
Ellyana was born on February 28, 2015 to two of the most fun, loving, and joyful parents I have met. During our session they laughed, snuggled, and mostly just stared at their sweet newborn baby girl. They were calm and comfortable even when Ellyana got a little fussy, which can be hard—especially for first-time parents who are sleep deprived. The biggest surprise for me during this newborn portrait session was their pups. I have photographed a lot of dogs, but none have ever been as obedient and well trained as Mia and Cali. They came when called, sat when asked, and stared straight into the camera when I made a high pitch squeal—all WITHOUT any treats. It was amazing! They were also very protective of the baby and made sure to keep their eyes on me at all times.
My approach to photographing families, particularly those with newborns, is to help them forget I am even there. I do this by having the primary focus be on the baby. Lets face it: newborns are adorable. Most of us could spend an entire day gazing into the eyes of the tiny new being that just entered our lives. We do silly things to try to make them smile, we can’t stop sniffing their heads, or we don’t want to put them down. People do this naturally and this is what I LOVE to photograph. For the most part, I give minimal direction and ask parents to just go about their business and forget about my camera and me. These seemingly mundane moments make the most extraordinary images—they capture the very first bonding experiences you ever share as a family. They illustrate the love you feel in a still frame. My goal as a lifestyle newborn photographer is to make sure that families can revisit these moments and always remember how incredible their journey has been.
Talia Ann was born just a few weeks ago to her sweet parents Melissa and Stefan. She was sleeping when I arrived. Melissa greeted me at the door and their gorgeous labradoodle, Sam, sniffed my gear and checked me out before showing me to the baby’s room. I LOVE photographing newborns, and I LOVE photographing dogs. When a family calls me and asks, “We’d like to have our dog in some of the pictures, would that be ok?” I am pretty sure they can hear me squeal with delight on the other side. I didn’t know Melissa and Stefan had a dog, so when I rang the door bell and heard the barking I became even more excited than I already was. There is something so special about babies and dogs and having them BOTH in a session is my FAVORITE!!! I can usually ask adult humans to “relax” or “turn a bit to their left,” but photographing dogs and children is a whole other story. I have to adjust to them, and I am OK with that. Sam is still very much a puppy: curious, playful, and always ready to play. Despite his boisterousness he was incredibly gentle with Talia and highly protective of her as well. I enjoyed photographing this family because everyone was so relaxed and their love for one another is so genuine. I felt privileged to capture the tender moments they shared, especially during such a special time in their lives.
Melissa and Stefan, thank you for inviting me into your home. May the love and joy you share continue to grow. Welcome to the World, Talia!
Meet Sloane Valdes Weiner. She is beautiful, cool and loves to snuggle and smile. Sloane is one lucky little girl. She has two moms and a big sister with a great imagination. I love photographing a family that forgets I am even there and enjoys the process. The Valdes-Weiner family did exactly that. Sure, they obliged as I asked them to move Sloane’s head up or down, but mostly they were relaxed and totally into expressing their family love. I think Mica (Sloane’s big sister) was my absolute favorite part of the shoot. Not only was she a wonderful assistant, she did it dressed up like a cowgirl. Kudos to moms for letting Mica be exactly who she is, and creating an awesome memory. Congratulations Sandy and Michelle! I hope to photograph you all again soon.
I’ve photographed a fair amount of babies but I have never met a newborn that was as alert, active and curious as Bodhi. This little baby was a joy to photograph because he had so many expressions. I was also impressed by his older sister, Lucy, the Weimaraner/Chocolate Lab mix. She was incredibly gentle with the family’s new addition and was always ready to stand in whenever I needed a model.
Christy and Napoleon, I loved capturing your beautiful family with my lens. Congratulations and I hope you get a nap in soon …
Vincent III was born on 11-5-12. Two months later I had the pleasure of photographing this precious baby boy and his incredibly loving parents, LaToya and Vincent Jr. Baby Vincent was the most laid back infant I have ever photographed—putting up with all the wardrobe changes and silly positions. He did not fuss until the very end. Even then, it only lasted about one minute—just long enough for me to snap the last shot. Thank you LaToya and Vincent for a wonderful afternoon and congratulations on the beautiful addition to your family.