{Raleigh NC Baby Photography} A Milestone Mini-Session with a Three Month Old

October 29, 2017  •  1 Comment

I have a confession to make.  Up until recently, I hadn't really found my groove when it came to three month old babies and photography.  I've photographed several over the years but struggled with poses.  They don't stay asleep like a newborn and they can't sit up like a 6-7 month old.  Three month olds can't really do much...or so I thought.  Then I met this adorable little guy who changed everything.  Unlike most other three month olds I'd met, this guy LOVED being on his tummy and he could hold up his head really well.  Also, he was very smily.  Most babies I've photographed at this age are able to smile, but don't smile very often.  This boy was such a ham and smiled and babbled at me the entire time.  He was so friendly and animated.  I discovered a few new poses for 3 month olds.  If you missed out on newborn portraits for whatever reason, doing a session at three months old is a great alternative.  Take a look at this handsome little baby's mini-session.

 

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If you are interested in newborn photography, what questions do you have?  Email me and let me know.   Let's start planning a beautiful photography session for your new baby.  Send me a message here or email me at [email protected]

I serve Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina, and surrounding areas.  My studio is located in Fuquay Varina.  I look forward to hearing from you!

 


{Raleigh NC Newborn Photography} Neutral Colors and a Baby Girl

October 25, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The theme of this photography session was neutral.  I loved that parents requested neutral colors and not a lot of headbands and hats on their baby girl.  They wanted the focus to be on their beautiful little girl.  

Although I normally do use props, like headbands, hats, and outfits, I love keeping it simple and timeless.  Newborn portraits that have too many props tend to look outdated quickly and can't be enjoyed for generations.  Do you know anyone who got in on the Glamour Shots trend back in the 80s and 90s?  Case in point.  Are they still displaying their photographs?  Probably not.  More likely, they are hidden away and only pulled out for a good laugh.  Ten years from now, giant flowery headbands and crazy crochet hats will be out of style, so let's not include them in your baby's photography session if you want to enjoy these photographs years from now.  Keep it simple and beautiful.  That's my motto.  

This family was adorable and this baby girl is clearly cherished.  Take a look at how we were able to use neutral colors and simplicity to really celebrate the baby and not props.

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Aside from having an adorable baby girl, I truly enjoyed working with this mom and dad.  They were so sweet with each other, working like a real team to take care of the baby.  It was really sweet to witness.  

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A simple little bonnet is a sweet way to add a little touch of pretty to a newborn portrait.  Bonnets like this one have been worn by babies for decades.  I love the little toes peeking in this one. 

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If you are interested in newborn photography, what questions do you have?  Email me and let me know.   Let's start planning a beautiful photography session for your new baby.  My passion is for newborn baby photography.  Send me a message here or email me at [email protected]

I serve Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina, and surrounding areas.  My studio is located in Fuquay Varina.  I look forward to hearing from you!

 


{Raleigh NC Newborn Photography} And Baby Makes Three

October 23, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I met this family at my studio outside of Raleigh recently and they had the most beautiful little baby boy.  He was so cute.  He spent a lot of his photography session sleeping, but was also alert for a bit of it.  He was so calm and looked right at the camera, which is always adorable.  Some of my favorite portraits of newborn babies are ones where they have their eyes open.  

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You could tell just how loved this tiny baby boy was.  His mom and dad loved snuggling with him for pictures.  He loved sleeping soundly in daddy's arms too.

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The The last poses we did during this little guy's newborn photography session were of him with two very different football helmets.  Apparently, mom and dad root for different football teams.  One went to Michigan State and the other went to Carolina. Sports themed football newborn photography portrait with unc football helmet.  raleigh cary apex holly springs fuquay varina nc newborn photographerSports themed football newborn photography portrait with unc football helmet. raleigh cary apex holly springs fuquay varina nc newborn photographerSports themed football newborn photography portrait with unc football helmet. raleigh cary apex holly springs fuquay varina nc newborn photographer

If you are interested in newborn photography, what questions do you have?  Email me and let me know.   Let's start planning a beautiful photography session for your new baby.  Send me a message here or email me at [email protected]

I serve Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina, and surrounding areas.  My studio is located in Fuquay Varina.  I look forward to hearing from you!

 


{Raleigh NC Baby Photographer} A Baby Milestone Session at 9 Months

October 17, 2017  •  1 Comment

I've really been enjoying these new baby milestone sessions I've been offering and so have the families that book them.  At only 20 minutes long, they are easy to fit in between nap times.  They are a nice, stress-free way to get some updated portraits of your baby as she grows throughout the first year.  Most families choose to capture stages like tummy time (3-4 months), sitting up (6-9 months) and standing up (9-12 months).  These milestone mini-sessions are only for babies 12 months and younger.  Take a look at this little cutie that came in at 9 months old.  I've been photographing her every few months since her newborn session.  

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If you are interested in a baby mini-session at my studio, I would love to help!  Email me and let me know.   Let's start planning a beautiful photography session for your baby.  Send me a message here or email me at [email protected]

I serve Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina, and surrounding areas.  My studio is located in Fuquay Varina.  I look forward to hearing from you!

 


{Raleigh NC Newborn Photography} A Sample Gallery From a Newborn Portrait Session

October 16, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I thought it would be fun to show an entire gallery from a newborn photography session.  With newborn sessions, each family receives a proofing gallery of 25-35 images to view after the session.  The proofs are emailed to the family in a link where they are uploaded to an online gallery for viewing.  There are four different package choices for newborn sessions.  With the smallest one, the family narrows down the gallery to their favorite five.  Obviously, this is a hard task and this package is rarely chosen.  The next package includes the family's favorite 10 images.  This package is more popular.  The third package, and by far the most popular, includes all of the image, the entire collection of 25-35 images.  The fourth package includes everything that the third package has but also a large canvas.  All packages also include a set of prints and birth announcements, as well as a print release.  

The session I am sharing today is of a family that came to my studio in Fuquay Varina with their brand new baby girl.  Like most newborn photography sessions, we started this one with family poses.  I try to do at least a few of the whole family (sometimes there are older siblings, but for this family, the baby was their first).  I also want to get a few of Mom with the baby and a few of Dad with the baby.  These family portraits usually take up somewhere between 5-10 images in the gallery, depending on what the family requests.  

 

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Mom, dad, and baby girl during a newborn photography session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, just outside of Raleigh, NC.Mom, dad, and baby girl during a newborn photography session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, just outside of Raleigh, NC.Mom, dad, and baby girl during a newborn photography session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, just outside of Raleigh, NC.

Mom, dad, and baby girl during a newborn photography session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, just outside of Raleigh, NC.Mom, dad, and baby girl during a newborn photography session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, just outside of Raleigh, NC.Mom, dad, and baby girl during a newborn photography session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, just outside of Raleigh, NC.

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I do the family portraits at the beginning of the session for a reason.  First of all, if there are older siblings, especially, it's nice to have the family pictures done early while they are still fresh in their outfit and interested in the photography session.  The other reason is that the room stays very warm.  Newborn babies love the warmth, but it makes everyone else a little uncomfortable.  If we waited until the end of the session to do family portraits, there's a good chance that everyone would be hot and sweaty.  

After family portraits, I usually move on to using a fur or flokati.  These come in a variety of colors and they create a really pretty texture in photographs.  For a lot of sessions, I start with what I call the "sack of potatoes" pose.  This involves swaddling a baby snuggly in multiple fabrics.  We place baby on the flokati and an adult holds her up, so she can't tip over (I later edit out the mom or dad's hands).  For some reason, babies love this pose and it almost always gets them to relax and fall asleep.  After that, I unwrap them until they are left wrapped up in just one piece of fabric.  We take a few more shots on the flokati.  

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After this, we usually do some poses on the bean bag, in a few different colors.  When families first book, I either talk with them over the phone or email them a questionnaire to find out what colors they prefer.  I then pick those colors and layer them onto the bean bag.  I then do a few different poses and angles on each color.  For this session, we started with a really pretty pastel orchid color.  

Next, we moved on to a beautiful and dainty pale pink color.  I love the texture of this blanket.  It goes so nicely with all babies.  

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Lastly, we used a pretty minty sage shade of green.  

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Almost every session ends with poses done in a bowl or basket on wooden backdrops.  

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If you are interested in newborn photography, what questions do you have?  Email me and let me know.   Let's start planning a beautiful photography session for your new baby.  Send me a message here or email me at [email protected]

I serve Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina, and surrounding areas.  My studio is located in Fuquay Varina.  I look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

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