Newborns Without Props

Newborns Without Props

Newborn photography has certainly evolved over the past few years. It's become more of a "thing", which is great, because more parents are getting professional photographs of their baby.. and there are more options than ever, too. But parents can also be left feeling left out if they don't exactly love the two main styles of baby photography we're seeing nowadays.

They might not realize that there is a Studio newborn photography option, but without the props and elaborate setups we are all used to seeing. They might not know that they can have clean beautiful images of their baby and fine art prints that will still be there when she grows up. And the other thing they might not realize is that these types of sessions also come with several benefits...

Demarest and Conway

Demarest and Conway

There is one thing that Demerest and Conway's Mom said that really stuck with me. "I am so glad we did this photo session when we did." And what she meant was, I'm glad we waited until they were a little older...

My Approach to Newborn Photography

My Approach to Newborn Photography

Newborn photography, like anything else, has specific styles and methods that are popular among photographers. Right now, there are two main styles that most photographers fall into - Studio (posed) and Lifestyle (at home, not posed).

My take on newborn photography is a little bit different.. because I kind of mix the two.

Clara (Newborn)

Clara (Newborn)

With a photography Studio, sometimes people assume that it’s a big production. My Studio, however, is simply a relaxed little place to have photoshoots and client meetings. I don’t have a receptionist or a staff. There are no associate photographers. It’s not a retail store front (in fact, it’s tucked away on a second floor). And when you call my business phone line, I’m the only person who picks up...

Maren

Maren

When parents book a newborn photoshoot with me, they obviously don't know a few things. Like, when exactly the baby will be born (even with scheduled C-sections, babies can arrive early), how long it will take for Mom to recover, and if any special considerations will need to be made for the baby.

Connor

Connor

I am not a trendy person. It took me many years to discover that I like things to be simple and clean, without much fuss or fanfare. And that definitely translates to my photographs.There are many trends out there. Fashion, of course. That's new every season. And every year the style and color is different. Fashion doesn't seem to care about body types or things looking flattering on people. Whatever is in style is what everyone is supposed to wear. 

Camila

It's easy to figure WHY you would want photos of your newborn baby. These first few weeks of a baby's life are so completely and utterly new. You want to make sure to remember them, through the haze of doctor's appointments and all-night feedings. And often the iPhone photos don't really come close to capturing how you see your baby during that time. Not only that, but Mom and Dad somehow never make it into those photos (or, if they do, they look exhausted, which by the way, they are).

The truth is, Moms don't really feel very glamorous after giving birth. I know I didn't. But there's nothing more important than existing in these images. There are no two people more important in your baby's life than the parents.

And there is no better photograph than adoring parents holding their newborn baby in their arms.

And most importantly, I like to make sure that parents look good. I give them all the information they need to get ready. I style what they wear to not only reflect who they are, but to create images that won't look outdated in ten or twenty years. Each final photographs is fully retouched in Photoshop (because nobody needs to remember the under-eye circles). I provide gentle posing guidance. And most of all, I create a safe space so parents feel comfortable in front of the camera.

And I understand that not everyone will see the value in hiring a professional photographer for a newborn photo session. And that's okay. But if you're thinking of doing so... do your research, go with someone whose work you love, and most of all, make sure you're in those photographs too.