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Odessa Newborn Pictures: Lifestyle Family Photos

This adorable family is just about the sweetest I have ever met. I am so glad I got to photograph their engagement earlier this year, and now their newborn photos. Do you want to see one of the last sessions I did at Redington Pier before it was torn down? Click HERE for their engagement photos. But I digress, baby to baby! I mean, he even has a matching dimple to his mama. I don’t think it gets cuter! We scheduled their Odessa newborn pictures with all the Covid precautions in mind. Sure, it was different than a normal newborn session. However, the family was still able to get newborn photos taken. For that, I am grateful and so are they. Sure, my newborn wrapping skills and baby handling were non-existent, but the baby was in the safest hands possible! His mom and dads!

The petite newborn session I offer is relaxed, simple and baby led. I am with you for an hour, in your home or outdoors if possible. We let baby lead, and keep things easy breezy for everyone. Lifestyle family photos are some of my favorite because they focus on your family first. The first few days when baby is so fresh and tiny, being safe in your arms is best. I do bring a sanitized basket, use your blankets and bedding for keeping baby safe in the basket if you like. Or, we can use your crib, or bed for a backdrop to let baby just be. There really is nothing better than those first moments as a family and holding your own baby. Being able to capture that joy and awe of holding your baby after waiting so many months is just the best feeling.

If you know someone expecting or you are pregnant, and maybe a bit concerned about how to safely document the first moments as a new family, feel free to have them reach out. I will go over my safety process and talk about how to best photograph your newborn baby. I will only offer the petite sessions for now to limit our time exposed to each other. My biggest concern right now is to keep everyone healthy! Staying distant while shooting and wearing a mask are two ways to best capture your newest addition on camera.

newborn baby in basket, odessa newborn pictures

Laying this sweet guy on his grandma’s hand made blanket, it doesn’t get any better, right? We also used the couple’s muslin swaddle blankets from Target, too. Keeping things as easy as possible for your in home newborn session is our goal and we can help plan on the details so on the day of the session you are as prepared as possible. That makes the newborn photo session so much less stressful.

newborn sleeping on grandmas blanket, baby picture

A few of my favorite images from the session were taken on film. It was my first time trying out Ilford HP5Plus. It was a dream for an in home newborn photo session. I am offering this service as an add on to any newborn session moving forward as there is something that just can’t be imitated.

black and white newborn baby pictures, family photos tampa
black and white film, tampa film photographer
family holding newborn, tampa newborn photographer

Baby toes don’t get any sweeter! Trust me mamas, as these boys get older, they sure do get stinky. So soak up the time that they are cuter than anything else!

newborn toes, baby details

LOVE that this family incorporated another special touch; Dad’s love of the Bufffalo Bills. Even the mask is important to document as nothing says baby born in 2020 like that!

baby in buffalo bills hat, newborn baby picture
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