This is a long time client of mine and I am so glad I was able to photograph their beautiful baby. After welcoming two boys, they welcomed a beautiful baby girl. She is just as perfect and cute as her big brothers! Being a Riverview baby photographer is the best job. I get to snuggle babies, and take their photos the first week or two of their lives and basically freeze time for their parents and them. Often, I get to see them once or twice a year to continue to watch them grow. It is crazy how fast do they grow, am I right?
The best part of photographing families with more kids is there is more love to document. I love the snuggly pictures of this family taken comfortably right on their bed. My newborn sessions are run in a relaxed way. If a family wants gentle, simple baby led poses for a portion of their session, I leave enough time with my newborn sessions to do that. The sessions are set for two hours in the comfort of their own home. The process of newborn pictures is different for every photographer but here is a bit more about baby pictures with Hamilton Creek Photography.
The Process of Newborn Pictures
First, we let baby decide if they are ready for poses with the newborn sleeping when I arrive at their house. Parents are asked to feed baby right around the same time I arrive, or just before. If baby is sleeping, we do the baby led poses. I say “baby led” because I don’t force babies into poses. They are usually on their back or side, and wrapped or gently covered and peacefully sleeping. Sometimes they are placed in a basket that is well filled and snuggly, just like mom’s womb.
If baby is awake when I arrive then we photograph baby held poses with parents, family and siblings. I always let parents decide if the other children are able to hold baby safely, and always recommend a parent, or both parents are right next to the kids while these pictures are being snapped. Newborn safety is always my biggest priority.
Most of the session is documenting your love and family. If we start with family photos, then we usually wrap up baby in a swaddle and put the baby to rest in their favorite spot they usually fall asleep. That could be a swing, in dad’s arms, wherever they love to fall asleep. Typically, baby falls asleep pretty quickly. We also keep the room we are shooting in warmer, with a space heater and fans off. That keeps them nice and relaxed and usually gets them to stay asleep while photographing them in the sleepy poses, too.
One tip I have for families is to keep baby’s clothing options simple. The first two weeks, typically clothing doesn’t fit baby perfectly. That can turn into time adjusting clothing instead of taking pictures. Instead, I prefer to provide wraps or use simple swaddle blankets you have on hand. Or, just a simple onesie or well fitting outfit. No matter what you wear though, a smile and being relaxed helps the session stay fun and stress free!
For real, this mama is glowing!!! If you are here for this sweet family, don’t forget to comment below to help them get a gift print from me! Want to book your own newborn session? I am now taking expectant babies arriving in mid-August or later! Email Brooke@HamiltonCreekPhotography.com.