What a little sweetheart! As you may have guessed, this newborn photo session was just about as adorable as it gets! With every newborn baby I photograph, I never know exactly how they will react to having their portrait taken... Some babies instantly fall peacefully to sleep (like this little nugget), while others decide it's more fun to give me a challenge! Either way, I love every minute I get to spend with these precious little ones.
Bringing home Baby #2 is always such a different story for each family. The excitement, the exhaustion, the hormones, the toddler energy along with a newborn - it truly is an amazing whirlwind of emotions! From my own experience, the enormous shift that a second child brings into the family dynamic is major. This sweet brood is still taking it all in - learning how to become a family of four. Luckily for the new little one, life is definitely going to be more about "going with the flow."
Being a successful newborn photographer isn’t all about technical prowess, though that helps. Truly it’s the energy you bring to the shoot. Especially with the newest of new, like this little nugget, who at just seven days old was a picture of sweetness.
Calm, caring, peaceful. There’s a meditative calmness to spending hours posing these sleeping babes and coaxing them gently, quietly to sleep when they rouse.
With her two sisters lending a helping hand, she settled right in and let me capture some adorable moments! I just love that she snuggled up with the family dog - not an easy combination to photograph and so gratifying when everyone’s in the flow and it works out.
With 5 siblings awaiting his arrival, you can bet this little peanut was loved from the start. As with most of my newborn clients, I like to do newborn sessions at home so mama and babe are comfortable and relaxed. This family's house was just stunning and had the most beautiful natural light...I could not ask for more!
Mama had the most adorable nursery prepared which helped inspire so many of the photographs. The color palette was so subtle and gorgeous. Grey, white, cream, silver and highlights of gold made for some truly beautiful images that capture the purity of a newborn!
I just adore this family (now 8 strong!) and had the best time documenting the arrival of this sweet little surprise.
I wish a Happy Birthday to this sweetheart who celebrated her first year of life this last January! I always look forward to 1-year-old photo shoot, they are always so fun to photograph! Although I usually don't have a ton of time before they lose interest in all my silly noises and funny faces, the time I do have is magical! It makes my days to capture their innocence and wonder... So sweet! XOXO
Happy New Year to all!! So far I’m loving 2015 and I hope you are too! Now that the holiday rush has come to a close, the kids are back in school, and all the holiday decor has been pack away for next year, I have some time to reflect on an amazing year and share some of the shoots that closed out 2014. Each year as fall and winter approach, my schedule gets a little crazy (to be honest, it is insanely nuts) and I find it hard to keep up with the blog and all the updates happening at the studio. So, please stay tuned in the next few week while I share some of my favorite shoots from the season! I hope you enjoy!
This sweet little guy was born in mid-October, just in time to join his family for the start of the holidays! There’s a beautiful magic to sharing our beloved traditions for the first time with our little ones. Personally, I’m always honored to work with a brand new baby... Talk about squishy sweetness! Just look at his beautiful face!
For the most part, I gravitate towards simplicity with my newborn photo sessions (I am not the biggest fan of over-propping) because it lets us focus on their sweet faces, tiny curled toes, delicate eyelashes and squishy little bodies - all of which are just so scrumptious! But when mama pulled out this tiny Santa hat for the shoot I just couldn’t resist. It was really appropriate given this little nugget was born just in time for the holidays!
After about 30 minutes of lulling this little one to sleep, he nestled in and I was able to capture some adorable keepsake moments for the family. His big brother was awesome - so caring and calm with his baby brother. Being a mother of two small boys it always melts my heart to see this profound sibling relationship forming.
Two of my favorite and most challenging subjects to photograph are animals and newborns. How these two posed so perfect and effortlessly together just astonished me. With most animals and newborns, you’d think that a biscuit and some milk would make them respectively happy enough to mellow out and sit still, but rarely is that the case. To my surprise, this sweet little girl and her protector were far from the norm... She just snoozed away while this little pup curled up next to her so calmly, so patient. I watched in total amazement as this unfolded before me! My job was done... All there was left to do was take the picture! Amazing! When I first showed up to the house for the shoot, Fido was racing in excitment. But as soon as his humans put their baby next to him, he instantly transformed into the most calm and gentle protector. Exuberant one minute and seriously well behaved the next. I love the warmth of these images and the promise of the unconditional love that’s already forming!
Newborns are the epitome of lovable squishiness. There’s something very sweet and sacred about a newborn portrait session - from the pure newness of life to the transformation that we go through when we become parents. I’m always so honored to capture this precious time for my clients.
For this sweet little guy's photo session we used his own nursery, which was great for a number of reasons: the environment was familiar and soothing, it had beautiful natural light and was decorated so stylishly by his mom! As we nuzzled him into position, he curled up and slept peacefully through the entire session! All of these components added up to a very sweet and pleasant atmosphere, captured in some dreamy, bright and airy portraits of a beautiful family falling in love.
I had the pleasure of welcoming this little nugget into the world a few weeks back! Baby J was welcomed by his mom, dad, and two older brothers... What a lucky guy! This sweetheart fell right asleep for his newborn photo shoot and pretty much stayed that way for the entire 2 hours photo session. Amongst the pleasant chaos of having two older brothers, Baby J slept peacefully, barely waking when I moved him into position. It was so sweet to see how perfectly this little guy fit into his new family... So much love for this sweet little soul.
Love this little sweet pea! It was such a pleasure to photograph this adorable little babe at just about 10 days old. Newborn portraits are one of my all time favorite things to photograph, especially this little nugget! This sweet girl slept from start to finish making my job super fun and easy. We swapped out props, hats, wraps all while Baby R snoozed away... So precious! It is really such a treat to capture this glimpse of time for parents and families. Love it!
So far, 2014 has been filled with sweetness and love as I've been busy with many newborn photo sessions. What a beautiful way to start the year! With every newborn portrait I create, I am always amazed at these little beings and how different each and every baby is. This particular session was taken outdoors in January! Typically, I would not suggest doing a newborn shoot outside in the middle of winter. However, seeing as how we've had 80 degree weather here in Santa Barbara it's pretty much like summer minus the June gloom. This baby girl had to have been one of the easiest newborns I have ever photographed. She fell peacefully asleep and only woke for a few seconds here and there. What a cutie! I just love the baby rolls and those big pouty red lips... Adorable!
This sweet baby girl was born one day before the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve. What a special way to kick off 2014 with this newborn photo session! I had the joy of photographing this little peanut at just a few days old... How lucky am I! I love the way these little ones curl up into the most adorable little poses (after much bouncing, rocking, and feeding, of course)! She was so tiny and her cute little baby cheeks just melt my heart.
At one week old, I had the pleasure of photographing this sweet little guy and welcome him into the world. Although I had a baby boy this last February, I was still in awe of his petite little features, his wrinkly skin, and those sweet newborn baby noises. It is so easy to forget how tiny these little ones are in those first few weeks of life... I am so happy to have captured this moment in time for this sweet family! Lots of love to you all!
Sweet little Jaimeson was such a pleasure to photograph earlier this fall!!! Only 10 days and just the cutest little thing. She had a head full of jet black hair and the most petite features on her adorable face. I just love photographing newborn babies... Although, it is very challenging at times, it is the most precious thing to see them all curled up for the camera. With all my newborn photo sessions, I am always amazed at how tiny these little beings are. The first few weeks go by so quickly... It's almost a blur. I am so excited when I get to capture this short moment in time for parents... It really is magical!
There are no words for how sweet little guy is! Baby Jake is so blessed to have such a loving family and I was lucky enough to photograph some of their first memories together. Jake was so calm throughout the entire photo shoot and I was able to capture some very precious moments at their home in Santa Barbara, CA. I just love newborn portraits... These tiny little people grow up so quickly!