My former co-worker welcomed their beautiful baby girl into the world in December just before Christmas. I was SO excited to get the message that Baby C was finally here and we could officially get the newborn session on the books.
I had spent months carefully designing this session. I knew mom loved soft textures and very feminine color palettes, so I set out to make the most luxurious sets that I could think of. Lots of soft stretchy wraps, soft unspun wool blankets, and cloud soft backdrop fabrics married with soft pinks and creams. But, she also loved that rustic organic style too, so I made sure to incorporate lots of wood and earth tones to compliment her skin tones and her thick dark hair.
She was such a cutie but at 2 weeks old for her session, she made me work! But, if anything is worth breaking a sweat for, it’s those amazing baby yawns and big yummy grins. She was such an expressive baby and so cuddly and squishy, I could just nom her cheeks right off her face. However, after practicing great self restraint, I managed to leave those sweet cheeks right where they belong and capture her rare moments of sleep.
As I mentioned in the post about their maternity session, I love LOVE when dads get involved with the maternity photos. I love it even more when the parents (either or both!) get in on the newborn photos. There is something so amazing about capturing their first official portraits as a new family. That raw and awe inspiring love they have for their new baby and for each other is such a reminder that it’s not just babies being born, families are being born. Entire new identities and values are being born. And that is such an honor to bear witness to and to immortalize in print.
Back before Thanksgiving, I made a trip back home to Arkansas. While I was there, I took the opportunity to photograph some of my friends. This family is the sister, et al, of one of my dearest friends. She also had her third baby recently and was so excited to have photos done of their new family of five.
Due to scheduling conflicts, weather, and illnesses, we didn’t get together until right before I was leaving to return to New Jersey. Unfortunately, this meant…weeknight. The dad didn’t get off work until 4:30 and it’s about a half hour to the tree farm from his house, so we were pretty much looking at shooting in the dark. But, not to fear, we forged ahead armed with a speedlight and high ISO settings and made beautiful memories for this beautiful family.
I absolutely love the amazing color and texture that the christmas trees add to these images. Late fall/early winter can feel so drab and lifeless, but this was really a magical spot. We can’t thank Motley’s Tree Farm enough for allowing us to do this quick dusk session as not only were they not even open for the season, but they were getting ready to head home! So, special shout out and thanks to them. If you live in the Central Arkansas area, be sure to check them out for their Christmas trees this year, and check out their pumpkin patch! We used to get our trees and pumpkins from them when we lived in Arkansas and they have an amazing selection!
I’m excited to announce that I have opened up booking for Holiday Minis! This year, I ‘m even more pleased to announce that 10% of each session will be donated to NJ Farmers Against Hunger. This is an amazing organization that allows farms to donate their extra produce to those in need. Please contact me ASAP to book your date as slots will go quickly!
October 28th and 29th
Rain Date: November 4th and 5th