It’s been a while since I photographed this adorable family following the arrival of baby M, but I had to revisit this session and post some images, as it was one of my favorite of 2015! This family was the winner of one of my session packages from the Queen of All Saints UPP fundraiser event back in May.
I often get asked if I can include siblings and parents in my in-home newborn portrait sessions. The answer is YES! I love capturing the sweet bond and pride that BIG brothers and sisters have during these early days (before jealousy sets in:-) It’s really important that I set up these shots right when I arrive at the session, before the siblings (usually 5 and under) lose interest in what I’m doing with their new baby sister or brother. After 30 minutes into the session, they’re usually ready to get their wiggles out and aren’t interested in being quiet and gentle with the baby. Also, for sibling portraits, I’m happy if baby is awake and we can get all three looking at the camera.
While moms often feel like they don’t want to be photographed during a time of sleepless nights, feedings, diapers, and still feeling they look pregnant, I really encourage them to be in even just a few pictures. I promise I will select poses that are most flattering post-baby. Usually a closeup photograph of mom nuzzling her little bundle is one that will be treasured forever. Baby M’s mama didn’t think she wanted to be in any pictures. I said ‘just a couple!’ when we spoke for our pre-session consultation. She warmed up to the idea and spent some time researching poses she liked, took a little time getting ready (which moms don’t often do with a newbie, so it’s kind of nice to feel a little ‘normal’) and look what we got! We couldn’t imagine missing out on this gorgeous shot of both baby and her, which turned out to be one of the favorites of all.
To read more about what to expect during a newborn portrait session please visit the Newborn Portfolio page.