When my best friend told me that she wanted to hang out in her pajamas and cook breakfast for her maternity pictures, I told her no, haha, but I did promise we could do that for her newborn photos. We spent the whole morning documenting the new normal in their house. Pjs, sleepy smiles, changing diapers, nursing, re-heating coffee, more nursing. (I also got strawberry waffles for breakfast, score! ) Sweet Graham at only 5 days old already has the sweetest disposition and I don't think I could love a little baby more.
I always say that the ideal time frame for a newborn session is the first 1-2 weeks after baby is born. They are generally sleepier and more likely to curl up in snuggly poses for their solo shots. HOWEVER, one of the joys of a newborn lifestyle shoot (as opposed to a studio session) is that the emphasis is not on posed photos. We don't have to ensure that baby is in such a deep sleep that we can pose them however we'd like, because guess what? Baby will be in your arms most of the time. I want to capture parents and siblings interacting with baby, and "tell a story" so-to-speak, of baby's first days at home. There are actually some perks to waiting until your infant is a little older. A few of these being that we can capture more expression, including little smiles, and that baby will be a little more interactive and a little less cross-eyed, haha. Little Ashton was 4 weeks old for his session which meant that his eyes were open for most of the shoot and we were able to capture some of those expressions.
You guys, this mama had a repeat c-section five days before our newborn shoot. Five days. I don't think I looked this put-together five months after I had my daughter. She was so calm, and so smitten with the newest member of her family and I think it really shines through in her photos. Minus one little mishap where he pooped and peed all over his mom's white shirt, Waylon was an angel for his newborn shoot. Oh, and the lighting in their house? PERFECTION! Can I open a studio in one of your bedrooms, please? Congratulations Kelly Family!
The little nautical outfit that Jackson's mom had picked out was so sweet! It coordinated perfectly with his nautical themed nursery. I loved her idea of putting him in the life preserver that was signed by all the guests at her baby shower.
And don't get me started on the gorgeous natural light that filled the room we were shooting in. All the heart eyes.