I haven’t blogged nearly as much as I had hoped to lately. In the months of August and September, I had 3 babies due, one at the end of August, and the other two mid-late September. I knew that was a lot of newborn shoots for me with my own young family and with plenty of other family sessions mixed in, but I just hoped the timing would just work out.

You know what happened. I should have known too as I wrote those due dates down on my calendar. All of those babies were somehow born the same week. But that’s not all. The week before that, (the calm before the storm), a mommy contacted me asking if I might be able to sneak her in and I was like, “Sure, no problem!” So, make that four babies within two weeks.

A newborn session can last many hours because babies are delicate things with delicate schedules and parents usually want many different kinds of poses. Add in a few siblings and things really get interesting. I bring a ton of stuff and I am definitely still learning. Definitely. All of these shoots so close together was like baptism by fire. This last month taught me a lot, stretched me a lot and humbled me A LOT. I made plenty of mistakes (not being picky enough about lighting, blanket wrinkles, etc.) and this led to many extra hours in editing. I learned a lot of lessons the hard (time consuming) way. There were many, many nights of staying up until 2 AM and then jumping right back into mommy mode the next day only to stay up late again that night.

This is a lot to share in one single post, but since I didn’t have time to blog much at all this past month, I wanted to highlight just some of what I’ve working on. BABIES!

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This family made my job easy. Their baby was actually born first (due in August and came late), but they just wanted a little lifestyle session and didn’t need me to come right away. We waited until Annie was almost a month old and there was no elaborate posing. Their dog, Lucy, kind of stole the show on this one!

That nursery!

 

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These sweet friends had lots of great ideas for sweet poses, but they had a newborn who would barely keep her eyes closed and a two year old. Enough said, right? There was some down time while mommy nursed Baby Cecelia and tried to get her good and sleepy, so I got to hang out with Big Sister Elena and listen to her read to her bunnies. I love the dreaminess this shoot took on in Elena’s make-believe world, which carries into the outdoor photos from their fabulous fairy tale-esk backyard. After a few hours of trying to get that baby to sleep (and failing despite how many of these pictures make it look like she is sleeping peacefully), I’m in love with some of the eyes wide open shots we got.

 

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This family had a four year old and a two year old who didn’t want to pose. So, we let them jump on the bed! I love the result. I think these are the types of real-life photos parents will look back on most fondly someday.

 

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This family had grandparents join in their newborn session and I thought that was really sweet. They are a baseball-loving family and had actually ordered the little Red Sox props for their two year old’s newborn pictures, but they didn’t arrive on time, so they were very excited to finally get to use them!