Newborn Sessions: Oliver 9 days old

Oliver 9 days old newborn sessions indoor baby portrait photo

Oliver 9 days old newborn sessions

Oh my sweet little Oliver. I remember this newborn session like it was yesterday. Nine days old is the perfect age for a newborn photography session because baby is getting real milk (if nursing) and not yet to the growth spurt day. Day ten is a growth spurt day and nursing moms may spend all day cluster feeding. (I probably blocked day ten from my memory on purpose) Oliver was nice and cozy this day.  Just look at those gorgeous rosy cheeks and full red lips. I took a ton of photographs at this session but these three images are my absolute favorites. I couldn’t decide if the last image was better in black and white or color. Comment below if you have a preference.

The why

The neutral tones and textures in this setup were just amazing. His dark hair was the perfect contrast to the light tones. Nine days postpartum was a good day for me. I had enough energy to actually set up a proper backdrop with beanbag for my sweet Oliver. My older son was away for the morning at summer camp and enjoying being with other kids his age. And my sweet baby slept peacefully for a good chunk of time. I love these images and I’m so glad I took the time to make them when my son was 9 days old. He has changed so much since those first few weeks and we can’t go back to that time but I can look at these photographs and remember when he was so tiny and new.

-alicia

 

Nina’s newborn session

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Nina’s newborn session: Nina came in to my studio with her whole family and her grandmother too. She has three older siblings. Plus my two kids were home so we sent the dads outside with the big kids and us moms got to spend some quality portrait session time with Nina in the mostly quiet. (for those of you who haven’t had a newborn portrait session with me before I keep the heater on, a sound machine for white noise and sometimes a radio for the adults. Babies actually sleep better with constant noise. And I knew it wasn’t quiet at Nina’s house)

Nina’s newborn portrait session

Nina’s newborn session went amazingly well. She slept like a newborn (took a break for food of course ). She didn’t seem to mind being changed or having hair bows put on. And she even gave me a couple sweet little smiles! I love the baby smiles don’t you? She is certainly a beautiful baby girl and I look forward to watching her grow into a beautiful adult. Congratulations again to her mom and dad!

-alicia

Showing off their new baby sister

Showing off baby sister

Showing off their new baby sister

These kiddos were so excited when they heard they were going to have a new baby sister. Then of course there was the waiting and the planning. Deciding how to decorate her nursery. Her big sister had a lot to say about the room decorations. And of course with older siblings there was the searching for all the baby stuff that had been put away. New baby girl clothes, toys, bottles and the inevitable questions. What will she look like? What will she be like? Will she like us? How big will she be when she is born? Can we hold her right away? There is also some worrying. When will she arrive? Will she be healthy? Will she cry a lot? Will she play with my toys? That’s the funny thing about new babies. All those questions and concerns seem to disappear once the little one arrives. These big siblings were in awe of tiny little Nina. Here they are showing off their new baby sister. Congratulations to the whole family!

-alicia

Skylar Rose 11 days new baby portraits

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Skylar Rose 11 days new baby portraits

Sweet Skylar Rose I wanted to keep her she is just perfect. I prefer to photograph my newborn babies right around 5-11 days old and sweet Skylar rose did not disappoint. She slept like a newborn and ate like a newborn (every few minutes 😉 her poor mom) Man she has the most perfect complexion and the sweetest baby fat rolls, yum. This right here (see photos below) is the reason we moms have more than one child. Those sweet kissable lips and the teeny tiny toes. The soft, adorable, innocence of the newborn stage. Wow I might just have baby fever today but I could just eat her up.

I cannot wait to see this sweet baby and her family again. Congratulations again to Skylar Rose’s parents and older siblings on their new bundle of joy. Remember if you are expecting and are interested in new baby portraits please call me before your baby arrives. This ensures we get your baby photographed in the early newborn stage (between 4-14 days old) because babies change a ton the first few weeks of life. And don’t forget we love to capture your pregnancy as well!

-alicia

baby girl: Peyton 2 weeks old

Peyton newborn baby girl pink

Our first newborn baby girl of 2015 came in to my home studio back in February. Little miss Peyton was just the sweetest little thing. I had the honor and privilege of photographing her big sister as a newborn as well. For a look back at big sis go here. Miss Peyton was just the perfect baby model. Which was lucky for us since her big sister is just under two years old. She slept right through the images with big sister and family portraits as well.  The knit firefighter outfit was just the perfect addition to her session, unbelievably cute if you ask me 😉 I won’t lie I wanted to keep her for just a little longer. Dressing up and snuggling with a sweet new baby girl, swoon. Just look at those tiny little baby lips, her cute little nose and those sweet cheeks. Man, I have the best job. Isn’t she just a doll baby?

-alicia

 

Newborn Baby Girl Sawyer

Newborn Baby Girl

Newborn Baby Girl

Baby Sawyer gave her mommy quite the time with her pregnancy. But man was she worth the wait and all the scares. She is just perfect and apparently just likes to make a dramatic entrance. Maybe she will be famous on the stage one day in the far off future. She was the perfect little model for our newborn baby portrait session. I of course got in my snuggle time. Thank you to my dear friends for allowing me to take over your home for a portrait session of your beautiful baby girl.

Also a special thank you to Tammy Bowden for providing all the handmade hats and accessories. You do beautiful work and I cannot wait to see more. They really made her images special.

-alicia

Charlotte Newborn Photographer | Mother and New Baby

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This mother and new baby portrait session from last week was magical. I blogged and sent out Facebook messages looking for a few newborn models. On a whim while setting up an appointment for Kari’s sweet little man K, I asked if she would be willing to model for me as well. I am so glad she agreed. She is just going to love these images of the two of them. Don’t you think?

Thank you Kari for bringing sweet baby K to be photographed and thank you so much for also modeling for me! I just love to photograph new moms with their sweet babies. I do not know why so many moms hesitate. Actually that’s a lie I know exactly what holds us back and moms.  But I’m here to tell you all those reasons in your head feel true. things like I’m carrying extra baby weight, or my hair isn’t perfect, or my skin is a mess from pregnancy. All of that might be true but you know what else is true?  You just cannot get this time in your baby’s life back.

No one ever says I wish I had not had mother and new baby portraits made.

Never! But I do often hear I wish I had photos when Sam was a newborn, I wish I had gotten in more photos with my kids. Or even worse I just wish I had one photograph of my mom when I was a baby. This one is almost always from adults. So let’s change this and not let your child grow up and think this.

If you love these images and know any moms-to-be send them my way. I am always looking for momma’s to be and new moms and I am always happy to photograph mother and child images during a newborn session too! Contact me here today!

-alicia

 

Have an older baby? Check out this amazing Mommy and Me portrait session from my friend Vanessa Keo for inspiration https://www.vkeophotography.com/post/mommy-and-me-photos