Combining documentary photography & newborn photography seems like a no-brainer. For this momma, it meant not having to leave the house, plan anything or force the older siblings to sit still for poses, all while still capturing what life was like just 3 weeks after giving birth to their newest addition. I ended up with dozens of photos of these 2 older siblings loving on their new little brother so hard that it looks like I asked them to... but nope. All this snuggling, hugging & kissing happening was completely unprompted & judging by mom's reaction, it happens daily. Welcome to the world, baby Hank! I think its safe to say, you're surrounded by LOTS of love already![tg_masonry_gallery gallery_id="9600" layout="wide" columns="4"]
Is there a non-creepy way to say that hanging out at people's houses for photo sessions is my favorite? Asking for a friend.... I mean, having a camera pointing your way will never be 100% comfortable for most people... but it's a lot more comfortable when you're just hanging out in your own house than when you're standing on a public beach boardwalk in heels. For newborns, at-home sessions are a no brainer. They require a lot of breaks & a lot of conveniences of home, but the best part is being able to incorporate the nursery in the photos & capture what life feels like home with a new addition. Speaking of nurseries... can we talk about this one?! So cute. I loved all the animal details & the theme of adventure, which also carried through in the master bedroom (where we took advantage of a bed big enough for the whole family). You can tell these new parents are world travelers! At a little more than a month old, baby Alexandra was alert through all of her portraits & flashing me all kinds of smiles & funny expressions. I think this is one of my favorite ages to shoot new additions. Yes, they're at their maximum itty-bittiness at the normally-recommended age of 7-10 days old but then you rarely capture them with their eyes open, let alone alert like this. I loved how the entire family joined in on the photo-taking fun, including both of the first children (the dog and the cat). Alexandra was a dream to photograph & I have way too many favorites from this session... [tg_masonry_gallery gallery_id="9505" layout="wide" columns="4"]
Beautiful miss Alesandra was just 4 weeks old when I met her & of course her proud new parents were excited to show her off. We had a relaxed Sunday morning session at their home, which allowed us to integrate some personal items & show off some of the baby's nursery which was AMAZING. All the details worked together so perfectly, including the most adorable little lace onesie. Admittedly, my baby-fever was super strong for this newborn session... I mean look at those perfect little lips & all that new-parent love & adoration! It was so great to meet you all. Welcome to world, Alesandra! [tg_grid_gallery gallery_id="9094" layout="wide" columns="4"]
More than a year and a half after Finley's 1st birthday shoot in Wynwood, I got to make plans with this great family again to welcome baby girl #2. Hurricane Irma, however, had different plans & we had to reschedule not once, but twice because of the storm & recovery. Newborns change so quickly, but its never "too late" to have photos done. Posed newborn photographers have a more limited window to work in because they need the baby to sleep the whole time & be comfortable in super squishy positions. My style is very different & I actually celebrate those open eye photos like the one above... I mean, just look at those big, beautiful, blue eyes. It would have been a complete bummer if I never got to capture those. At 6 weeks old, Makenna spent most of the morning checking out as much as she could around her, while big sister, Finley proudly gave me a tour of her playroom, toys & bedroom. I can't believe how much she has grown since I've seen her last - she is such a proud big sister and so sweet to baby Makenna. Kids are so much more comfortable at home, which allows me more opportunity to capture those truly natural moments. Not to mention, it gets your fur-babies involved as well. Looking at these photos, you'd think we went to great lengths to get their family dog in as many photos as possible, but... nope. He did that all on his own, always staying close by. It was great to see this recently-turned family-of-four & catch up! Congratulations on the beautiful new addition! [tg_grid_gallery gallery_id="8931" layout="wide" columns="4"]
Introducing, baby Amaya. 2 weeks old. Little sister to proud big brother, Nicholas. Totally adored by mom & dad.I spent a late Saturday afternoon hanging out in the comfort of this family's home... and a little earlier in the month than expected. While Amaya was 2 weeks old when I first met her, her due date was just 2 days prior, so we definitely had some last-minute change of plans for this session. I could not have asked for a more perfect session though... The afternoon started with getting the house tour from her big brother & taking a bunch of silly-face photos while we waited for the baby to eat. Once it was baby Amaya's turn to be in front of the camera, she was so perfectly content with whatever we did. As a lifestyle newborn photographer, I prefer babies to get comfortable themselves over forcing them into unnatural poses... and this beautiful little girl had no problem getting comfortable. She slept through almost our entire session, but just as I was getting ready to wrap up, she woke up stretching & smiling, giving me even more poses for the camera. I love shooting at people's homes, because it not only allows me to capture the nursery & get everyone involved including the family dog... it also allows me to incorporate important items such as family heirlooms into the photos, which makes the final photos that much more special. I think my heart may have exploded multiple times throughout our afternoon, especially watching the way big brother was in such awe of his new sister... staring at her tiny little fingers & toes, so amazed & in love. Welcome to the world Amaya... so loved already & a beautiful addition to this beautiful family. [tg_masonry_gallery gallery_id="8269" layout="wide" columns="4"]
After a 100-mile drive across Southern Florida, including 6 gator sightings & a lot of swampy nothingness... I got to meet this little 7lb bundle of perfection. Preslee Rose was born just 11 days prior & I think its safe to say this day of photos (although the first of many, I'm sure) was her biggest, most active day yet. She was more interested in being in mommy or daddy's arms than sleeping or modeling anywhere solo, but that just meant a lot more photos of these new parents embracing their new, tiny bundle of joy - which was fine by me! Newborn lifestyle photos are all about allowing you to remember how your child once fit into your arms so perfectly & what it felt like in that first week of having her home... (including every detail, like how the 4-legged "first born" was always sure to stay close by).Congratulations on your new addition - she's beautiful![tg_grid_gallery gallery_id="8779" layout="wide" columns="4"]
My family is obviously very aware of my passion for documenting life. That's why when my sister found out she was pregnant with her first child, it only made sense for me to photograph it all... including the baby's birthday. Although I shoot everything in a photojournalistic style, I had never captured a birth & I was looking forward to doing so for the first time with my family. I will admit, I definitely didn't think through being in the room for EVERYTHING, but I love the results & love that we'll always have these memories to look back on. And that probably includes some things my sister does not particularly want to remember. I spent most of the labor hiding behind my camera in the corner of the room, waiting for her to scream at me to stop taking pictures of her in pain. But she never did and that (& the fact that her epidural didn't work as intended) are all part of Morgan's story & what she'll remember forever. The nurses at Broward Health's Labor & Delivery were all great to my sister & completely accepting of me working around them all day. At 12:38pm on October 20th, this world gained a beautiful, healthy baby girl & as you can see, she's already surrounded by lots of love. I can't wait to watch her grow up. <3[tg_grid_gallery gallery_id="8536" layout="wide" columns="4"]
Another sweet baby boy on the blog... this time, just 12 days new! I'll be honest, when mom, Valerie, contacted me to tell me baby #3 was on his way, it had felt like no time had passed at all since I photographed her second baby at their home in Jupiter. But 12 days after sweet baby Parker arrived, I met the family in Jupiter for another session & out ran an adorable 2.5 year old to remind me that it *had* been a while since we last saw each other. The love both Tyler & 6-year old Gavin had for their new little brother was almost too much to handle. Faster than I could even get my camera out of my bag, the 2 big brothers swarmed to their brother, gently petting him, kissing him & looking at him like he was the best thing in the world. Congratulations to the entire proud family!!
Another new arrival to announce! Meet brand new Wyatt Easton. Born just before Halloween, he was only 9 days old at the time of this at-home session with his two proud new parents. Congratulations, Erin & Jason! It was so great to meet Wyatt - he's perfect.
Ironically, the day of this photo session was this adorable little guy's due date. However, he arrived on his own schedule, 3.5 weeks prior, to two extremely proud new parents. I had such a great time with this family - spending most of the morning laughing at some great candid expressions and awh-ing at this still-so-newborn-tininess. Sunlight filled their home, in every room of the house, making it such a great setting, adding the personal at-home touches, as well. As with all newborn sessions, we let the youngest participant determine our schedule, making the experience as relaxed and carefree as possible for the entire family.