After having two kids of my own, I know firsthand how tough and crazy the weeks after having a baby can be. Some people can’t even fathom getting dressed up for a newborn session days or weeks after a baby is born. It’s an emotional, sleep-deprived, tough-adjustment kind of time and I’ll be the first to admit the idea of a taking newborn photos during all that is overwhelming.
But, man, those days are so important to capture because they fly by SO fast. And before you know it, your daughter is starting kindergarten and running off through the gate of the school with her purple backpack, holding hands with her friend, barely looking back to say “Bye, Mom!” Can you tell I’m a little emotional this week as my daughter started kindergarten on Monday?? Oh, time is such a crazy thing. So much has happened since my girl was as tiny as this sweet baby, but it also all happened in the blink of any eye!
All that to say, doing a newborn session may seem overwhelming, but I have never met a mom who regretted doing a session. However, I’m raising my hand as the mom who regretted not doing one. That’s right, I never did a full newborn session with my own first baby five years ago. I thought, “I’m a photographer, I can take photos of her with my husband and he can take photos of her with me…” But, we don’t have the best images of the three of us together in those first days and I definitely regret that wholeheartedly. I learned my lesson and thankfully had one of my best friends (who also happens to be the best lifestyle portrait photographer in the Bay area) do the newborn session for us when my son was born. Click here to see my favorite images from that session almost two years ago. 🙂
Here are some of my favorite images from one of my most recent sessions with sweet baby Marlowe. You may recognize this beautiful couple from their wedding a few years ago!
During a newborn session, there’s often a little downtime while the baby needs to be fed or changed, so I usually use that time to take detail photos of the nursery. I loved this nursery so much with that pretty floral wallpaper!
These bronzed shoes belonged to Lauren, Lauren’s mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. How amazing is that? So great to have a tradition for generations!
Family of four!