While I do think a baby wrapped in a sweet basket is adorable and perfectly sweet, there is so much more to the first days of life than that for me. So. Much. More. Sometimes there are tears, sometimes there are siblings, sometimes there are tired eyes and gentle touches and laughter and kisses. For me, it's not all about what's cute, it's about what's real and it's about remembering this phase right now. Because I can guarantee from personal experience that even though it seems like it's dragging on some days, when you have a 6 year old it's hard to remember what life was like in those first few hours and days. Nearly impossible. And I can almost guarantee that even though you never thought you'd miss that phase of getting up every hour, you will. This is why I love shooting in clients and friend's homes, showing the love and the crazy and providing them with something worth more than a sweet baby in a cute basket. There is so much more to life than that. That's why I love lifestyle newborn photography and lifestyle family photography. I'm so, so happy to have had the opportunity to visit my dear friend leading up to the arrival of her son to get some shots of her late in her pregnancy with her daughter Madelyn, and again about a week after baby Braxton entered their lives! I feel so blessed to be able to watch my life long friends start families of their own and see their children grow and document that for them. It's one of the best feelings to see my photos hanging on their walls. Congratulations Alli and Kolby... you have the most perfect little angels!
I don't currently shoot many newborn sessions. I do love Lifestyle newborn photography, however, and I think it's really a perfect fit for me as a photographer and a person in terms of newborn portrait options. Though I have been referring most newborn sessions elsewhere for the past few months due to schedule constraints, I do take them on when my schedule allows, but I recommend tentatively booking them between 3-6 months out from your due date. I am currently scheduling very limited newborn/family sessions for the winter months, once I return from my own maternity leave in January.