I photographed this family at their lovely Petworth home last year and it was a great success. They have an awesome yard and great front porch with both work great. Their daughters are (mostly) willing participants and it is amazing to see their different personalities shine.
I’ve been photographing this little guy since he was in utero. He was a very calm newborn-alert but never cried. He has continued to be a sweet and easy photo subject though he can now run away which makes thing slightly more difficult. He (and his parents) were great sports on this summer morning.
I met this Georgetown family less than two years ago when I did the newborn session for their son. They have a new little girl and she is just as sweet as her brother was. Big brother also shined and warmed up quickly making for an easy and fun photo session. Can’t to watch these two grow.
I met these little guys 9 months ago at their newborn session and I knew then what a wonderful family they have. I was excited when their mom reached out to do some updated 9 month old pictures. I’m glad we did these when we did as I can see they are already on the move! This felt like a true success getting 2 9 month olds to smile simultaneously. What a fun morning!
This little boy is already one. His first year has flown by and his mom wanted to make sure to capture him at this fun and sweet age. He is just on the verge of his first steps so it was fun to watch him explore the beautiful gardens on an early June morning.
One of the things I find myself answering the most frequently is how people can prepare their homes for an in-home newborn photo session? When I take in home newborn photos I only use natural light. This comes up frequently in my Washington DC Newborn world because many of the homes here in Washington DC are row houses and therefore have only limited windows and light. However this is not a problem! We only need one well-lit room. Once you’ve decided on which room you’d like to focus on, there are a few things to keep in mind:
1. How do I prepare the room? The most important thing is to clear your surfaces of clutter. Yes, this means the remote control and your iPhone. This means random burp cloths and baby stuff as well. I know its hard to clean up with a newborn and this is why I always tell people do NOT clean up for me in the rest of your home. Just in the rooms you want pictures in. Spending a little time clearing away things results in much better images!
2. Time is of the essence. I’m happy to help tidy but that’s really not my expertise. Try and be as ready as you can when I get there. This is not the time to start reorganizing a room or hanging the nursery decorations on the wall.
3. What should parents wear? I know this is tough. You are in your past-partum body and do not have a lot of options. So let’s make this easy. Consider patterns and texture and clothes you're REALLY comfortable in. Shy away from things that need constant adjustments or wrinkle easily. Don't forget about accessories like scarves and jewelry. Please avoid clothes with words or logos for you and baby-these are distracting and the focus should be in your newborn. I find that neutral colors (grey, beiges, white) tend to photograph well and these are easy to match as well! Try and avoid all black tops or very bright colored tops (specifically reds, pinks, or oranges) as these will cast a color tint on the skin. As with all my photo sessions, I suggest applying more makeup than you usually wear (a little lip color goes a long way!) as the camera can wash people out a little. I also suggest dry hair.
4. What should baby wear? I keep this one very easy. I suggest dressing your small human in a plain white or neutral onesie with short sleeves or something else pretty simple. If outfits are too complicated, they get all bunched up and often make images look messy. Bright colors on baby or parents can cause the skin to look off so I'd suggest avoiding those as well.
5. What items should I have handy? A Neutral colored or white swaddle blanket, a pacifier, and a wet washcloth. Ideally the face is wiped from anything before I get there but just in case.
6. Can we include my dog? Of course! But at the end so if the dog is not calm, please prepare to have him in another room until we’re ready for him!
This mom found me on instagram and reached out to get photos of her new baby. Because we had already missed the tiny new newborn stage she asked what age I recommend. Whenever people post newborn ask me this I always say 7-8 months. This is when they are usually sitting up independently and can interact more but can not yet crawl and run away. A real sweet spot! I am so glad she waited-I think these are well worth it.
I could not wait to meet this little baby as she is the daughter of some dear friends. Her parents are new DC residents and she has a beautiful new home to be welcomed into. I loved her little poses and can’t wait to watch her grow.
This little guy and his parents were such wonderful photo subjects. Once we got him all full and comfortable he was a great little model. We were able to get some shots of him and his pup too! This guy gave us lots of little smiles as a bonus! Thanks for such a wonderful session.