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!
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 is my fourth photo session with sweet little B and he brought his A game like he always does. We have tried another DC location but I was glad we came back to these beautiful gardens and he seemed pretty happy too. He was a particularly smiley baby and that seemed to last into his toddler years. Happy 2nd birthday B!
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.
This was such a wonderful newborn photo session. This little guy not only has two loving parents waiting to welcome him but also a big brother and sister. They provided entertainment and excitement and were already such doting big siblings to their new little brother. He is lucky to be born into this wonderful family.
This little girl has always been such a fun photo subject. I captured her as a sleep newborn and then again as a smiley one year old. Just as I had imagined she was still full of smiles and fun. We had a crisp morning at Yards Park and all family members were real troopers!
I loved this photo session. It was the first time I had done a session in Blagden Alley and it is now one of my favorite Washington DC locations for family photo sessions! I lucked out with this sweet family complete with this silly toddler-who was quite excited by every truck and car that came through!
This newborn session in Arlington was pretty close to perfect. They had a beautiful colorful nursery, a sweet new baby girl who did not make a peep, and an adorable dog. Oh and great parents too! I love all of these photos but at the end we took pictures of the baby in a bassinet that had been used by her mom! Loved all of these.