Northern Virginia Newborn Photography

10 Days New {Washington DC Newborn Photographer}

This little guy covered the whole gamut of newborn activities while I was there. He was asleep, awake, got changed a few times, and was in all of his newborn glory. He is lucky to have a beautiful brightly lit nursery to come home to and two fun and loving parents.

Photographer Tip: What can I do to prepare for my In-Home Newborn Photo Session {Washington DC Newborn Photographer

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:

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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.


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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.


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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!

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New Guy on Capitol Hill {Washington DC Newborn Photographer}

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.

Arlington's Newest Lady {Washington DC Newborn Photographer}

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.


New Baby Sister {Washington DC Newborn Photographer}

You might recognize this family. Not only are they great friends but they’ve been wonderful photo clients as well! I first photographed big brother when he was a little baby and now he has a new baby sister.

Two Little Boys {Washington DC Newborn Photographer}

This is my third photo session with this lovely Capitol Hill Family but my first with new baby J. He is just as sweet (though not quite as smiley yet!) as Big Brother. Thanks for a fun morning away from the snow!

Little Boy Big World {Washington DC Newborn Photographer}

This little baby boy was welcomed to his home in Petworth but his well-traveled parents. The travel themed nursery was absolutely beautiful and I loved this amazing book room attached. This little baby wasn’t the only star of the show-their particularly friendly cat also loved to be included and I’m glad we were able to get some photos with him too!

Baby Number Three {Washington DC Newborn Photographer}

I loved working this Capitol Hill Family. Not only did they have a beautiful light filled home but they had three little ones under the age of three. These three were all full of life-fun, curious, and wiggly. The star of the show-all 9 pounds of him- slept through much of this session and showed off his great cheeks. Thanks for a fun morning.

Two Weeks Old {Washington DC Newborn Photographer}

This photo session was a wonderful way to end 2018. This little lady barely made a peep during her entire photo session. I loved her beautiful and bright nursery in her Brookland home. Even her Grandma and pup got to be some photos. This is one loved little lady and I’m so glad I got to capture her first few days.

New Baby Girl {Washington DC Newborn Photographer}

This little lady was one sleepy girl for her first photo session. Within 15 minutes of arriving she was fast asleep and never woke up the whole time I was there. We even tried to get her to open up her eyes in the last few minutes but she was too comfortable snoozing away in her parents arms. What an easy and fun session!