It's been a little while since I've posted a session, so today I'm going to share a sweet little newborn. Newborn photography has become extremely popular over the past several years. It used to be that 'newborn baby picture' meant the one you got at the hospital. Now you can choose anything from dressing up your baby like a mermaid to having professional photos of the birth itself. I prefer to keep things simple and sweet -- some wonderful individual images of baby, usually color-coordinated with mom's preferences or to match the nursery, and then some with the parents, both posed and candid. Depending on the family's preference, I'll take even more of a photojournalist approach and document the details of their new daily life. I personally love tasteful breastfeeding photos, but I understand they aren't for everybody.
This family kept things simple for their little girl to make sure the images are about her and their family at this point in their lives. These pictures are timeless.
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My Valentine baby, almost four years later.
Ahhhh, the pressure of coming up with something meaningful to give on Valentine's Day. My husband and I decided years ago not to celebrate. It's only a week after my birthday, so it seemed silly. Turns out, my son ended up being born on Feb 14 so that sealed the deal! Before he was born, I did sort of secretly wish my husband would do something sweet for me. It didn't need to be anything elaborate, just something he knew I would like. One of my favorite gifts from him was completely unexpected -- he bought me a leather-bound journal with my name on the front because he knew my current one was almost full. I never even asked him. It was classy and thoughtful and perfect.
As the years go on, we often forget to surprise and delight the people we care about most. It doesn't have to just be our spouses. Meaningful acts and words can have dramatic effects on anybody -- significant others, our children of ANY age, sisters, brothers, parents, close friends and neighbors. I have one good friend who is amazing at this. Every so often, I'll get a small gift in the mail with a note that says "I saw this, and thought of you." It's the sweetest thing!
This year, consider Valentine's Day gifts for anyone... or everyone! We could all use a reminder that we are loved and appreciated. I'll probably bring some baked goods to a neighbor, send a card to my sister, and take my kids to Great Wolf Lodge for my son's birthday (wait... does that still count?) Of course, I would be remiss if I didn't remind you of the emotional impact of a photograph. Whether you give to your mother that family photo she has been begging for, or you surprise your wife by splurging on newborn photos for the baby you'll soon have together, or you reward your best friend for all of the hard work she's put into her weight loss with a session just for the two of you. Women LOVE photos. The gift of photography lasts forever. (Which is far longer than overpriced roses, by the way.)
Happy Valentine's Day to you all! <3 Timorah
"Tell me the story of your family," I asked. A simple question, but one that I knew the answer to which would make my heart smile. This dual military couple met early in their careers, traveled together, went to school together, even deployed together, and they desperately wanted a baby together. The call came in September. A birth mother in Utah chose them for a baby boy due just before Christmas. Unexpectedly, this sweet soul couldn't wait to meet his parents and instead arrived in November. They frantically dropped everything to fly out there and meet their son, stayed with him for a few days in the NICU, and then took their first family, trip by train, 55 hours back to Virginia. Mama got a lot of comments from strangers about how good she looked for having a newborn!
Years ago, her mother made this blanket for a friend's baby. Her mother has since passed away, and upon the news of this miracle baby, the friend gave her the blanket. Such a special gift!
He wouldn't let her put him down. He is so content in her arms.
He knows who his mama is. So perfect together, making silly faces at each other.
Proud daddy is so gentle and sweet.
The best Christmas gift ever. Congratulations to the three of you!
I first started working with this family in August when they were somewhat newly pregnant with triplets. We spoke often throughout the past seven months. It was so wonderful to be able to share in the journey with these clients as they experienced the challenges and rewards of a multiple pregnancy, premature birth, time in the NICU and now having three beautiful and healthy little girls at home. So even though they weren't really 'newborns' in the technical sense, they are still small and sweet and somewhat sleepy. This was a challenge, but really a lot of fun. (YES, I can tell them all apart quite easily.) There are just a few here so mom and dad can be the first ones to share them :)
Getting three babies to sleep at the same time takes a lot of patience... I love this shot from when mom was calming the girls.
I can't help it. It's nowhere near perfect, but I HAD to share this one. Funniest.outtake.ever!!!
This sweet boy is going to spend the rest of his life keeping his parents on their toes. He decided to give his mama a scare while they were on vacation visiting friends so she couldn't go home. She was admitted to a local hospital and ended up delivering there! Of course, this is just one of many new adventures these parents will experience with their first child. I'm the lucky one who got to meet the handsome guy. (They have now all safely returned home!)
I love relationships. I love to listen to people talk about them, I like to watch them bloom and of course, it is at the heart of my photography. Every single one of my newborn sessions has a mother and baby image. Sometimes, the new mom is hesitant -- she hasn't slept, or she thinks she is still too 'fat' or is somehow otherwise not looking good enough to be photographed herself. I disagree. I think this is one of the most beautiful times in her life. The first few days of a lifelong relationship go by so quickly, but no matter what type of relationship -- mother/child, boyfriend/girlfriend, best friends -- we often think back to how it all began. The emotions and the excitement can still be felt when we think about it. Imagine what you would feel if you could see an image of those days.
This is my sister with her 8-day-old daughter. I love how beautiful she looks. I'm always trying to get her to wear a little makeup, she always refuses. She clearly doesn't need it here. I love how you can see how tiny the baby is in proportion to my not-very-big sister. THIS is why I love my work.
A photo session for a big girl and her new brother. First up -- photos of the baby. We really wanted to get some of his gorgeous eyes! Of course, I always make sure to get photos with mama. Twenty years from now, she'll love the images of her holding her tiny baby and remembering how small he used to be. Watch for photos of his sister to be posted in a couple of days.
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