For sleeping newborn portraits, it’s almost always best to do the session when baby is less than a week old. Why almost? Well, because every once in a while, you get a stalwart nap objector — like Jacob! Jacob was determined to stay awake for his newborn portrait session, even though there was sleepy dust in the air!
It was actually really adorable. I used a number of my photographer tricks to help Jacob try to fall asleep, but ultimately we gave up and went for photos where he just looks like he’s sleeping. Too funny, right?
Jacob’s big sister was very intrigued by the whole portrait session process. She wanted a front and center view of the action. And I literally mean that. Fortunately, mom and dad came prepared with snacks, and I had a stash of new-to-her toys — so big sis was happily occupied for a lot of the portrait session.
Life is all about making adjustments and being flexible. And that’s how I manage my portrait sessions too.
Usually when we create sibling portraits in the studio, I have all the kids in front of the camera at the same time. But, for this set of siblings, I could tell that just wasn’t going to work!
I am so grateful that my clients were willing to trust my vision… because by thinking outside the box, I was able to create an adorable portrait of both kids. Before we photographed Jacob, I had big sis hunt for cheerios on the crate. We got some cute individual portraits of her, and then it was time to swap kids! My retouching magic put both kids in one portrait, and made the cheerios disappear.
I know you’ve been dying to see these portraits — so without any more chatter from me…. here you go!
If you are expecting a baby, or have a newborn, I’d love to chat with you about planning a laid-back and stress-free newborn portrait session with me at the studio! We can do a standalone portrait session, or to help you plan ahead, we can discuss the benefits of my Baby’s First Year plan. Contact me today at 734-424-0472 to learn more!