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Keeping Babies Asleep for Newborn Sessions – Newborn Photographer Bucks County PA | Doylestown PA Photographer

When people think of newborn photos, they think of these tiny little babies in adorable poses peacefully sleeping away.  However, any parent can tell you that keeping babies asleep is no small feat in and of itself. The challenge for a Newborn photographer is getting your little one to sleep and keeping them snoozing away. It’s not such an easy task, but as a trained professional I know the tricks to keep your baby in slumber land so I can capture those memorable photos.

 

Have the Baby Come Prepped

I always tell my clients that Newborn sessions are best completed within the first 10-14 days after your baby is born. This is when they are extra sleepy and keeping babies asleep is a more manageable feat. This is also when it is easier to place them into those beautiful poses you see in my Newborn Gallery . To ensure a sleepy baby, it helps to keep your baby awake about an hour before the session.  A good idea is to give your baby a warm bath right before it is time to come to my studio so baby is awake and alert for a longer period of time. I also encourage moms to bring a few bottles of formula or pumped breast milk, enough to last the whole session, if you are pumping or supplementing with formula. Pacifiers are essential to bring as well, because I use it to help soothe baby when I try to get them into position.

 

Keeping Babies Asleep

Newborns have a difficult time regulating their own body temperature, which can keep them awake. My studio is usually kept between 80-85 degrees which babies absolutely love. This keeps them warm and comfortable throughout the session.  Newborns also love noise so I keep a white noise machine on constantly to relax them into a deep sleep. Newborn sessions are never rushed and usually last between 2-3 hours. This allows for plenty of time for extra feedings, burping, and soothing. Babies are all very different and some may sleep the entire session, while others may take a bit more soothing throughout the session. Your session will be the only newborn session that I book for the day as I like to keep everything relaxed and enjoyable for everyone.

 

Awake Baby, Go with the Flow

There are occurrences when no matter what we try, the baby just wants to stay awake. Even if your child is awake, I can still photograph some beautiful images. Seeing your little one’s open eyes, checking out the world, can make for a memorable photograph. Below are some of my darling clients who just wanted to stay awake. For more images, please check out my Pinterest Board.

For any questions about my Newborn Sessions, you can check out my FAQ’s.

I would love to photograph your little love, so please contact me to schedule your beautiful Newborn Session.

 

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Loving Neutral Tones for my Newborn Sessions – Newborn Photographer Bucks County PA | Doylestown PA Photographer

When someone thinks of a baby, the first colors that come to their mind are blue and pink.  Although these colors are great and my studio is full of wraps and props in all hues, I have to say that I am currently obsessed with using neutral tones for my newborn photo shoots. White, cream, gray, brown and beige have been my latest “go to” and I am loving the resulting photos!

Neutral Tones

One of the best parts of my job is creating beautiful set-ups for each photograph. My studio is full of blankets, wraps, headbands, and props to create images that my clients will treasure for many years to come. I want my photos to tell a story, as well as show off the beauty of my subjects.  I have found by using neutral tones, I let the cuteness of my littlest clients shine by showing off their dreamy complexions. Check out my Pinterest page to see all my latest set-ups.

Clients don’t have to be apprehensive about choosing neutral tones over more traditional colors. I have found the trick to working with neutral tones is to use lots of layers. By using wraps, throws, and props of different materials in my set-ups, I can create depth in my photos.  Soft, natural materials like cotton, wool and fur add a wonderful touch to the looks as well.  Props like my adorable beds, stools, antique crates, and buckets help to create rustically memorable photos. I love using my new Dolly prop from Handmadedolls DE and my beds from The Original Photoblocks Props and Rozzi Rayne Studio Props. Take a look at the photos below and see how my use of neutral tones really brings out the exquisite skin tones of my newborns.

For any questions about my Newborn Sessions, you can check out my FAQ’s.

I would love to photograph your little love, so please contact me to schedule your beautiful Newborn Session.

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What is a Newborn Mini Session – Newborn Photographer Bucks County PA | Doylestown PA Photographer

I have been photographing newborns for about 6 years now and this is the first year that I am offering a Newborn Mini session. I was hesitant to offer this at first because newborns can be very unpredictable. If the temperature of the room is not just right, if baby is hungry, or has an upset tummy, and needs a longer soothing time, it could greatly increase the time spent in the studio. However, after all these years, I have learnt one thing. A wrapped baby is a happy one.

The newborn mini session is a one hour photo shoot and includes 10 high resolution files available via download. I usually deliver between 30-60 images in your newborn gallery, and you pick your favorites from there. I absolutely love my newborn mini sessions because I can usually get a huge variety in your gallery with little to no fussing from the little ones, and it gives me a better chance to pose and photograph your newborn. This type of session is also perfect for older newborns because the session is mostly wrapped, and the diaper doesn’t come off the entire session.

Although the newborn mini session is only one hour, I find that because baby is wrapped, I am able to get a variety of poses and angles of your baby. I start with the potato sack pose, then I lay down baby down on the flokati, and then we move to other props like our newborn bed or an antique crate. Next, I unwrap your little one down to the second wrap and switch props and color scheme if desired. After that, I move to pose your baby in a bowl, half wrapped, and if there is time and baby is still sleepy and settled, we will attempt some beanbag poses. Please take a look at my newborn portfolio and see what kinds of poses we can attempt during the deluxe newborn session.

When I first started doing these, I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to get very much in an hour as my deluxe newborn sessions are usually 3 hours long. My deluxe newborn sessions include family and sibling photos, and I also attempt more challenging poses like the froggy pose, the head on hands pose, the bum up pose, the side laying pose, and the taco pose. My deluxe newborn sessions are not usually wrapped, and we do more props and more beanbag poses. Unwrapped babies tend to need more soothing, more feeding, and may be more alert, so that is why it is a longer session.

I love both types of newborn sessions for very different reasons and that is why I am so excited that I am able to offer both choices to my clients. I would love the opportunity to photograph your new addition, so please contact me to schedule your newborn session today.

Check out what I managed to accomplish in an hour. Isn’t her smile the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen?

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Cake Smash Session – Baby Photographer Bucks County PA | Doylestown PA Photographer

Having your baby turn one is such an amazing milestone in their life. I love watching my clients grow from a teeny, tiny newborn to a walking, talking one year-old.  And the most fantastic way to celebrate turning one is with a gorgeous Cake Smash session!

I love designing my cake smash sessions. First, I have my clients choose a color palette or a theme and then we go from there. We work together to find vendors to supply the decorations and we work together to find a cake design and different outfits that would match the theme. I provide all the outfits for the pre-cake smash and my parents usually provide the cake smash outfit as it can get quite messy!

This may be one of my favorite cake smash sessions ever! I found a vendor called The Land of Flowers, who made paper flowers that would match the color palette, and then, I hung the beautiful paper flowers in the background in addition to garlands of vines and accompanied the scene with bunches of fresh yellow flowers.  This little beauty wore outfits and headbands from Dollcake and Goodnight Moon. And the finishing touch was a gorgeous yellow ombre cake from The Lucky Cupcake Company. The tree stump is a favorite and it is from Intuition Backgrounds. Take a look at my gallery for cake smash session theme ideas for your session.

The best part of the photoshoot is always the cake. This baby girl loved getting her hands into the frosting, and even got some on her toes! Look at her beautiful smile as she enjoys her first taste of cake. She could not be happier and I was thrilled that I got to photograph this memorable moment in her precious life.

The first year of life for your baby goes so quickly and before you know it, your little bundle of joy is turning one. Cake Smash photo sessions are a great way to capture this event. Contact me to book your little one’s session today.

A fun tip: These photo sessions can be done prior to their child’s first birthday to use the photos for either the invitation or thank you card, or even have the photos on display during the party itself.

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Editing Newborn Skin – Newborn Photographer Bucks County PA | Doylestown PA Photographer

All babies are beautiful, and so so cute, however, editing newborn skin is one of the toughest parts of being a newborn photographer. When babies first come out, their skin might not be as flawless as you thought. Newborn skin complexions often show up blotchy or their baby blemishes may be intensified in the photos. Newborn skin can sometimes be tough to edit in photos, but with a lot of extra care and time, I make sure that your little one’s skin looks flawless.

Most parents want their newborn’s photos to look as perfect as possible so I meticulously hand edit each and every image to give your precious baby a nice, creamy skin tone. This little snuggly bundle had baby acne very early on but it cleared up 4 weeks after her session. Her skin now is absolutely perfect but because we wanted to capture her when she was still a newborn, we had to do the session before she turned 14 days old. With some magic in photoshop, I was able to transform her skin and show off her angelic, glowing complexion under all the acne. Because I love what I do so much, I want every image to be perfect for all my clients! Please take a peek at my Newborn gallery to see all the beautiful babies I have had the honor of photographing.

Contact me to schedule your newborn’s photography session today.

Bed by THE ORIGINAL PHOTOBLOCKS, Layer by CwtchiCoo, Wrap and headband from Joie de Knits, Bunny by By Aniek – Stuffies, White Pillow by Pooks & LuLu, White Backdrop from Roses & Ruffles, Headband from Goodnight Moon, Bed by Petit Cheri, Cream Pillow by DaddyMack Designs, Cream wood backdrop from Intuition by Becky.

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