Saturday, July 14, 2018

Baby Maisy | New London, CT Maternity & Newborn Session

This spring and summer, I've worked with Baby Maisy's family, first with a Maternity Session and then with a Newborn Session. Working with her family has been so much fun. It's so special to be able to photograph a family multiple times and document the journey as their family grows.

In the spring, I did a maternity session with Mom and big sister, Everly, at the Connecticut College Arboretum. Everly was very excited to to welcome her new baby sister into the world.

When Maisy arrived, we scheduled a Studio Newborn Session. I absolutely love photographing newborns - it is so much fun to pose them in different studio set ups for a really diverse session! However, newborn sessions can also be really require a TON of patience because you have to wait until your little one is soundly asleep to get a lot of the sweet newborn poses that capture this special time. Maisy actually ROCKED her session and was a great sleeper pretty much the entire time!

 While baby Maisy was a breeze to pose during her session, it turned out that big sister Everly gave us more of a run for our money! With younger kids, it's can be difficult to predict their behavior, and Everly was more into hanging out in the studio and playing during the session than posing for photos, but we still got some great shots of her and Maisy together.

One of my biggest concerns when I photograph newborns is making sure they are safe and comfortable in all of the poses we do. One of the ways I ensure that your little one is safe is by creating composite images when needed. The photo on the left is a composite; To achieve this pose, the baby's head has to be supported by someone's hand, so the hand that held Maisy's head was removed by stitching together two photos with the hand in different positions using Photoshop. Although that means that I spend more time editing in the end, it is totally worth it to ensure your little ones safety.

Detail shots are so important in newborn shoots. Newborns have the cutest little eyelashes, lips, feet, and hands! I typically use my 100 mm macro lens when I'm shooting their tiny features. It helps me in being able to get really close on those tiny details while providing a beautiful background blur.

We were able to get many different set ups during Maisy's session by using a variety of the wraps, hats, headbands and props I have on hand in the studio for newborn sessions. I am always adding new things to my collection - Maisy was actually one of the first babies to wear this adorable knit hat with teddy bear ears.

When planning portrait sessions for your newborn, there are many options to consider. One of my most popular options for families with a newborn on the way is my Baby's First Year Plan: It includes a 3 hr Lifestyle Newborn Session OR a 3 hr Studio Newborn Session, a 30 minute Milestone session when the baby is sitting, and a full portrait session when the baby reaches 1-year. By choosing this plan, you not only save overall but you receive special rates on add-on sessions and digital file upgrades, as well as having the peace of mind of knowing that you have portrait sessions already lined up through the time your baby is one. You can read more about my Newborn Session options and Baby's First Year Plan at

And just for fun: Sometimes big siblings want to "help" during the newborn session! Everly found my tiny camera USB drive on my desk and used it to take some of her own shots of baby Maisy. It was way too cute of a moment not to share!

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