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July 7, 2015

Tips for a Successful Newborn Session

Newborn sessions are one of my favorite types of sessions to photograph and I find that they go best when the parents are prepared ahead of time. Here are a few of my tips for ensuring your newborn session is a happy and successful one…

Schedule your session during your pregnancy. This will save your spot on the calendar around your due date. Once your baby is born, we will finalize our plans and set an exact appointment time for when your baby is between 4-10 days old. At this stage, the baby sleeps a lot and is most receptive to positioning.

newborn props simple flower

Patience is key. Newborn sessions average about 3 hours. We will go at the baby’s pace and, however long it takes, we’ll do all we can to keep baby (and everyone) relaxed, calm, and happy.

Newborn baby yawning swaddled in a white blanket laying on top of a sheepskin rug and newborn fist grasping mom's finger

Are there older siblings? If you have other children you’d like to be included in some photos, consider having an additional family member or friend on hand and only having them present at the beginning or end of our session. Kids get antsy, and these newborn sessions tend to be longer than their patience level allows.

older sibling with newborn

Make sure baby has a full belly. A full belly = a happy baby, ready and willing to be positioned into those sweet little poses. We’ll take as many breaks as we need to make sure baby’s well fed.

Newborn baby's tiny little feet with mommy's hands forming a heart

Turning up the heat. I keep the studio nice and toasty warm during newborn sessions, because no baby likes to get stripped down to his birthday suit with the A/C cranking! If we’re doing the session in your home, I’ll ask that you keep the house around 80° for baby’s comfort. We might get a bit warm, but those cozy, cuddly photos make it all worthwhile.

a warm baby is a happy baby

What to wear? Keep it simple. Forego the loud colors for soft hues. Moms, we suggest flowing tops and stretchy jeans or yoga pants. Dads, a solid knit tee or long-sleeved button-up (without logos) is a great choice. Wrinkles will show up in photos, FYI! Moms and dads both, your hands – and possibly feet – will play a big role in this photo session, so don’t neglect those nails!

baby smiling for studio newborn session

What about props? While my style is more natural and organic, I do have a small collection of props that I like to use. If you have any family heirlooms, hats, toys, etc., that you would like to use in your session, I’m happy to accommodate you. Please gather them and let me know ahead of time what you’re hoping for. That goes for poses as well – some communication in advance is key so we can all be working toward the same goal on the day of your session.

simple props make for a natural newborn session

Need more info to help you plan your newborn session? Give us a call at 916.933.8352 or shoot us an email at info@jillcarmel.com.

January 12, 2015

Announcing… New Birth Announcements!

Just thought I’d share a little peek of a couple of the new announcements available to our Baby Club members. Pretty cute, huh?

birth_announcements

The Baby Club is perfect for families who are interested in documenting the whole experience surrounding the arrival of their little one. We offer a savings for those clients who are interested in booking multiple sessions at once: your choice of several stages from maternity all the way through to one year.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Baby Club or reserving a spot, just give us a call or shoot us an email and we’ll get started with helping to advise on the perfect timing for capturing your baby’s story.

November 4, 2014

So Your Kids Can Save the Memory | Arden Arcade Newborn

I recently went through ALL of my family photographs and I found two pictures of myself as a newborn baby. Amongst thousands of prints, slides, and negatives, I found TWO. This is one of the things that makes me passionate about capturing this precious and fleeting time in your lives, so that not only you, but your kids can save these memories forever. Oh, how I wish I’d had a picture like this of my mom with me when I was only a few days old…

mother and daughter newborn portrait at homeAnd what a loving picture of dad with his brand-new baby daughter.

daddy holds his brand new baby daughter safely in arden arcadeCan’t forget big sister! I had had the honor of photographing her when she was teeny-tiny as well!

arden arcade family newborn sessionSweet and soft kisses from mom. Look at all of that thick baby hair! I love it!

kisses from mother with soft backgroundI especially like this pairing of the lavender flower headband on the deep purple knit blanket.

flower headband on purple blanket newborn portraitEvery little princess needs a crown!

little princess with crown in daddy's hands and white fluffy blanketFingers and toes always make a good ending to a post. There was something about her graceful little fingers I just couldn’t get enough of!

tiny hands and feet captured in newborn session

September 16, 2014

Sweet and Delicate Newborn Studio Pictures

Meet Ember Lynn. There is just something about her sweet and delicate little face that mesmerizes me. It could be her alabaster-rose skin or the little cowlick in the middle of her forehead…

tiny baby in knitted white aviator hatMaybe it’s those big almond eyes?

tiny baby lying on fur looking up at cameraOr that thick head of hair at only a few days old?

big daddy hands holding his daughter's tiny headI think Dad agrees with me on the whole “mesmerized” thing.

daddy holding his brand new baby daughter

newborn infant with eyes open looking at cameraAnd here they all are for their first family picture.

first family photo with their new baby girlMom and Dad move from place to place for work, so I don’t know if I’ll get to photograph little Ember again, but I feel so lucky to have been there at the beginning.  What an honor it is to capture these first moments.

tiny hand grabs a finger for newborn portraits

June 3, 2014

Studio Newborn Portraits

This spring, I celebrated my one year anniversary with my natural light loft studio! Both my clients and I love working in it because it’s just the perfect spot for studio newborn sessions.

This darling family visited me last week and I got to meet their newest beautiful baby, Quinn. Mom warned me that she had dimples, and I was not disappointed…

newborn baby with the sweetest dimples

Everything about her was adorable, right down to her little toes.

newborn cuddles with mom and sweet baby toes

And her delicate hands…

tiny little infant hand holding on to daddy's thumb

She just had the sweetest little expressions!

newborn baby smiling for her pictures

I think some of my favorite pictures are of fathers with their new babies.

newborn baby studio portraits with dad and mom

At just under five pounds, she is proof that good things come in small packages.

newborn pose on a purple soft blanket

And here’s everybody, big brothers included! They did such a good job for their photo-shoot!

family of five together on the bed for their family portrait