Houston Newborn Photographer

Baby T's Home Newborn Session

When I arrived at Baby T's home for his newborn session, his big brother S gave me a run down on his siblings' ages. "The new baby is zero!" He excitedly proclaimed.  Home_newborn_photography_family_bed

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T is an alert little guy, and you can just see the wheels spinning!

After T's big brother and sister took photos with their new brother, we found a clerestory window in the playroom with awesome light along with a blank wall. Simplicity in images helps to draw the eye to the bond between parent and baby!

Newborn Photography - Baby S

The day I visited the home of beautiful Baby S to take her first portraits, she was a hungry, sleepy little angel. Wit the room at a warm temperature and a wrap, she quickly got comfortable and snoozed for most of the session. Baby S's mom had carefully designed the nursery with a pink and gray color scheme, so we chose coordinating wraps and blankets for the portraits.  

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S's parents were clearly over the moon!

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Dad wanted a photo holding Baby S in his hands to show her in all of her tiny wonder.

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Welcome to the world, Baby S!

 

 

 

 

M Family Documentary Session

Family documentary sessions have become one of my favorite things to photograph. It was an unseasonably cool day when I arrived at the M's house for their family documentary session. After meeting their twin boys and 6 month old baby girl, I decided with M's parents on a couple of good spots for some informal portraits. I always get a few camera aware images at the beginning of a lifestyle family session. It's a great warm up and serves as sort of a mini-session.

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After Baby C went for a nap, the boys got to make use of their Easter present. New, shiny, yellow rain boots!

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After splashing around in in rain puddles, everyone moved on to the back yard to spend some time playing.

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After playing hard, it was to time to replenish with snacks.  

Just as soon as snack time was over, Baby C awoke from her nap and the family went upstairs to greet her.

A teepee in the boys' room served as a perfect reading nook.

Soon, it was time for the the boy's nap. It didn't feel like I had stayed that long! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baby L's Newborn Session

I arrived at baby L's house on another overcast day, found a nicely lit spot by the back patio door, and stated setting up. Her big brother was so animated and curious about my photography setup! While chatting with L's mom, I discovered that L's name is the same as my beloved great grandmother's. Classic names are making a comeback! Newborn_photography_hand_under_chin

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During the portraits with the entire family, it was clear that big brother was loving life with his new sister!

 

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Welcome to the world, sweet Lily Maye!

Baby G's Newborn Session

It was an overcast day when I visited Baby G's home for her portrait session, so I found a spot by the lowest window in the house and got to work. Baby G's mom had some special items of Baby G's that had been blessed that she wanted to include. I enjoy incorporating special keepsakes in newborn photos rather than props that have no connection to the family. 

G's big sister then returned home from school and we were able to take photos including the entire family in the nursery. It was clear that G's big sister was excited about her new role!

Welcome to the world, Baby G!

 

 

Houston Newborn Photography - Baby R IV

Baby R IV was just 10 days new when I visited his family to take his newborn portraits. After a some cuddling with his mom and dad and a good meal, he slept like a champ. Sometimes half of the work during the newborn session is done by mom and dad. In order to get peaceful, sleepy images like the one below, a settled, comfortable, well fed baby is key. Often, only mom or dad will do for these needs!

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Once I saw little R IV sleeping so peacefully, I took a step back to show scale. Although close up baby details are important, it's easy to get caught up in them and forget to document the precious smallness of a new baby. 

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 Baby R IV's nursery was decorated with a woodland theme with soothing blue hues. The display boxes are came unfinished from IKEA. A dark stain added a cabin rustic feel.

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R IV's mom had the was wearing the kind of dress that photographs like a dream. Solid colors draw the eye to the subjects faces in a portrait where busy patterns tend to draw the eye away. Of course, there are some patterns that work for portraits, but when clients ask for advice on what to wear for a portrait session, I always say solids, solids, solids!

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Baby R IV, thank you for the honor of taking your first portraits, and for being so cute!

 

Houston Newborn Photography - Baby D

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I had the pleasure of visiting Baby D and his parents in their modern, light - filled home last week. At 3 weeks new, Baby D had settled into a typical nap schedule, and mom made sure I was able to visit during prime nap time to get some cozy, sleepy images. D seemed to enjoy the security of a wrap very much. houston_newborn_photographer_sleeping_wrapped_baby

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D's nursery was decorated in a subtle and calming world travel theme, which we captured in a few images with the entire family.

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The gifts and challenges that each unique home presents are part of what makes in home newborn photography fun. Baby D's home was all gift. We had plenty of windows and a light filled foyer served as the perfect location for images with parents and newborn. D's mother requested a backlit portrait, and it was easily achieved by placing one of my white sheers over the glass entry door with non residue gaffer tape. The stairway was conveniently located directly across from the doorway and provided a perfect shooting angle without the need to use my step ladder. 

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Welcome to the world, Baby D!

 

 

 

 

Houston Newborn Photography - Baby P

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Baby P's newborn session was so lively and fun! P was a hungry and alert kiddo, so we took photos with the entire family first. P's big sister was so excited about P. She was also excited about the movie "Moana" and her Moana paddle was a permanent accessory for her! Houston_Lifestyle_Photographer_big_sister

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P finally fell asleep, so me got some photos featuring her in all of her cuteness, along with detail shots, of course!

Welcome to the world, Miss P!

 

Houston Newborn Photographer - Baby A

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Last week I enjoyed photographing Baby A in his home a stone's throw from my own. At seven days new, he slept like a champ, but still gave us the most wonderful smirk! A family friend made this blanket for him, so we were sure to include it.  Houston_newborn_photographer_grinning_baby

A's nursery was decorated in a dinosaur motif. In keeping with the theme, his parent's had a special outfit for him complete with a stegosaurus hat.

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The home had windows everywhere and beautiful light wherever a photographer could want it. While A was eating, I got to spend some time with Pepper, the 15 year old cat (she declined to be photographed). Later we were able to get photos with the rest of the family together including Tex, the big dog, and Fancy, who usually has her tongue sticking out of her mouth. Fancy indeed!

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Welcome to the world, Baby A!

 

 

Newborn Photography - Baby O

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Baby O was 5 weeks new when I visited his home to take his portraits. His nursery was decorated in an eclectic style with different items that just worked together.  The world map and paper crane mobile gave the room a global vibe. Houston_newborn_photographer_baby_parents_smiling

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He made the best little baby sounds snuggled up in the basket! He was a very alert little guy, but his parents did everything they could to soothe him to sleep for a photo.

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I love taking details and candids in between the set up images. Baby O has the cutest little swirl of hair and sweet baby feet!

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Houston Newborn Photographer - Baby A

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This newborn session was full of the color pink! Baby A's nursery was the most unique one I have seen yet. Pink walls, pink elephants, and pink neon adorned the room. The wall behind the crib was clad in pine paneling that Baby A's parent's installed themselves. These guys have it together! Houtson_Newborn_Photographer_Nursery_neon_sign

I always scout out locations in the client's home to find the best light before setting up. After seeing the nursery, a pink wrap was the obvious choice for the first setup. It's helpful to think of the final display method of the images when planning out a session. Considering where the photos will be hung helps to keep a harmonious color palette in the home. 

The best light was downstairs, so we set up there near a low window and got some peaceful images of baby A sleeping and plenty of detail shots.

 

 

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Houston Newborn photographer - Baby A

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This newborn session was a great end to the year! Baby A started the session wide awake, and I was able to get some lifestyle images of her and mom together. 

After baby A was fast asleep, we were able to get several simple setups. She was a dream to photograph! I especially loved that smirk! She smiled spontaneously throughout the shoot . One the best parts of my job is witnessing a brand - new baby's little personality emerging. 

At every session I am sure to get plenty of detail shots. Those fingers, toes and lips will never be that little again! These images look great displayed together as a montage in black and white. 

Environmental lifestyle portraits feel much more authentic to me than fussy poses and backdrops. A solid - colored wall next to a window can provide a perfect, neutral setting to capture the love between mother and daughter. 

Newborn Photography - Baby V

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Aren't Christmas babies the most fun? When I arrived to photograph Baby V, I was greeted by C, her enthusiastic big brother. He showed me his Paw Patrol lookout tower, and you could see the excitement on his face from his Christmas presents and his new little sister! When I took photos of the two of them together, he beamed as he held her - just pure joy! V's mom made sure her kids were outfitted with matching National Lampoon's Christmas pajamas, and Baby V looked quite festive in her cranberry - colored wrap. [ngg_images source="galleries" container_ids="125" display_type="photocrati-nextgen_pro_blog_gallery" override_image_settings="0" image_quality="100" image_crop="0" image_watermark="0" image_display_size="800" image_max_height="0" spacing="5" border_size="0" border_color="#FFFFFF" display_captions="0" caption_location="below" display_type_view="default" ngg_triggers_display="always" ngg_proofing_display="0" captions_enabled="0" captions_display_sharing="1" captions_display_title="1" captions_display_description="1" captions_animation="slideup" order_by="sortorder" order_direction="ASC" returns="included" maximum_entity_count="500"]

Baby E's Newborn Portraits

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Baby E arrived into the world on November 20th, and I had the honor of taking her newborn portraits a week later. Babies that are a week new are such a joy to photograph since they are still in that sleepy stage. She slept for most of the three hour session! We were able to take photos with two different color schemes and some natural portraits in the stylish nursery with a girl power theme. One of my favorite parts of this job is being allowed to see parent's unique styles in their nursery decor. The muted pinks and grays in this particular nursery really worked with the abundant natural light in the room. I think I counted 4 windows - what a treat for a photographer!  [ngg_images source="galleries" container_ids="123" display_type="photocrati-nextgen_pro_blog_gallery" override_image_settings="0" image_quality="100" image_crop="0" image_watermark="0" image_display_size="800" image_max_height="0" spacing="5" border_size="0" border_color="#FFFFFF" display_captions="0" caption_location="below" display_type_view="default" ngg_triggers_display="always" ngg_proofing_display="0" captions_enabled="0" captions_display_sharing="1" captions_display_title="1" captions_display_description="1" captions_animation="slideup" order_by="sortorder" order_direction="ASC" returns="included" maximum_entity_count="500"]

I was able to take advantage of light from a clerestory window in another room to get some portraits including the fur-siblings, who were very interested in the new addition to the family. Welcome to the world, Baby E!

 

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Baby K's Newborn Session

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The more I photograph newborns, the more I realize that it's the candid moments that are my favorite. Sure, the shots we set up with the newest family member are important, but somehow my favorites are consistently the images that I wasn't expecting to get. They are like little presents. Also, I love baby eyelashes. Why can't mine be that long and fluttery? [ngg_images source="galleries" container_ids="121" display_type="photocrati-nextgen_pro_blog_gallery" override_image_settings="0" image_quality="100" image_crop="0" image_watermark="0" image_display_size="800" image_max_height="0" spacing="5" border_size="0" border_color="#FFFFFF" display_captions="0" caption_location="below" display_type_view="default" ngg_triggers_display="always" ngg_proofing_display="0" captions_enabled="0" captions_display_sharing="1" captions_display_title="1" captions_display_description="1" captions_animation="slideup" order_by="sortorder" order_direction="ASC" returns="included" maximum_entity_count="500"]

Baby E's Newborn Portraits

I met the most handsome baby the other day! Baby E slept like a champ throughout most of the session, even with the familiar sounds of his fur siblings running about. We were able to get a photo with everyone by promising treats. I'm excited to finish editing this session - just look at that lovely head of hair! [ngg_images source="galleries" container_ids="119" display_type="photocrati-nextgen_pro_blog_gallery" override_image_settings="0" image_quality="100" image_crop="0" image_watermark="0" image_display_size="800" image_max_height="0" spacing="5" border_size="0" border_color="#FFFFFF" display_captions="0" caption_location="below" display_type_view="default" ngg_triggers_display="always" ngg_proofing_display="0" captions_enabled="0" captions_display_sharing="1" captions_display_title="1" captions_display_description="1" captions_animation="slideup" order_by="sortorder" order_direction="ASC" returns="included" maximum_entity_count="500"]

Baby C's Newborn Portraits

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Baby C and her lovely family were such a treat to photograph. Just look at those perfect little toes! I caught a surprise shot of her smiling in her sleep and she has the cutest dimples! I just love unexpected shots like that. Welcome to the world, Baby C! [ngg_images source="galleries" container_ids="118" display_type="photocrati-nextgen_pro_blog_gallery" override_image_settings="0" image_quality="100" image_crop="0" image_watermark="0" image_display_size="800" image_max_height="0" spacing="5" border_size="0" border_color="#FFFFFF" display_captions="0" caption_location="below" display_type_view="default" ngg_triggers_display="always" ngg_proofing_display="0" captions_enabled="0" captions_display_sharing="1" captions_display_title="1" captions_display_description="1" captions_animation="slideup" order_by="sortorder" order_direction="ASC" returns="included" maximum_entity_count="500"]

Baby C's Newborn Photo Session

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I visited the home of baby C last week and enjoyed photographing her along with her family. C's sister is cute as a bug, and she was so helpful during the session! C's house had great light, and I was happy to take advantage of it! [ngg_images source="galleries" container_ids="114" display_type="photocrati-nextgen_pro_blog_gallery" override_image_settings="0" image_quality="100" image_crop="0" image_watermark="0" image_display_size="800" image_max_height="0" spacing="5" border_size="0" border_color="#FFFFFF" display_captions="0" caption_location="below" display_type_view="default" ngg_triggers_display="always" ngg_proofing_display="0" captions_enabled="0" captions_display_sharing="1" captions_display_title="1" captions_display_description="1" captions_animation="slideup" order_by="sortorder" order_direction="ASC" returns="included" maximum_entity_count="500"]

 

Baby J's Newborn Photography Session

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I enjoyed photographing an adorable 10 day old baby the other day in the family's home. Baby J slept for the entire session, which made me happy! The family dog had just met him the day prior, and was very curious about the new addition.  [ngg_images source="galleries" container_ids="112" sortorder="1292,1290,1294,1291,1293" display_type="photocrati-nextgen_pro_blog_gallery" override_image_settings="0" image_quality="100" image_crop="0" image_watermark="0" image_display_size="800" image_max_height="0" spacing="5" border_size="0" border_color="#FFFFFF" display_captions="0" caption_location="below" display_type_view="default" ngg_triggers_display="always" ngg_proofing_display="0" captions_enabled="0" captions_display_sharing="1" captions_display_title="1" captions_display_description="1" captions_animation="slideup" order_by="sortorder" order_direction="ASC" returns="included" maximum_entity_count="500"]