I haven’t done a newborn session since my own baby Nikolas was born over 2 years ago. I was still learning my camera and, you know, recovering from childbirth, so it’s not my best session ever, but boy do I love having those photos.
So when my niece Freya was born last week I was so excited to have another go. And my goodness, she is a cutie!!
Here’s my daughter meeting her, with a bit of hesitation. She’s so little and delicate, I’m pretty sure Luella was afraid of breaking her 😉
Her parents (who you may remember from their baby shower photos) are doing a tremendous job. These photos are taken less than 24 hours after Freya’s birth.
That’s my husband with his sister (if you couldn’t tell the family resemblance!) cuddling his new niece, with whom he is obviously smitten.
And of course, I had to get in on the cuddle action. Nikolas was interested but got bored of not being the centre of attention pretty quickly.
We brought along pizza and donuts for the new parents, which is a much better postpartum meal than anything being served up in the hospital.
The next day Luella and I returned with some homemade gifts for her baby cousin.
How gorgeous is this child? I know I’m biased, but come on…
It’s amazing how, even when they’re just laying there asleep, newborn babies manage to captivate the entire room.
That little wrinkled hand!
Luella was still too nervous to hold her, but she couldn’t take her eyes off her baby cousin.
Can you blame her? Those little baby lips and arm rolls. The rosy cheeks and multiple chins. To die for!
And the wrinkly feet! All those little newborn features won’t last long which is why I love getting to capture them in photos!
Nana (who had also been present at the birth) stopped in for a cuddle as well.
Nana’s beaming with pride, but I love how Freya’s got her eyes locked on mum off-camera.
This reaction face when she realises it’s not mum who’s holding her is priceless!
Very proud of these three ❤
These sessions – sometimes called “Fresh 48” as they take place in the first 48 hours after birth – are so much fun to shoot.
I know from the birth of my first child that this period can also feel completely mental when you’re severely sleep-deprived and trying to figure out how babies work. Who wants to pose for photos?
Well, the beauty of a documentary session is that there is no posing, no special outfits, no having to stress about “what if the baby needs a feed?” – we just shoot your life as it is – all these new moments that feel very overwhelming now, but will be a distant memory before you know it.
I can come to you in the hospital or your home. $200 for a 2 hour session – plus I can custom-design a birth announcement for you. Here’s an example – my own bub’s announcement: