So often it’s mothers that are organizing these photo sessions because they are the ones taking the photos constantly of their family, but rarely in the family photos themselves. I believe that it’s my job to ensure that I focus on Motherhood during my family sessions. When people reach out to me, I always try and get a sense of their goals. Some parents I’ve seen every year for 7+ years so we are in sync now, but I still send out a questionnaire before every session to see if their minds have changed.
I know that so many mothers of course have a goal of getting incredible images of their child at this moment in their lives, but I don’t think my duty ends there. I work incredibly hard to make sure no one is forgotten in my sessions. My sessions are all about the family, the interactions between the children and their mother, as well as her partner.
I have clients coming in from different states to have their photos taken by me and I’m always so incredibly flattered. It seriously blows my mind that people will travel for hours just to see me! Some past clients have moved away only to return periodically to have updated photos because they weren’t able to find someone to replace me in their new hometown. I am forever thankful that my work is so valued.
I put 100% of my heart into every session and I don’t leave until I know I have a breadth of work that I’m happy with. That’s also why I don’t do mini-sessions. There is so much pressure for a child to perform and behave in 10 minutes that sometimes it just triggers a meltdown. I’ve seen it too often before and I now try and communicate parents not to play up these sessions too much. It’s just about play and exploration. Don’t look at it as something they have to do. Photosessions should be fun! It’s all about setting a peaceful, relaxed mindset. It’s how I have been able to create the beautiful imagery below.
I made a slideshow featuring some images taken from Spring 2019 until March 2020 before COVID-19 shut down everything. I am so incredibly proud of what we were able to create in about 3/4 of a year.
Please enjoy the slideshow of images featuring Motherhood:
Motherhood is celebrated in my work, no matter the event. From weddings, maternity, to newborns and family sessions… I’m there beside so many families to capture their precious memories.
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I’ve always wanted to transition my photography style into a more documentary style of family photography. This is the push I guess I always needed to make this dream a reality! My sessions this year will be child-led. Since I cannot come closer than 6′, my usual directing style will take a backseat to more prompts of play and discovery. This will be the driving force behind family photography in 2020.
Personally, I would love to move to this style of photography as it is very relaxing. We may not have control over the outcome, but it will be true to who your child and family is today. I always found that in directing, some poses and suggestions didn’t work for certain families because that wasn’t how they played. I want to understand and see how YOUR family plays and loves each other.
Sessions for 2020 will not be taking place in the city, but the focus will shift to parks, conservation lands and backyards. Everyone knows how much I love a great city backdrop, but unless you are willing to do a sunrise session, I will not be doing any city-based sessions. For the definition of sunrise, please check google or click here. Unfortunately, that is earlier than most of us would like. Be realistic and honest. Please do not book a sunrise city session and then ask to change the session to 8:00am. If the timing does not work, please consider a location out of the city or in your backyard.
Locations best suited for 2020:
Nature allows for kids to be in their element, which is exploring. Their discovery of new things and sights can bring about signature expressions that you’ll want to capture. Yes, sometimes they can stare at a rock or a stick for 15 minutes, but you only need a handful of gorgeous keepsake images to frame and remember this crazy time in our world. It’s not about quantity, but instead about quality. It’s something I am taking more to heart every day. In our materialistic world that we live in, I’m starting to really take a deeper look at what I truly need. Having my family healthy and happy is what’s important to me; not another cute dress, or another pair of shoes that I’ll stash away and never find until I clean out my closet 3 years from now.
When choosing a location, keep in mind your child’s unique temperament. Will they do well after a 2-hour car ride where you’re likely rushing because you are running late? Or is it more relaxing for you to just keep things close to home so you don’t have to worry about getting gas, getting out on time, and not forgetting anything along the way. I always like to suggest to keep things simple.
If you are concerned about the pace, there are ways to engage a child and have them move on. Lots of hugs, cuddles, a piggyback ride, lifts into the air are all ways to reset their focus. I don’t know what your family typically does and I don’t know how willing you are to allow things to flow naturally, so I will take your lead on how these sessions will evolve. If you are at home, babies LOVE the following:
You can have a sprinkler going, set up an inflatable pool with a rainbow. Go nuts. You are only limited by your imagination. If you want to brainstorm together, I am more than happy to!
Simple beige throw, some pillows and VOILA. For the top-down photo below, I would need a step ladder, but at this time, I don’t want to complicate things.
The images on the page are all taken in backyards or common areas (like BBQ areas) of apartment complexes. Things do not have to get complicated.
I also shot some video for the following family, but I haven’t had a chance to edit it together yet. I will post that when it’s ready. Basically, your backyard can be a place to have a socially distant and safe session. If something goes wrong, you are at home and have access to anything you need. You can get snacks when baby is hungry, or run inside if you’ve forgotten something. These sessions can be relaxed and beautiful. It’s also a great way to document your family… your home…right now. It’s where you raised your children and you should be proud to show it off.
Basically what I’m saying is don’t eliminate a perfectly good option right in your backyard. It doesn’t have to be the public gardens, you don’t have to clean your backyard and plant some trees. Just let go of perfection and enjoy your life and loves around you. It’s the little things in the every day that define who we are. This is your story.
Outdoor spaces are a great spot for newborn photos as well. This baby girl had both her newborn and 1 year photos taken in their apartment complex BBQ area (she’s the watermelon baby!). Have I ever mentioned how much I like BBQ areas and often photograph in them without drawing attention to the fact they are simple locations steps from your front door? Some of my families choose to have all of their sessions at home and I have seen them for YEARS. To me, it’s always been about the family and the baby; not the location.
The best light is always SUNRISE and SUNSET. However, sunrise may not be when you think it is! In June, sunrise is 5:15AM: LINK.
Since these sessions are less pressure and more about play, your baby doesn’t have to be at their happiest point of the day (which is generally in the morning). But you know your child. If they are a complete mess by sunset, please schedule a sunrise session. If sunrise or sunset doesn’t work, the session has to take place on your private property to ensure we don’t run into crowds.
The reason why sunset or sunrise is best is better outlined in this blog post. Since I cannot control where your child may lead us, I need to have constant good light to work with. During midday, a bad patch of light will not give you the images I’m known for.
To prepare for your session, please send me a 360 video or panoramic photo of your outdoor spaces. If you want a sunrise session, please take the photos at that time on a CLOUDLESS day. This will be the worst-case scenario of light I will be dealing with and that information is important so I can tell you what direction I will be likely shooting in so that you can decide if the background is what you envisioned. You can also remove any unnecessary/unsightly objects so that the backdrop is clean. If you send me photos at a random time of day and not the whole backyard, I won’t have a full picture and the exercise will be ineffective.
If you have a specific part of your outdoor space to be the backdrop, I need to see a photo of it and know the time of day you took the photo so I can tell you when is the best time to take photos given the backdrop restriction. Basically I want to ensure there isn’t full sun in your eyes during the session. You will squint. I want the sun to your back. The background will always be where the sun is.
Steps for a successful backyard/front yard session:
Below you can see the sun in the photo. I am staying in the same position as the flower girl also passes. This is the ideal lighting situation.
Below: Sun to their back. This rims the hair with beautiful light.
Again… beautiful sun behind them.
That’s not to say I always shoot with the suns to your back, but this is how I shoot 90% of the time. If it’s overcast, there is no direction to the light and I am fine with photographing ANYTIME basically. If it’s stormy and overcast, this is what that would look like (post). Another overcast day would look like this (post). Both sessions called for 40% chance of rain or more. I don’t need a sunny day to make gorgeous images. Working in New England you have to deal with the temperamental weather, otherwise, you have no business being a photographer here! I WISH we were blessed with gorgeous sunsets and light like they have constantly in California.
For more information on lighting, please see this blog post.
Unfortunately, I cannot argue with mother nature. Sunrise is sunrise and sunset is sunset. Rain may come and it may go. Again, the goal is to capture your family. I love splashes in the rain with rainboots. I love kids rolling in the mud. The story is up to you. If you want a no rain session, then we can reschedule as I’ve always had, but I am telling you it will not affect my images.
My sessions will be shorter this year to minimize exposure. That’s why I need your help to really hone in on your goals. Sessions will be about 40 minutes. For younger babies, I only need about 20 minutes to get some incredible images and the rest of the time I can give you space to allow for feeding, soothing, and whatever your baby needs. I’ve done this for a long time and it’s all about maximizing the time we have together to get some quality images. Sensing a theme? It’s all about quality over quantity. If things are going well and I can easily stay far away, I will be flexible with this timeline. That decision will be up to me, but discussed with you during our consultation.
Going forward for the rest of the sessions this year, I will be having video consults with all families the day of or the day before the session. This way we know we are all healthy and we can get the jitters out of the way. We can talk about your goals for the session and what the plan is / what are your prompts for play. I want to understand what you want and ensure I set your expectations about what is possible. I want to make sure we are all on the same page so that we can just start photographing when we meet in person. This is all about building trust and making everyone calmer about the session. I do not want this to be a stressful experience. Family photography should be fun and playful. These consults don’t have to be lengthy, but they have to happen.
Please only schedule a session if you’re willing to communicate with me during a video call and have a child-led session that has no direction from me. We can make small modifications based on your first inquiry, so please be as forthcoming as possible when inquiring about a session so I can tell you if it’s possible. My goal is to keep things fun, stress-free and all about communication so we can keep healthy. If I cannot guarantee a safe session, I run the risk of passing a sickness onto another family. I cannot have that happen and this is my plan for making it safe for everyone.
For information on further procedures and precautions I’m taking, please read the following posts to help ease your mind. I am taking this virus very seriously as I am sure you all are as well.
If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to ask me. I’m here for you.
I hope this post was informative. Again, my goal is to let loose and have fun during our sessions in 2020-2021. Thanks for making it through to the end!
Covid-19 / Coronavirus has severely impacted so many of us in unimaginable and numerous ways. I myself have closed my little business and will have to get used to having zero cash flow for my family for the foreseeable future. It was definitely not something I anticipated. I saw how hard hit the wedding photography industry was in China a couple of months ago and read how their industry was shuttering their studio doors. I should have better prepared. Their economy has been devastated by Covid-19. No weddings were permitted to take place, just as we are experiencing here. Since Spring is when so many new babies arrive, my first concern was how to serve my clients that I have had to postpone or cancel on. I immediately thought to write up some tips for newborn photos at home
My hope is that it’s not too late to do something here about it. I am doing my part to flatten the curve by staying at home. I do not want to put anyone in harm’s way or take any unnecessary risks. This decision has unfortunately impacted my clients. I still want you to have the precious images of your newborn baby during this difficult time, so I am taking a moment to write some tips to get two images of your baby during the fresh newborn phase.
Please know that it is NEVER too late to get newborn photos of your baby. I do not foresee this lasting more than 3-6 months. My hope is 1-2 months. Your newborn will grow and change so much in their first two years of life and every milestone and moment is worth capturing. When the stay at home request has been lifted and there is no longer a risk to my clients and healthcare workers, I will reopen for business and capture those precious little toes, delicate eyelashes, big eyes and round bellies. I’ve often photographed 3 month-olds using my newborn techniques because often times new parents are overwhelmed the first 3 months of dealing with their new roles. The first time they come up for air and think about photos is at the 3 month point.
Not that I am necessarily saying our quarantine will last 3 months, but I wanted to give another perspective. A tradition for Asian families is to do a 100 day old photo session to show the strength and vitality of their new baby. Accordingly, this milestone is an important one. Many years ago, many childhood ailments affected newborn babies in their first months of life. Due to harsh winters, lack of medical care and knowledge, the survival rate of newborns was very low. Parents as a result kept their newborn home and away from large gatherings to ensure their baby’s best chance for survival. Upon the 100th day of life, parents would invite family to celebrate with food and festivities as their child had reached this important milestone.
To read more, please read about the Korean tradition Baek-il. The Chinese celebrate the one month. One of the best newborns I have ever photographed (slept through his entire session) was almost 5 weeks old.
I have two goal images that are my two most requested newborn images. I will be offering video chats for the families that have already booked me for newborn sessions but I have not been able to meet in person due to the current situation. For other new parents, please feel free to read the following tips and I hope it can help you capture those important images of your newborn baby.
This is my first go-to image that I love to create when the baby is fast asleep in my newborn photos at home. You cannot attempt this image without a sleeping baby. The first thing to do is to pick a spot where you would like your baby to be posed. Often times, it’s a show piece in your home like a favourite sofa, a master bed, or deep sitting chair. Please note that since you are not a professional, do not choose a surface that is not at least 3 feet deep and where you baby is placed at least 2 feet from the edge of the surface. Safety first.
When selecting a spot, please also check your background and the light source. Light is the first thing I see when I walk into a space. The spot you choose should be bathed in good light. The window should brightly light your baby when s/he is lying on the surface you have chosen. You do not want your baby to be in shadow. This will be challenging for an iphone to capture, or novice photographer.
The next thing I look for is clutter. You want to ensure that whatever fills the frame of your image looks good and looks like it’s there intentionally. You want to remove anything that doesn’t add to the image, such as laundry, sidetable clutter, power cables and toys in the background.
Here are some examples of the side-lying or tummy poses on beds, chairs or sofas. I will do my best to explain the light source direction so you know what to look for.
In summary, the key things I always look for when I create images | newborn photos at home:
Preparation is the key to success. I cannot emphasize this enough. The reason why families hire me again and again is because I deliver the images they love and treasure for years. I have seen families every year since almost when I began because it brings them so much joy. The reason I am able to create beautiful images each and every time is not because of luck. It’s because of the amount of preparation and knowledge I bring to each session.
Decide on what you like best! This may be based on the location you have chosen. I tell parents to always keep things in the same colour scheme. You never want to introduce too many colours. You do not want too many competing patterns. Keep it simple. I love a white onesie or white wrap. That way you can let your newborn shine! Do not overcomplicate things by planning for three or more outfits. If you see my galleries, my newborns are kept in 1-2 different outfits for the entire 2.5-3 hour session. Babies HATE being changed. Don’t do it.
A full baby is a happy baby. Food coma is what you want for the duration of the photo session to make this as easy as possible for you. Also, HEAT is super important. If your baby will be swaddled, or in a onesie and you know your baby is nicely settled normally at regular temperature, then by all means… keep your regular temperature. If you find your baby has a tough time adjusting to your pose, you might want to turn up the heat, or use a space heater. 85F is what I do my newborn sessions at.
Keep things as normal as possible. This photo session isn’t about rushing and cleaning at the last minute. It’s supposed to be fun and a time to enjoy together as a family! Have your outfit of choice laid out and make sure it’s clean. I wouldn’t worry too much if your baby poops during this process. Most kids don’t care too much about a dirty diaper. You know your baby best. Just know that if baby wakes up because of a diaper change, you will likely have to start the process again from the beginning (feeding) or wait for the next sleep cycle. Choose wisely.
Have your baby dressed in your wrap or onesie of choice before you feed. The reason you want to do this is because changing the baby after they’ve fallen asleep will almost guarantee to wake them up. If you are using a wrap, please read below about posing * to properly have arms/hands out. Use a bib to ensure your baby’s outfit doesn’t get soiled during the process. If you need to do some last minute pillow fluffing, or removal of clutter, your partner should do this at this time. Once your baby falls asleep it’s show time!
So this is the tricky part. You can’t just plop the baby on the bed. There’s a reason why home cell phone photos will look different than mine. The most important positioning that I focus on is hand position. * If you are using a swaddle, make sure you didn’t wrap all arms into the swaddle. This is just for the side-lying pose. For the second setup, you can put arms/hands in the wrap.
I always ensure the hands are stacked on top of one another like they sleeping like in a cartoon. Head stacked on top of arm, on top of arm. Visually it will look like this (ignore the feet!):
Below is the same pose, just in dad’s arms. See how the head is stacked directly over the arms which are wedged under the cheek? This is very important. If you do not have this stacked position, the baby’s face will be blocked from the front by their hands.
You want to either do this while you are still holding the baby (this is what I do) or if that’s not as easy for you, then place the baby on the surface you’ve chosen and then gently tuck the hands into position. I have done this many times over for many years so it takes me only a few moments to get them into this pose if they are asleep. The tricky part is keeping them asleep or having them fall asleep if they are awake. Since you are at home, you can attempt this several times whenever the right time arises. I have a narrow 2.5 hour window to get 100 unique images created during my newborn photos at home!
Once baby is posed this way, get down to the level of your baby and photograph away! Do not stand over the baby. This variation can also be done, but it has to be intentional and photographing completely overhead of your baby. Do not just do an in-between angle. Basically I’m saying don’t be lazy. Do it right. Focus on ensuring you squat/stoop down enough to get the front-on angle first. Once you have this photo, then feel free to move around and photograph eyelashes, lips, hair, and get the top-down eagle-eye angle!
If the other pose is failing, this is a fail-safe pose. There are many variations of this pose. I love doing this pose on a bed, on a rug, or in a crib. You can either swaddle all the arms in for this photo, or have them out. It’s up to you. Just ensure arms look posed and intentional, not just flailing about.
Here are some examples of baby on back.
When you have a baby set up, make the most of it! Take another angle. Take a step back. Tell the story.
You can add mom, or dad, or a pup even.
Take a moment to get the details. Convert the image to black and white for a more powerful image. I love juxtaposing the size of newborn’s features against their parents. They’ll never be this little ever again.
Those are my go-to poses for newborn sessions and most most requested poses. Have a read again on the day of your mini-shoot to make sure you know what to do. Babies sense if you’re uneasy. Do it with secure hands and with intention and they will stay asleep. If you are nervous they will wake up. If you at any point feel unsafe doing this, please stop. It’s not worth endangering your baby. The easiest pose is the baby on back pose (#2). I love the master bed for this pose. There is not risk of the baby falling anywhere.
Again, for my clients I am currently offering free mini video chats to walk you through this and to coach you. It should take about 15-20 minutes. It’s a difficult time, and I don’t want you to have regrets about missing out. I will be there to photograph your baby as soon as this stay at home request is lifted. Every phase should be treasured. Your baby will always be your baby.
To end, I want to leave you with a mini video I made of a 3 month old. Even if the quarantines lasts this long, don’t you think the mom in this video will treasure this forever? Newborn photos are incredible and I am known for creating timeless and creative images. That doesn’t mean I cannot also create beautiful images of your 3 or 6 month old. You will surely treasure those images for years to come.
I often tell parents of older ‘newborns’ that after 6 weeks the baby becomes more alert and their eyes open more regularly. This has its pros and cons. Cons are that you won’t get those sleeping photos. The pros? They have more personality around the 2 or 3 month mark and that’s when they start to smile. Don’t be disappointed about missing out on the newborn photos. Focus instead on the excitement of capturing your little one’s growing personality when that time comes.
When the world is allowed to come together again, I’ll be there.
Please keep safe and stay healthy. I can’t wait to meet you in person.
Examples of newborn galleries for inspiration:
Film and family example: Blog post 1
Single nursery room newborn example: Blog Post 2
Condo with single window example: Blog Post 3
Lemonade out of lemons as they say. Good news for those that have already booked a session with me. I am offering 30-45 minute video calls for families that have been affected by the Coronavirus social distancing rules. To set up a chat, please reach out to me. These sessions are available M-F.
Here is a list of things to have ready for our session. Please note that the best chance for success is to have a sleepy baby. Expect NOTHING will go to plan, but if you do feed your baby about an hour before this, we may have a good chance to catch your baby sleeping.
Please gather the following:
The two cell phones or one phone + DSLR will be used for the actual photo session. One phone will be used to give me a live feed of how your set up is looking and to give you feedback on the location and pose. I will also give you tips on lighting during your session and how to improve it. The DSLR or second cell phone will be used to take the actual photo. If you have different models of phones, take the photo with your newer phone as it likely will have better capabilities and specs.
Do not add any filters or anything to your image. Adding filters will distort the image and will make it difficult for me to edit using my own presets. If you have a DSLR that is awesome! Shoot in RAW if you can. JPEG is a good second option. If you have a DSLR, please let me know what lens you are using. I recommend either a 50mm, 35mm or 24mm lens for these images.
Once you have had your coaching session, please review your images. Choose your favourite two images. I will be offering to edit two of your images for your usage for announcements. Please take the photo in JPEG format. Do not send iphone files to me via cloud in HEIC format, etc. as I am not tech-savvy and I don’t know how to edit those files. By simply emailing me the files and they should be automatically converted to JPEG format. If not, please follow these steps.
If you are not a client, but you have followed the steps in this post, please reach out via my contact form and I will edit 1 complimentary image for you to keep as a memory of your newborn at this phase in their life! I want to make sure as many parents as possible are able to do their newborn photography at home
Thank you to my families that have offered to pay upfront for sessions that are postponed! I super appreciate it. Even though I won’t take you up on it, your commitment to me has truly lifted my spirits during this difficult time.
I am on the fence about adding the option to book a future session with me and receive this free video coaching call + free edits. If there is interest, I may offer this option starting the second week of April. The qualifications for this would be:
Please contact me via my contact page to set this option up. I will only be offering limited spots to ensure that each family gets the necessary attention for this project.
I was also asked about where to get wraps that are suitable. I love anything plain really. Even the hospital blanket you came home with. The only tricky thing is that it’s pure cotton so there is no stretch (which makes it easier). The items that are bold/italics below are linked to websites as sources.
If you love bold colours, then go bold! If you like textures, then I would suggest a cheesecloth-type newborn wrap.
I usually source mine from Etsy (I’ve linked some random stores as examples), but I don’t know the turnaround times in such unprecedented times. Make sure you have selected something labeled “RTS”, not custom made. This means it’s ready to ship. Something bigger box, I have purchased in the past things from Amazon or Aden & Anais. If you’re sourcing from Amazon, I would NOT get this type since you aren’t that familiar with wrapping techniques and it’s tricky to use (also diaper shows through). I recommend a muslin swaddle type wrap or cheesecloth.
The main thing to remember is that you should not be wrapping for the first time when we do our photoshoot. Make sure you practice a few times the day before. It’s tricky and you will not get it secure the first several times. Ensure that sure you wash the wraps when you get them. Please let them hang dry as they are delicate.
And that’s it! Please feel free to share this post about newborn photos at home with anyone who you think may benefit. Thank you again for understanding why my small business has to close during this time to keep us all safe. I will see you all again soon.
This loft-style apartment was filled with gorgeous natural light from the giant sized windows. Dad is a real estate agent and he bought this place when Boston downtown crossing area was still a sketchy area to be in. With all of the high end apartments and hotels going up in the last few years, he’s watched his investment really pay off. I of course benefited from this lovely investment as well because what photographer doesn’t love shooting in a sun-filled space? The apartment overlooked Boston Common and you can see the State House from their apartment. I have yet to post their maternity images taken at this space, but I assure you they are as gorgeous as you can imagine. This loft newborn session was truly a dream to photograph.
Mom-to-be found me online (which is in itself quite an achievement as I am the worst with SEO and marketing. I just started blogging this Spring 2019) and fell in love immediately with my style of photography. She’s a dream client because she was decisive, organized and just loved what I created for other families and wanted the same to document her son’s first year. She opted to do my Baby 1 year package (which began with her maternity session). To see images from his Fresh 48 session at Brigham and Women’s hospital please click HERE.
So not all newborns sleep and we are truly at their mercy. I have had families ask if I would do a mini newborn session at discounted pricing, but I always turn those requests down as I am not in control of the situation. If the baby sleeps, I can definitely be done in about an hour (not getting as creative as I would like, but there would be beautiful images created in a casual style), but it’s not about me and my wants. The newborn baby runs the show as they are brand new and working through a lot of new things (feeding, new sensations, non-schedules, new experiences like a photo session, lots of visitors) so I cannot predict what a 2 week old will do.
At the beginning of my career, I tried to make clients happy by trying these shorter sessions and they have always ended in disaster. Parents are stressed once babies get fussy which affects the newborn because kids are very perceptive. The 2.5 hour session allows for the unexpected to occur and feedings and any other situations that may pop up.
Understanding your body and mastering the poses that fit your shape to create flattering angles for your face and body also takes time. It’s how I create the images in my portfolio and why families keep returning time and time again to me. I have been fine tuning my skills for quite a number of years and I’m proud of each and every session. There is no shortcut.
Even though baby Barnett was fussy I took every opportunity to create keepsake images. When he was feeding I took detail photos of his nursery, or closeup details of his body and features. There is no wasted time. When he was full and ready we had him settled right at the tail end of our session for 15 minutes to create the bedroom images and daddy + baby nursery photos. I am so happy we were able to get him settled and outlasted him.
And that’s a wrap. Thank you to this wonderful family for being so patient and willing to push through. It’s a delicate balance to know when you need to end a session before everyone is too exhausted and overstimulated, while also delivering the quality and variety of work you’re known for. I know they will treasure these images for years to come. I cannot wait for their next family session when Baby Barnett gets a bit older.
In Spring of 2019 I introduced family films. Baby 1 year package babies are locked in for the duration of their package to receive a film for their sessions. To see his newborn film, please visit my vimeo site and see the below video:
I will eventually also share their maternity session when I get a moment. Please stay tuned.
The Fresh 48 portion of this Baby 1 Year Package took place at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Like all births, things don’t necessarily go to plan. The brave and beautiful first time mom had to undergo an unscheduled c-section to deliver her beautiful boy. Our Fresh 48 session took place toward the end of their stay at the hospital. The truth of the matter is, health takes priority and these hospital sessions take place when the mom and baby are feeling strong again.
This was the second time I got to see them (I’ll be sharing their maternity photos on the blog soon) and the first time I got to meet baby Barnett. Isn’t he a gorgeous little guy? And I could not get over how the mom had the EXACT outfit I envisioned. I didn’t know what she planned out ahead of time, but I was over the moon when she said she had a knotted gown and cap which was exactly what I had imagined to photograph her baby in. It’s always serendipitous when clients and photographer match aesthetics to a T.
Please enjoy baby Barnett’s newborn images. He was a dream and slept like a champ the whole time. Admittedly I used all my sleepy time with him as he didn’t sleep but a wink during his newborn session a couple of weeks later. Babies will be babies and I always warn parents that they run the show. We were still able to get GORGEOUS images of the family in spite of the fussy newborn. As a professional you have to deliver even under the most demanding of scenarios. If you’re interested in seeing his newborn session at their loft apartment in downtown Boston, please click HERE. I am incredibly proud of the images we were able to create. We focused in two rooms and a hallway. You don’t have to move around too much to get a lot of variety and poses.
To see his follow-up newborn session and to see how much he’s changed in two weeks, please click HERE.
Baby 1 year package babies are locked in for a year to include my complimentary family films. For his newborn + fresh 48 session film, please see my vimeo account here:
I’ve been specializing for quite a few years on at home newborn lifestyle sessions. I used to try and make newborn images that looked like other photographer’s newborn images. I realized I never really loved that backdrop style of newborn session and as a result I never thrived with that. It was difficult to lug a giant beanbag and backdrops with wraps to each person’s home as well. By the time I arrived I was often exhausted. When I began looking, I mean truly looking, at people’s homes when I arrived and set up, I realized that there were so many unique and wonderful aspects of the home that were already there for me to make use of. Each piece of the home was carefully curated, and matched the taste of the family that lived there… so why I was bringing these pre-purchased generic backdrops from TJ Maxx to block those heirloom items out?
This made me realize what I truly wanted to do was to feature the home as this was the centre of each and every family. From that point on, I realized that this is what I wanted to do as a Boston / Cambridge newborn photographer.
Cambridge homes tend to be dark and packed in close together. I myself live in Davis Square so I know how tough it is to have an airy and well lit home. When mom Cathy reached out to me she wasn’t sure if her home would be ready for a newborn. She actually wanted to delay because she felt the home would be a mess with a newborn. I am so happy I convinced her otherwise. If you scroll below you’ll see what I mean. Their home was newly renovated with huge windows that allowed so much light to fill the space. And her taste in furniture and styling was impeccable. What a dream this family was to photograph.
Her son slept like an absolute champ. As a result we were able to move around really well and make use of his nursery as well as the living and bedrooms. I usually stay in 1-2 rooms, but because he was so cooperative I moved quickly. Every baby is different and I try and warn parents of this ahead of time. Please have no expectations. Things will 100% not go to plan. Whatever happens will happen and it’s my job to capture a curated and beautiful set of images no matter what your baby tosses my way. My clients come back to me time and time again because they’ve told me no matter what happens, they are always shocked at the images I create. That’s my job as a professional. Any photographer can make images under perfect scenarios, it’s when everything goes wrong that a pro gets to shine.
I hope you enjoyed browsing this newborn lifestyle session at home. If this is something you would be interested in, please don’t hesitate to reach out. For more information, all of my pricing is 100% transparent and visible on my website. For FAQs please see my contact page.
Honing my craft to both feature the home, as well as hide clutter if there is any (Let’s be honest; people live in these homes and they’re not always styled like they’re ready to be put on the market) has been one of my main concerns as a lifestyle session newborn photographer. I can honestly say that within minutes of walking into a home I can assess the light as well as the best way to showcase a home (all this while engaging with toddlers, calming parents and setting up my gear mind you). It’s one of the skills you pick up after doing this several times a week for quite a few years. I am being honest when I tell people I can make any space work.
However when I walked into Heather’s gorgeously renovated seaside home, my mouth was agape. The rooms were bathed with gorgeous light, the walls a reflective white that allowed me to shoot in every angle. Not often are we gifted with such a stunning backdrop with which to work. And on top of all that she has the cutest family ever. I’d have to say the pup stole the show and the final images of the blog post are some adorable outtakes I had to leave in their gallery.
I always tell people to let their decor guide their outfit choices. You want the palette of your coordinated outfits to be in sync with the colours in your home. Since her palette was very neutral with punches of ocean blue, it provided a great foundation to work with. I love how she worked in blues with purples and a touch of pink. A maximum of 3 colours in a palette is a great space to stay and play within. Introducing more colours tends to muddy the look, creating a not so cohesive look.
We moved around the home because everything was so lovely. From the main living room, to the nursery and even up top to their finished attic – no space was left untread. Please enjoy Sloane’s newborn images.
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Over the past several years as a Boston newborn photographer, I have been fine tuning my newborn lifestyle photography. In 2019 I have decided to take the next step and introduce family films to better round out the story telling experience. I’m so excited to be including this in my newborn lifestyle photography sessions and Baby 1 Year packages. Please note that this product offering is for a limited time only and will eventually be sold as a separate add-on once I build my portfolio. Baby 1 Year package babies will be locked into this model for the entirety of their package (so they have the option to include a family film for each of their sessions during the first year).
This is the 6th visit I’ve had with this beautiful family. The first time I met them was when their eldest was born. Now his baby sister has arrived and they are old pros at this. Their first session was in an apartment just outside Boston in Medford. They’ve moved to Lynnfield since then and I adore their home.
Please enjoy their at home Boston newborn lifestyle session. Please stay until the end to view the family film that was created alongside these images. This will show you how I am seamlessly able to create films while creating keepsake images to go on your home’s walls. The key is trust and this family trusted me to capture their family as it is today. It’s like creating a time capsule so they can step back into this memory any time they choose.
New in 2019 I am including a complimentary family film with my Boston (and surrounding areas) newborn lifestyle sessions. I have been creating mini snippets and “behind the scenes” surprises for my clients for the past couple of years as a surprise when they view their slideshows. I am now creating full films for sessions provided clients are OK with dedicating a portion of their session to me capturing film snippets.
A general rule as guidance is that 10 minutes of time during a session will generate about 1 minute of film. During this Boston newborn session I filmed snippets along the way during each setup when the newborn was settled and created this wonderful keepsake film. Hollywood has mislead us all and we now expect 2 hours of footage from 2 hours of things happening. Little do we realize that months upon months of planning, story-boarding, script writing, practice and finally filming go into a 2 hour film. No one wants to see the original 600 hour cut of the film. It’s only the best takes and gems that make it into the final film.
I always felt that photos only captured a portion of the story. This is like stepping back into a memory once these babies grow up. (side note: I love seeing our past images plastered all over their walls!) If you would like more information, pop me a contact form and I can send over my online magazine. See what separates me and makes me unique among a sea of other Boston Newborn Photographers.
Photography and film by Bella Wang Photography
For another newborn lifestyle session post please CLICK HERE
Kristina found me on google which was unique as most of my clients find me by word of mouth. I am the worst at the business side of things so I have always let things like blogging and submissions slide. I have since decided that 2019 was the year I was finally going to start blogging regularly. I’ll be adding more newborn lifestyle sessions on the blog soon.
When Kristina first reached out she told me she fell in love with my casual and modern style of newborn lifestyle photography. I love that my images attracts the types of clients that will best showcase my work and appreciate what I offer. This was a match made in heaven.
When the time came for C’s newborn session, the little guy had other things in mind. He was awake and fussy for a good part of our session, so we had to focus on calming him. I do not think at all it limited the amount of gorgeous images we were able to create in their Back Bay apartment. I was even more impressed when Kristina told me she wasn’t an interior decorator by trade and was actually in the medical field. A woman of many talents.
Please enjoy C’s newborn lifestyle session at home.
Boston newborn photographer Bella Wang Photography + Films
To see another at home lifestyle newborn session CLICK HERE
Being a South End newborn lifestyle photographer, I travel all over Boston and love to see the unique homes that people style and put together. I am always so impressed that their homes look straight out of a magazine, especially when just welcoming a fresh newborn. South End homes typically don’t have a lot of light, so I was surprised to walk into a loft apartment in this South End location. Who doesn’t love a bank of windows and white walls?
Christi originally picked out another outfit completely. Upon seeing the styling of her home, we quickly picked out this flowy blouse to complete the look and I couldn’t be happier with how things coordinated. When picking out outfits for a newborn session, I always guide new moms to look for something flowy. White also helps to reflect light and fill in any shadows you may have picked up from the lack of sleep during the first few weeks of motherhood.
My style is a mix of posed newborn images, lifestyle family images and also establishing photos of your home. This way you have a perfect little time capsule of this part of your lives. I love incorporating the home because a studio just feels like you’re leaving a part of the story untold. Parents have also told me that getting out of the home with a fresh newborn is also quite the challenge. This way, I come to you which helps to relieve some stress I’m sure.
Please enjoy Madison’s newborn lifestyle images taken at her home in the South End, Boston. If you’re looking for a South End newborn photographer, you’ve come to the right place.
I love intimate spaces with gorgeous lights. As you can see, this entire session was photographed in just one room, Madison’s nursery. I don’t need a lot of space to create great images. It’s about documenting your home in its best light. I am a natural light photographer and these lofts are bathed in the most gorgeous natural sunlight most of the day.
When scheduling your newborn session, keep an eye on the light of your home. Typically, I schedule my sessions about 2 hours on either side of noon. This ensures an even distribution of light as the sun comes directly from overhead at this time of day. If your home is in a basement, please reach out to ensure we can photograph your home in the best way possible.
To see Madison’s 1 year photos at the Boston Public Gardens, please CLICK HERE