Cute baby Harvey is back on the blog! I love that Stephanie wanted to do photos while Harvey’s grandmas was in San Francisco on holiday from Scotland. It was so sweet to see her with her only grandson and to be able to document it for her is priceless. Harvey was all smiles for me this time and I absolutely love the images!

It’s always an honor when people invite me into their home and space for a photographing session. I know how overwhelming it is to bring home a baby from the hospital so I make sure to be extra gentle and calm. I’m also there as a sounding board for new moms who want some reassurance that it’s going to get easier and eventually their baby will sleep through the night. I feel lucky that this is my job and I truly love all the babies I meet. They hold a special place in my heart!

I know it will be a good newborn session when I meet the parents and they say, “We love how your style is so natural and you don’t use a lot of props!” That is music to my ears! I loved getting to know Madeline and her awesome parents. Their dog was pretty cute too!

 

My style has changed quite a bit in the last few years. When I first met the S family for a newborn photography session, I brought a bag full of hats, a duffle bag full of wraps and blankets, and a giant beanbag to pose the baby on. I thought that getting the baby posed on a blanket was what my clients wanted, but I quickly realized that they loved the lifestyle/candid photos best (and I did too!)

Now I arrive with my two cameras, a piece of fur, and maybe a few swaddle options. I love it! I get to be creative in the space and every session is unique and wonderful. I’m glad I was able to let-go of the idea that newborn photography = super posed. I’m curious to see how much my style changes in the next 3 years!

I love that Liz and Chris said, “We are totally not cool enough to take pictures in Clarion Alley, but we want to do it anyway!” I have never worked in there before, so it was really fun to explore a cool new San Francisco location. I love that Liz was super relaxed and ready to try anything that I threw her way. I am looking forward to meeting their sweet baby in just a few more weeks!

Oh, and see the cool image on the bottom where they are walking with a lot of blurriness? I just purchased a LensBaby to start incorporating into my sessions. So far, so fun! Here are the details if you want to check it out!

Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Sweet 35 Optic for Canon EF

I have been photographing Victoria and her son since he was a tiny baby. There is something that she does (or doesn’t do, rather) that makes for a successful session every time. She never says, “Nathan, smile at the camera!” 

Instead, she plays with him! Yep, she just plays with him. They run around, they laugh, they hug, they kiss, and it’s magic every time. Of course he looks at me sometimes and smiles, but it’s never because we are forcing him to. I am gently directing the frames, with small suggestions like, ‘Walk towards me on this path,’ or ‘Sit here and cuddle,’ so she’s never feeling awkward or wondering what to do.

If you want to have the most successful family session, I really encourage you to let go of the idea that a perfect family portrait has to have everyone looking and smiling directly into the camera.

I promise it’s way more fun, less stressful, and the images will evoke more emotion and feeling from you in the long run.

Welcome to the world, baby Elle! There are some moms that I could stay and chat with forever, and that definitely is the case with Lydia. She is so sweet and wonderful, I forgot I was there to “work”! They had beautiful natural light in their bedroom, so we photographed a lot of the session in there. She kept saying, “Oh my gosh, I can’t believe Oliver is cooperating! He never takes pictures for me!” Congratulations again you guys!

Sophia is such a doll- she literally let us play dress up with her for an hour! It was very rainy that day, so we decided to do the shoot indoors at their beautiful Healdsburg home. It’s always nice when relatives are visiting from out of town- we were able to get photos with the whole family!

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This year, I had several clients give the gift of photography to their loved ones for the holidays. Maria wanted to surprise her mom and grandma with a family session at Baker Beach because her mom said she always dreamed of having family photos with the Golden Gate bridge in the background. What a thoughtful gift, right? Although it looks warm and sunny, it was SO freezing cold that day. The kids were such good sports and I’m so happy with the outcome.

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I have loved photographing this family over the past few years! Two maternity sessions and two newborn sessions later, I feel like Laura and I are dear friends. We even met up once to get foot massages on a whim, haha! Sweet Emma was the easiest baby and didn’t cry once during our session. I can’t wait to photograph them again in the future!

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