As a Greenville SC Newborn Baby Studio Photographer, I have the joy of meeting brand new parents in their very first days with their little ones. I get to look them in the eyes and tell them (TRUTHFULLY!) that they are doing an amazing job. I get to tell them that feeling that way or struggling with breastfeeding or being so tired you are walking into walls (I’ve done it) is totally within the range of normal. It’s such a gift to me to not only be entrusted with holding their little ones, but also with encouraging them in their story.
Meet Millie Kate and her amazing parents, Dani and Korey.
For most of the session, Millie was so content to just be awake and gazing about the room. This doesn’t happen often with sweet babies in the studio, but when it does I thoroughly enjoy it. You see newborns have not master the focusing of their eyes. I can spend a very long time trying to get an awake image where baby appears to be looking at the camera. Sometimes little ones fall back asleep before I’ve got one!
But Millie Kate gave us two open eye pictures that her parents selected for their final gallery.
After her long awake period and a little snack, Millie was content to fall asleep in her parents arms. Parent images are my absolute favorite. You can feel how much these sweet babies are loved when you see them in their parents arms.
Millie came in early spring when both the Camellias and my Cherry tree were in blossom. I brought both of those inside to use in some of her prop sets and I just love the results.
My favorite images were these in the nest where Millie posed herself. I just love the little details this relaxed pose she chose allowed us to capture.
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My favorite part about being a Timeless Simpsonville SC Newborn photographer is encouraging mamas. Sweet Elizabeth’s mama Lady-Joy has become a dear friend. We both have 8 year old girls and we spent a good deal of this session just chatting about the challenges of this age. Would you believe that 8 has so many challenges? Attitudes and eye rolls and hurt feelings abound.
But before I scare you about raising your eight your old daughter there’s also a great deal of beauty in this age too. The depth of conversation and the insights are incredible. They’re also learning their voices and starting to use it to be passionate about what makes them tick. My girls are really moving toward having a heart to abolish modern day slavery. They’re full of questions and anger and a beautiful kind of movement toward “What can I do about this right now at my age?” So mama’s be prepared to have your heart twisted in both directions.
I gasped out loud when I placed Elizabeth in daddy’s hands like this. There’s something so magical about the tiny-ness of a baby girl in daddy’s hands. How his very hands shelter her and protect her physically as they will continue to do as she grows.
One of the other best parts about being a Timeless Simpsonville SC Newborn Photographer is getting to see all the sweet faces these babies make. The follow set of 6 frames were all taken mere seconds apart. Babies are born with all kinds of personality!
Lady-Joy, thank you for sharing your new beauty Elizabeth with me. But more importantly, thank you for vulnerably sharing your motherhood journey with me. Your encouragement and sweet spirit have sustained me so many times!
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Shanzia had purchased a number of props and items from Etsy intending to do her own little newborn photo shoot. She said she found it harder than she had imagined to take good images. On top of that she had become very ill shortly after delivery and her physical stamina didn’t allow her to keep trying.
By the time she decided to hire a professional, Yahya was already a month old. Most photographers turn away babies at this age as too old, but I never will. Mama’s deserve images of their little ones even if they aren’t in the “perfect curly posing window” of 5-14 days.
I do give a different set of expectations for older newborns. Usually we’ll have a higher proportion of wrapped and awake images than in sessions with younger newborns. But we’ll also have more eye contact (your baby can actually see me!) and usually more smiles.
Yahya was no different. As you can see he LOVED being swaddled tightly, so I worked with that. We put him in as many props as we could while he was asleep as he wasn’t a very sound sleeper and he preferred to be in a more upright position.
But I was absolutely in love with his little lips! This is one of my all time favorite macro images that I’ve ever taken. Newborn details are the things we remember most about our babies. My son, too, had beautiful lips and amazing eyelashes.
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When Larisa and Angelo walkined it the studio for their Natural Simple Newborn Photos Greenville SC, I was immediately sure that we would be friends.
First, Larisa was wearing a dress that I owned in my studio wardrobe. Second, their smiles were so warm. Finally withing ten minutes of their session’s start they we were all laughing hysterically at a text conversation. You see a stranger had been added to a group text and Larisa and Angelo were totally creating sheer mayhem confusing this person. It was hysterical as this person tried to figure out how he knew them. Truly, I was in love with this fun loving couple almost immediately.
And then we discovered that Luca also had Gandalf eyebrows: these beautiful sheer blond eyebrows that stuck out in all directions. It was impossible to photograph this phenomenon, but that’s okay because Luca had some many other beautiful features. His eyelashes, his tiny ear dimple, and this beautiful profile are quiet possibly my favorite album spread that I’ve ever made. But really, Luca was just exquisite.
While I adore a newborn on creamy backdrops in all their simple and profound glory, I also love capturing relationships even more. And as I mentioned, Larisa and Angelo are perfectly matched in laugher and joy. Luca completes them. The way he fits in their arms and the way they dote on him: breathtaking.
Larisa and Angelo, you already know the secret to both parenting and marriage: laugh often and never take yourselves too seriously. Add in the ability to say “I’m sorry I was wrong,” and you will be wiser than most couples and parents are. Luca is so blessed to have you.
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Noel contacted me for Timeless Natural Simpsonville Newborn Photos because she loved my style. The details, the simplicity, the focus on the sweet baby and the relationships was just as much her heartbeat as mine.
Noel and Chris had just moved back to Greenville to be close to family. They closed on their home and just days later sweet Addison Josephine arrived on Christmas Eve. I guarantee sweet Addie Jo was the very best Christmas present this family has ever received.
Addie Jo came into the studio at about a month old two days after a South Carolina big snow. The first thing I asked her parents was if I could take her outside to play. It was 55 degrees, but I wrapped her in three wraps and put a wool bonnet on her head. I took her outside to this shady patch that had not yet melted and photographed these images in about 5 minutes.
Baby safety is so important to me. I will never endanger a precious life to get “the shot”. Addie Jo and every newborn that comes into my studio will always call the shots. I monitor their temperature and re-position babies when they start to loose circulation in their limbs. If I walk away or do a pose where there is danger of startling, I will ask mama and daddy to keep hands on or near. If the image looks impossible, then the odds are we created it in Photoshop. I repeat: newborn safety is a big deal to me!
Although I love my snow in South Caroline picture, my favorite set of Addie is this simple cream set with the curly posing and the sweet newborn faces. They are perfect just as they are. Always. Babies don’t need embellishing to be beautiful. They just are.
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