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Meet this sweet and sleepy baby boy, he had a few alert moments during his in-home lifestyle newborn session, but for the most part, he slept dreamily in his parents’ arms. I adore his well-planned nursery, from the color scheme to the aviation decor (it’s not just an adorable theme, but a meaningful part of this family’s history). Below is mom’s take on her newborn session experience and a bit more about the elements they wanted to have photographed.

Was there anything you were nervous or worried about before your Lifestyle Newborn session?

The unknown with having a newborn. We had our fingers crossed that he would cooperate and luckily he did.

What was your favorite part of the experience?

Getting to spend time as our new family of three. The fact that she was able to capture our two labs in a few photos was priceless.

Were there any meaningful items that you wanted to include?
We tried to incorporate items in the nursery that represented different family members. The airplane fan pulls are a B-52 and C-130, both planes that his grandfather flew. His bookshelf has many items important to our family-a baseball glove that was his dad’s T-ball glove from when he was little; a baseball cap was his Poppy’s when he was younger; and Mickey Mouse, which his Gigi had when she was little. He was named after the aircraft carrier that his great-grandfather served on so we have pictures of the ship hanging on the wall in the nursery.

Do you have any advice for other families preparing for a Lifestyle Newborn Session?

Take some time to really think about any photos you would want to be captured. It helps take some of the pressure off during the actual day.
What do you hope your child/family will say years down the road when looking at these images?

I hope that he will see how much we loved him from the very beginning.

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The best part of being a lifestyle photographer is that I get to meet so many great people. This family wanted to document this special time in their family history as they anticipated the arrival of their baby boy in a few weeks.  They were just a beautiful family and such sweet and down-to-earth people! Big sister is just a stunning beauty (just like mom) and I know her baby brother will be just as adorable. There is so much love in this family!

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I adore this family! It seems like yesterday when I photographed Luke’s newborn session. I have had the privilege of seeing him every few months for his Milestone Mini sessions during his first year. Now that he’s two, mom wanted to have his portraits made in the same park where his First Birthday session was held. And…. they are expecting a baby boy this summer and you can see from their expressions that he is so very loved already. And big brother is ready for his new job to begin!!

Please see mom’s take on her session experience below. I am so glad she agreed to do a few classic maternity poses. It is such a beautiful, special and brief time in a mother’s life (even though it doesn’t feel like it while you are in the midst of your third trimester). She is gorgeous!

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Was there anything you were nervous or worried about before the session?

Being 34 weeks pregnant and feeling much more pregnant than the first time around, I was nervous about looking large and in charge! I was also nervous about Luke being a 2 year old and having a total melt down:)

 

What was your favorite part of the session?

The end! No no just kidding. But I did love our attempts at family shots at the end,
Trying to pose my large belly against Andy’s inflexible self and Luke just not wanting to be part of the pic. You were trying your best to make us comfortable and we were just a hot mess! But it made us laugh and we were genuinely having a great time, just like we always have with your sessions!

Tell me a little about your outfits/accessories:

Nothing super crazy about accessories accept my necklace which was Kendra Scott, who I looooove!

Do you have any advice for other families preparing for a milestone mini/maternity session?

Let Jody take the reins! Honestly. I can definitely have an opinion about pictures but every time I have stepped back and trusted your guidance and opinions, everything has turned out just as I had hoped!!!
What do you hope your child/family will say years down the road when looking at these images?

I hope Luke can see how much we love him, how these moments reflect how much excitement we have towards our growing family and to see Luke as a big brother.

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One thing that sets my clients apart from the rest is that they all want their images to reflect the authenticity and unique qualities of their family. During the planning stages of our session, we collaborate to make the session one that will tell a complete story of this time in their lives.

This family absolutely knocked it out of the park! They were cracking each other up and giving the camera the most beautiful and genuine smiles. You can see how much they care for each other in their expressions and that just makes my heart happy.  Not only did they brave the cold (and by cold, I mean, REALLY cold, especially for Charleston), but they also combined their family session with their daughters’ dance portraits… so, there were lots of jumps (or “changements” for you ballet folk) in between sets.  I used to be a ballet teacher and still take classes every week so my inner-ballerina was getting all goose-bumpy… and it wasn’t from the cold.

These sisters are not only stunningly beautiful, they have so much passion for dance – you can see it in their faces. Their mother runs the Ballet Academy of Charleston (which is an outstanding ballet school) so they have been raised in a ballet setting and it shows in their pristine technique.  Here is what mom had to say about their session:

Was there anything you were nervous or worried about before the session?

Of course! My figure and me not being photogenic…

(um… she is GORGEOUS!)

Was there anything unique about you or your family that you wanted to incorporate into your session?

Just being ourselves, not pretending to be “someone else”

Do you have any advice for other families preparing for a family session?

To go with the flow, yet speak up, if you have some sort of inspiration/idea

What do you hope your kids/family will say years down the road when looking at these images?

For the kids: “that was fun, look how cute we were.”

For us adults: “look how young we were back then, and the kids were so little. Lucky we had those times captured”

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I have a lot of new clients ask if I have a studio and the answer is no. I make “house calls” for newborn sessions, setting up the gear and finding the best natural light source in your home (or using lighting equipment, if it is too dark). The light in this home was simply divine.

These twin boys were the most precious sights – so sweet and sleepy. They loved being close to each other.  I had the distinct privilege of working alongside a dear friend and amazing photographer, Danielle Hobbs. We have worked as each other’s assistant with our last few twin sessions and it has been so much fun!

Wishing this family all the best on their journey with these two precious boys! Congratulations!

At the end of this post, you will see their mom’s take on her Essential Newborn Session experience. Enjoy the twin cuteness!

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JM: Was there anything you were nervous or worried about before the session?

Mom: Yes-the temperature*

(*JM: most babies have a hard time maintaining their body temperature unclothed, that is why we strive to make the room as warm as possible for the health and safety of newborn babies).

 

JM: What was your favorite part of your session?

Mom: Watching the different, sweet poses of the boys. I just loved seeing them together.

 

JM: Do you have any advice for other families preparing for a newborn session?

Mom: Yes, book Jody & Danielle 😀
JM: What do you hope your kids/family will say years down the road when looking at these images?

Mom: That they are classic & sweet.

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