when to schedule your newborn session
Monday, January 07, 2019
when to schedule your newborn session

Hey there!  Today, I'm sharing some thoughts on when you might want to schedule that newborn photo session.  I frequently receive emails from excited expectant moms, early in their pregnancy.  Usually they're looking around for a photographer to capture their baby's first photos or they're just gathering information and perusing some sweet images.  Either way, these first inquiries are early.  Like seven months early.  After some initial email conversation, these soon-to-be mamas get pulled further into their pregnancy and forget to schedule their session.  The baby arrives and they email a week later, hoping to schedule ASAP.  Usually I can move things around and accommodate.  But sometimes, I can't. The best plan?  Get things in order for your session near the end of your second trimester.  This will allow for ease in scheduling- you won't get "baby brain" and forget to do it and you'll be guaranteed a session around the time that baby is born.We will have some time to plan a color palette around your decor and use items and colors that will complement your home.  Given some time in advance, I can better prepare you for what to bring and what to wear.  My goal is to get both baby's parents in a handful of those first photos- having a good idea of what will photograph well will help make things ...

NORA - lansing newborn photographer
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
when to schedule your newborn session

Anja and Mitch are a favorite past wedding couple.  They got married in a simply gorgeous wedding not too long ago… you can read that post on my wedding blog here.  I was over the moon when Anja messaged me that she and Mitch would be welcoming a little one soon and she hoped I could take their first family photos.  I know I’ve mentioned it before, but when I get the honor of telling a client’s baby story through photos… well, it just does not get better.  I photographed their wedding, which was amazing, of course, but to capture their newborn’s first photos… it’s just such an incredible blessing.  These photos will hang proudly on the walls of their home and as she grows, she will see where she began and the love that surrounded her.  It’s such an honor to do what I do.  Excuse me while I go cry into my coffee.  ;) They decided to have me travel to their home for the photos, which was so much easier for them.  Many times baby can feel more comfortable in her own environment and I'm super mobile with my session set-up, so it's fine all around.  Nora was such a sweet little one and slept through most of her session, giving me grins along the way.  After some cozy shots of the three of them together, I left Nora to her nap with mom and dad.  Here are some favorite ...

Friday, March 16, 2018
when to schedule your newborn session

Introducing sweet Lucas!!  It was such a treat to capture his first photos and spend some time with this wonderful family.  Lucas's Dad Ian serves in the military and was to be deployed overseas shortly after these photos were taken, so it was a bittersweet time, for sure.  I've always understood the importance of photographs and how crucial it is to document family milestones over the years.  But following the session, Ian shared that through the photos, he would have the ability to take his family with him wherever he may be stationed.  What an amazing thing!  I was thrilled that we were able to incorporate Ian's military details as they had hoped.  When a client brings something to their session that holds emotional significance and we are able to add it seamlessly... what a wonderful feeling of accomplishment.  We already have plans for their next session, when Ian is back in the states and is reunited with his family.  I feel so blessed to be able to tell their family's story.  <3 

Tuesday, March 06, 2018
when to schedule your newborn session

Meet sweet Theodore.  He was born to one of my favorite couples, Yarwijn and Adam.  I had the joy of capturing their incredible wedding at the Wyndgate Country Club in 2012- it was an amazing celebration!!  You can take a peek here if you'd like to see just how beautiful it was.  When Yarwijn reached out to tell me that they were expecting, I was over the moon excited for them.  See, I've been doing this photography thing for a long time and sometimes, I just get a feeling about people.  How they interact together, how they compliment each other... and I absolutely knew these two were going to make great parents someday.  I just knew, like the sun rises.  :)   Photos are super important to Yarwijn, so making time to capture some pregnancy photos was a priority for them.  You can see some favorite images here.  We were able to get that session in just before Theodore made his debut.  What a lovely session awaiting their sweet little one! While I have a studio east of Lansing, sometimes its just too daunting to think about transporting a brand new babe.  So I always offer to come to my clients' home to do the newborn session.  All I need is a large window and a little space to work.  I bring everything with me for the session: wraps, baskets, pants, rompers, hats, blankets, ...

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
when to schedule your newborn session

Some of you know that I photograph weddings in addition to running my newborn studio.  You could say that's how my newborn work began so many years ago... it all started with one of my past bride's calling to announce her pregnancy.  I knew from the moment I photographed that sweet mama and later, her baby girl that I had found something I truly loved.  It has been the greatest blessing of my career to capture photos of my past wedding clients, as they begin their journey as a family.   Yarwijn and Adam are one of those couples.  I had the incredible honor of capturing their gorgeous wedding in 2012- it was one of those days you don't forget.  You can see their post on my wedding blog here.  Yarwijn is the kind of person you feel as though you've known your entire life.  She's warm and genuine.  Adam is the perfect compliment to her.  Seeing their bond makes you wish you had something just like that in your life, if you don't already.  And without even trying, they just draw you in and make you feel like you are a part of their family.   Of course, seeing these two wonderful people on the brink of having their own little wonderful blessing together, was as you could expect: simply wonderful.  I loved every second of this session.... Yarwijn was both sweet and joyful, strong and fragile ...