I love welcoming newborns into the studio. Moms of course will come worried but I have a few tricks up my sleeve after working with newborns for almost 10 years, and it's been a while since I had one that did not sleep. During newborn sessions we try to get a few different set ups and include parents or siblings into the pictures. If you are expecting, let's chat so I can tell you all about our different options!
I LOVE 6 month sessions! We typically wait until the baby is sitting unsupported, which could very well be 7.5 months like it was for my first son. The babies are smiling and generally very happy at this session, and it's one of my favorite ages to photograph! Reed was the perfect model and his mama wanted to capture some baby skin, and also some portraits showing how big he looked in regular clothes too, so we got a little bit of everything, and I was super happy with this session and smiley baby!
Okay, so I think I can now claim the title as "THE" Richmond VA Multiples Photographer ;) Oner the past two years I have photographed twins, triplets. and quadruplets! And I love every single session. They are certainly more challenging that a singleton session, but I love a good challenge. These sweet triplets recently turned ONE and we celebrated with a cake smash! It was hilarious watching mom and grandma wrangle three kids, but we finally got everyone settled and looking by singing their favorite song ;) I may not be able to carry a tune TOO well, but I don't mind being silly to get the shot!
I have been seeing this family since Nico was 6 months old, and he is quite the charmer! ;) I asked this family if they wanted to take a chance on a field that I drive by every day, but to the normal eye doesn't look so great, and they said yes! So here we are, in a field behind a CVS.. ha! But, looking at it you would never know that! Thank you for trusting me to find a beautiful spot for your family and I can't wait to see you again!
I met this family for the first time this fall, and fell in love with how photogenic they were! They were so sweet and next time we will convince dad to join in. I was able to use Peterson Family Farm for this location and I just adore their overgrown grassy areas!
This sweet family recently came to me for a newborn session and brought their pup and grandma who was visiting to help post baby! So it truly included the whole family and I loved it! :) In my studio I have everything needed for a session, but sometimes clients want to incorporate a few things that are special to them and that is great too! So we included baby girl's sweet rose blanket and one piece outfit. (Outfits can be really tough at this age so if you want to search for something special, go to etsy and type in newborn photography outfit for the best choices.. otherwise, baby may be swimming in it!)
Here are a few of my favorites from the session..
I have been shooting this family for years, and now, they've added their third baby, a sweet boy, to the mix! So far for this baby we have covered a maternity session, a newborn session, and a 6-month one. The only thing we have left in the baby plan is the 1 year that includes a cake smash (I provide the cake and decor!) I love the baby plans because babies change so much in that first year and it's a privilege to see them grow up! From curling up (we took River's newborn portraits in the best spot... down by the RIVER ;) at the newborn session to smiling at the 6 months, it's a great way to capture your whole family for a year. Here are a few of my favorite images from our sessions:
This session. OH MY GOSH. When Jessica contacted me and shared her vision for the session, I was SO excited. I love confident women, and mixing that with the beauty of pregnancy, what a combination! She coordinated her outfits (the only thing that is the studio's is the long black dress that looks SO gorgeous on her!) and brought her husband and best girlfriends along. It was SUCH a fun session. I think I said that about 726 times while working with them during the hour. I always love maternity sessions, but intimate maternity portraits are definitely a favorite! I cannot wait to meet their sweet little babe in a few weeks!
I recently met this family and realized I had just photographed their oldest daughter at her school for portraits! Richmond is such a small world and it's fun to see all the connections of my clients and how the paths cross a lot. I am super exciting about fall portraits this year and this family helped to kick them off, even if it still feels like summer. This family was a treat to work with, their personalities made for a fun session! Here are some of my favorite images from our time together:
This couple is so special to me! Years ago when she was in nursing school, Austin was my babysitter, and now she's planning her wedding and I get the honor of being the photographer! They equally love the beach and country, and since they're having a beach destination wedding, they really wanted to incorporate their love for cotton fields and the country side in to the engagement session. And of course we had to include the fur babies, which only lasted about 3 seconds down at the water location before jumping in for a quick swim. I am very much looking forward to this wedding next year!
You may be seeing this and being like WHAAAAAT she's pregnant?!? I missed her whole pregnancy! I think they JUST debuted this gorgeous belly on Facebook in the past few days, and she's going to be delivering that baby ANY day! I often wonder if I could do a surprise pregnancy and just be like "here's my baby!" at the hospital but I think I take waaaay too many selfies for that ;) So maybe I could if pregnancy lasted like, 3 hours.. ha! And of course this family's friends all know, they just never got around to making it "Facebook official" until recently. I am so in love with these images we captured for them during this special time. And you couldn't take a bad picture at this location, unfortunately it's on private property so I won't get too many more opportunities to shoot here, but I am so glad they got their portraits done next to a waterfall!
I have been working with this family since Susan was pregnant, and what a gorgeous maternity session THAT was! We met at Maymont in Richmond VA, which, in my opinion has no spot in the whole entire park that isn't photo worthy, and I got to see all sorts of gummy smiles from little miss! It was a warm "fall" day that kind of felt more like summer, but we all hung in there and now the family has some gorgeous portraits to hang on their walls! With our sessions, digital files are always included and I don't limit the number of images you receive, because I can't pick favorites either.. I love them all! :) See you next time, L family!
Most of my newborn sessions take place in my studio, but every so often I get invited to go into clients homes and do a lifestyle session. They are a bit different because instead of all the posing we really focus on the family and getting snuggles in their elements. We shoot in their favorite spots: The newly decorated nursery, their bedroom all cuddled up, and of course your first baby (the furry one!) can be included during this time. It's such a nice way to capture the first few weeks without rushing to leave the house because I know that can be tricky post delivery when you are learning a whole new way to do everything.
It's not too often I get to school maternity portraits in my studio, but I LOVE the way the white walls and bed set put a real focus on the client. It's just serene and timeless. Maternity sessions are such a fun way to connect to your belly and this special time in your life. Tanikka is no stranger to my camera, this is baby number 4! And after three handsome boys she is carrying a beautiful baby girl. She will have lots of brothers to protect and care for her and I cannot wait to watch her grow up.
This little guy came to my photography studio in Chesterfield and brought many sweet faces with him. Sometimes newborns have a hard time focusing when they are awake, but his eyes were perfectly in line with the camera. His session had a lot of variety: sleeping and awake poses, and also pictures with big sister and his whole family! Style wise, we opted to keep things mostly muted to accommodate this family's wishes.
What is sweeter than one baby? TWO BABIES! And, both girls. While I may personally never get to know what it's like to have girls, I certainly get to snuggle them during sessions. More often than not I am in the studio in Chester for newborn sessions, but every so often a family wants it to take place in their home and I get to stretch my creative wings! Every space is different, the lighting is never certain, but it's fun to find the best spots. This was a lifestyle portrait session that took place in their beautiful home in Richmond. We incorporated a few pieces from the family, and I brought a few wraps, and together it was the perfect session! Thank you V family for trusting me to come in your home and capture your sweet girls, I look forward to seeing you again!
Maymont is such a gorgeous backdrop for an outdoor wedding. The threat of rain was LOOMING over us leading up to the day, even the day of was a downpour, but somehow (Thank you Jesus!) the sky mostly closed and although there was a tiny light sprinkle in the air, we were able to get all of ceremony and pictures done before it started pouring again. Sarah and Jason had a more intimate wedding of close friends and family but it was the perfect day being surrounded by only your best. All of their details came together perfectly and I know it was a day they will look back on with smiles for years to come.
Here are a few of my favorites from their big day!
There is a reason photographers sometimes dread the family formals list, and it's usually because without proper flow it can definitely be a bit chaotic! I do not mind the family formal shots and I work with my clients before the wedding to come up with a list that works well and seems to only take about 10-15 minutes after the ceremony to complete! That sounds like a win for everyone, the family can get to the cocktail hour quicker, your bridal party begins their pictures sooner, and you and your groom get to get this typically "un-fun" part of the day through so you can head to the reception and party!
I typically only have the grandparents, parents, siblings (and children if there are any!) stay after the ceremony, but I always say if there is a family member that you are super close to we definitely want to include them in the formal pictures. The rest? The extended cousins that you likely aren't going to print/frame a picture of? We save that for the reception!
As a side note, some couples DOO request one big huge whole side of the family shot which is really great to have and we can do that first if requested, but we don't typically need to break that down further than that unless requested.
The family formals list is kind of like a diamond, we start small, add in, then take out, then swap to the grooms side! Easy, right?
Here is my standard family formals shot list:
Bride & Grandparents
Bride, Groom, Grandparents
Bride, Groom, Grandparents, Parents
Bride, Groom, Grandparents, Parent, Siblings
Bride, Groom, Siblings
Bride, Mom, Dad
Bride, Mom, Dad, Groom
Now, of course this is in the perfect world of the parents still being together and grandparents in attendance, so we definitely modify it for each couple that we work with! This list and the timeline is the only thing I need from the bride and groom on the wedding day.
The thing I love most about photographing Richmond VA families is being able to be silly with the kids. We try to get a few more structured shots at the very beginning, but that usually only lasts about 5 minutes before we move on to the fun. Kids do not want to just 'sit and say cheese' and I wouldn't make them do that! Unless it is an extended family session I usually recommend my minis for families, they're short and sweet at 30 minutes and nicely affordable as well! This works well for families who want to come more than once a year to capture their growing family.
Some of my favorite shots ever are the ones like the above, just a fun playful family moment that is so gorgeous it deserves a billboard size print! ;) This family has been with me for a few years and I even have a canvas of their little guys earlier sessions in the studio.
We held this session at one of my favorite locations that sits on the James/Appomattox River. It's usually very quiet so we are not fighting crowds and it's super gorgeous and has lots of options for different pictures!
Take a peek at some of my favorite pictures from the session:
This sweet baby girl came to the studio for her newborn session and I believe she (without being a twin or quad!) was the smallest baby I have worked with, not quite 5 pounds at the session. She was great at snuggling up to pose and I didn't see her eyes until the session was over and they were dressing her to go home! We wanted the session to be feminine and pink to match her cute nursery, and I made that sweet headband just for her the night before the session! I'm having fun experimenting with different wraps, outfits, and headbands for my clients! Most of what I have now is custom and one of a kind!
I love working with newborns so if you know of an expecting mama in the Richmond, Virginia and surrounding area please send her my way! :)