Keep it simple. That was my motto with baby Cate’s recent newborn photography session at her home in Spartanburg, SC. She was a bit unsettled throughout her session so I had about 45 minutes total to get her portraits taken. As always, patience is a necessity with newborn photography and I always try to make sure the baby is happy and comfortable before taking the portraits. Therefore, newborn sessions typically last 2-3 hours to allow plenty of time to feed, cuddle, change diapers, and soothe fussier babies. I actually enjoy this part of the session as I get to lend a helping hand to new moms and cuddle sweet babies.
Some newborns are sensitive to touch so I kept the set ups simple with newborn Cate as she startled easily if touched or moved often. I adore her rosy cheeks and sweet red lips–such a doll. I do believe she will be tall like her mom as well as she is petite but long.
I let Cate’s mom choose a variety of bonnets and head bands to use during her session out of a selection I brought with me. These items are a bit of an obsession as I love browsing Etsy for cute newborn items to use during the photo shoot. Though I love incorporating family heirlooms or special items provided by parents, I also never want parents to feel they must go buy everything for the session. I offer props, blankets, head bands, bonnets, pants etc as part of the session fee and let the parents customize their session by choosing what they like.
I look forward to seeing this sweet baby girl as she grows older! Here are a few of my favorite images from her newborn photography session.