This session was one for the books for sure. Hudson was five days old — I rarely have a chance to get them that young — and just as squishy and curly as he could be. He slept like a rock, but his LIPS — I could not get over it. I was just starting to use studio light when I did this session, and it was so wonderful to have such a cooperative little model with the posing so I could focus on the lighting. Seriously though, is he not gorgeous? I can attest that halfway through his first year he is getting cuter by the day! Future heartbreaker for sure.

Here are some of my many many favorites!

Loudoun County newborn photographer

Loudoun County newborn photographer

 

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I always lead with the fact that Nicholas was five weeks old at the time of his session because the usual time frame for newborn portraits is within the first two weeks. There is good reason for this: once those first several days of life have passed, most newborns become too alert to be posed and stay asleep. They are also more likely to develop reflux or colic and to have baby acne or other skin issues. Many newborn photographers won’t take babies past 2-3 weeks of age and once that window is missed prefer to wait until at least 3 months old, or better yet, 6 months old or sitting. Others, though, will give it the old college try, working our sleepy magic and trying to create some beautiful images for mom and dad even though they won’t be the same sleeping, curled-up look that usually only under-two weekers can give. But an older baby is more likely to be quiet alert if awake and to give some eye contact  in pictures, which is always a hit with parents. As long as expectations for what can be achieved with an older baby are realistic, I will accept sessions with older newborns.

This little guy rocked it. He was awake for about half the session, and I just wrapped and wrapped and clicked and clicked. He gave me some beautiful eye contact and really never fussed at all, just stared with those big blue eyes. Finally he did fall asleep for a bit and I was able to get one naked pose out of him before he woke up again. All in all, given his age, I was really pleased with the images we were able to get and I think mom and dad were too. Mom was worried that she had missed out by waiting, and I was so glad to be able to make some beautiful images of their first baby that I hope they will cherish for many years.

Here are a few of my favorites of Nicholas:

Manassas VA newborn photographer - collage of images of five week old baby boy

 

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I loved getting to meet this gorgeous family. It was a chilly winter day in Northern Virginia, but just warm enough to be outside without too much discomfort. Big brothers and sister were such good sports! As the sun sank lower in the sky, it got colder, but the light was beautiful so we toughed it out. Mama came back to the studio for a few individual images afterwards. And just wait until you see how adorable the little guy is! Definitely worth waiting for. It was such an honor to capture their last days before becoming a family of six. Here are a few of my favorites:

Loudoun County maternity photographer - beautiful family of five in field of tall grass

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I am still so in love with this session and this little guy! Maclen has the most adorable full head of hair I’ve seen on a baby in a while, and he was an amazing sleeper! My absolute favorite thing about this day was that he had the peeling skin that you often see on newborns sometime in their first few weeks of life. Far from being a flaw, I love to capture this little detail on my newborns since it is such a fleeting stage.

I had a really hard time narrowing down my favorites from this session because he was so photogenic, so here is a huge overshare for you!

Bristow VA newborn photographer

Bristow VA newborn photographer

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As 2016 dawned, Four Wishes Photography was in the process of moving from being a solely on-location photography business to offering studio portraits for newborns. At the same time, I knew that it was the right moment to add studio maternity sessions to my offerings. I was a little bit nervous to make the leap from shooting maternity sessions solely in clients’ homes or in outdoor settings, to a more classic portrait studio maternity look.  But there is a first time for everything, so I recruited a friend of mine who was expecting to help me get comfortable with shooting maternity with studio light, and she was an amazing model!

I now offer all three options for maternity portraits — in-home lifestyle maternity, outdoor maternity, and studio maternity. In the studio, clients have access to my wardrobe of maternity gowns and accessories. While spouses and siblings are welcome to participate as well, studio sessions are really focused on celebrating the beauty of pregnancy and mom takes center stage. Belly shots are optional but highly encouraged! Don’t worry about stretch marks or varicose veins — I retouch each image by hand to make sure that mom looks her very best. I’m always adding to my maternity wardobe, but in keeping with my style, most items are white or cream because of the timeless, clean look of light neutrals. I have gowns that are revealing and more modest depending on the client’s comfort level. We can do anything from fully covered to a more boudoir feel. It really depends on how you would like to remember your pregnancy!

Every mom has her own style and vision for how she wants to visually remember this special time in her life, and that’s why I offer the full range of maternity options for my clients. Some moms prefer a very casual style where they are wearing their own clothes and in their own daily environment. They want their home and nursery to be a part of their maternity images. Others prefer a relaxed outdoor family portrait session in a beautiful location. For moms who want an artistic, silhouette focused maternity portrait experience, the studio session will be a great fit. I love all of these ways to capture the unique time in a woman’s life when her body is visibly pregnant and she is preparing to meet her little one. No matter which maternity session is right for your personal style, be sure to have these memories recorded to look back on later in life — you won’t regret it!

Here are some of my favorite images from my first-ever studio maternity session. Isn’t this mama to be just gorgeous?

Northern Virginia studio maternity photographer

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