One of the things I love most about what I do, besides snugging squishy babies, is connecting with people. When Kim contacted me about doing a last minute newborn session, I was happy to accommodate because a dear friend had just referred her. Once we got her session scheduled, we started chatting about all of the details and quickly realized that we actually lived in the same dorm, on the same floor of our freshman year in college! She was actually roommates with a dance team teammate of mine! I mean, c’mon, what are the odds of that? After sharing a few sneak peeks on Facebook a few days after the shoot, we realized we had even more mutual friends. I swear this world gets smaller everyday.
Anyway... I had such a blast working with Kim and her gorgeous family! I think this session is one of my favorite in-home sessions to-date. I just love all of the color and pure joy you can see seeping through these photographs.
So without further adieu ... Introducing Everly Rhodes (and big sister Paisley).
I always ask mom to send me a picture of the nursery before the shoot, so that I can help cultivate the perfect, personalized session. You may have noticed that I tend to take more of a lifestyle approach to newborn photography, but I also know how important getting a few precious portraits of the baby are. While I don't have an arsenal of newborn props, I do bring the basics to every newborn session - some baskets, buckets and blankets and my newest prop - a baby doll bed that was my very own when I was a kid. This little bed made for some super sweet shots of little miss Everly.
For Everly's session, Kim told me that the nursery was aqua and hot pink and sent me a close up of these gorgeous floral sheets she had purchased. Mom already had a floral headband and wrap from GiGi & Max, an adorable online boutique with the cutest newborn accessories! I knew that this wrap would be perfect for sibling shots with Paisley, Everly's proud big sister.
So, why do I care about the nursery decor? Well, most families usually hang some newborn shots in the baby's nursery, so if the photos coordinate, they look gorgeous when hung in the room. Also, once the baby isn't a baby anymore and decides she wants a Disney princess room, mom has some wonderful memories of her first few years as a little peanut, in the room she designed just for her.
(...and spoiler alert... wait until you see next week's newborn shoot that I'm working on designing as we speak)
Speaking of that gorgeous nursery Kim designed for Everly, I always try to take a few photos in the actual nursery. Seeing how that big crib swallows up a little baby is always so sweet.
See... wasn't this floral romper perfect!
We wrapped up our shoot with a few snaps of big sister Paisley. We jammed out to the Descendant's soundtrack and channeled her inner-supermodel in her gorgeous big girl room!
Can't wait to share something else I've been working on soon!