Sweet baby boy!  Sully is here!306A0114

Many people may not know I actually mentor other photographers on newborn photography and newborn posing.  My existing students and I got together this past month to work on family and sibling poses with newborn babies.  I had the pleasure of capturing Sully and his gorgeous sister, Olive, who may have been one of the best behaved big sisters ever!  And to top that off, she is stunning!


Look at those blue eyes!  Gah!  So gorgeous!  And Sully was so happy and sleepy in his big sister’s arms.


This is such a beautiful family, and such a beautiful moment.  I have had the joy of raising my own sweet girl and her little baby brother (Cora and Nile) and the love and protection Olive is showing Sully never ends.  She will be protective of him and adore him more every day.


Proud family.  Aren’t they gorgeous!?!


I am madly in love with this picture.  Michael looks so proud and happy.  I dare you to look at this picture and not smile.  Seriously.


She sure does love her baby brother.  I decided to include some black and white images in this blog because I so rarely show off my black and white shots, and I thought these were all so beautiful.


Leslie and her little man= true love.  This is a pose I just started using and was happy to get to show my students.  You really have to embrace the shadows for this pose, and many of us newborn photographers are more comfortable with less shadows (you think newborn, you think bright, happy, light!) but embracing the shadows brings the love and emotion out in this image.  It is one of my very favorite mom and baby images ever.

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Ellis is here and everyone is smiling about it!

I absolutely love newborn photography, and I hope that it shows in my images.  I typically have a little smile on my face when I look through the images from the session, because I just adore my babies and love how sweet and beautiful they look in each image.  BUT, I have to admit, some images bring bigger smiles and warm my heart more than others, and this is definitely one of them.  Look at that face!  That little smile!!  He is amazing!


Ellis truly is a gorgeous baby boy.  His skin is so creamy and his features are so sweet.  I love this profile shot of him.   This green may be his color!  This is one of the many adorable outfits from my girl Leah at Leach Michele Creations (https://leahmichelecreations.com)


I doubt I will ever get sick of a baby in a crate.  Ellis’ little pout and chubby cheeks are perfection.  Whenever I pose babies in crates, baskets, or buckets, know that I have a spotter just inches outside of the frame.  Safety is my highest priority.  Even the sleepiest of babies (like Ellis here) can startle and move out of a pose, so safety first!


A snuggled up baby, all cozy and sweet!  I love it!  This is one of my favorite flokatis from one of my very favorite vendors, Cesia at Luneberry (www.luneberry.com).


His hand on his heart.  LOVE IT!  Ellis was such a dream to work with.  He was happy to do any pose and looked gorgeous in every shot!


My favorite part of the session.  Ellis and Addison.  Such beautiful children!


Did I mention she absolutely adores her baby brother?


The smile says is all!  She is one happy big sister!

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Tiffany and Travis are celebrating – they are getting to welcome their first baby!
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These two were so much fun to work with.  First off, they are both beautiful inside and out, and second, they were up for anything I threw at them (including standing in the middle of traffic!).

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I love how happy they look.  Travis is a fellow photographer, so getting to photograph someone who shares my love for photograph was so much fun!  And clearly Tiffany is a natural model, so working with her made my job easy!  Her amazing makeup was done by my friend Ivy at Wakeup for Makeup (http://wakeupformakeup.com).

Des Moines_Iowa_Maternity_Photographer_107For me, the goal of a maternity session is to not only capture how beautiful pregnancy is, but also capture the love an excitement expecting parents have for their unborn child.  I am absolutely in love with this image, as I feel it highlights how fierce and stunning pregnancy can be.

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Super fierce.

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A family starts with the love of the parents, and Tiffany and Travis definitely have that!

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Happy, beautiful, mommy-to-be.  I can’t believe how beautiful pregnancy is on Tiffany!

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When I first met these two my initial thought was “downtown shoot.”  It just seemed to fit their personalities ands styles.  Travis’ tattoos in this image, the lights of downtown behind them, Tiffany in her edgy black lace maternity gown were EXACTLY what I envisioned for this downtown shoot.  I love it!

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Last shot of the day just as the light was fading.  I am so fortunate to get to do the job I do with people who value photography.  Capturing exciting moments for my clients brings me so much joy.  Plus, the the next time I see these two I will be photographing their BABY GIRL!!  I can’t wait!

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Haley is here and she is perfection!306A0444

I simply cannot get over how gorgeous this baby girl is!  I was blessed to get to photograph her big brother when he was brand new, and so it was so amazing to get to once again be part of this exciting time for their family!


I mean, come ON!  This girl!
One of the things I love about newborn photography is that changing angles, even slightly, shows off such different features on newborns.  They are so tiny, so any change in camera angle changes which features are shown off.  I love her tiny toes and pouty lips in this image!


This is a side angle of the popular “froggy” pose.  Haley’s mommy told me she would love to see her baby girl in a pink tutu, and I knew immediately we would work to have her do this pose, because it looks adorable with her tutu!


When I first started photographing newborns, family and parent shots intimidated me, but now they are absolutely my favorite part of the session.  The love and happiness on Alicia’s face is undeniable.  I am so fortunate to get to witness such true love.

306A0294And…a sibling shot with a two year old for the WIN!  My fellow photographers know how difficult sibling shots can be, especially with the “big brother” is still a baby himself!  But Thomas was a dream to work with and did an incredible job holding Haley.


Daddy daughter shots are probably my very favorite.  It may be because I am a daddy’s girl, and also because my own daughter is a daddy’s girl…but I just don’t think there is anything sweeter!


I love this picture.  They all look so happy and beautiful!


So pretty in pink!


This image *might* be my favorite from the session!  Look at that face!!


This pillow was made from Haley’s mommy’s wedding dress bodice, and the blanket is from her gown.  We were so happy to get to use this for her session, as we also used it in her big brother’s session.


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And this face.  I just can’t get over how beautiful Haley is!306A0495

I just realized THIS *might* be my very favorite image of Haley.  She is so gorgeous, they are all my favorites!

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Callen is getting so big…but he is STILL sleepy!

I have the most amazing time photographing this little man and his big brother.  I have had exactly TWO Mid-Year sessions in which the babies fell asleep and let me pose them. Callen is one of them (doesn’t he look so dreamy in this picture?!?) and his big brother Camden is the other.  These boys like to snooze!

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His eyelashes are so gorgeous!  I was so happy to get these sweet, sleepy shots of this little man.  He is such a beautiful baby boy, his skin is so creamy and he has rosy red lips.  The thick, dark lashes really look amazing with his eyes closed!  I was a very happy photographer when I got to take this shot!


He also happens to look amazing in black and white!


But yes, he is SO CUTE when he is awake and smiling!  This was one of the first shots of the day.  At this point he still considered me funny and interesting.


Callen has the sweetest little facial expressions.  I loved how blue his eyes looked in the outfit.


I had JUST received this flokati in the mail from my favorite vendor, Lunebery (www.luneberry.com) and was excited to get to use it for Callen’s session.  He also got to wear this over-the-top adorable outfit from another one of my favorite shops, Cora and Violet (www.coraandviolet.com).  I love how the textures and colors of this set show off his beautiful skin.


Happy baby!


And….sleepy baby!  This was probably my favorite shot from the session,  Callen looks so cozy and peaceful.  I can’t wait to get him in front of my camera again!  He is too sweet!

If you or a friend needs guidance on finding the right newborn photographer for your family, please check out my post on Finding the Right Newborn Photographer!

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