Nashville Maternity Photographs
Family Maternity Portraits
Meet the Whitmore Family. They just became a family of four, and I thought that would make the perfect time to share their Nashville maternity photographs. Baby Parker made his arrival a few weeks ago, and we have already had his newborn photo session. If you think their maternity pictures are gorgeous, wait until you see his newborn photos! Seriously. I wish I had photos like this when my boys were little.
Should You Book Maternity Photos?
Maternity pictures are definitely a luxury. They are a nice little treat before adding a new baby to your family. My boys are 9 and 12. Maternity pictures were not NEARLY as popular as they are now. When I was pregnant, people kind of joked about maternity pictures. They were kind of cheesy, to be honest. Google it. You’ll see what I mean! I just did, and it gave me a good laugh. I treat maternity sessions like family sessions. They are all about your connection. Every now and then, I may make you do something funny or awkward, but it’s only to get a good laugh. No one else will ever know! So… should you book maternity photos? Well, YES!!! Of course! I don’t know any of my clients that wished they didn’t do maternity pictures.
Nashville Maternity Photographs
Are you expecting? If so, I’d love to hear from you! I love chatting with expecting moms around the 2nd trimester. All of our maternity sessions take place in the golden hour before sunset. Sunset pictures are some of our most requested sessions, and time slots book quickly. In fact, ALL sunset time slots are booked through November. I do not photograph families during the winter, and the only outdoor sessions I schedule in the winter months are maternity sessions. It’s never too early to schedule your maternity photographs. Contact me today so we can chat about your maternity photos!
Personalizing Your Baby’s Newborn Photos
Meet Zander. Gorgeous skin, long wispy eyelashes, and pouty lips. Yep, that’s Zander in a nutshell! He is the first baby for his parents. Every newborn session is special. But for first time parents, it is SO important for them to have a great experience. I know as a new mom, I was super nervous about everything. So I always strive to make parents feel comfortable and know that they can trust their baby in my hands. I also want them to LOVE their newborn pictures so personalizing your baby’s newborn photos is very important to me.
Personalizing Your Baby’s Newborn Photos
When clients book their baby’s newborn photos with me, they fill out a Client Agreement and Planning Guide. This is a form where they can tell me special requests such as colors, nursery colors, props, and poses that they love (or don’t love). I use this guide to help setup for the session at my Hendersonville newborn studio. Almost every prop, accessory, and fabric you see on my website is at my studio. When I say my studio is fully stocked, I mean it! It can be overwhelming looking at my huge prop collection, so I have everything ready for you when you arrive.
Incorporating Personal Items
A great way for personalizing your baby’s newborn photos is by incorporating personal items. Another question that I ask my newborn clients is “Do you have any personal items you’d like to incorporate.” Here is Zander’s mom’s response to this question.
“Since this is our first and it is a boy I want to make sure we capture my husbands service in some of the pictures. He will be retiring in 3 years so I think this will be our only child while he is still serving. I see so many cute pictures with the baby by their boots or wrapped up in the dads arms while they have their uniform on. So I want to be creative with these pictures. I also want to make sure we get cute pictures as a family.”
I knew we would have to make that an important part of his newborn portraits, and I absolutely LOVE how they turned out.
Documenting Baby’s Details
Zander started his newborn session wide awake. However, he quickly started dozing off. Once those little eyes shut, I noticed his long, gorgeous lashes and knew I needed to document them. Plus it gave him a little extra time to get good and sleepy. Bonus!
Baby Led Posing
Zander LOVED being wrapped up. I mean, loved it! However, his mommy really wanted a froggy pose with his little hands on his face. Annnnnnnd that meant I needed to unwrap him. There’s always a little bit of finger crossing that comes with getting babies unwrapped. But oh my goodness, look at this cuteness we captured as I was unwrapping him! I could have eaten him up! Of course, we had to document it too! Spoiler alert: Zander was NOT a fan of the froggy pose, and that’s ok! Not every baby is going to do EVERY pose. That is what makes each and every newborn photo session unique. Because not every baby will lay so chill with his hands behind his head either. (Zander DID let us get that beautiful pose on the blue blanket at the top of this post. That was our compromise for not liking the froggy pose!)
Booking Your Newborn Pictures
Can you tell that I LOVE newborn sessions? It’s one of the reasons I’ve been named as one of the best Nashville Newborn Photographers by Expertise. I would love to meet your newest addition. I am currently booking newborns due December – March 2019 in my Hendersonville TN newborn studio. I’d love to have your baby on my calendar. Contact me today to get scheduled!
Preparing for Baby Pictures
Studio baby milestone pictures are some of my absolute favorite sessions. I could do these all day long! I try to keep my studio baby sessions as stress free as possible. My studio is stocked with outfits, accessories, headbands, floral crowns, and more for baby. You don’t have to bring a thing! There are a few tips I’d like to share as you are preparing for baby pictures.
Preparing for Baby Pictures
Every parent wants a happy baby for pictures, right? Now, I can’t guarantee a happy, smiley baby 100% of the time, but I have some tried and true tips below to help ensure a successful session.
1. Schedule baby’s photos during his or her happy time. Don’t schedule during nap time!
2. Feed baby before pictures. Usually a hungry baby is not a happy baby. Sometimes stopping pictures for a feeding does not help because baby starts getting sleepy. I have found that a full tummy BEFORE starting pictures works best.
3. Wipe baby’s face and nose before coming to the studio. This typically makes baby cranky and red faced. This allows time for them to recover!
4. MOST IMPORTANT: Relax, our session should be fun! Although we always love a great smile shot, even the happiest baby can forget to smile on picture day. There is a lot of excitement, new location, etc. If we focus too much on a smile, we’ll forget about all of those other adorable milestones your baby has reached.
Stella was one of those babies in a fabulous mood for her baby photo session. She loved the camera and let her little personality shine. She definitely gave me a case of baby fever!
Do you have a baby sitting or starting to crawl? Now is the time to get your baby’s milestone photo session scheduled. Our Hendersonville portrait studio is stocked and ready for baby photo sessions. Contact us today for more information.
Sleepy Baby Tips
Have you ever wondered how I get my newborns to sleep? Well…. I’m going to share a few of my secrets with you! I think the biggest fear for all of my newborn clients is that their baby won’t cooperate for newborn pictures. As you can tell from my pictures, I get LOTS of sleepy babies! So I’m going to share 3 of my best sleepy baby tips with you.
Meet Selah. She was an awesome sleeper for her newborn photos. She even gave us quite a few little smiles. She is baby #1 for her parents, and I must say, they make a pretty cute little family.
Sleepy Baby Tip #1
When babies are just a few weeks old, a full belly makes them nice and sleepy. This is why I ask my parents to feed baby before coming to the studio. When I was a new mom, I followed the Babywise sleep training schedule. The Babywise method follows an eat, wake, sleep cycle. If you feed baby before leaving your home, this allows a bit of wake time while you get loaded in the car, and by the time you arrive at the studio baby is asleep. When clients worry about a 45 minute – 1 hour drive, I tell them it’s actually perfect. The drive gets them good and sleepy by the time they arrive at the studio. I also recommend keeping baby awake a little longer during their wake time before this feeding. You can do this by bathing baby if you have started baths. However, you can keep baby awake too long. We don’t want to overstimulate them so that they get over tired.
Theare are a few other factors that go into feeding baby. If you are nursing, we want to schedule your session once your milk has come in. This amount of time varies for every mom, but it usually takes about 4-5 days. This is why I never schedule babies before 6 days new (preferable 8 days). We want to let your milk come in and allow you time to develop a good nursing routine with your baby. I also recommend watching your diet very closely before pictures. Avoid drinks with caffeine that may keep baby awake and foods such as green veggies and citrus. There are so many great resources online about nursing diets, but I found a great comprehensive list on The Bump.
Sleepy Baby Tip #2
Babies love to be warm and comfortable. Their environment is another key factor in keeping them nice and sleepy. I keep my studio warm for pictures without wraps. At home, this is not possible, but you can dress baby so that he or she is nice and warm during nap time. (Be cautious of the season so baby doesn’t overheat.). White noise is another great sleep aid. It filters out background noises that can startle baby and mimics sounds that they heard in the womb. I LOVE the White Noise app, and usually have clients downloading it at their session.
Sleepy Baby Tip #3
Swaddle, swaddle, swaddle. Babies LOVE being wrapped up nice and tight. This keeps their startle reflex under control and prevents their hands and arms from waking them up. Many parents believe that their baby doesn’t like to have his or her arms pinned up, but I have found it’s usually the wrapping process that they don’t like. I like to pin up their hands nice and tight first and rock them a bit as soon as I have them secure. This usually soothes them enough to finish wrapping. Wrapped poses are some of my absolute FAVES. I love how it keeps the focus on their little faces and those tiny fingers peeking out are bonuses. Swaddling isn’t just for photos. Learning how to wrap baby securely at home will help with nap time.
I hope you have found some helpful sleepy baby tips! I LOVE when parents call me the “Baby Whisperer”, and I find us talking about sleep tips during every photo session. I only had 2 kids, and the last time I had a newborn in the house was NINE (insert crying emoji) years ago. I am not a doctor, nurse, sleep expert, etc. But I see lots of babies, and I’ve found some great tricks to calming down babies through the years. I love helping new parents with what I’ve learned during our sessions.
If you are expecting and want to book your newborn session, please get in touch! I am currently booking newborns due in November – March.
Nashville Fall Mini Sessions 2018
It’s that time of the year! Fall is a photographer’s busy season. Technically, since I specialize in newborns, I am busy year round. But in the fall, I dedicate a large portion of my calendar to outdoor family sessions on top of my newborn and baby clients. So…. with that said, I am NOW BOOKING Nashville Fall Mini Sessions 2018!
Green Truck Minis
For the past 2 years, I have offered “Red Truck Minis”. They have been a HUGE hit! Last year, we had 12 families on one day. It was a little bit crazy! This year, I decided to change things up a little bit. We are using this beautiful green truck on private land near my Hendersonville studio. Green Truck Minis are designed to be short and sweet. They are super quick 15 minute sessions aimed at getting great Christmas Card photos. These will be at the end of September like they were last year. Last year’s clients loved having their pictures done early in the season and getting their cards out on time.
Yellow Field Minis
These will be my first ever yellow field minis! Every year, one of my favorite fields gets covered in yellow flowers. (I hear it’s rag wood, so if you have allergies, make sure you take your allergy meds that day!)
Last year was our first ever Fall Farm Mini Sessions. Everyone LOVED these! I had to bring them back for 2018. Farm minis are a little longer than Green Truck Minis. This gives us more time for snuggles and playing, which are my favorite things to do at photo sessions. The farm is a private farm located in Gallatin, TN.
We will end mini session season in November with field minis. These are longer like the farm minis. They are a little taste of our regular sessions. Don’t expect a lot of staring at the camera and saying cheese. I don’t do that!
Nashville Fall Mini Sessions 2018
Ok guys! Who is ready to book? I have already opened up the remaining dates for full sessions, and my fall session bookings are in full swing. Visit our family photography page to see what family sessions are like with SPP. There are only a few dates and times left. Visit our booking site today to get scheduled!