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BABY LED IN HOME NEWBORN SESSION |UPSTATE NY PHOTOGRAPHER|

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BABY LED IN HOME NEWBORN SESSION |UPSTATE NY PHOTOGRAPHER|

MY JOURNEY AS AN ARTIST

I have always loved babies. I am a midwive’s daughter and grew up attending births at an early age and was in awe with their little cries, holding them, and caring for them. So pretty naturally I am drawn to photographing babies!

Upstate New York Newborn Photographer, Mom holding newborn baby

PLACE FOR POSING

A while back, I was blown away with posed newborn photography and couldn’t wait to try it out myself. I enrolled in a posed newborn course, got materials to make my own beanbag, posed my daughters baby doll learning how to wrap, what the best lighting was for setting up the beanbag, and how to sooth and safely position baby.

I quickly learned however, that posed newborn photography was not for me! It felt so uncomfortable and unnatural, and I was stressing over soothing and positioning babies, it was incredibly time consuming and exhausting. I never even made it around to making my own beanbag!!

BABY LED SESSION

Instead, I learned that baby led, natural positioning is for me! That means I don’t spend hours stressing to get baby to sleep or in the perfect pose. I actually don’t pose at all. WHY?

Cooperstown newborn photographer, family of four snuggling
Oneonta Newborn photographer, baby snuggled and dog on lap

1. I believe babies shouldn’t be out of their parents arms. You have waited 9 long months to hold your baby. They are only this little for such a short time, you should snuggle them and hold them as much as you can! I capture your little one naturally in your arms almost your entire session. You are comfortable in your home, your baby is comfortable in your arms. It just makes sense to photograph you there and where babies should be, in my honest opinion.

Upstate New York Lifestyle photography, beautiful new mom holding baby girl

2. I think babies are perfect just the way they are. When they are out of your arms, it is brief, they are comfortably and safely swaddled or lying freely unfolding their little limbs that have been so tightly weaved in the womb for months. It is so beautiful to watch them how they are, awake or asleep.

Cooperstown NY newborn photographer, mom gazing at baby girl on bed
Oneonta NY Newborn photographer, baby girl swaddled on bed

3. It truly makes your session stress free. I’m not stressing to get them in the perfect pose and you’re not stressing over them fussing and not falling asleep. Theres no need to place them away from you in uncomfortable positions that are unsafe, and not worth it even for the sake of a photograph.

Oneonta NY family photographer, mom and dad holding baby, little baby hands
Oneonta NY Newborn photographer, Mom and dad holding baby

4. I am able to capture intimate, natural moments of love and connection between all of you. It is so important for you to be in the photos too! You will want to remember what it was like to hold your little one in the palms of your hands, to feel them succumb sleepily into your chest. How your partner glanced at you, so in love with the amazing parent you have become. So often with posed newborn photography, you see the baby uncomfortably alone and I can’t help to think, but where’s mom and dad? Sure it’s cute, but do you really feel anything? Instead you will be able to instantly be brought back in time to relive these fleeting moments by looking back at your beautiful photos that you were in too.

Cooperstown NY Newborn photographer, Mom and dad holding baby, and baby feet
Rochester NY Lifestyle Newborn photographer, mom in love holding baby in arms
Binghamton NY Newborn photographer, family of four together
Upstate NY Newborn photographer, dad holding baby
Oneonta NY Newborn photographer, mom smelling intoxicating newborn  smell
Oneonta  NY Newborn photographer, family on bed holding baby and with dog
Cooperstown NY Newborn photography, mom and dad in love with new little baby
Rochester NY Newborn photographer, mom and dad snuggling little baby girl swaddled

So there you have it. My top four reasons why I don’t pose newborns. They are so perfect in your arms, in your home. You can check out more of my newborn work here if you are interested.

Warmly,

Hali

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BENEFITS OF IN HOME NEWBORN SESSIONS | ONEONTA NY NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHER

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BENEFITS OF IN HOME NEWBORN SESSIONS | ONEONTA NY NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHER

When you have just welcomed your first, second, or any number child into the world, you are overwhelmingly in love but also overwhelmed with adjusting to being a new family. It’s an intimate time, and are trying to get through each day and night at a time. I didn’t feel ready to venture out with my little ones for many weeks, and when you have a newborn session in your own home, you’ll never have to leave the front door!

COMFORT

You get to stay in your intimate space where you are most comfortable. You don’t have to stress about getting somewhere on time, whether you’ll be able to squeeze in a feeding before hand, or what to do if there’s a meltdown by big sis or brother out in public. Everyone is more relaxed in your own space. You can snuggle up on the couch as a new family, and relax knowing there will be time for feedings, breaks, and snacks for little ones too.

Mom, Dad, big brother and baby sister snuggling

TAKE THE PRESSURE OFF

When I brought my daughter home from the NICU, I thought I could take her newborn photos and even set up my tripod and timer and get some of my husband and myself with her! I ended up being warn out and incredibly stressed about getting the images perfect and frustrated when they wouldn’t come out how I envisioned them in my head. We ended up hiring a photographer to come to our home and it was relaxed, so enjoyable to spend time together, and I didn’t have to worry about getting the perfect shot! It was completely worth it.

So relax, and let me do the work. You just enjoy your little love and being together.

Mom, dad, newborn at home, Oneonta NY newborn photographer
Mom and new baby snuggling, Cooperstown NY Newborn photographer

YOUR HOME IS PART OF YOUR STORY

You spend the most time in your home, it’s walls hold your story. The rocking chair passed down from your grandma, the plants growing beside you, the toys your little ones cherish, the wood floors your husband laid himself. These are the details that will set your pictures apart. And they will hang perfectly on your walls, adding to your story.

Family in their home, Oneonta NY newborn photographer
Mom holding her children at home, Oneoneta NY family photographer
Mom holding newborn, little hands touching moms chest, Cooperstown newborn photographer
Mom and dad with kids, at home, Oneonta NY newborn photography
Mom kissing newborn baby, Binghamton NY newborn photographer

It is truly and honor to be welcomed into your home during this intimate and tiring time. So thank you. I hope you have learned a little more about why in home newborn sessions are the best! Ready to have me come to your house? I’d love to hear from you below!

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FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | ONEONTA NY | PREPARING FOR YOUR  FAMILY  SESSION

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FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | ONEONTA NY | PREPARING FOR YOUR FAMILY SESSION

Hi friends!   It's officially Spring! I can feel the warmth of the sun, the days getting longer, and the eagerness to spend more time outside. Hopefully the weather will match the calendar soon.

With Spring comes the perfect time for capturing your growing family. I look back on photos from the Fall and think how much my children have changed in just a short period of time. If you are wanting to photograph this beautiful time in your family’s story, yet are feeling stressed at adding one more thing to your already full calendars, I am here to help. You may be thinking what are we all going to wear? What if my kiddos don't cooperate? I get it.  I have been there.  You are investing in capturing beautiful memories for your family and you want it to go smoothly.  Here are some tips to help ease your worries and to prepare your family.

Oneonta NY Family Photographer

1. First. What to wear. By no means do you all need to match!  You can color coordinate, earthy tones, deep reds and browns, or bright airy colors. But matching is dated and can actually take away from the images when you all look the same.   You can check out my pinterest board for some more ideas here.  You can also lay out what everyone is going to wear on the bed and snap a phone picture.  That way you can see if anything is looking off to you. Avoid shirts with text or big graphics as they are distracting.

2. Next, Trust me.  I am a lifestyle family photographer. As I told a mom recently who was worried about her toddler cooperating, I am not after the perfectly posed image of everyone smiling at the camera.  My job is not to make you look perfect or have your children behave perfectly.  You have probably been wired to look at the camera and tell your kids to say cheese and are worried they won't smile.  But honestly, if you are having photos taken to document this stage in your family's life, everyone looking at the camera is not telling your story. I will get that one money shot, but then will have you enjoy each other.  I will direct you into a connected pose and then guide you into genuine intereactions with your family. You will snuggle, play, give kisses, and tickle your children.  I will show you that your children are perfect just how they are.  I promise to beautifully capture your family's story.

Oneonta NY Family Photographer

3. Be honest and tell your kids what will happen.  Tell them you are going to be seeing a friend who is going to take your pictures for a little while.  Tell them that we are going to go to a really fun park or beach, and play. Tell them that your friend will ask them to stand or sit together a few different ways and that it will be pretty quick too;)

Family Photographer Oneonta NY
Family Photographer Oneonta NY

4. Another photographer recommended showing them pictures of themselves, and I think it's the perfect idea!  My little girl loves to see photos of herself with us or of just her!  She'll scroll through albums on my phone, or photo books in her hand.  Seeing their own pictures from the past can get them excited for pictures now.

Family photographer Cooperstown NY, girl smiling
Oneonta NY Photographer

5. Food and rest ahead of time.   I know, we talked and I told you we need to meet at 6pm to have the best light.  It's dinner time and their nap was over two hours ago.   I get it.  What can help though, is if possible, lay them down for a later nap, or if they don't nap anymore (my girl gave up her naps at 2!), clear  your schedule the day of your photos for some quiet restful time before our shoot.  I suggest making your session day mostly relaxing, not hiking and running a ton of errands. Your session should be your main activity that day.  Feed them an early dinner or big snack to tide them over until after the session so they aren't hungry.  Hungry little ones are never happy!

Binnghamton NY Photographer, Family Photography

6. Let your kiddos be themselves.  I will never force your child to look at me and smile.  I'm ok with serious, true expressions of childhood.  I will also never make a timid child leave the comfort of your arms.  I will capture their shy cuddles, or exploring and being them.

Photographer Oneonta NY sisters together
Photographer Oneonta NY
Upstate NY photographer, girl exploring dandolions

7. Lastly, show them who I am!  Click on over to my about page, putting a picture to a name will help them.  You can also go to my IG account and show them my kiddos and family, because then they will get to know me and see I am just like you:)

I promise we will have fun!  I can't wait for upcoming sessions this Spring! I hope this has been helpful and eased any worries you may have had, and you are now excited for your family photos too.

Warmly,

Hali

 

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