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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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WHAT IS A LIFESTYLE FAMILY SESSION LIKE | ONEONTA FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

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WHAT IS A LIFESTYLE FAMILY SESSION LIKE | ONEONTA FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

Lifestyle photographers use light and guided poses to enhance family connection.

I am a lifestyle photographer. I use light to enhance emotion, connection and love by guiding your family into connected poses where natural movements can unfold organically. Lifestyle fits somewhere in between documentary photography (no directing or posing) and studio photography. Many people may view lifestyle images and think they are candid moments, but I assure you they have been carefully orchastrated. I will artistically guide you into good light and a connected pose, then ask you to whisper in each others ears, tell each other a story, or even see who can laugh the hardest. Then I will sit back and watch. Watch for connections and so much love that is present everyday. You will spend quality time laughing, and lvoing hard on one another, and I promise it will be fun.

Family photographer oneonta NY, Family snuggling
Oneonta family pohotographer, family laughing together
Photographer Oneonta NY, sweet sibling moment
Oneonta family pohotographer, family laughing

There will be lots of movement

Kids naturally love to explore their surroundings. During a lifestyle family session that is exactly what they’ll be able to do! After we’ve gotten some family interaction shots, there will be time for kids to run, pick flowers, and play together. This movement not only photographs beautifully, but it also gives them a break from guided posed images and keeps them engaged and having fun. It also is a chance for mom and dad to get some images alone, which is so important, and takes the attention off the kiddos for a bit!

Photographer Oneonta NY, kids exploring outside
Oneonta family pohotographer, children holding hands
Photographer Oneonta NY, Mom and dad laughing

There will be lots of laughs and love.

Spending genuine family time together and capturing your family as it is right now, is what a lifestyle family session with me is all about.. You will laugh and love hard. I will capture the beautiful chaos as well as the more tender moments. It is my hope that you leave your session saying, “we had so much fun!” I get that families are busy, so a session with me is time to slow down and spend time laughing, playing, and being surrounded with the ones you love.

Oneonta family pohotographer, family spending time together
Family Photographer Oneonta NY, mom and daughter hugging
Oneonta family pohotographer, family time together

I hope you have a better understanding of what Lifestyle Photography is and what a session with me is like. I would love to capture you and your family, just as you are right now, all the chaos and all the love. If you have any more questions please let me know!

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WHY IN HOME MATERNITY PHOTOGRAPHY IS SO IMPORTANT | ONEONTA NY MATERNITY PHOTOGRAPHER

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WHY IN HOME MATERNITY PHOTOGRAPHY IS SO IMPORTANT | ONEONTA NY MATERNITY PHOTOGRAPHER

Expecting and growing a little one is one of the most amazing and surreal feelings in the world! It is also a lot of hard work, if we’re being honest. ! I remember feeling completely and utterly drained the first trimester and then again the third trimester with both of my pregnancies. Some days I wouldn’t even want to leave the house. When you have maternity photos done in your home, you won’t have too! You’ll be in the comfort of your own home, able to relax, and be documented in the place that holds the most love and where you spend the most time together. I promise it will be worth documenting, even though you may not feel so photogenic right now.

Oneonta NY maternity photography, Expecting couple embracing,
Oneonta NY Maternity Photographer, in home session

When you look back on your photos with your children by your side, they will be able to see you in the home where the love for them all began. Plus, the details of your home are included, making your images a beautiful keepsake for generations.

Rochester, NY Maternity Photographer, expecting couple hugging
Oneonta NY Maternity Photographer, mom and dad holding belly

Furry family members have an amazing sense of you being pregnant. They are also more comfortable in their own homes and definitely love being photographed too;)!

Oneonta NY Maternity Photography, Mom and dad with fur baby
Oneonta NY Maternity Photographer in home session snuggling with dog
Cooperstown NY Family Photographer, expecting mama and labradoodle

With the unpredictable weather NY has, photographing in your home will guarantee a cozy session and no stress over having to reschedule if the weather is bad. We can always take a few outside of your home if you’d like too, making it a memorable location as well.

maternity photography Oneonta NY Photographer
Cooperstown NY Maternity Photographer, Expecting couple
Maternity photography Oneonta NY, expecting couple in the snow

So, if you are expecting, I would be honored to come into your home and document your growing love.

Warmly,

Hali

P.S I can’t wait to meet you in your home baby C!

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WHY I RECOMMEND SUNSET SESSIONS | ROCHESTER NY FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

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WHY I RECOMMEND SUNSET SESSIONS | ROCHESTER NY FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

There are so many beautiful locations in the Rochester area that the options are endless for your family session!  We are so close to beautiful fields, beaches, and special parks. No matter where you choose to have your location though (and I have a handful of favorites to help you decide;) your family session with me is scheduled around sunset.   

The lighting is truly illuminating to photograph your beautiful family in then, and the sun surely doesn't disappoint when it makes its appearance!  It is definitely worth staying up a little past kiddos bedtime to spend time together under the setting sun.  And honestly kids feel excited for their session because they get to stay up past their normal bedtime, and I make your time together fun and enjoyable that cranky kiddos are hard to come by.  You could always put them down for a later nap or some quiet time before the session if you are still concerned, and making sure their tummies are full is always a good idea!  If you need more session prep, you can check out this article I wrote Preparing For Your Family Session .

I met up with this family at Highland Park on a gorgeous, sunny, warm Spring evening.  The whole city seemed to be out and about walking and enjoying the first nice evening after such a long winter,  but we were able to escape and have parts of the park all to ourselves!  The tulips were blooming, trees blossoming, sun shining, and most importantly, the family was full of love for one another.  It was truly an honor photographing them and witnessing their connection and time together.  

Make sure to read until the end to see my special blog circle feature!  

Rochester Family Photographer, Mama snuggling her girls
Rochester NY Family Photographer, Sweet mama snuggles
Rochester NY Family Photographer, family laughing in beautiful light
Family Photographer Rochester NY, girl with flower and family
Rochester NY Family Photographer, little girl holding tight to mamas arm
Rochester NY Family Photographer, little girl giving mama flowers
Family Photographer Rochester NY, Mama snuggling her two beautiful girls
Family Photographer Rochester NY, family time at Highland Park
Rochester NY Family Photographer, beautiful family together swinging at Highland Park
Rochester NY Family Photographer, mama kissing little girl
Rochester NY Family Photographer, family walking in setting sun at Highland Park
Rochester NY Family Photographer, family playing together at Highland Park
Rochester NY Family Photographer, family time together snuggling and walking
Rochester NY Family Photographer, mom and dad laughing and snuggling
Rochester NY Family Photographer, sisters holding hands running together
Rochester NY Family Photographer, little girl braids and flowers
Rochester NY Family Photographer, mom twirling with daughter
Family Photographer Rochester NY, Mom and her girls and whole family together snuggling
Family Photographer Rochester, Family playing together under the setting sun

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