Category Archives: Newborns

And Baby Makes Five! | Manhattan Newborn Photographer

Raising a family in Manhattan is like no other experience and comes with all the normal new baby challenges, along with some unique big city challenges, yet this family seems to do it all with grace and joy… and three little ones in tow! Having my own three little ones in the city, I hold a deep admiration for those who choose to stay and embrace city life with a complete family.

When this little one arrived his mom had a strong desire to capture the irreplaceable moments in the first days after their newborn came home, as they hadn’t done so with their first two children. What made this newborn session extra heartwarming is that it was the very first time his older siblings were able to hold, touch, and look closely at all of their new brother’s cute little features. Mom had kept a distance between the children for the first few days home, as the older siblings were recovering from colds. So, it all came together in a magical moment as his siblings had been longing to hold him close and dote over him. The energy and love this family had just filled their home and I immediately knew that these images would be very very special.

 

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Absolutely Smitten | Long Island City Newborn Photographer

As a brand new mom, it is not uncommon to feel completely overwhelmed and indecisive. You’re holding your fragile newborn in your arms, overcome with joy and yet every small task can feel like climbing Mount Everest with nothing more than a walking stick. When the mommy of this little blue eyed stunner first contacted me in hopes of a newborn session, she was a bit stressed because he was already 3 weeks new and well past that squishy newborn stage. I assured her that it’s not too late (imagine that, too late for newborn portraits at 3 weeks!). At this stage with a newborn, it’s a great time for lifestyle images in your nursery and in your home where your new family is bonding and settling in.  I’d say, this couple has settled into parenthood quite cozily and are absolutely smitten with their new little guy!

As a brand new mom, it is not uncommon to feel completely overwhelmed and indecisive. You’re holding your fragile newborn in your arms, overcome with joy and yet every small task can feel like climbing Mount Everest with nothing more than a walking stick. When the mommy of this little blue eyed stunner first contacted me in hopes of a newborn session, she was a bit stressed because he was already 3 weeks new and well past that squishy newborn stage. I assured her that it’s not too late (imagine that, too late for newborn portraits at 3 weeks!). At this stage with a newborn, it’s a great time for lifestyle images in your nursery and in your home where your new family is bonding and settling in. She was also concerned about having the session done at her apartment because the nursery was not completed yet and her new bedroom furniture had not yet arrived. We spoke thoroughly about her concerns and I offered to only utilize the permanent fixtures in her nursery and home so that she wouldn’t look back at them images and feel that they nursery wasn’t complete.

During the session I took advantage of the beautiful window light and added just a touch of flash (a speedlite) in an umbrella to fill the shadows. I find that combining flash with available light provides the smoothest transitions in your shadows and it’s not a look one can achieve with their IPhone. Most of the images were captured with my 50mm 1.4 prime lens, which allowed me to let in plenty of light while giving a beautiful blur with the sharp fall off of focus. This is what gives these images their soft and creamy look.

Based in New York, I’ve become quite acquainted to working within small spaces. and this was no exception. It often takes a bit of creative thinking and experimenting with angles within my client’s home. While capturing the family together, I was literally standing on a bed while shooting. But this provided a great opportunity for me to crack jokes with my clients in order to capture genuine expressions. In the image dad hold his new son, I utilized the nursery door and door frame to vignette the image and create depth while shooting from outside the room. This helps create a sense of intimacy within the images. Capturing intimacy and emotion within my images is the most important aspect to me personally. I feel that if an image can provoke a warmth or emotion within my viewer, then I’m successful.

Don’t these new parents look absolutely smitten?

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Passport photo out take!

Today I took a simple and easy approach to taking a passport photo of my newest little one. I’ll be posting another blog update with tips on taking your own passport photos at home of your baby, newborn or child.  But at just 10 weeks old, this little guy sure does have a lot of spunk!

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New York Baby Photographer, the best time to photograph your newborn baby, infant, and toddler.

Many parents often ask how often they should schedule a portrait session of their new child. It’s true, you’ll want to get in a few sessions during the first year of your newborn’s life. Your newborn will grow and change so much in the first year and you’ll want to document their mailestones along the way.  Though for all the snap happy mommies and daddies out there,  I have to remind them that they only have so much wall space in their home, so every session should be meaningful. Here is a simple guide on how to know when your child is ready for their next portrait:

 

The Newborn: 0-12 days old

I always reccomend to not waste a moment to schedule your child’s first session, your newborn will be the easiest to photograph within the first two weeks of life. What’s so special about that time frame? Primarily, it is their sleep pattern. During the first two weeks of your child’s life, they will continue to sleep deeply just as they did in the womb. This makes them the most ideal for sweet squishy baby images. Another reason to keep in mind is that newborns tend to have perfect skin during the first weeks of life. Shortly after this time frame, many infants shed a layer of skin (my first son had this, and his skin “peeled” for what seemed like forever!), while others develop infant acne on their face. And, believe it or not, after the first weeks of life your precious little one will start taking on the appearance of a baby, rather than a newborn. The exception: if your newborn is premature and spends a little extra time in the hospital nursery, the timeline applies a little differently and we’ll work with you and your newborn to make sure you get the perfect memorable images! If possible, I reccomend that newborn portraits take place in your home as this is a better representation of life than a sterile studio look.

 

The Sitter: 5-8 months old

The next milestone to document is “the sitter”. The sitting stage is one of my favorite baby stages to photograph. What defines this stage is that your child is just now able to sit up on their own, but not yet able to scoot or crawl. What makes this new skill of your childs life so special is that it changes their whole view of the world. Babies at this age just seem to have a whole new sense of wonder in their eyes and are eager to smile at even the most minimal things.

First Birthday!

The biggest milestone to capture is your child’s first birthday! As your child reaches their first anniversary of life I reccomend scheduling a portrait session that focuses on your one year old and also includes the rest of your immediate family. Your child now has a personality all their own and they understand the relationship of your family. It’s also a perfect time to capture their new skills of standing, walking or perhaps playing with a family heirloom toy.

 

 

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