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Harper Newborn & Baby Photography Sessions!

I absolutely loved capturing all of Harper’s sweet photo sessions from her mama’s baby bump to her 12 day old newborn studio photo session to her 3 month baby smiles session. She is even coming in for her 6 month sitter session in exactly 1 week. One of the most rewarding parts of newborn photography is watching your littlest clients come back to your studio every few months and capture their first few years as they grow and change so quickly.
Harper’s mama aims to have every color I offer incorporated into her daughters photos throughout her first year. Her maternity photos sported pink and brown accessories. Her newborn photos had all of my coral and floral props and items from my Carmel Indiana Studio Client Closet and her 3 month photos starred yellow and teal!
For her 6 months photos we are planning on rainbow and red and I can’t wait to see how she has grown.

What to Expect during your Newborn Photo Session

The Process

While newborn photography seems like an art there’s actually a lot of thought that goes into things like the order of photos, the wraps, outfits and so on. The order below I have planned with your styling preferences taken into account to maximize variety while minimizing the time it takes to get your shots and keeping your baby comfortable and sleepy or happy and awake throughout your session. If you love knowing what’s going on and what to expect during your newborn session I hope you enjoy!

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Dads up first!

I always start with daddy’s newborn photos! I typically do 2-3 different wrapped poses with dad and then add in mom for a few couple shots.

Mom’s turn!

Next I focus on sweet shots of Mamma with her new babe. I often do between 2-3 -wrapped poses with mom before dad hops in again.

Family is up next!

I start with mom and dad so that older siblings have a chance to relax and acclimate to the studio environment. They watch their parents smile and snuggle the new baby, they see the strobe fire and become comfortable with the new situation. At this point I will have dad pickup the older sibling, or have the sibling stand close on a crate. If there are more than one older sibling I have mom and dad kneel so that the siblings can stand close and all be at the same level.

Backlit!

I absolutely love backlit window shots. It has become my most popular photo for new family’s. I start with a backlit family photo and then move on to mom dad and baby and then siblings and baby. The backlit shots are a timeless and intimate shots that focus’s on the connection between you family and your new baby.

Big brothers and sisters time to shine!

In my styling guide I have parents select their favorite sibling shot and always start with that one. My goal is to provide parents with 3 unique sibling setups. As a mom of 4 I know that shots of my boys together will always be my favorite so it is an aspect of newborn photos I focus heavily on. These setups include backlit on the poser, backlit holding baby, flokati fur, bucket shot, holding their new baby.

Posed family shots

In my styling guide you can select to have your baby in an outfit or naked for the posed family shots. If you’ve selected an outfit I always put the outfit on BEFORE I even start wrapping so they are ready to go. Babies often hate being changed so I like to make sure the posing process is as quick and seamless as possible. For posed shots I often do bum up, criss cross and head on hands as pictured below. And include a quick shot with their sibling too.

Newborn Poses

At this point there are two ways a session can go. If the baby is sleepy I will jump straight to sweet sleepy posed shots at my table. If they are awake I simple will swaddle them up and move these posed shots to the middle.

Wrapped photos!

After naked shots I swaddle baby up in multiple wraps to get them cozy and warm and also so that as I unwrap them they are ready to go in the next color for the next setup. I love to do as much variety as possible so I typically do a prop and flokati for my first wrap set.

Half Wrapped

The next portion of my newborn session is half wrapped photos. In my styling questionnaire you are free to select which of these styles you like the best. These shots include in a bowl, basket, head on hands in bucket, womb on fur and more!

BABY TOES!

There is nothing sweeter than baby toes! This sweet wrap focuses on their tiny bodies and sweet little toes.

Baby Tower

For the last two shots we move back to fabric backdrops and wrapped poses. Babies love wrapped poses so I often use them to sooth the babies, take feeding breaks or if baby is wide awake. Womb, hammock or tucked in One of my all time favorite newborn poses is womb! This sweet pose curls them up similar to how they fit in the womb and showcases just how little they are. I love finishing with these relaxed poses and sometimes baby will wake up and we can finish with….

Baby Mug Shots!

Babies make so many adorable little facial expressions. As they root around hunting for milk. Their eyes squint as they adjust to being out of the womb, surrounded by light. Their hands flail around as they search for their mouth. These innocent squirmy few minutes at the very end of the session are often the sweetest.

Baby Led Photo Session

 wI have lots of tips and tricks up my sleeves to help your baby smoothly and easily go into poses and props. I will do my best to ensure you get a great variety of setups even with a colicky baby. However at the end of the day if your baby is super unhappy with a pose I will move on because not every position is comfortable for every baby. I hope you have enjoyed this sneak peek into my average newborn session workflow! I can’t wait to meet you and your little one!

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Will’s Cake Smash Photo Session

Will is one! Already at this ripe young age of 12 months Will is already so passionate about space! He is obsessed with the big bang theory and loves dancing to the theme song! His love for space though is only outweighed by his love for his balloons and his mommy and daddy. Throughout the whole cake smash photo session will would stop, turn around and get so excited about his balloon arch. Through the studio photo session he would crawl over and throw huge smiles at his daddy. He also enjoyed smashing the spoon on the ground to make drumming noises and smearing the cake on the floor. It was such a joy to have Will in my studio in Carmel Indiana.

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Harrison’s Baby Milestone Photo Session

I can’t believe how big little Harrison has gotten! 6 months ago, almost to the day, I had the privilege of meeting him and his family for his newborn photo session in my studio in Carmel Indiana. He has 2 older sisters and one who passed away when she was only 17 days old. We did a sibling photo to honor her sweet memory and did several rainbow photos to honor her loss as well. The rainbow symbols hope after a storm, a promise of what’s to come.
Harrison has easily doubled or more in size since his newborn session. He was so squishy and focused on everything around him. He loved putting everything into his mouth as quickly as possible. We focused on a traditional setup for his photos focusing on cream, white and gray. At the very last minute I decided to do a little strawberry bath as well, and I love how much he enjoyed that part of his photo session.
I am so excited to do his birthday cake smash in just a few more months!

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Tommy’s 7 month Sitter Session

I had the absolute privilege or photographing sweet Tommy’s newborn photos 7 months ago and I was so incredibly excited to see him again for his 7 month sitter baby milestone photo session in my Indianapolis Indiana studio! Tommy is a very unique baby boy. His journey started 4 years before he was even born when he was frozen as an embryo. So now at the age of 7 months he has been around for 4 years and 7 months. 

Tommy is the happiest little boy with a ready smile and big blue eyes! We planned his set in cream and blue to enhance that sweet feature. He loved playing peekaboo with a blanket and nursing in his mommy’s arms for pictures. 

His mama hand picked some special outfits for his photos and I pulled a few from my exclusive client closet. 

I can’t wait to watch him and his sister continue to grow! Looking forward to capturing all of his future milestones!

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Rize Newborn Photos


I got to meet the sweetest honeymoon baby last week! Doesn’t he just look like he was made of pure love? I was so excited to plan Rize’s newborn photos. His nursery theme is boho and I went crazy with creams and blues to accent his nursery. He did so great for his newborn pictures. He slept and snuggled his way through all of his setups.
His mama and I have a lot in common. We love having our kids close in age and plan to  homeschool them so that we can spend a lot of time with our kiddos as they grow.
My newborn photo studio in Carmel Indiana  is fully prepped with everything you could need for your sessions. Most of my parents literally just bring their baby and a bottle if they are formula fed.
Rize’s mama brought him a pacifier that matched his set so perfectly I just had to take a picture of him with his pacifier in. It is easily one of my favorite shots too.

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Collette Haire Newborn Photos

I wrapped this sweet 13 day old baby up nice and snug and put a little stuffed rabbit in her arms and her mama burst out laughing since their last name is Haire! This sweet baby girl did amazing for her newborn photo session! They lived super close to my newborn photo studio in Carmel Indiana and she slept like a dream. Her mama and I agreed that there’s absolutely nothing sweeter than a baby in a bucket and we’re committed to putting her in a bucket for pictures as often as possible till she’s too big to fit! Collete’s favorite picture pose however were the ones snuggling in her parents arms. She curled up so tiny in between her beaming parents. If you are looking for a newborn photographer in the Indianapolis Indiana I would love to chat with you!

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Over the years I have had the pleasure of working with some absolutely incredible photographers. Photography is an ever evolving and changing industry. There is nothing more enriching than learning along side of some incredible photographs. I regularly share my work and gain inspiration from my fellow newborn and baby photographers. I have also invested a lot in mentoring over the years as I learned my craft.

One of my favorite photographers is Janel Sealander with Janel Sealander Photography. Janel is continually pushing the boundaries of creative limits and taking her passion to soaring heights! From under water maternity fine art photos, to classic white cake smashes, to newborns, lifestyle family sessions, weddings and taking to the sky with her ever present drone her art knows know limits. It has been a real pleasure getting to know her as a master of her craft and dear friend.

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Kennedy’s Newborn Photo Session 

Kennedy, oh sweet Kennedy, your newborn session inspired and challenged me in so many ways. Your mama requested all neutrals, white and cream for your newborn photos and I went totally blank. But I knew that your newborn photos just had to be special. So I ransacked my studio in Carmel Indiana, chopped up some fabric and sewed a little romper and bonnet just for you.
You were such a little angel to work with. You are the biggest baby girl I have ever had the privilege of photographing and you slept through every sleepy curly pose I asked you to do. From being all swaddled, to tucked in and curled up you rocked every photo.

I found a little lama while I was out shopping and just knew you had to snuggle it during your newborn session. Low and behold your mama brought you in and you already had a lama pacifier in your hands. Could not have been more sweet!

Enjoy sweet Kennedy’s newborn photos from her studio photo session in Carmel Indiana near Northern Indianapolis.

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Gabby’s Newborn Photos

Sweet Gabrielle is already 9 weeks old! I will never turn away a baby for newborn photos regardless of age. Each newborn week has so many sweet and unique moments in it. Gabby rocked her newborn photos and slept through multiple poses. Gabrielle’s mommy and daddy and I have been friends for many years. I got to capture this sweet girls big moments from their pregnancy announcement, maternity pictures, newborn pictures right after birth and again for her 2 month newborn photos. She came in to my studio in Carmel Indiana with a full belly ready to rock out her newborn poses. She enjoyed being swaddled and fell right to sleep, though her mama swears she doesn’t usually like the swaddle. It was so sweet seeing this baby girl again! My very favorite part of photography is watching my littlest clients grow and grow!