What? You don't use props or put babies in cute poses? No baskets? No backdrops? No little hats?
I know, it's okay. I get that question sometimes. And the answer is no, I don't really do that. Yes it's cute and it's totally okay if that is something that you are interested in. But for me, I am more interested in documenting the relationship that is forming. The head-over-heels, breathtaking, all encompassing obsession with that mini-you. The way that daddy looks into that precious face with such wonder, pride, and amazement. The way the mother cradles that little head into the crook of her neck and inhales the sweetest, most intoxicating aroma that ever was- the newborn smell. Once they are finally here and you look into that perfect face, it's all over. You know that no matter what, you will never be the same. This love has fundamentally changed you.
And THAT is what I'm after.
Your world has completely changed, completely spun off it's axis. You're tired, you're running on fumes and you may not even know what day it is. Your new postpartum body may be not exactly what you had expected and everything is sore. I get it. I truly do. I feel you mama. I've been there and I know exactly what it's like. But above and beyond all of that is the wonderful new adventure you are embarking on. Let's focus on the beauty, the magic that is happening right here, right now. A new story is unfolding and it's full of excitement, twists and turns, fear, hope, and at the root of it all- love. It's always been about love, hasn't it?
So, what can you expect for your Signature Newborn Session with me?
For more information about scheduling your session with me, feel free to check out these blog posts or use the contact tab above to shoot me a message.
What to Wear for your session with Jess Nicole Photography
Why Choose Documentary Photography
What to Expect for my session with Jess Nicole Photography
We've talked about what to expect in your documentary session with me here.
We've talked about authenticity in documentary photography here.
We've talked about the "why?" of documentary and storytelling photography here.
Now we are going to talk about what in the world to wear. I get this question all the time. It's okay. It's not as scary and as stressful as it sounds. I'm here to help!
In a true documentary session, I would never, ever tell you what to wear or even make any suggestions. I have clients that I have photographed in their pajamas (and no, they weren't new or fancy- regular old pajamas ya'll.) A lot of the time, babies are in diapers or onesies and kids have picked out their own spectacular outfits- you know the kind I'm talking about. Rain boots, tutus, with a favorite shirt that's 2 sizes too small. Or a superhero cape, underwear, and rainboots. It's always the rainboots, isn't it?
My only suggestion here is to just be yourself. Be comfortable. Wear whatever it is that you would normally wear. If you normally get dressed every morning right when you wake up and fix your face and hair- then that's you. And yes- there are people in the world like that! But if you lay around the house for a few hours in your pajamas and take your time on the weekends (my family falls into this category!), then that's okay too! Are you SEC obsessed and your teams colors run through your veins and on game day you wear jerseys and team colors? Do it. It's your life, your story. If we are going to the beach- wear your normal beach gear. If we are walking the dog or going to a coffee shop, visiting the farmer's market, or going fishing, just be yourself and wear what you normally would and be comfortable.
For my lifestyle clients who may want a little more direction and whose session isn't 100% documentary and unposed (but still incredibly laid back with a real emphasis put on authenticity and natural connections!) , I can offer a few suggestions.
If you are ready to book your session with me, click here and fill out the form to request information and secure your spot! If you just want to chat or have some questions, I'd love schedule a video chat with you to help answer some of those for you and to set your mind at ease.
World Breastfeeding Week is always the first week in August. This year, like years before, I will be offering breastfeeding mini sessions to document and celebrate your journey. This is one of the only times a year that I offer mini sessions! Whether you are pumping, nursing exclusively, nursing with a shield, or a mix of it all- it's for you!
This year's sessions will be booked from now (6/19/19) until 7/29/19 to allow you to have a full gallery of images to share during the World Breastfeeding Week (if you so choose).
These sessions will come with a complimentary mini accordion album or a matted print of your choice. Sessions are 30 minutes long, on location or in your home, and siblings/dads are welcome to attend- breastfeeding is a family effort after all! Mini sessions will be priced at $175 plus tax and will include a gallery of 10 images.
To book, contact me here or on Facebook here.
Jess is a photographer serving families located in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. She specializes in documentary and storytelling photography.