I travel back to the cutest little house in Hampton, Virginia, to photograph a sweet family that I met several years ago photographing their first little baby. I've had the honor and the pleasure of photographing this family several times now, from the time their daughter was just a newborn with the most gorgeous dark hair I had ever seen.
They booked my Belly + Baby Collection and I was so excited after their session to meet these sweet babies, yes, BABIES. Twins. How perfectly lovely!
I got a text a few days later saying that the boys had made their way earthside, but that they were going to be in NICU for a while.
NICU mamas, I have to tell you. Ya'll are absolutely angels on Earth.
While inutero, the twins developed something called Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome, or TTTS. Baby N came home after 89 long days in the NICU and sweet little Baby J came home after 152 days. I'm sure the days seemed absolutely endless- always having to leave half of your heart behind each night to go home to your other babies that needed you.
It's been such a long road, but now, finally all under one roof, the real fun can begin! I can't wait to see what trouble these brothers get into as they get older! What a blessing and what a wild ride it will be!
"No language can express the power and beauty and heroism of a mother’s love." ~Edwin H. Chapin
To schedule your newborn Storytelling Session or to learn more about the Belly + Baby Collection, please reach out to me! I'd love to hear from you. You can use the Contact tab above or just click here.
If you would like more information or support for TTTS (or if you'd like to make a donation), please visit this website! It's an amazing network of information, support, and resources.
Oh sweet little baby, your arrival has been much anticipated.
Your family is overjoyed that you are here and your sweet little house in Norfolk is bursting with love for you.
Your siblings even fight over who gets to hold you and cuddle you first.
I was invited to photograph this sweet little bundle of joy in their Norfolk, Virginia home while her grandmother and cousin was there visiting.
I can't stress enough how important I think it is to include grandparents in your sessions. (you can read my thoughts on this topic on this post)
Her session was just what I expected it to be, with her coming into a home with 3 older siblings. It was beautifully loud and at times, a little chaotic...and her peacefully sleeping through it all. Gently stirring when she wanted a little comfort and milk from mama, then drifting back off into slumber. Waking again only when I wanted to get a few solo snaps of her...such is the life of a photographer. ha! It's a good thing that I am a firm believer that real life moments are the best. This is just the kind of home I feel welcome in.
If you'd like to talk about booking your newborn session with me and what your vision is, I'd love to help you tell your story. Nothing would make me happier than getting you in the frame with your family. Click on the Contact tab above or click here to get started and I'll send you a fantastic Client Welcome Guide where you'll find information about my sessions, including the Belly + Baby Collection, which combines your maternity and newborn session, so that you end up with pretty sweet savings.
If you're interested, click here to read about what a newborn session with me is like and what you can expect.
Why are Newborn Sessions So Important? | Chesapeake, Virginia | Jess Nicole Photography
Hey mama, I know that lots of things are changing for you and I'm almost sorry to say, it's never going to stop. Lots of things are going on in your life and your body- and it will never quite be the same.
But that's okay. This is a good thing...a bittersweet thing. This little baby you're growing inside of you is just going to grow and grow and grow. The days will seem so long, but the years will seem so short.
Just hold on a little longer.
I'm here to help you hold on to these days.
I know that these upcoming days will seem to drag on and that is only augmented by the fact that you're not sleeping much. You'll be fueled by a bit of caffeine, endorphins, and love.
You'll eventually look back on them with a romantic sort of haze. It's only natural. Biologically, our brains only want to remember a few things here and there because it is such a difficult process.
But I'm here to help.
I'm here so that I can come to you. I'm here so that I can make a beautiful record of your time spent with your newborn babe. I'm coming to your home so that you don't have to do anything. All I need is you and your little family. I'll take care of the rest.
Feed your baby. Cuddle your baby. Kiss your baby. Lay in bed with your baby. Rock your baby. Give baby a bath. Be skin to skin with baby. Wrap baby up in their swaddle.
Whatever it is you do, that's what I will photograph.
That way, you can look back at your photos and see how it really was.
Newborn photos are important because you'll be able to remember clearly through the haze.
They are important because every single day, they change. And trust me when I say, the changes will happen so fast it will take your breath away.
Newborn photos are important because it celebrates a new life brought into this world.
Newborn photography is important because you are so busy caring for your baby (and doing such a wonderful job), that photos may get put on the backburner. And if you're the one taking the photos...who's taking photos of you? How will you see yourself in this most important role?
Newborn photos are so important because one day, this little one may grow up to be a parent too. And one day, they may want to look back and see how much they were loved and what good hands they were in- possibly giving them the comfort and the courage to be the best parent they can be too.
If you'd like to talk with me about how I can help and support your family through an in home newborn session, please reach out to me. I'd love to talk to you. Click here or on the Contact tab above to send me a message. From one mama to another, I can't wait to hear from you.
Jess is a photographer serving families located in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. She specializes in documentary and storytelling photography.