I read a quote once that said, "Babies are a link between angels and man." I couldn't help but think of that quote the second I saw this baby's sweet face. You see, I've known his parents for a long time. And I know that this little baby has an Auntie in Heaven looking down on him. He made his Facebook debut wearing a custom made onesie that said, "Handpicked for Earth by my Aunt Taschy in Heaven." If that doesn't make your heart swell and your eyes misty, I don' t know what will.
I look forward to newborn sessions like I do Christmas morning. There is something so magical about that newborn period. So fresh, so new, so squishy... 8lbs 6oz of squishiness to be exact. I even got to hold and cuddle him for a second! I mean, honestly, it doesn't get much better than that. He was wide awake the whole entire time I was there, so alert and active. I don't mind though, his eyes are absolutely dreamy and he already has such a sweet disposition. One thing I absolutely adored in little Jacob's session was his sweet, newborn flakey skin.
If you ask me, one of the things I specifically look for in a newborn session and always take detail shots of is their little hands and feet, particularly if they are nice and flakey- and no- I never, ever edit them out. This is such an iconic feature of newborn skin. The skin peeling occurs because as the baby approaches full term in the womb, the vernix (the sticky white stuff on their skin, or as I like to call it, birthday frosting!) starts to disappear. This means the baby's skin is more exposed to the amniotic fluid during those last few days in the womb, which results in it peeling some after birth. It's so real and such an honest look at the newborn stage- I love it!
Although Jacob was awake during 98% of his session (and of course fell fast asleep as soon as I left- I got a picture message before I even made it out of the neighborhood!), he spent so much time being cuddled, kissed, fed, and wrapped up on his mama's chest listening to her beating heart. He's a lucky little baby to be so loved and we are all so grateful for him !
This family purchased the Belly + Baby Collection which means that I was able to capture their maternity and newborn memories. The Collection comes with a beautiful, elegant 8x10 professionally matted print (finished size 11x14) that is ready to display. If you are interested in booking the Belly + Baby Collection for yourself, click here or on the Contact tab above.
DIY Fresh 48 Pictures: 10 Tips and Sample Shot List | Chesapeake, Virginia | Jess Nicole Photography
The COVID-19 crisis has affected us all in some way. Myself and my family are doing our part to flatten the curve. Unfortunately, that means not taking on any clients. Photography is not an essential business and is not vital to life (although my soul would disagree). This is totally uncharted territory for us all.
My heart especially breaks for those mother's in their 3rd trimester, due to deliver any day. They won't be able to have maternity, birth, Fresh 48, or newborn photos- among a whole host of other things. All of these are once in a lifetime events. My heart truly breaks that I won't be there to capture these moments for you so that you can focus solely on your baby and your family. Remembering to take photographs during this time is just one more thing a new mama will have on her plate.
So, I've been thinking and I've tried to come up with some tips and tricks to help you document these precious days. Whether you have an iPhone or a DSLR or a point and shoot camera, the principles are the same.
DIY Fresh 48 Shot List
This is by no means an exhaustive list. I just wanted you to have a helpful resource and something to help guide you through. Everyone is tired after labor. The adrenaline wears off and everything becomes hazy and dreamlike. This is part of the appeal of having a professional photographer come in and do this for you- you don't have to think about it. Hopefully having a guide will help you get those once in a lifetime shots. Use your imagination. Everyone's story is a different and unique, just like them. Did this blog help you at all? Did I leave anything out? Want me to add something? Tell me in the comments below!
When a baby is born, several things shift and change. Many people use the analogy of a new chapter in a book beginning. A new part of the story begins to unfold. The whole world seems new- sometimes it seems bigger and scarier than it used to be. Other times, it seems to be filled with new adventures and full of possibilities. I tend to think it's usually a healthy balance of both, don't you think?
I think that first car ride home from the hospital is the scariest thing I've ever done.
This little darling handled her first photo session like a champion. I don't even know if she even realized that I was even there. Most of the morning in her sweet Hampton home was spent nestled on her mama's chest and being cuddled close by her daddy. The family cat was quite suspicious of me and as I was told, baby Hazel too. I only got to peek at him once or twice. He was their first baby and they are excited to see how the pair bonds and grows together.
I always feel blessed to be able to capture this time for parents. I enjoy being able to come to their home and meet them where they are, into their comfort zone. I wish I could share all of the images from this session with you and you could see the sweet intimacy the trio shared, but I'll instead just leave you with this little bit. I'm happy they chose to have their session here and that sweet little Hazel will have pictures to remember her first home by. Long from now, maybe she will be able to look at these images and hear the words of love they whispered into her tiny ears. She will see how much they loved her and adored her.
Jess is a photographer serving families located in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. She specializes in documentary and storytelling photography.