I love getting to know my families and their stories. Lindsey and Adam are college sweethearts who recently welcomed their first child, Felicity. Their session felt relaxed and easy, just like friends hanging out. Lindsey's parents were in town visiting and I'm so glad we were able to include multiple generations in this session. I'm so excited for this family's new adventures together. Welcome to the world, darling Felicity!
Bellies and Babies
When I photograph families, there are two audiences that I keep in mind - the parents and the child(ren). For parents I look for the details of your little one (oh those tiny toes!) and your environment (the nursery decorations, the little dress, etc.). For this sweet baby, I wanted her to have images of how much her parents love her and each other. Welcome to the world, baby Liv!
You can view images from Emily's maternity session by clicking here
Boy, do I love newborn sessions! The warm squishiness and smell of a new baby is unbeatable. Also, the pride and joy that exudes from new parents is palpable, which I totally understand. You wait your whole life to welcome this little soul into the world and although the pregnancy may not have been easy and the delivery more difficult than you imagined, he's finally here. And he's perfect. Congratulations to Rupal and Andrew on your sweet baby boy!
Romano and Emily met at a work event and it wasn't long before these two became smitten with one another. Last year, they learned they were pregnant but unfortunately there was a miscarriage. I was in awe of Romano and Emily's willingness to talk so openly about their loss. "If anything it's better that people know about it, it happens, it's part of life, and it didn't deter us from trying again," Romano said. Thank you so much Emily and Romano for sharing this exciting chapter in your lives. I am grateful to be the one that helps document their journey into parenthood and becoming a family when their little girl arrives this winter!
To preserve all of those little details of the early days, here are my twelve must have newborn photos. Whether you're doing it yourself or you hire a professional, take the time to document your new baby and life together. It really does go by so quickly !
1. Baby's face
2. Baby's hand
3. Baby's feet
4. Baby's hair
5. The nursery or wherever baby spends most of his/her time
6. A photo with mom
7. A photo with Dad
8. Details of the nursery
9. With a special family member (grandparent, sibling, pet, etc.)
10. With a special toy or heirloom
11. Keepsakes from baby's arrival
12. The whole family together
There you have it! Did I miss a moment that you think should be documented? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments. :) Also, stay tuned for a future blog post where I'll be sharing my tips for photographing your own newborn.
I'm partnering with Pottery Barn Kids in Pasadena (511 S. Lake Ave. Pasadena, CA 91101) to raffle off a free maternity session! Simply create a baby registry at Pottery Barn Kids in Pasadena* in July and be entered to win!
The lucky winner will receive:
1 (one) hour Maternity Photo Session with Mary Graham Photography**
25+ high resolution digital files
choice of keepsake box with prints or archival photo album of images
valued at $750
Don’t forget to join Pottery Barn Kids in Pasadena for the Nursery Style Event on Saturday, July 9th from 4pm-6pm! Their nursery experts will be on hand to help you design the perfect nursery and navigate the registry checklist. They’ll be serving refreshments, giving away a free gift from Boppy and you can also enter for a chance to win an Uppababy Vista stroller or a $500 Pottery Barn Kids gift certificate.
I'll be on hand during the event to share the top ten must-have newborn moments to capture and answer any questions you have about photography. Please call the store at (626) 405-1743 to RSVP.
*Pasadena location only. Online registries do not count. Terms and conditions apply.
** Photo session must be held within a 40 mile radius of store