I met Vani and her husband Chetan along with their oldest son Sid at Baylands Park in Sunnyvale (Sid is very happy to have a baby brother in August). Vani was about seven months pregnant (which btw is a great time to get maternity photos since you are not too tired yet but your belly still looks amazing). We had a lot of fun with many props that Vani had brought (she is Pinterest master/genius!): chalk board sign for custom messages, clothes line with baby outfits, baby shoes, and flower crown. She is amazing for being so creative and I'm glad we got to use them to make her session more special. P.S. They also brought a family friend along who filled in as our session assistant and he was amazingly helpful! Thanks guys!
I met this little guy on his two week old birthday. We did photos with his parents and his maternal grandparents (who were in town to help out and meet their new grandson). This little guy was not super interested in sleeping but we got there in the end. I think babies must just be so excited for their photo debut because the moms of the babies I photograph frequently say that their baby usually sleeps around the time we do the session but the baby is usually awake at the beginning of their session. As long as they are content I will continue to take photos. I take my time and use all of my best soothing techniques and I can typically get the baby to sleep eventually. Check out my New Parent Email Guide if you want to learn some of these soothing techniques (the link is in the side bar or click the "Free Gift" link above)!
I was so glad when a friend of mine messaged me on Facebook out of the blue about taking photos of her new baby boy! We had gone to the same church for a while but she moved away from Sunnyvale about a year or two ago, though still in the Bay Area and close enough to make the drive over to see me in my home "studio" (I typically travel to the baby's home but there have been a few times when I shoot the session in my own home based on my client's needs). This baby boy was a little bit premature so we met for his photo-shoot when he was about a month old. He was still very sleepy although not quite as squishy/flexible as a brand new baby. But we still got some great newborn photos together! His mom brought a really cute African tribal print cloth to celebrate his father's heritage. I loved it since it allowed me to stretch my creativity from what I normally use. And I now have a cool new digital backdrop with an African theme (the one with the cloth laid out flat and the brown bowl on top).
Part two of little Sinchana's newborn session, this time with her family. Her big brother loves her so much. And isn't her mother just so beautiful! I think she belongs in a magazine. And we also got some super tender photos with dad. I loved the colorful Indian quilt they had for us to use during the session.
Baby was my very last baby to photograph before I had my third baby, so I was nearly 8 months pregnant! But this little guy was a dream to photograph so it helped me manage the session despite my big belly. He was born early and fast which was a surprise to his mama as this was her first baby, but he was perfectly sleepy during our session. We were able to incorporate several of his family's passions during this session. We were also able to create some beautiful lifestyle family portraits. Just love it!
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