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How to Incorporate Heirlooms into your Photos - Belleville Family Photographer

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Now before you don’t think this little post is for you - I don’t mean the fancy china your great aunt Matilda gave you or the delicate figurines your grandmother passed on to you for safekeeping. I’m talking about the pieces of your life that have incredible value and meaning to you. Pieces that have been slowly added and are attached to dear memories. Some of my favorites items I have sees brought to their family photography sessions: 

A quilt you so lovingly stitched for your new baby

Your toddlers lovey or teddy they can’t sleep without

A special book you often snuggle and read with your kids

A special necklace handed down to you

A favorite flower your loved one gives you on special occasions

a vintage truck loving restored

Items that give meaning, items that speak to who your family are, those pieces make your portraits even more special. They are so easy to incorporate - your job is simply to bring them along! My job is to find ways to tuck those heirlooms into the images! It is so simple because they are often already a part of who you are. Babies are snuggled in special quilts or allowed to roll around, toddlers cuddle their meaningful teddys, you all cuddle onto the bed or snuggle onto each others laps and pull out the favorite book, you hold the flower between you and breathe in the memories.

What are some of your special heirlooms that you would want to see in your images?

How to Prepare for your Newborn Session

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What better way to welcome your sweet newborn into the world than capturing the awe and love of your family towards this little person who has entered your home and captured your heart? Welcome sweet one, welcome.

My newborn style of photography is a relaxed approach capturing your little in their new environment. Typical places I shoot is the master bedroom, nursery, and a corner of the living room. When I arrive I will scout around your home looking for where the natural light falls the best and will utilize those spaces.

Day of the Session: As a new parent you’re going to feel exhausted, bursting with joy, some lows, and exhausted (yes, that deserves mentioning twice). So I want you to relax before your session - don’t go on a mad cleaning rampage, we can easily quickly pick up the areas we are going to use for your session. Take your time getting ready - and if you would like, I will bring a hair and makeup stylist for you Mom. You just went through a lot, you deserve a little pampering!

Sessions usually take place mid morning when the sun is bathing your home in gorgeous natural light.

Your Baby: You and I both know - babies are perfect just the way they are; which is why I don’t do any significant posing or props. I let baby guide the session, capture their little personality -  whether asleep or awake - and all of the tiny little details. (Little baby toes!!). I recommend feeding baby about 15 minutes prior to the session which will help them feel contented; but don’t worry, we can take lots of breaks. Dress your baby in a form fitting white onsie without any graphics or sayings and have a few favorite swaddling blankets around to tuck around your little one.

Siblings: I start the session by capturing images of the family together with the new baby while the session is interesting and exciting for your other children. Let your children know that a friend is coming to take pictures of them and their new baby - let them know how excited you are and that it will be a fun time. We will spend time cuddling baby and capturing meaningful images of the family with your new arrival.

Mom and Dad: Having a new little baby can be a wonderful experience, but it can also be hard. Mom and Dad - your job is to relax and enjoy your baby. Breathe in these little moments, sweet smells, and just enjoying being yourselves.

Wardrobe: Neutral and comfortable; coordinated but not matching. Mom, dress yourself in something you love and feel comfortable in and from there select the children’s and hubby’s outfit based on your outfit. If you need any help I am always on stand by - feel free to send me a message with pictures of outfits and I can help you pick the right pieces!