My very first newborn session

We have the best neighbors.

When I found out our very sweet neighbors were having a baby, I asked if I could photograph her. These are the neighbors that allowed me to take their Christmas card photo and their little girl likes to play with Anna. The whole family is so kind to Anna and treats her like a typical child, so they have a very special place in my heart. I was thrilled when they agreed to let me do a newborn shoot once the baby was born. But Baby L decided to come a month early so we waited until a week past her due date to take the photos.

I studied for over a month to prepare for this, my first newborn session. I bought a copy of Newborns in Dreamland for mom and dad to look at while we set up, I had a space heater going (and oy! the room was HOT!), a heating pad underneath a waterproof pad underneath the blankets, I bought a beanbag and some simple studio lights but ended up not using any of them, hand sanitizer, towels, wipes, props… the whole nine yards! I was ready! It’s been years since I’ve held a newborn but there was no reason to worry. Baby L was a dream… she slept the entire time only needing to nurse once. We spent just over three hours together and I got some beautiful images for mom and dad to treasure. They aren’t perfect, I still have a lot to learn, but my studying encompassed extensive pre- and  post-processing techniques including using natural light, posing, positioning, skin tones, removing red blotches, achieving creamy skin, and so much more. I found posing to be much harder than it looks!

Thanks for sharing my wonderful experience! I would definitely do this again.

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  • Lee - Oh Holly, those are precious!!! You did an amazing job with her. I wish you was close to me so you could take my baby’s pics when she’s born.:)ReplyCancel

  • April - OMG, Holly these are so awesome! My first newborn shoot was nowhere near this good. Huge props to you.

    & yes, posing is totally hard!ReplyCancel

  • Tara - wow Holly you were definitely prepared sweetie these are exceptional!!!Honestly very impressive given this was your first newborn.ReplyCancel

  • Anna - Holly these are beautiful!! You did a amazing job. I love love love the ones with the baby on the hands.
    Beautiful light and beautiful poses.

  • Mrs. Fun - She’s precious. Love her little lips. Beautiful photos 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Julie - Holly! You did a lovely job on these, you should be so proud! I know her parents are just thrilled. I think my favorites are the one where she is wrapped in the pink blanket, the feet & the one with the little smile on her face. Again, good job 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kara - Beautiful, Holly!ReplyCancel

  • Heather C - These are gorgeous Holly! Amazing job for your first effort.ReplyCancel

  • Lacey - These are so lovely, Holly! I would NEVER have thought this was your FIRST newborn! Wonderful images captured for what sounds like a wonderful family. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • emily horton - I can’t believe that this was your first newborn session! So lovely… the tones, the light, the poses. You really did a superb job!!!ReplyCancel

  • heidi - This was your first, wow!!! Beautiful! Nice work!ReplyCancel

  • Monica Wilkinson - Those are so sweet Holly. Great job, especially for your first time! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Anna - She is adorable, great job! I think you may have found your calling!ReplyCancel

  • Britt Lundli - Amazing!ReplyCancel

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