Graham’s Newborn Portraits {5, 9, 11 and 27 days new} | Chester County Newborn Photographer, Downingtown Newborn Photographer

Graham’s Newborn Portraits {over the course of SO many days!}

It gives me great pleasure to share my little boy’s newborn portraits with you. As you may have figured out by the title of this post, I could not stop photographing him! Multiple newborn sessions are one of the perks of being both his Mom and his photographer. 😉

I was anxious to take his photos and attempted it for the first time on day 5. But I had learned a few things from photographing my other two boys as newborns (Owen and Marshall), and decided not to overdo it on my first attempt with Graham. I went into it knowing that I’d photograph him on more than one day. I planned just a few setups for this first day and had him wrapped for all of them. Thankfully, he was cooperative.

Newborn portrait of boy in potato sack poseasleep newborn boy wrapped in a crateAwake Newborn Boy in potato sack workflow posesNaturally, with Easter right around the corner, I HAD to incorporate a bunny setup, and I love how this one turned out!

Newborn Bunny in a bucket pose

Having even just those few images enabled me to relax enough to wait… 4 days… 4 days and then I went for round two! LOL  I had purchased this cute little prop outfit for him and wanted to be sure I had a chance to use it before he outgrew it. So here is my little guy on day 9:

Newborn boy in huck finn poseNewborn Macro Shot of babies handsHis smile!!!Newborn boy wrapped up smiling Newborns and their hilarious lack of eye control! LOLcrossed eyed newborn boy wrapped upAwake newborn boy with bonnet on

Newborn Boy yawningHaving 2 sessions with him complete, I was pretty happy with what I had so far. But I was still anxious to get one of all three of my boys together. So on day 11, I went for it. Now let me just be frank… photographing young children is no easier when they’re your own. I hear so often, “You must have so many great pictures of your kids.” …nope! Not really! LOL

I know several photographers that have beautiful images of their children posed together- I don’t know if they are truly that cooperative, or if they too worked some photoshop magic. All I do know, is that getting a 4 year old, a 2 year old, and a newborn to cooperate in unison was a seemingly impossible task for me. Which is why my appreciation for composite images has grown tremendously. A little work in photoshop resulted in these two images of my boys:

Newborn boy sibling pose

newborn boy sibling poseIf you are unfamiliar with a composite image- it is basically just two images that are overlapped in photoshop to look like one. So in reality, Graham was never in a bucket flanked by his big brothers. Because I really didn’t trust them not to tip it over- SAFETY ALWAYS COMES FIRST!  I took a photo of the boys with an empty bucket and overlapped it with a photo of Graham alone in the bucket. That combination resulted in the image above and made my mama heart happy. 🙂 adorable newborn boy in bucketnewborn boy in bucketOnce I put Marshall down for his afternoon nap, I headed back down to the studio and managed to get my beanbag shots of Graham as well as a few others. chubby newborn boy in froggy posechubby newborn boy with name hat on in froggy posenewborn boy in taco posenewborn boy in bum up pose with hat onOh, how I love all his little details…newborn macro shot of wrinklesnewborn boy macro shot of earThe profile shot is one of my favorites!newborn macro shot of profilenewborn macro shot of mouthThe little white dots (milia) on the nose are one of the most obvious signs of a baby’s newness. It actually made me sad when I looked at his face one day and realized they were gone! (insert ugly mom tears here) newborn macro shot of milia on nosenewborn macro shot of toesI’d say a good third of this hair has already fallen out and the rest has lightened significantly. I’m sure someday he’ll look back at his newborn photos and wonder who that dark haired baby is. 🙂newborn macro shot of hairnewborn boy in bucketWhen I look at this image below, compared to his eyes-open photo from day 5, I can’t get over how different he already looks!newborn boy awake and swaddledI know I already posted one picture of his lil toes, but seriously… baby feet are the cutest!newborn macro shot of toesI love the simplicity of this tucked in pose. newborn boy tucked in poseI added in his lovey for good measure. I’ll be photographing him month-to-month with this little lion beside him. newborn boy tucked in pose with loveyAfter that third day of photos, I thought I was finished… until I wasn’t. He was changing so much, it was like I was watching that newborn period quickly fading away. I wanted to try to capture what little bit might be left. And so, on day 27 of his life, he humored me with this precious face…
awake newborn boy swaddled in crate…and then drifted off to sleep. asleep newborn boy with bear hat onI’m going to try not to be overly hormonal when I say that I am in love with this little boy and so blessed to be his mama. As a newborn photographer it is very hard to resist the urge to try every pose and every prop on your own newborn. I know I really don’t need more newborn images of him. But, I have a live-in model, so… practice makes perfect, right? 🙂

I’m excited to be back from maternity leave and anxious to get some more newborns in the studio. If you or someone you know is expecting and interested in a newborn session- please contact me for more information!

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