Kayla’s at Home Maternity Session | NH Maternity Photographer

Kayla’s at Home Maternity Session | NH Maternity Photographer

As a NH Maternity Photographer, I rejoice in the celebrations with my clients as well as the heartache.  When Kayla let me know that she had lost a pregnancy early on in 2020, I was heartbroken for her!  I knew how bad she wanted a sibling for Ember and I after documenting Ember’s arrival, I could not wait for baby number 2.

2020 seemed to take so much from so many people and this was one of those calls I HATED getting.  A miracle was brewing though and in the fall, I got the call that I had been waiting for!!!! A RAINBOW BABY was on the way!!!

Kayla’s at home maternity session did not disappoint and I am SOOO in love with these photos.  The last photos with your “baby” before the new baby arrives are full of precious moments.  We snuggled, Ember showed me her “baby belly” and we had a blast jumping on the bed.  At home sessions are so organic and no two are the same.  Big sister was all about soaking up snuggles with mom and dad.  When she was “all done” with the camera, Kayla and I had some fun of our own.

Kayla put so much trust in me and we JUMPED out of the box and did some fun empowering shots of her alone on the bed.  These maternity boudoir shots are some of my absolute favorite and I squealed when I saw the back of the camera.  I get it, as a mom of 3, I hated all the extra weight I gained during pregnancy but I still think pregnant mamas are the most beautiful!  Thank you to Kayla for trusting me and getting some seriously sexy shots of her bump.  THOSE EYES…damn girl!

If you are interested in learning more about Maternity or Newborn Photography, let’s chat.  I would love to make your vision come to life!

NH Maternity Photographer, White Wave Photography, tells the story of Kayla's at home maternity session. NH Maternity Photographer, White Wave Photography, tells the story of Kayla's at home maternity session. NH Maternity Photographer, White Wave Photography, tells the story of Kayla's at home maternity session. NH Maternity Photographer, White Wave Photography, tells the story of Kayla's at home maternity session. NH Maternity Photographer, White Wave Photography, tells the story of Kayla's at home maternity session. NH Maternity Photographer, White Wave Photography, tells the story of Kayla's at home maternity session. NH Maternity Photographer, White Wave Photography, tells the story of Kayla's at home maternity session. NH Maternity Photographer, White Wave Photography, tells the story of Kayla's at home maternity session. NH Maternity Photographer, White Wave Photography, tells the story of Kayla's at home maternity session.

 

5 Best Apps for New Mamas

5 Best Apps for New Mamas

One of the perks of being a birth and newborn photographer is being up-to-date on all the latest and greatest must-haves for new parents. I wish some of this stuff was around when I was having my babies! The other month, I shared the BEST baby shower gifts for the mamas in your life. I used Instagram to crowdsource some of the answers and figured I would do it again with the best apps. 

These apps are helpful for tracking feeding, sleep, sharing photos, and keeping up with milestones! I knew most of these, but a couple came highly recommended by my Instagram fans. 

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Meet the Must-Have Apps for New Parents 

Here are the 5 must-have apps for new parents as they navigate the newborn phase! These aren’t in any particular order, so read through them and see if you think any will help you!

 

  1. Baby Feeding Log – This super simple newborn breastfeeding app helps you track every feed. Keeping a log of the feeds will make sure your baby is eating enough and is easy to share the information with the pediatrician. They will ask how much the baby is eating at every appointment and you’ll have the answer! Download the app.

 

  1. Baby Tracker – This is the next level from the Baby Feeding Log app! This tracks feedings, diapers, and milestones. You can make sure the baby is eating enough and producing the right amount of diapers! No more wondering or trying to remember. Download the app.

 

  1. Huckleberry – Meet the sleep expert in your pocket! This app helps you track your baby’s sleep and receive expert sleep guidance. Instead of guessing if the baby is ready for sleep, the app will actually tell you the sweet spot to lay the baby down. It’s super well designed! This one was recommended a few times on Instagram! Download the app.

 

  1. TinyBeans – If you’re wanting to share photos of your sweet baby with family and friends, but don’t want to post them all on social media, this app takes care of that! You can upload photos to privately share with your loved ones. They can download the app as well or simply sign up for email digests of recent photos. Download the app.

 

  1. Wonder Weeks – Why does baby seem fussier than normal? What’s baby learning this week? This app answers all that and more! You enter some information about your baby and this app calculates your baby’s development schedule.  It will tell you when baby is entering a development leap and what signs to look for. This is a game-changer! Download the app.

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Capturing the Newborn Phase 

These apps all promise to help make the newborn phase (and beyond) easier. While the newborn phase is anything but easy, it really is such a special time that goes by way too fast. Investing in newborn photography and booking earlier will help you slow down and capture this season of your family. I’d be honored to be part of your journey – drop me a message and let’s talk about your newborn session. 

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Owen’s Birth Story Part 3 | Newborn Photography at Home

Owen’s Birth Story Part 3 | Newborn Photography at Home

As a new mom, the idea of packing up a new baby to head to a studio for photos can be stressful.  This is why I offer newborn sessions at your home between 7-14 days after you bring them home from the hospital.   There is no need to stress about what your house looks like, as a mom of 3, I get it.  I often tell mamas that cleaning up after children is like brushing your teeth while eating Oreos – it’s impossible.

When I arrive at your home, I walk around to see where the best light is and we get started.  For this session, we did the entire session in their beautiful master bedroom.  I helped Austin change some sheets to get the perfect color pallet.  We took advantage of Owen being PASSED OUT to get some cute detail photos.  Placing him in the center of the bed shoes just how little he is! This is one of my most favorite shots to take.   From there we invited the rest of the family and big brother James was more than happy to come snuggle his new BFF.

Toddlers tend to want to get in and out quickly (same with dads).  I basically warm them up, get as many shots as possible as a family and sibling shots then let them move on.  If they decide to come join us again, great!  If not, it’s ok too.  Their world has just been rocked so it is my philosophy to be their ally…we tend to be silly and I never pressure them for the perfect shot.  9 times out of 10 it just happens.  Some of moms favorites from this session are the boys just staring at each other and I couldn’t agree more!

Are you expecting a baby? Let’s chat about Newborn Photography at Home.  

See the rest of Baby Owen’s Birth Story:

Part 1 Maternity

Part 2 Birth

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Owen’s Birth Story Part 2 | Exeter Hospital C-Section Birth

Owen’s Birth Story Part 2 | Exeter Hospital C-Section Birth

Austin & Jimmy were so excited to welcome Baby Owen into the world in early March 2020 via a repeat scheduled c-section. Her 9am appointment got bumped to noon and then to 2pm and finally after what seemed like DAYS, Austin was wheeled into the OR at 3:30pm. Hungry, excited and a little nervous, she had the best staff who was joking about “getting dolled up” for the photographer (ME) and they were excited to see the images of them hard at work.
Everything went amazing until baby Owen took a gulp of fluid and needed a little oxygen. He was immediately brought over to be looked at by the on call pediatrician and taken moments later to the nursery for observation. Everything turned out great and Owen is just fine but my heart ached for this mama who was unable to even see her baby until the next morning.
The nurses and doctors at Exeter Hospital were AMAZING and gave access for me to capture so many “firsts” that she may otherwise have missed – big brother meeting his new best buddy, Owens first cries and everyone in the waiting room who was holding space. (This was all pre-pandemic of course).
After many tries to get out of bed to be wheeled in to meet her baby we knew it was not going to happen that night so with the help of a little technology (FaceTime), Austin was finally able to see baby Owen.
The next day, we captured their reunion and one of his very first feedings. It was magical! Birth is birth no matter what and we can’t always plan for the outcomes. In this case, mom & dad were so grateful for a happy and healthy baby and I was happy I could help to fill in some of the rest.
Want to learn more about birth photography & videography? Contact me today!!!
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5 Things to Look for When Hiring a Newborn Photographer

5 Things to Look for When Hiring a Newborn Photographer

Preparing for your baby is such a fun and exciting time. It’s the fastest and slowest 9 months of your life while you research the best baby items, plan your baby shower, and read all the books! Another item on your list is booking your newborn photographer. Finding the right photographer to capture your precious newborn should be a fun experience! Here are 5 things to look for when hiring your newborn photographer!

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How to Hire the Right Newborn Photographer 

  1. Newborn Portrait Style 

Are you looking for lifestyle newborn portraits of posed newborn portraits?  Neither style is wrong or right, and you can find a photographer who offers a blend, but it’s very important to understand how each style is different! Let me break it down for you.

Lifestyle Newborn Portraits – This style is less about providing direction and more about capturing those candid moments with your baby. The newborn photographer may come to your home and simply use settings in your home to capture the photos. For example, you might see photos of the parents holding their newborn in the nursery or on their bed. If your dream is to have these candid moments, you might be interested in lifestyle portrait photography. 

Posed Newborn Portraits – This style provides more direction and posing to capture your baby in different dreamlike scenes. These images can be more custom and can be done in a studio setting or your home. For example, if you see a baby girl swaddled in a floral blanket with matching flowers and her hands tucked under her chin, that’s a posed portrait. If you’re dreaming of your newborn in a dreamlike setting, you might be interested in posed portrait photography.

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  1. Experience with Newborns 

Hey, every photographer needs her start! But, if you’re looking for a photographer that you can trust with the entire newborn experience, look for one with experience in this area. Browse her portfolio or reach out and ask for more samples of her work. Going back to the first thing to look for, if you like a photographer but realize she focused on posed newborn photography and your dream is a lifestyle session, that’s something to consider!

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  1. Portrait Experience 

Look for a photographer who has you in mind throughout the entire process. I don’t just mean the actual shoot! Your photographer should make your life easier before, during, and after the session. You need someone who offers a seamless experience that you can count on. Look for a photographer with a newborn package that starts with getting to know you and ends with your portraits on the wall!

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  1. Personal Connection 

This actually goes for every type of session, but find a photographer with who you feel a personal connection. I’m not saying you have to become best friends (but that’s certainly an added bonus!), but one that you feel understands you and that you feel comfortable spending time with. You should feel cared for throughout the entire process!

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  1. Availability

This one is key! If the newborn photographer you’re considering is booked, then it’s a huge bummer! Many newborn photographers only schedule a certain number of sessions each month to accommodate birthdays. It’s extremely important to have a photographer that has a backup! Reach out as soon as you’re interested to get on the books. 

I would love to be your newborn photographer! Nothing would give me more joy than to capture those first precious moments with your new baby. Send me a note to schedule your free consultation. 

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Preparing for Your Safe Newborn Session

Preparing for Your Safe Newborn Session

The first few weeks with your new baby are a whirlwind of love and beautiful chaos! By having newborn photos scheduled, you won’t have to worry about anything in those sleep-deprived days after the birth.  Your sweet babe is only so tiny and new for such a short time. Every time you look at your newborn photos you’ll remember all the love and amazement you felt during those first few weeks. 

Learn how to plan for and prepare for your newborn session along with how I’m keeping my tiny clients safe during this crazy pandemic.

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When to Schedule and Plan Your Newborn Photos 

The best time to reach out to a newborn photographer is well before the birth! I highly recommend reaching out when you are about halfway through your pregnancy. It’s important to give yourself time to find the perfect photographer and get your newborn session on the calendar. Many newborn (and birth) photographers limit how many sessions they schedule per month, so grab your spot as early as you can! 

The ideal time to photograph a newborn is two weeks after the birth, but really, anytime in that first month or two is fine. The photos featured in this post are from when this sweet baby girl is 6 weeks old. The first six weeks or so is when your baby is the most sleepy and snuggly for great posing, BUT whenever you feel ready to have them done is fine!

Worried about how you’ll possibly feel ready for a photography session a mere couple weeks after birth? Let me help!

4 Tips for a Great Newborn Session

I know that thinking about the first two weeks after birth seems like a crazy time to let a photographer into your home to take photographs of your baby and family. Fear not! I bring everything needed for the shoot and here are 4 tips to help you prepare for your newborn session.

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  1. Don’t Stress About the House at All

My friend, I cannot emphasize how little the state of your house bothers me. You just had a baby! I can make any house situation work with no problem. There will be zero judgment at all. In fact, I bet your house will still be more organized than mine!

  1. Try to Feed About a Half Hour Before (but snacks are fine!)

Try to feed your baby about a half-hour before the session is to start. This will hopefully give baby time to eat, burp, and be sleepy in time for the photos! If the baby needs a snack during the session, it’s totally fine! I’m very used to it. 

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  1. Give Yourself Some Time to Glam

If you can, try to give yourself some time to look nice before the session. Take a little extra time in the shower and put on some makeup if that makes you feel good! Trust me, you are so beautiful no matter what, but taking some time for yourself will help you feel relaxed and ready. 

  1. Give Yourself Grace, Mama 

No matter what happens, you will have treasured photos of your baby. Don’t worry about the house or if your newborn will be cooperative. Your baby will be absolutely perfect. I’ve seen it all and worked with all different babies. It’s all good! 

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How I’m Safely Photographing Newborns

The safety of your sweet baby and your entire family is the most important thing to me! I’m always very careful and especially so now. Here are a few ways that I am safely photographing newborn babies. 

First, I am limiting the number of sessions I schedule per week to only two. I do this to limit the number of families I interact with. Second, I always wear my mask during every session. Finally, I make sure to sanitize my hands and any items we may use during the session. 

Display Your Newborn Session Without Adding to Your To-Do List 

The session isn’t over until you have your newborn photos displayed how you want them without adding an item to your to-do list. All you need to do is tell me how you envision these photos displayed in your home, and I take it from there! Whether you’re looking to create an heirloom album or a gallery wall, your photos will be where you can enjoy them every single day!

I would love to be your newborn photographer! Nothing would give me more joy than to capture those first precious moments with your new baby. Send me a note to schedule your free consultation.