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2 month old Baby E's Studio Newborn Session {Orangeville Newborn Photographer}

Older babies (in the world of newborn photography that's any baby over 3 weeks old)...sometimes they can be difficult to photograph, especially with "newborn" style images, so when baby E's mom contacted me about setting up a session when she was already over a month old I was a little apprehensive.  Still after talking it over and letting her mom know that while we could definitely get some beautiful images I wasn't sure that we would get those sleeping newborn images that everyone loves, we decided to go for it and see what we could get.   By the time the session date rolled around Baby E was 2 months old.  Imagine my surprise when this precious girl slept through her entire session, only waking up long enough for us to get some beautiful eyes open shots.  In fact, this session is pretty high up there on my list of my all time favourites!

In case you are curious, usually newborns are photographed within the first 3 weeks, simply because during this time they tend to by more sleepy, they sleep more often and more soundly, they still have that newborn look, and they still tend to retain a lot of the curliness from the womb for the first few weeks which means that not only is it easy to get those curled up poses, but many babies actually really love to be in those positions.  As they get older they begin to spread out their sleeping more and more, and often sleep less soundly.  They also tend to lose that sweet new baby curliness.

That said, after doing this session I have realized that there are some great benefits to photographing older babies as well!  Their skin has lost the newborn redness and they have already made it through the peeling and baby acne stages that so many newborns experience, they are able to focus their eyes which means awake photos are much easier to achieve.  Awake photos with newborns can be difficult because their inability to really focus their eyes often results in "crazy eyes".   Also, older babies have often settled into more concrete feeding and sleeping routines so it can be easier to predict how they will act.  I will definitely be more open to doing newborn sessions with older babies going forward because seriously, does it get any cuter than this girl and these images?

 

by Joy of Life Photography - Orangeville Newborn and Baby Photographer

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Baby L's Posed Studio Newborn Pictures {Orangeville Newborn Photographer}

Sweet Baby L came to see me for her newborn pictures in the evening.  I normally do newborn sessions in the morning so I wasn't sure how it would go.  I didn't know if the time of day would affect how much she slept, how often she wanted to eat, etc.  As it turned out, I worried for no reason.  This beautiful little one slept the ENTIRE session!  Plus the weather cooperated beautifully which allowed for us to do something we very rarely get to do here in Ontario, take some newborn pictures outside!  Baby L is the only baby I've photographed outside since we moved to Orangeville, but now, with our new property, and the warm summer weather, I'm hoping to get the chance to do it more often.

6 Month Floral Themed Milestone Session {Orangeville Baby Photographer}

I've been wanting to start offering 6 month milestone sessions (called sitter sessions), so when I got some amazing new props ordered I did a model call and this beautiful baby girl came in to help me with some sample shots.  I LOVE sitter sessions.  Babies are at such an amazing stage at this age.  Sitting up, smiling, interacting, but not really able to crawl away yet...lol.  If you're interested in booking a sitter milestone session please get in touch, I'd love to work with you!

Beautiful Newborn Twins Session {Orangeville Newborn Photographer}

Photographing twin is always a double challenge, but these two sweet girls literally slept through their entire session!  Thankfully, I had my friend and fellow Orangeville Photographer, Jessica from Dutch Touch Photography, with me to help me out.  With two babies sometimes two hands just isn't quite enough!  We did this session close to Christmas so among my other setups I had to bring out my favourite Baby in Vogue Reindeer bonnets.  The result?  Double the adorable <3

Caprice Turns 1! {Orangeville Cake Smash Photographer}

I would have to say that this session ranks fairly high on my list of all-time favourite sessions.  Caprice came to see me as a newborn and was basically an angel for her whole session, and this session was no different.  And what possible reason could this girl have for being unhappy?  She arrived with her adoring entourage of Mommy, Grandma, and Auntie in tow.  Her Aunt made her the most beautifully simple, elegant cake (and I'm guessing it was delicious too!) and her mom brought matching mother daughter outfits and adorable props.  In fact, I really can't take credit for much of the styling of this session at all, the credit for that all goes to her mom's amazing taste :)  We had a great time taking some mother/daughter shots and then turning Caprice loose to try her first ever cake...I think it's safe to say it went over well.

  Happy Birthday little one!  May this next year bring more amazing milestones and lots of love <3

Jamie is 1! A Purple Cake Smash Session. {Orangeville Cake Smash Photographer}

When Jamie's mom told me that as far as she was concerned you could never have too much purple I took her literally and created this all purple setup to go with the cute purple accessories and outfit she was planning to bring.  Part of the fun of a cake smash is working with the parents to create something different and unique for each little one and I love how this turned out.  I was so excited to get the opportunity to photograph this sweet girl because I'd done family photos for them when she was just 6 months or so and it's always so much fun for me to be able to document little ones as they grow and change.  Jamie is such a little character, totally hammed it up for the camera giving me all sorts of faces and striking poses...that is until we brought out the cake.  To say that Jamie was not impressed with her beautiful cake would be an understatement of epic proportions...lol.  Poor girl was totally freaked out by it, and maybe it makes me a bad person, but there is something about those crying pictures that I still love <3

Sweet Baby Hazel's Studio Newborn Session {Orangeville Newborn Photographer}

Baby Hazel came to see me in my studio just outside of Orangeville, Ontario, just one day before Easter so I couldn't resist doing some gorgeous spring setups!  This sweet girl was an angel for her session.  Slept so peacefully the whole time and gave me the most amazing expressions too.  We had fun working some of her family's special things into the session, which is always something I like to do whenever possible.  I love coming up with creative ways to express each family's personality and interests.  Also, I just have to say, I really thought my new studio space was so small that I would find it difficult to use, but I'm loving it!  It's so cozy and it stays so nice and warm for the wee ones.  So far the babies I've photographed here have all slept like angels!  Oh, and I've even included a sweet little video for you guys because really, the cuteness was just killing me!

Baby C turns one! {Orangeville Cake Smash Photographer}

I can't believe it's already been a year since I was lucky enough to photograph this sweet little man as a newborn!  One of my favourite things about my job is seeing my newborns come back again and again and getting to watch them grow.  It's so fun to see how their little personalities develop.  I especially appreciate clients who make a bit of a drive to get here.  Little C's mom come all the way to Orangeville from Cambridge for his session!  

We had lots of fun with baby C.  He was so happy and laid back and especially enjoyed splashing around in the tub to clean up afterward :)

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Baby M's in Home/Lifestyle Newborn Session | Orangeville Newborn Photographer

It's always such a joy to have families come back to me year after year, I love following them as they grow and change.  I've been photographing Baby M's family since his big sister was just a baby herself and it was so special to see her embrace her role as big sister so enthusiastically.  In fact, Mom and Dad waited to let her hold her baby brother for the first time until I was there with the camera.  What an amazing moment! I don't think I've ever seen such a proud big sister <3