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Judah’s Studio Newborn Session

 

If you’re expecting a baby, or already a parent and looking for a newborn, maternity, or family photographer, I would love to work with you to create images you’ll love for a lifetime. You can also give sessions with me as a gift, which is exactly what my friend Susan Isaak did. Susan is a real estate salesperson in town, and she purchased a newborn session as a gift for her clients. What a gift!

As a professional newborn photographer, my goal is, of course, to have a baby who sleeps through the duration of the session! I prep my clients in detail before their session. Partners can switch off this ‘duty’ while the other gets ready for the session. Parents can also try to feed the baby 30-45 minutes before their session time, so we’re almost guaranteed that there will be a good diaper change before the session! If mom is breastfeeding, it’s best to avoid drinks and food that can give baby gas before session time.

Even if parents follow this advice perfectly, every now and then I’ll have a baby who has a harder time getting settled. As a professional newborn photographer, you know I have a few tools and tricks I use to help settle baby. Still, there’s always a chance that the baby just doesn’t want to sleep. In those cases my job is to put parents at ease so that we can all roll with the punches and I can deliver an absolutely beautiful final gallery. Whether baby is asleep or awake, my goal is always to keep everyone happy.

An awake newborn was not my experience with Judah, who was just the most perfect little subject. I’m pretty sure he was asleep the whole time!  

Judah loved to stretch, and wiggle his arms and toes out of the swaddles, which made for some absolutely adorable images. It also made my job of snapping photos of his little toes that much easier!

Danielle and Carl were incredibly calm and had a go-with-the-flow attitude. I loved working with this precious family!

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Cayden – Belly to Baby Session in Greenwich, Connecticut

 

All roads to pregnancy are different. Some are clearly planned, with few bumps … they include detailed road maps. Some “roads” are more like roller coasters, with surprises around each turn, ups and downs. And some are like that road trip your parents forced you to take when you were a teenager. Forced smiles, frustrations, and counting down to that destination. However easy or complicated the journey, once pregnancy passes a certain stage, at least one new life has been created and the lives of everyone involved are forever changed. This lovely couple’s journey was a bit like that road trip with the parents, but it’s clear that the end result is sheer joy. They have a healthy and beautiful little boy and are so at ease as new parents, it’s like they’ve been parenting for years.

Cayden was such a trooper for his session! He slept amazingly.

For Cayden’s session, mom wanted a “cabin-in-the-woods” type feel. I was more than happy to oblige mom’s wishes. My heart almost stopped when I looked at some of these images at the back of the camera, as I knew they’d be absolutely perfect!

I also incorporated some wood elements into the newborn gallery as I felt it would be a great complement! When I brought the imagery into my computer for editing, I wasn’t disappointed at all.

In keeping with mom’s request, I used some gorgeous blues for some of Cayden’s posed imagery. I also loved the shades of green Courtney incorporated into the maternity session. I absolutely love this color of green!

These sessions were such an honor to photograph. Enjoy this small peek into their journey from belly to baby!

 

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Looking Up Photography – Family Master Photographer Certification

Fellow professional photographers and clients alike have asked me about this, so I wanted to share a short blog post about this recent recognition. I also wanted to inform you about what makes up the application process!
 
First, you may remember that I am in possession of another of the National Association for Professional Child Photographers‘ (NAPCP) Master Photographer Certifications. After receiving my Newborn Master Certification, I knew certification in the Family category would be a goal I hoped to meet in 2021. For those who may be unfamiliar with the group, NAPCP is an association of professional photographers who are recognized in the child and family photography industry. The association’s members include some of the best across the more specialized categories within child and family photography.
 
According to NAPCP, “The NAPCP Master Photographer Certification Program rewards NAPCP members by acknowledging their excellence in the craft of professional photography. The NAPCP evaluation panel is constantly reviewing hundreds of images submitted in portfolios before awarding Mastery certificates in each category.”
 
Similarly to when I applied for Newborn Master Certification, I first carefully assembled a portfolio of Family Photography imagery. I included some of my favorite photographs in the portfolio, in addition to the best technically proficient images that were so important for scoring purposes. Once again I asked questions. I asked the opinions of my professional photographer peers, in addition to friends and loved ones. I reviewed my portfolio and reviewed it again to ensure it met the extremely specific requirements. There isn’t anything quite so nerve wrecking as pressing the button to “Submit”! I was on pins and needles, anxiously awaiting my results. It can be so difficult to wait sometimes (even with that old adage about “good things” in mind …)!
 
The feedback from the judges was “Wonderful portfolio. Love the range and variety you showcased here, capturing authentic expressions in each. Great job.” 
 
I am so proud to have my name among the other Master Photographers in the Family category.
 
Master Photographer Certification in the Family category is an amazing opportunity and accomplishment for me. It is incredibly validating to know that your livelihood isn’t just ‘work’, but also that it is appreciated by your peers, and brings joy to others!
 
Many thanks, NAPCP!

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Austin, Aiden, Natalia and Peter

What’s better than getting to photograph a couple’s first child? Getting to photograph their SECOND child, as well! That was the case when I got to photograph this adorable family over the course of Natalia’s pregnancy, both on-location outdoors in our amazing Connecticut scenery, and at the Looking Up Photography studio. For this two-time Belly to Baby package client, I’ve now been lucky enough to photograph many different sessions, each of them featuring amazing clothing selected by Natalia. For our most recent session together, little Aiden looked adorable in his white polo and gray chino shorts.

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Even at only a few years old, now big brother Aiden is sweet and sensitive. My friend Peter is a fun, energetic, and proud papa. Mom Natalia is a classic beauty. She is full of poise and adores being ‘smothered’ in love by her two (now three!) boys.

Natalia’s gown for her maternity session was inspired by the dress worn by Megan Markle for her second pregnancy. Natalia also provided me with access to her Pinterest board, for inspiration, which was incredibly helpful! Of course, once Aiden saw his mama in her beautiful gown, he thought she was the most beautiful in the world. He has the best expressions! And really, is there anything cuter than a fabulous pregnant mother holding her firstborn? 

I love how our first set of photos truly captured each family member’s personality. There’s loving energy from Peter, a thoughtful, dreamy look from Natalia, and just enough twinkle in Aiden’s eye! My goal as a newborn, maternity, and family photographer is always to capture genuine expressions and real joy. Outdoor sessions like this one allow me to build a unique and fun session based on the things that make a family unique. I had so much fun pulling together this little ‘adventure’ for these amazing souls.

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I’ve enjoyed photographing this beautiful family so much. Each session has been different, and filled with inspiration. Being able to include Natalia’s parents in a photo, in the studio, added an extra special element to our photo sessions.

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The Sweetest Sydney This Side of the Equator – Connecticut Studio Newborn Session

Photographing newborn baby girls is one of the staples of my business, but in the summer months they are extra sweet! I photographed this session about a month ago and it is one of the sweetest ever! One of my favorite families asked me to photograph this adorable session for their newborn daughter, Sydney. And mom specifically asked for some professional photos of Sydney with big brother Jack, whose newborn session I captured in 2019. I’m excited to share this Greenwich studio newborn session with you!

 

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Talk about an entrance! Sydney is such a beauty, I had to deck her out – Swan Lake style! This feathery backdrop did its thing, softening that newborn skin. And of course, the floral headband finished the look perfectly.

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Our adorable setup was set in my local studio. I always have fun using these precious layers of white, which were specifically requested by mom. White allows me to really place my freshest little clients as the centerpiece of each and every image! And I didn’t hold back for this studio newborn session.

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Jack blessed us with the most gorgeous smiles! He even sang along with me to some of his favorite bands! And of course, we completed the sibling newborn photos with the most adorable image, pictured above.

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The Next Generation – Riker’s Connecticut Newborn Session

With so much space travel news happening lately, I thought it fitting to share this session, in honor of The Final Frontier! And of course, it’s a studio newborn session. Once I photograph a session in my Greenwich, Connecticut studio space, I find it hard to forget about for awhile! I guess I’m going to have to face it – my professional life revolves around miniature humans and, well, I’m here for it. Follow me into the Great Beyond because this is one studio newborn session that will be sure to put a smile on your face. An out-of-this-world smile, if I may say so.

 

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Let’s start with Riker’s solo images, shall we? My clients always come up with the most amazing baby names and Riker was no exception. How adorable is his Star Trek: The Next Generation inspired name? And what kid wouldn’t want to tell their friends that they’re named after Captain Picard’s first officer?! I think I can say I fully endorse a solid, fandom-inspired name! Yes!

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This was such a fun setup, and so simple and contemporary per mom’s wishes. I love that Erica took this as an opportunity to update their family photos, and also to get some solo pictures of big brother Wyatt. Over the past year, so many families just didn’t have the time or opportunity to update their family portraits. Needless to say, Erica and David are big Star Trek fans and, as I mentioned above, used Star Trek: The Next Generation as the inspiration for Riker’s name! I am feeling so inspired to go search for all the cute “geeky” baby names now. What a wonderful way to show off your family’s personality!

Of course, the lighting in my studio didn’t disappoint. I’m obsessed with how wonderfully this space performs for me, for each and every session. It is absolutely wonderful! And I love the fawny backdrop I used for that first set of images, that went along with mom’s contemporary décor and added a pop of texture to Riker’s newborn gallery.

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The studio lighting created the perfect environment for some family newborn pictures. I know I say that all the time, but it’s true! Those tones are so gorgeous and I adore them. 

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Live long and prosper!

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Fun in the Studio with a Green Newborn Session for Finn

I love when my clients come back to me for another session – there’s nothing better than setting up for a studio newborn session with a sense of familiarity! In this case, I had previously photographed Finn’s big sister Camilla. I mean, it doesn’t get better than that! According to mom, “It was perfect!”, so they took advantage of that feeling and booked a newborn session for their newest addition, Finn. Finn was quite sleepy, of course, for his debut session, and I photographed him with green and cream accents per mom’s request. A day in the studio, and tons of fun, and I’m sharing a selection of the images with you!

 

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Isn’t this setup spectacular? I enlisted the assistance of a digital feather backdrop to get that terrific texture in a few of Finn’s gallery images. Modern farmhouse accessories along with that wonderfully creamy hue helped it all come together perfectly. I can always count on discovering something new to love about each and every studio newborn session in my Greenwich, Connecticut photography studio space. 

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Those little toes were the cutest – that shot is a must-do for every newborn session I capture!

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I love this shade of green – modern, cozy, and amazingly soft!

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A Fresh, Twin Newborn Session with Mallory and Jack

I don’t know about you, but spring has to be one of my favorite seasons for newborn sessions! I am constantly hosting families in my studio throughout this season, as well as enjoying the longer days with my own family. I always love finding fun props and colors to use in my studio newborn sessions. There’s just something about the hues and accessories featured in this session that remind me of everything great spring has to offer!

Get ready to see how I used my studio collection by adding soft colors, vibrant patters, and a stunning, cream-colored collection to create the perfect twin setup.

You can see big brother Nicholas’ session here.

 

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I always like to start off my newborn sessions with lovely posed portraits, and if I may say so, these twin images take the cake! I was inspired by the fresh start spring brings each year – but I was especially feeling that deeply, this year. When I think of spring, I think of new beginnings. I must say, these photographs are all styled beautifully!

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This space in my studio is always perfectly lit thanks to a large window, and it creates the perfect nook for family portraits! For the family photos, I used a large, vintage looking, tufted chaise. It kind of felt like we were in the French countryside!

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With those gorgeous smiles, I needed no embellishment! Right away I knew that simple would be best. My wonderful ‘models’ took care of the rest! I set the family naturally on the chaise, and gave small bits of direction for the most natural results. I love these images because they are so versatile and will display beautifully anywhere in Tara and Jon’s home.

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I finished my family newborn session with a special request from mom to include Hannah Bear in a few images. For studio newborn sessions, I love accommodating special requests when I can; they’re always incredibly special, and the Hannah Bear photos turned out wonderfully!

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From Belly to Baby – Ashley Welcomes Bernie!

Another client pregnancy has gone by, and #smbc (that’s Single Mom By Choice) Ashley has welcomed Bernard into the world! We have celebrated him and his mother with a maternity session, and now we have captured his delightful first days of life, as well. Even – or maybe especially – during a global pandemic, life finds a way! I’m always open to receiving session ideas from my clients, which was exactly what I got from Ashley, who found Looking Up Photography recommended in a What to Expect group for expecting Connecticut moms. Ashley’s maternity session took place at Tod’s Point, which served as the perfect setting. That dress, and that hair! Ashley looked like an absolute goddess! Our “Belly” session together made for one happy mama-to-be, and I’m very excited to share a selection from both Belly and “Baby” sessions with you all today.

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I’m kicking off this post with this amazing series of images Ashley and I created together! I love how these maternity session photos turned out – especially the tones and dimension added by our location. As I typically shoot indoors, being outside was so much fun – and Ashley got to wear that gorgeous velvet maternity gown! We also had the most exquisite golden hour lighting. Isn’t it fabulous?! 

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Ashley picked out this adorable suspenders and cap outfit for Bernard! The outfit was absolutely fantastic … especially for a baby boy named Bernie!

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What a cute little guy! I was so excited to have Bernard in my Greenwich, Connecticut studio. Especially last year, I was positively craving time in the studio! This boy was wonderfully angelic, and I relished in the opportunity to chat about Ashley’s ideas for our newborn session time together. The colors she chose for Bernard’s studio newborn session were fantastic! And that last pose is always a favorite of mine.

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What a look of love! We kept things simple for photos of Ashley and Bernard, and it worked out really well. What can I say? I really believe that simple is better!

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Let’s Make Memories and Celebrate with Jack’s Calming Newborn Session

Something I will always strive to instill in my clients is a love for capturing memories. When choosing a photographer, I know that their focus is typically more practical. Obviously, competitive pricing and my skills as a professional are important to me, but I mainly want my clients to have fun and make memories. Even as a professional photographer, I love doing sessions with my own family as frequently as possible and (for now) my family continues to love this time together, too! So, if you’ve decided it’s time for a session with me, and it’s something you’ve been wanting to do for awhile, know that it will be a crowd-pleaser among children and adults alike!

Peruse this calming newborn session and let me encourage you to celebrate with your own booking. I have all the tips and tricks in my professional tool kit to make it a success.

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As always, gotta have that cute baby-in-a-basket image! A driftwood basket makes for the prettiest details. I am lucky enough to have a full closet of differently colored blankets and swaddles. This selection is always cleaned to newborn safety standards and ready for fun with my clients, with all of these amazing beauties to use.

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How adorable are folded baby hands, and peeking baby toes?! Wait until you see the rest of these photographs.

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I enlisted the ‘help’ of my trusty rustic crate to assist me in creating a few photos. This prop is a ‘need’ for any simple and classic newborn session.

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What do you think of this studio setup? I think of one thing – zen! Mom and dad requested blue and gray tones only so I went all in on that! The star is, of course, my new friend Jack. Aren’t the images of him with his eyes open amazing? I love all of the colors and textures involved in this session. Then there are this cutie’s big eyes!

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I don’t know where to start with Morgan and Brian! As a family, there was just so much beauty to capture! Not only are they the most enthusiastic new parents, but aren’t they adorable? They were enamored in the sweetest way with Jack and I think they are such a fun new family.

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I seriously can’t get enough of this trio.

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