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Bodie – A Light-Filled Studio Family Newborn Session

Today I’m sharing a client session I adore! I was absolutely smitten with these clients. I knew I was going to have a blast with them when mom, Kimberly, made a joke about “everyone” (mainly her husband) behaving during their session.

How cute is their little two year-old, Charlie? I swear, that child had more smiles for me than just about any toddler I’ve ever photographed! Kimberly was concerned that capturing a few special moments with baby Bodie and big brother Charlie might be wishful thinking, but just wait until you see these precious images of proud big brother. Parents, I am not above singing the PJ Masks theme song to elicit such grins from your sweet kiddos!

Although this was my first time working with this family, they are some of my new favorite Looking Up Photography clients. I hope to have more fun with this family in the future, for family photo sessions!

I’ll start with the details, like our beautiful Greenwich, Connecticut studio location. Perfectly minimal, just as mom requested! Some clients want me to bring out all the props. While my prop catalog is made up of sweet, minimal accessories, this mother wanted to keep their session as simple and intimate as possible. I’m so glad that, as new clients referred to me by past clients through a Facebook group for moms, this family absolutely trusted me as a professional. All the neutral hues the studio shows off bring an ethereal element to the images from this newborn family session. I love the pretty and unique textures brought out in the white blankets and wraps I chose for these newborn session photos. So delightful! 

The classic wardrobe selections really made the family’s expressions pop, expressing such joy together!

I always have fun playing in the studio with my families. I’d love to see you for a newborn session, too!

Newborn Photos

If you want to capture the precious moments in your life, contact me here to book your session.

Enjoy!

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Greenwich Photography Studio – Kaia – Newborn Photos

The holidays have come and gone, and what’s next? Valentine’s Day! This sweet holiday often goes unnoticed, but can be so much fun, and is as good as any holiday in my opinion. As a matter of fact, I’ve already been talking with upcoming clients about how we can subtly celebrate February the 14th (during their upcoming sessions, of course – I am a photographer after all). Be sure to follow me on Instagram to see all the upcoming cuteness!

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This session was held right here at my beautiful studio, in Greenwich, Connecticut. You know delightful I think this setting is! I invite you to come me make magic with me at the studio. Keep scrolling for an exquisite session example.

Lots of subtle style for this session! Beginning with the adorable family. When mom used the word “serendipitously” in her client questionnaire, I knew this session was going to be extra fun for me. 

I love how Hien styled herself and dad Seth. It was quite fitting that they layered neutrals and light textures for this studio newborn portrait session.

I always find myself inspired by my clients when it comes to my What To Wear Pinterest sections. I’m now thinking about soft, beautiful family style pieces for Spring 2021 ahead. Soon you’ll find these styles gracing my Pinterest Pins. So, whether you’re visiting my blog to see my incredible families or are looking to style your own family for a session, be sure you have this board bookmarked.

And how about Kaia’s precious little face? I can’t get enough.

Hien is such a gorgeous new mother, and I’m confident that Hien and Seth will remember these moments forever.

You may notice one of my favorite images (of Seth and baby Kaia), which I also used as part of my Newborn Master Photographer portfolio submission for the National Association of Professional Child Photographers!

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You can find more of this session on Instagram. If you want to capture the precious moments in your life, contact me here to book your session today!

Enjoy!

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Eselle | Greenwich Studio Newborn Session

A new year is nearly here, officially, and I can’t wait! I’ll miss all the close-knit holiday fun but I’m (hopefully) ready for what’s to come in 2021. With the new year approaching, it’s the perfect time for simple and understated sessions. I love photographing newborn photos in the studio. It can provide such an intimate setting and, free from distractions, it allows me to document such personal connections. Plus, my clients can incorporate the perfect colors to complement the nursery or other spaces in their home! 

I recently had the pleasure of photographing a studio newborn session for this beautiful family. For Eselle’s portraits, Amy wanted to incorporate classic, creamy hues like beige, cream, and a subtle peachy pink. In this area of New England, you’ll find homes run the gamut in style. Some homes boast new renovations while others are perfectly preserved historical marvels. So, I love that mom stayed true to her taste and wished to keep this newborn session minimal.

Amy and Ryan’s love story began the summer before Amy started college, while working at The Maritime Aquarium. What a joy it is, hearing them laugh about that “summer fling”! Their adorable son Myles was born 4 years ago and Amy shared with me that he inspires them to live their best lives every day. This is my personal wish for everyone who reads this, this coming year!

I’m excited to share this session. Take a look at some of my favorite images below! 

View more of my work via my portfolio, here: newborn photos

Looking Up Photography specializes in artistic, custom, and inspiring portrait photography for families in Greenwich, and lower Fairfield County, Connecticut, as well as Westchester County, New York. I would love to begin planning your newborn session.

If you want to capture the precious moments in your life, contact me here to book your session today!

I look forward to meeting you and your littlest loves! Thanks for stopping by.

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Looking Up Photography – Newborn Master Photographer Certification

Congratulatory fellow photographers and clients have asked me about this, so I thought I’d share a brief blog post about this recognition. I also wanted to tell you a bit about what makes up the application process.

First off, as soon as I found out about the National Association for Professional Child Photographers‘ (NAPCP) Master Photographer Certifications, I knew certification was a primary goal for me this year. 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 specific niches 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 are constantly reviewing hundreds of images submitted in portfolios before awarding Mastery certificates in each category.”

To start, I painstakingly put together a portfolio of Newborn 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. I asked questions. I checked in with industry peers, as well as friends and loved ones. I checked my portfolio and checked it twice to be sure it met the incredibly detailed requirements. I am pretty sure I held my breath when I finally pressed that “Submit” button! I couldn’t wait to receive my results. Does anyone else hate to wait as much as I do?!

What an honor it is to now see my name among the other Master Photographers. Some feedback I received from the judges included, “Beautiful portfolio! Displayed a wide skill set in newborn posing and lighting while adding fun elements to enhance interest to the images. Well done!”

This was and is such a wonderful opportunity and accomplishment for me. And I have to say… it felt awesome to have a creative outlet like this – especially this year.

To NAPCP, thank you!

NAPCP Mastery Certificate of Newborn Photography, Karen Kahn, NAPCP Master Photographer Newborn Seal
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smiling mother with long dimensional blonde hair cradling her newborn who is wrapped in a loose knit gray blanket
father with a salt and pepper beard wearing a white tee closing his eyes and smiling as he holds his newborn daughter who is wearing a twine and rosette headband and wrapped in an off-white stretch wrap with lace trim, the image is contrasted by a black background
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gorgeous backlit portrait of a new mom and dad looking down at their newborn baby who is wrapped in a dusty blue blanket, white oxford shirt, white eyelet shirt
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Greenwich Newborn Photographer | The Studio

I am thrilled to feature this studio newborn session on the Looking Up Photography blog! It is always beyond special to witness the beginning of two people becoming parents. I still have such fond memories of this time in my own family life, hanging out at home and watching life busily continue around you. Meanwhile, time seems to stand still as you take in the new life you created. Valerie and Spencer are the kind of people you can easily become instant friends with, and I was so excited to find an email in my Inbox, asking me to photograph their new addition.

Valerie and Spencer met in graduate school and have been together as a couple for almost a decade. A year ago they decided to put their roots down together and get married; they are both veterinarians!

Valerie and Spencer chose this time to hire me as a professional photographer to mark this special occasion because Valerie really wanted some newborn photos to have as a keepsake, as well as to create an heirloom album and wall prints. Of course, she noted that the grandparents would need photos as well!

Valerie planned the colors and clothing for this session around Blake’s nursery colors, while keeping in mind the family’s modern but comfortable décor and home aesthetic. The couple kept their outfits simple, which is a classic choice.

My favorite part of this session was that I was able to capture the imagery Valerie requested, bringing to life the specific color stories she wanted included in Blake’s newborn photos. I had such a great time with Blake and her lovely parents, too.

I always keep in mind that families may want their images to be seen by family and friends. Photographs from our session will probably be displayed on walls and holiday cards alike. Clients love to create keepsake photo books with the images from our sessions together so that their children have something tangible to look at and hold dear to when they’re older. And, if family and friends tell you that you ‘win’ when it comes to the best photos and holiday cards, we all know how nice that feels!

It was a joy to see how their darling girl, Blake, lights up their lives. Valerie and Spencer were both clearly enjoying that magical ‘newborn bubble’ time, and their peaceful session left an impression on me long after I packed up my camera and closed the studio for the day. I’m so glad that this couple found me as the photographer that was just right for their growing family. Valerie, Spencer, it was truly an honor helping you to celebrate your new life as a family of three!

If you want to capture the precious moments in your life, contact me here to book your session today!

Enjoy!

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FEATURED in Inspired Magazine! | Unity

It is such an honor to be featured in this month’s NAPCP (National Association of Professional Child Photographers)’s INSPIRED MAGAZINE issue as a Top 100 Featured Artist in their UNITY competition.

NAPCP’s inspiration for this competition:

“Unity is a worldwide digital/online image competition that celebrates, inspires, and unifies us as artists and humanitarians. It serves as NAPCP’s FIRST ever public voting competition.

Since its founding, the National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) has promoted and supported the artistry and integrity of professional child photographers. NAPCP has continued to grow and bring together a community of passionate artists committed to advancing their skills, their artistry, and their businesses.

The purpose of this competition is to celebrate photography, inspire creativity, and unite the NAPCP community and other professional photographers around the world. NAPCP’s Unity Image Competition provides a platform to share powerful stories of unity and allows us as artists the freedom to express and share our work. Artists from around the globe will submit their work to this exclusive competition. Only the Top 100 images advance on to the final online gallery with public voting. “

I’ve been a proud member of NAPCP for years. Their mission is “to promote and support the artistry and integrity of professional child photographers. To accomplish this mission, NAPCP provides the most comprehensive resources for its members, bringing together a community of passionate artists committed to growth in their skills, their artistry, and their businesses. NAPCP.com is a place where professional child photographers can come and connect, learn, teach, aspire and grow. It is also a valuable resource for parents who are looking for a professional child photographer in their area, and want to be inspired and educated about our specialized industry.” 

I’m looking forward to working with my clients to create more images that inspire unity and celebrate their unique family connections!

If you want to capture precious moments like this in your life, contact me here to book your session today!

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Hudson the Lion | Connecticut Newborn Photography

Every parent should have a healthy sense of pride in their child. We can’t help wondering who our newborns will grow up to be, what they’ll do, and how they’ll change the world, and it only adds to the wonderful journey of growing as a family. I was especially excited for Hudson’s session, as I already had the pleasure of meeting and working with his wonderfully creative parents in his big sister Juliet’s newborn session years back.

Shirley and Alex wanted to build on Juliet’s session style, but make it more personalized for Hudson: “I really love the style photos you did last time for Juliet,” Alex says, “Only instead of pink we can do gold. Hudson will be a Lion. A leader. Something epic would be cool.” With a white, gray, and gold color palette and a strong theme in mind, we brainstormed to create the perfect session for Hudson, and I loved what we came up with.

For our first scene in the studio, we swaddled baby Hudson in white, and gently laid him on a bed of wispy and furry fabrics, to create a textured backdrop to play off his smooth, gorgeous skin tone. It was the perfect scene to get some closeups, capturing his tiny details and strong, handsome features and itty bitty toes.

Next, we posed this precious little boy on a gray backdrop, with a cozy blue-knit nightcap, to emphasize this silent, sleepy moment. Hudson was a little angel in this session, and I couldn’t take enough shots of this cute, sleeping baby. One of the highlights of the shoot was Hudson surrounded by gold. I loved the atmosphere of the scene, where Hudson was laid in a basket of soft, white fabrics, surrounded by gold flakes, giving it an epic, powerful feel.

Some of my favorite shots from this session were of the whole family. It’s been such a joy to watch this wonderful family grow, and an even greater joy to capture their love for each other. Juliet has gotten so big, and you can tell how much she loves being a big sister to Hudson. We got some individual shots of Hudson with his big sister, with Alex, and with Shirley. We also got some natural shots of this gorgeous family just being themselves, making memories they’ll cherish for years to come. With all of the love that they have to give, I know that Hudson is going to really enjoy being a part of this amazing family.

 

If you want to capture these precious moments in your life, contact me here to book your session today!

 

Enjoy!

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First Moments of Love | Greenwich Newborn Photographer

There’s something wonderful in the smile of a new parent. As if, with the new arrival of their first precious baby, their smile gets just a little bit bigger than before as their child experiences its first moments of love. Being able to see these smiles in newborn sessions is one of my favorite parts of the job, so it was a joy to work with Jaci and Brian in their newborn session.

Their first child, Nash – the cutie that you’ll see in the photos below – was a perfect angel in the session, and I loved the chance to brainstorm the theme and style of this newborn session with his parents. We decided on a classic color palette of blues and greys, and it was the perfect choice for this precious little one.

My studio in Greenwich, where we had the newborn session, is packed full with props, accessories, fabrics, and backdrops to use in the shoot, and we made good use the grey fabrics to supply a textured backdrop for Nash. We swaddled him up in blue, and his gorgeous skin tone popped out brilliantly against the grey bed of fabrics. I loved taking some close-up shots of Nash’s handsome details. Because babies grow up so quickly, you want to remember how tiny they once were, so I made sure I got that tiny nose, fingers, and toes beautifully captured for Jaci and Brian to remember forever.

Their love story started about 9 years ago, when they met in Newport, Rhode Island while away for the weekend (Jaci was living in Cos Cob, while Brian was living in NYC), and have since tied the knot, being married for 4 years and counting! Their journey together has been only happier since they’ve welcomed Nash into their family, and I was privileged to capture this joy in some shots with Brian and Jaci holding their beloved new member of the family.

Technically, their first child was their maltipoo, and they were right – he’s a great poser! You can see for yourself in the picture with all four of them in the shot, which is one of my favorite pictures to date. You can tell just from Jaci and Brian’s smiles that Nash has been welcomed into a loving and happy home, soon to be filled with the precious memories of his first moments of love.

If you want to capture these same precious memories in your life, contact me here to book your session today!

 

Enjoy!

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Cute and Cozy | Connecticut Newborn Photographer

I felt so happy after this newborn session! Working with mom Kristina, her mother Lisa, and her handsome baby Luca was such a fun time in the studio.

Kristina decided to go with a palette of white and denim blue, with some classic props to make for a timeless atmosphere. We wanted the set to feel cozy, and casual, and looking at how peaceful Luca was during the session I think we were able to create just that!

We started by swaddling Luca up in a soft blue fabric, with an airy, knit cap, and we laid him on a bed of white textured fabrics . I loved the contrast that came from the blue on the white, as if Luca were a blue drop in an ocean of white. We wanted to capture every detail of his profile, from the tiny eyelashes, to his button nose, to his teeny tiny toes. These are the kinds of details that will vanish before you know it as the baby gets bigger, so I loved the chance to give them special attention in this session.

I especially loved the pictures with mom, Nana, and Luca in the spotlight. We took some individual shots, with just mom and Luca, or Lisa and Luca, and I loved how those turned out. You can see the wonderful love that Kristina has for her little one, proud to show him off as she can’t help but smile for the camera. You could tell that Lisa was Kristina’s mom just from the loving way that they both cradled Luca, holding him close. We finished off the session by getting the trio in the shot, and it was amazing being able to capture three generations in one image. You wouldn’t have believed that so much love could fit into just one picture!

If you want to capture these precious memories in your life, contact me here to book your session today!

 

Enjoy!

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A Dreamy Session | Greenwich Newborn Photography

Ever since I first met this gorgeous family, I knew we’d have a great session. Baby Taylor looked so dreamy throughout her session, and mom Stephanie and Dad Kevin were all smiles as they were able to take a break and gaze at their beautiful new daughter. I had the pleasure of brainstorming and organizing the shoot with Taylor’s parents, and I loved the result of putting our minds together.

For this newborn session, we wanted to do a mixture of formal shots and candid shots, with a palette of light pinks, white, and spring greens. We kept the wardrobe simple and classic, with floral headbands, swaddles, and ruffle bottoms. I loved adding in a circular floral arrangement digital backdrop for the first scene, full of pink flowers, dark green leaves, and a white fur center for Taylor to lay in, blissfully asleep.

We swaddled her up in a white knit blankie next, with a white floral headband to crown Taylor as we laid her on a white backdrop. She dreamed away as we posed her for the camera, lost in a white sea, looking as cute as a button. I especially loved finding the perfect lighting for the scene, creating a soft glow around this precious newborn while giving her features plenty of light to see every little detail, like those cute little feet and tiny toes.

For a different scene, we used spring green blankets, and filled a cute wood box from the studio’s props. Taylor was snug and comfy in the soft fabrics. I loved the color scheme of this scene, with the earthy tones and Taylor’s lovely skin tones blending into the perfect image. We finished off the session by getting mom and dad in front of the camera, lovingly cradling Taylor in her pink swaddle. You can tell by the size of their smiles how much they enjoy holding their precious little one!

There’s not a cuter sight than two wonderful parents gazing down together at their little girl, filled with the love and joy only parents can have. It’s a sight you’ll want to capture forever, and now Stephanie and Kevin can look back on this gorgeous moment forever!

If you want to capture the precious memories in your life, contact me here to book your session today!

 

Enjoy!

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