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Wish Upon a Star | 1920s Inspired Cake Smash Session

When you wish upon a star … This is the year of the cake smash for Looking Up Photography! Today, I have this fun, gold star-inspired cake smash session to share with you. Don’t worry – I’ll have more studio cake smash sessions coming your way soon!
Being a mom myself, there are certain things that are just a blast for me as a photographer, too. Photographing cake smash sessions is definitely one of them! It is so much fun seeing how differently each baby reacts to their cake (plus, I get my baby fix!).
Darling Mia was set up with a golden, starry celebration inspired by the 1920s, to match her nursery décor. A mix of complementary pastels and soft metallics were in order for this session, with lots of balloons and a beautifully frosted cake. And how exquisite is Mia, dressed in her birthday best? I’ve been dying to share this session!
Studio Cake Smash Photos by Looking Up Photography
Any fancy Gatsby-inspired party for a one year-old must involve pink and lots of tulle! A snow-colored first birthday dress plus plenty of balloons did the trick! Balloons are one of my favorite cake smash session touches for a little extra texture. We can always customize balloons to your colors and theme.
I love how whimsical this session is. It’s the perfect blend of refined and still very first birthday-feeling. Nothing like a sparkly floral headband to dress up an ensemble! Some gold stars were added in the background to tie the session to Mia’s nursery décor seamlessly. Aren’t they the cutest?

Is your baby’s birthday coming up? A cake smash session is the perfect way to celebrate, while capturing the precious moments in your family’s life. Contact me here to book your session today!

And now, let’s get to all the images because they’re just so fabulous! Enjoy!

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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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CT Newborn, Maternity, Baby, Family Photographer | Cos Cob, Riverside, Old Greenwich, Greenwich, Byram, Stamford, Darien, New Canaan, Rowayton, Norwalk, Wilton, Westport, Rye, Rye Brook, Harrison, Armonk, North Castle, Pound Ridge

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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CT Newborn, Maternity, Baby, Family Photographer | Cos Cob, Riverside, Old Greenwich, Greenwich, Byram, Stamford, Darien, New Canaan, Rowayton, Norwalk, Wilton, Westport, Rye, Rye Brook, Harrison, Armonk, North Castle, Pound Ridge

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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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CT Newborn, Maternity, Baby, Family Photographer | Cos Cob, Riverside, Old Greenwich, Greenwich, Byram, Stamford, Darien, New Canaan, Rowayton, Norwalk, Wilton, Westport, Rye, Rye Brook, Harrison, Armonk, North Castle, Pound Ridge

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Forever Moments | Greenwich Newborn Photography

Memories are some of the most valuable things that we can take with us wherever we go. They’re treasures stored up in our minds, that we can revisit and feel some of the same love and joy that we did in that special moment. It’s no wonder then that Ashley and Jacob wanted to capture as many of these special moments in their little one’s life as they could! Their firstborn, Lily May, looked gorgeous in her newborn session, and my studio in Greenwich turned out to be the perfect place to capture so many great forever moments.

Mom and dad wanted a simple, classic look to the session, and chose a lovely palette of pinks and grays. We started off the session by swaddling Lily May up in a soft, pink fabric, with a lacy, pink bonnet covering her head. The backdrop was different shades and different textures of grays, from fur to fabric, acting as the cushiest bed for this precious one to pose on. We got some wonderful close-ups of her cute little button-nose profile, and her tiny fingers and toes.

As the session went on, I noticed Ashley and Jacob lovingly gazing at Lily May, trying their best to imprint every single detail into their memory. These special moments when a child is still small, totally dependent, and overwhelmingly cute go so quickly! Once we finished the first scene, we got mom and dad in front of the camera. Ashley and Jacob met 15 years ago, when they first bumped into each other at their alma mater, Johns Hopkins. They’ve been in wedded bliss for six years, and are so excited to live life as a family of three!

We took some individual shots of both mom and dad with their little one, where both parents were brimming with joy as they held Lily May in their arms. Then we got the whole family in front of the camera for one of our last, and for one of my favorite pictures. Ashley, Jacob, and Lily May together radiate with love and happiness, and I’m certain that Lily May is going to love growing up with such wonderful parents!

Now, Ashley and Jacob have all these forever moments to look back on, with every little detail perfectly preserved. If you want to capture the precious memories in your life, contact me here to book your session today!

 

Enjoy!

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CT Newborn, Maternity, Baby, Family Photographer | Cos Cob, Riverside, Old Greenwich, Greenwich, Byram, Stamford, Darien, New Canaan, Rowayton, Norwalk, Wilton, Westport, Rye, Rye Brook, Harrison, Armonk, North Castle, Pound Ridge

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Covid-19 Photography Studio Policies

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont signed an executive order that requires all “non-essential” businesses to shut down through May 20th. Therefor the studio is closed until May 20th.

Here are the studio policies and procedures moving forward in consideration of the COVID-19 disease.

These guidelines are borrowed from Katie McCarthy at Little Moments photography, who is both a newborn photographer/business owner, as well as a practicing Registered Nurse for the past 9 years.

The information found here is based on CDC recommendations, and adheres to the guidelines of the three-phased approach presented by the federal government.

When deciding to reopen my studio and resuming operations, I will be following the State of Connecticut’s regulations and ensure that my business can meet the appropriate guidelines outlined here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/openingamerica/

At Looking Up Photography, I make client safety my number one priority. My day-to-day studio operations have been adjusted to maintain a safe and sanitary environment. My plans for the first stage of reopening the studio are as follows.

COVID-19 STUDIO POLICIES
• Studio availability is limited to Maternity, Newborn and Baby photography only. Family sessions will take place outdoors, weather permitting and when the parks and beaches are reopened.
• Only the parents and the child being photographed will be allowed in the studio during the session. No extended family members will be permitted. Additionally I ask that siblings not be present during your newborn session. A family member may bring siblings for a family photo at the beginning of the session.
• Family members entering the studio will be asked to participate in a screening process.
• Temperature checks will be conducted upon arrival. Anyone with a temperature of 100 or lower will be allowed to enter the studio.
• I require shoes off at the door.
• I (the Photographer) will wear a cloth mask at all times. Masks will also be available for purchase for parents if they would like to wear one.
• Multiple sanitizer stations will be available throughout studio, as well as a bathroom for hand washing.
• Please bring your own prepackaged snacks/drinks.
• Standard cleaning precautions before and after every individual session will include: cleaning high touch surfaces such as doorknobs, phones, etc., laundering studio fabrics, emptying and sanitizing trash receptacles, cleaning and disinfecting the bathroom.
• Professional cleanings on a weekly basis.

I look forward to inviting you back into the studio and providing you with a safe space to capture your Precious Moments!

The best way to reach me is via email at karen@lookingupphoto.com.

**Book your session with confidence! For existing bookings and new bookings made now through July 30 2020, postpone up to 72 hours prior to your session and receive a full credit of any deposits already paid towards any session through December 31, 2020.**

I know you don’t want to miss out on capturing all the precious moments of your little ones! So be sure to book ahead and reserve your spot, knowing you will not lose your deposit if the session needs to be postponed. ❤️

Many thanks for your understanding. Please feel free to CONTACT ME with any questions.

Stay safe. Wash your hands. We’re in this together!

With love and many thanks,

Karen

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CT Newborn, Maternity, Baby, Family Photographer | Cos Cob, Riverside, Old Greenwich, Greenwich, Byram, Stamford, Darien, New Canaan, Rowayton, Norwalk, Wilton, Westport, Rye, Rye Brook, Harrison, Armonk, North Castle, Pound Ridge

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Savoring the Precious Moments | Connecticut Newborn Photographer

The anticipation of a brand new baby is something that just cannot be replicated with any other experience in life. It is a mix of excitement, nervousness, and pure joy. That is why being a newborn photographer is something I truly love and am passionate about. Getting to be there for the incredible families I get to serve is something I never take for granted, even on the long days…my clients bring me such joy!

Nicole and John are parents who recently welcomed a baby girl. They are first-time parents, so they experienced all the fresh emotions and joy of becoming a parent. These two met at work, and have been together for a joyous six years, and have been married for three of those. They were thrilled to find out they were expecting their new little miss, and she is simply perfect. Mom shared that she had purchased this “Hello, I’m new here” onesie, so we made sure to include that in some of these images. We also worked together to design a customized shoot that included their personal style, which Nicole describes as, “very classic, not super trendy”. I always seek to incorporate the desires of the families that I work with, so that their images reflect their personalities, and look beautiful on the walls of their home. I ask what their home style is as well, so that the images are truly usable and are going to be enjoyed for generations to come. Because Nicole described their home, their haven, as “minimalistic with modern touches and lots of neutrals”, we kept the photos in that vein. 

When looking for a newborn photographer, it’s so important to know what you’re needing. For this sweet trio, they were seeking someone who would be very patient, and who would give specific directions as far as posing or styling. I love walking my clients through every aspect of their session that they may be uncertain of, and it means so much that they trust me. Nicole found me on an online list of newborn photographers, and we clicked right away! They planned to turn these images into products like an heirloom album, wall print, and announcements about their precious new addition! 

If you are looking for a newborn photographer, I would love to welcome you and your sweet babe into my studio and capture these fleeting moments for you. Just contact me here!

Enjoy!

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