Newborns these days

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I simply love working with new babies and new families. Whether you are welcoming your first or fourth baby, there is something so lovely about these first days as your heart grows and you learn to love each other and each other’s presence.

Although they are often called newborn sessions, I prefer to call them new family sessions because there is so much richness and beauty beyond just the sweet babe. We always involve the whole family. Mother, father, siblings, grandparents. I have even hosted dogs and cats in the studio. 🙂

When you arrive for your newborn session, we take time to pick from the many lovely knits and fabrics, simple but elegant props I have on hand on the studio. I love it when parents bring in a meaningful blanket or soft toy that we can incorporate. We follow the mood of the baby, stopping when feeding or cuddles are needed.

Over the course of a newborn session we usually work in 5 – 6 settings for the baby and then move into family pictures. I hope to capture the sweetness of your family and the sense of coming adventure together.

Continuing my “these days” series, I am happy to share Newborns these days with the lovely Emma who joined her mom, dad, grand mother and big brother for this relaxed and joyful session.

Wrapped up in you
Wrapped up in you
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Buds
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Rest
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A little color
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And some smiles
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Here to watch over you
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Eyes wide open
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For some sweet kisses
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Some love from Dad
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Happy days
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Here we are
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Three generations
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Wisdom
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Quiet
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And a vistor. 🙂
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Bed cuddles
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Proud
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Joy
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Simple and sweet
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Curley que
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Precious pieces
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Grounded
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Love grows here

 

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Welcome to the world sweet baby Jasper

 

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Sweetest Jasper

Dear sweet boy, how you have completed us. We are so glad to revel in this feeling of fullness, a complete circle. Welcoming you to the world has been one of the toughest but also best times for us all. You are so loved and we are proud to share some of that love today. ❤

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There he lays
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The bond
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A quiet moment
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Soft
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Survival strategy
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Trio
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Amazing grace
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Brothers
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The big kids
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Us three
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All these feet

First look: First days at home

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Something new

When this family first contacted me, they wanted something special. Being a photographer herself, Christina had the newborn basics covered, but of course often found herself on the business end of the camera instead of in front. Sound familiar? After some discussion, we decided to have a relaxed at home session which documented the experience of meeting and bringing home her second son. Nothing posed or using props, just life as it is.

Only five days after birth, on a bright June afternoon, we had a chance to capture some of these special moment of being home, now as a family of four. I so enjoyed being a part of this beautiful relaxed family. I hope you do to!

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Big brother
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Curly toes
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Comfort
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Storyteller
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Rest
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Mirror me
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Mosaic
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Closer
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Little lashes
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At home
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Mother’s helper
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Some quiet time
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Perfect
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US
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Happy days

 

First look: Welcome to the world baby girl!

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Big girl, baby girl

Its been a little while since I shared some sweet newborn photos. Wait no longer!

I love working with newborns and I really get to geek out with the little girls. Flowers, crowns, pink blankets. You name it! This sweet baby girl was a perfect angel for her session and big sister was one of the most attentive around. I am not beneath some heavy bribery to get those lovely sibling pictures but there was no need with this one. She loved cuddling and kissing her new little sister.

I am really happy to share this session because it was more of a family than just a newborn session. I find that more and more, my newborn sessions are really a shapshot in the life of the whole family as they welcome a new one into their midst.

So welcome to the world baby girl! Enjoy. 🙂

Cuddle
Cuddle
The sweetest thing
The sweetest thing
All dolled up
All dolled up
Together
Together
Touch
Touch
Slumber
Slumber
I love you so
I love you so
Blossom
Blossom
Curly que
Curly que
Got your nose!
Got your nose!
Got you back!
Got you back!
Pappa and the girls
Pappa and the girls

All the pregnant ladies – I salute you!

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Working it

This one goes out to those gorgeous ladies out there rocking their bumps to the max. You are awesome, beautiful and I salute you!!

Major hair envy aside, I loved having Stacy and Jason in for their maternity session and can’t wait to see then again when their little girl arrives late this spring. Rock on!

Right as rain
Right as rain
That moment
That moment
In these hands
In these hands
Us
Us
Glow
Glow
Shape of things to come
Shape of things to come

Super Dad

The protector
The protector

This morning I turned the page on my calendar and there it was, a mere 15 days away, Father’s Day! Why are dads SO difficult to shop for? On our possibilities list are a tie, a nice scotch, shaving kits, this amazing drawing replicator…you know, man things. I am not sure where we will land but while I have pappa on the brain, I would like to present some of the handsome and sweet pappas that have graced the halls of Bear & Dragon Studio. Cheers to all the pappas!

Admire
Admire
In good hands
In good hands
At play
At play

First look: Vanessa’s almost newborn session

Curve
Curve

I think it is clear by now that I really like babies, no? In many a newborn session, I get to roll them into cuddly little balls and put them in sweet baskets, blankets, momma or pappa’s arms. In the first 10 days, it is truly amazing what a baby will very happy do and sleep through as we work to get that perfect picture for an birth announcement or official debut to the world.

Lately I have been noticing an interesting trend of waiting until the 8 – 10 week mark when the little ones are a little more expressive and aware of the world. A chance to capture a slice of their growing personalities. Such was the case with little Vanessa who I first met during a planning session in the studio and then just one week later, in her idyllic home outside of Wavre. It was so lovely to capture this beautiful family in their home setting and to have nearly three hours with little Vanessa and her cheeks. Those cheeks!

Here to share with you today some of the highlights. Enjoy!

Where we belong
Where we belong
These cheeks!
These cheeks!
Hanging out
Hanging out
Family
Family
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The butterfly
Protector
Protector

Welcome to the world darling Willow

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This is home

The fun thing about newborn photography is you just never know when those little guys are going to make their debut! Only days after babatwo (finally) arrived, another special delivery came about three weeks early. Sweet Willow joined us in the studio just a week later along with mom, dad and big sister Autumn. One of the happiest little ladies yet, she was a pleasure to work with and a natural in front of the camera. Behold!

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Sisters
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The toes knows!
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Blossom
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A moment of peace

Welcome to the world my darling boy

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Darling boy

They say it flies by and this could not be more true. Almost three weeks have passed since the arrival of our darling little man. Weighing in at 4.2 kilos, 55 cm, two dimples and 100% mellow happy little man. We adore him!

Bababoo has been an absolute doll and I am slowly learning how to get two babies and a tired momma out of the house in under two hours. 🙂 Looking forward to this new adventure, happy days and whatever comes next. Hoorah!