I'm going to start this story with a ridiculous live video my 15 year old shot in the car on the way to an adorable 8 month old's photoshoot a couple of weeks ago.
But I should back up.
I mentioned in that video that this sweet 8 month old baby's newborn session was in the summer... I looked back, and we did his newborn photos in late June - and the high was 81 degrees that day. We really did only spend 20 minutes doing the photos, though - my Instagram stories from that day talk about how speedy we were. I'll take a sec showing you photos from back then first, so you can see how much he grew between June and February!
The June Newborn Session
He was only 21 days old when we did our session - and though those bright summer days make opening baby eyes tough outdoors, he did grace us with his cute open eyes for a bit:
I wish I'd brought my sidekick/daughter with me to this one last summer so I could show you where we were shooting these outside their house in East Bridgewater... basically we hid from the harsh sunlight over next to their house in the shade. I love the siding as background for this shot in b&w here:
And then we sat out front in the shade on a blanket and got some family snuggle shots.
And of course needed to show those tiny newborn toes as compared to Daddy's pointer finger...
And I LOVE when we can get a little (gas) smile at this age! What a treat!
Ok, so now that you've seen the June 2020 photos, I can get into a little more detail with the ones we just did a couple of weeks ago in February.
Behind the Scenes at Our Snowy Baby Photoshoot in February
These ones are fun to show because I had Annie there taking pictures of me doing my thing.
We started out in the back yard - all bundled up in his snowsuit for outside time:
Which resulted in this photo:
And then we went back into the front yard, where I positioned myself here:
And zoomed like crazy to get this shot:
And when we were ready for more squishy baby body parts pictures, we had this big boy sit up all by himself on my soft blankets in the front hall, and I stayed distanced outside... and the bouncing light off the door made a gorgeous setup for us...
And resulting in this photo (oh, the belly button!) (oh, the eyelashes!!)...
And of course we needed to get the pushing up photo... that's a happy skill that needs documenting, of course...
And here's the resulting photo (squeeee! teeeeeeeeth!)...
And last but definitely not least, I do love to get parents in the photo when they'll let me... so we had everyone snuggle on that bottom stair...
Thank goodness for zoom lenses and flexible families who believe in me when I say...
We can do your baby photos safely during Covid-times!
Interested in considering a baby photoshoot?
Let's chat! Schedule a time for a phone call in the next few days at a time that works for you. I have quickie 15 min phone call spots available at my calendly link here.
Not sure if you want to do photos at all?
I get that. Even if you aren't in the market for photography right now, if the whole "having a new baby in your house" thing is happening, I just launched a new VIP Facebook Group and I would just ADORE it if you'd come hang out with me in there!
My new group is called Year One Together.
It's for new parents who are getting excited about or already navigating their baby's first year here in the Boston area. I interview local experts in all things baby every Friday, and then those interviews are saved in the group archive so you can watch them anytime. Topics the experts are covering in their interviews with me will include: "Dressing your Baby in Boston Weather", "Do I want a Doula? A Midwife?", "Buying a First Home around Boston", "Postpartum: The Emotional Side", "Year One With Twins"... and so much more.
Don't have a baby in your house right now, but you live in the Boston area and want a fun online community of families to connect with? Come join my group for families with older children - it's called Boston Families Together and you can join that group here.
Hope to see you in there!
I'm Jessica McDaniel, and May 2021 will mark my 18th anniversary photographing babies and their families all around Boston.
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