Short n sweet... with newborn baby Vaughan

Newborn Photographer Central Coast

Family traditions are a beautiful memory to honour during a new born photography session. Newborn baby Vaughan wore a 40 year old hand knitted jacket, bonnet and booties that his mum and aunty had both worn as babies. It was lovely to hear Brooke and her mum discuss the family friend that had made this delicate outfit. I was amazed that it was still so soft and white after all these years - it all comes down to gentle hand washing, which is almost a lost art in our fast paced society.

Newborn baby Vaughan was fast asleep when arrived for his photo session. His amazing mum Brooke was still getting ready. Vaughan had been unsettled throughout the morning so Brooke did what any new mum would do - she called her own mum for help. I think it is so important that new mums are able to raise a white flag and let people know when they need help. This is especially true for the incredible women like Brooke, who are parenting on their own. Being a parent is a challenging task and having an appropriate support network around to help when things are tough makes life that little bit easier. Brooke’s parents both turned up through the morning to help her out.

Brooke had done a beautiful job decorating Vaughan’s nursery. Elephants and African animals featured in this sweet little room. I had a lovely morning hanging out with this sweet little family.

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Short n sweet... with newborn baby Hunter

Newborn Photographer Central Coast

There is something about the arrival of a new baby in the house that makes so many families decide now is the time for major life changes. Whether it is renovations or career changes, so many of my newborn sessions are done while the family is going through big upheavals. When I arrived for Hunter’s newborn photography session, all was calm and peaceful in his family home. You would never have known that his family had only moved into the house a few short weeks before his arrival.

The move up from Sydney is big one - away from friends and support networks that are firmly established. Mum Lauren was grateful for the help of her extended family while in the newborn daze. Her in-laws also live on the central coast, while Lauren’s parents had flown in from their home overseas to be around for the arrival of the newest grandchild. Lauren was also looking forward to starting mothers group as a chance to meet other families with newborns.

Big brother Ace was busy throughout the session - he pushed chairs around with his daddy, they played tennis and little Ace did his best to get into a tub of playdoh while sitting on the white bedspread. Ace was also happy to stop his playing for a kiss and a cuddle with his little brother.

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Short n sweet... with nanny and poppy Ransley

Central Coast Family Photographer

Nanny Carol was given a great present for Christmas - a gift voucher for a photography session with yours truly! These active grandparents spend a lot of time with their adorable grandson Khan, so it was only natural that they wanted to include him in the session too.

Unfortunately when I turned up for their session, little Khan was sick. The poor little guy was struggling with his asthma and just doing it tough. All he wanted was to snuggle in poppy’s arms. And that was perfectly ok, because we got some beautiful photos of the boys together.

Khan was such a little champion - he soldiered on, kicking his footy, playing in his amazing car (with some nifty remote control driving by poppy) and following his dog Dottie around.

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Short n sweet... with newborn baby Henry

Central Coast Newborn Photographer

Someone forgot to tell Henry Wilbow how a newborn baby is supposed to behave. This precious little soul is not your average, sleepy newborn. He is bright eyed and super alert watching everyone around him with knowing eyes. He is super strong, lifting his head to scan the room for his big sister and throwing himself around in his daddy’s arms to see what is going on. It’ll be no time at all before this little man is up and after chasing Leni.

Beautiful Henry is so very loved. His big sister Leni dotes on him. She spent lots of time kissing his hands, playing with his toes and checking out his belly button - because they sure a funny looking on a newborn!

I feel so privileged to be able to photograph the Wilbow’s journey with Henry - from gorgeous baby bump in his mummy’s tummy to much loved baby brother.

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How to prepare for a newborn photography session (for those who are sleep deprived)

Central Coast Newborn Photographer

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Newborn photography sessions are my favourite sessions to be part of. Everyone’s emotions are so raw and their love for this wee baby is so big. I am so honoured to be invited into a families home as they find their feet with a new baby.

Newborns have this amazing ability to totally throw your world upside down. You are totally enraptured by these awesome creatures who take up 100% of your focus and attention.

Which is cool. It’s how it should be.

Until you think about inviting a stranger into your home to take photos of you and your munchkin. Then the anxiety might start to build - you haven’t had more than 3 hours of unbroken sleep in god knows how long. The house looks like a bomb went off and showering may not have been at the top of your priority list in the last 24 hours.

It’s cool. I get it. I’ve been there too. My delightful children would wake every 40 minutes as babies (true story - I plan on getting them back as teenagers!).

Don’t stress if things aren’t perfect. Life is not perfect. Fortunately my focus is only going to be on your new baby, not the state of your home. Just run a brush through your hair, put on some relatively clean clothes and get ready for some snuggle time with your little bundle.

Want a few more tips for preparing for a newborn photography session? Here’s my recommendations….

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1.      Make your bed

Sounds too simple, I know. Here’s the thing, snuggling up on your bed is a great place to have photos with your little bundle of joy. Even if the rest of your house is in turmoil, having a clean bed will make a perfect space for a calm and relaxed photo opportunity. Plus anytime you get to lie down is a good thing, right?

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2.      Wear something you are comfortable in

You want to look good for your photo session, that’s totally understandable. Remember though, we’re just hanging at home, so your outfit should reflect that. I can almost guarantee that bub will want a feed while I’m there, so make sure you feel comfortable doing so when you make your clothing choices. Avoid large logos or clothing with big writing. Neutral and light colours are good options as they won’t detract from the natural beauty of your baby. You can add colour with jewellery or accessories.

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3.      Open the blinds and let in natural light

As a natural light photographer, I love curtains open, blinds up and lots of natural light pouring. The more natural light you let into your home, the more options we have for photo opportunities. Don’t stress if it’s dark or overcast and hold off on using artificial lights (fluro lights are not a photographers friend!), I can work wonders with any available natural light.

That’s it.

Too easy huh?

If you want to book a relaxed newborn photography session in your home on the Central Coast you can do that here.

Short n sweet with... newborn baby George

Newborn Baby Photographer Sydney

There’s just something about a newborn baby with a gorgeous full head of dark hair that just makes you want to sit and play with their fluffy, wispy hair all day long. Dear little George has himself the most endearing Alfalfa hair - sticking up on end and making him all the more cuter for it. This little guy was so alert, he watched everything that was happening, just soaking it all in. Not only that, he was super strong, we kept laughing as he threw his head around, pushing off his daddy’s chest and rearranging himself to get a better view of what was going on. Then there was the talking. George kept up the cutest baby talk the whole time I was there. I reckon this is one seriously intelligent child that Aimee and Con have on their hands.

Aimee and Con have worked long and hard to get into their dream home, a mission that was three years in the making. Travelling to Sydney to do their in home newborn session was a no-brainer for me. It was beautiful to spend time with them in their amazing home.

Spencer the dog was on guard the whole time - he was quick to bark at anyone or anything he thought was a threat to his little family. Spencer stayed close by George throughout the session, keeping a watchful eye on me and my camera. George wasn’t bothered at all, he was relaxed and chilled the whole time.

Con obviously adores his son. He was attentive and hands on, talking constantly to his little man. Con has more than happily offered to be a stay at home dad, but Aimee is pretty happy in her role as mum and is no hurry to hand over the stay at home role to Con. Aimee was so relaxed with her baby boy, talking gently and reassuringly throughout the time I was there. This beautiful family were so content together - it was a special time for me to witness and document for them.

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