Let me introduce you to this next family as they are my kind of family. When this mama contacted me she told me she was welcoming her fourth child and wanted family photos to celebrate.
I admit I was a little giddy reading her email. Four kids?! That’s my kind of family! Then after emailing back and forth setting up the details, I really could not wait to officially meet and photograph this family. (To top it off, she asked if they could include their dog, Hedwig. A dog with a Harry Potter name? Oh man, it just kept getting better and better).
Their session did not disappoint. Life with a big family is chaotic, yet often means parents are more relaxed. And this mom and dad were super relaxed and welcoming. It was like spending the morning with old friends.
So how does a newborn session go when you have more than just baby to document? The flow is still very similar to a regular newborn session.
I begin the newborn session with the ENTIRE family, pets included.
After a short tour to decide on the space with the best natural light, everyone will snuggle together for an entire family photo. Of course, your pets are welcome to join in, and usually don’t want to be left out (Hedwig sure didn’t!).
We take feeding and snack breaks for those who need it.
As baby takes a little break to nurse, I can focus on the older children, capturing portraits of them together or individually. And when they need a snack, I can focus on just baby or baby with mom and dad.
We can even explore outside if weather allows.
This family live on a gorgeous piece of property where the kids love to explore, climb, and play. Since it wasn’t raining and baby was bundled up, we ventured outside for a few more photos as a family. We were able to even capture a few photos of just mom and dad together and the kids climbing a giant rock with their dad.
When you’re welcoming your fourth (or third, or fifth) child, your newborn session is not just about your new baby. Of course we document all of those little details, but the focus is on your entire family dynamic. I know how important each of your children are to you and we will capture them all, not just your new baby. (Scroll the images below to see more from this family of 6’s newborn photo session).
Are you expecting? Contact me to discuss your family and getting your newborn session on the calendar.