I love the light in Denver in Spring. I also love this precious family. I have been lucky enough to know them through the years, and was so honored when they asked me to photograph their beautiful newborn baby girl in their Centennial Colorado home for their posed and lifestyle session.
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Last time I had the honor of photographing a newborn for this family, I was 8 months pregnant with Harper, and here we are again with their precious second baby. I am so honored they let me visit their Lone Tree home and capture their family growing again. Their little ones are about 22 months apart- I love that gap. It's neat to see so many of my Colorado families increasing in size.
She was about 9 pounds of delicious baby perfection, and was a complete angel during our session. Typically is takes babies about 45 minutes to completely relax and fall into a deep sleep, but she was there within 5 minutes. Gold star for baby Chloe!
Nursing breaks equal sibling photos for me. I really love the 2-3 year old ages, and how they're so naturally curious. I just followed him while his mommy fed his newborn sister- I got to see his super awesome bedroom and his crazy cool toys. He even showed me his favorite books!
I'm sure I've written about this before, but one of the biggest challenges with young siblings and portraits with their newborn baby, is keeping both parties 100% safe. Some siblings are SOOOOOO in love that you have to makes sure they don't hug the baby too hard during their photos, others are scared to touch baby, and others are just too wiggly in their adorable little bodies to stay put for photos. Lucky for me I have some tricks up my sleeves! Cam was so good to his sister though- and Mickey Mouse helped us hold still for a few frames.
As always, I adore family images. I love seeing them connect with each other. I love the way love pours out of all of them and into one another. The way newborn babies are immediately loved so deeply, and the way toddlers are loved just as deeply but with the added enjoyment of their fantastic personalities, and so on. I feel blessed to get to capture such intimate moments. These are the moments I want them to remember.
Little Mr. Stetson was on oxygen when we did his newborn photos. Living in Evergreen and being a little early made it so he needed a little help to breathe well at the high elevation, but he did great during our session. We kept his oxygen on while we got ready for posing, and then pulled it for a few shots, and put it back on.
I think my favorite thing in the whole world, be it in the hospital when they are just born, or those first days at home, is older siblings getting familiar with their new baby. They are filled with curiosity and trying to figure out how this new little buddy fits in their life. Most kiddos say "Why can't s/he play yet? How much longer until they play??" and are totally in love. Some kids realize baby mostly sleeps and decidedly ignore them until they at least start to smile (totally normal). This sweet pea adores her new baby and wanted to tell him about everything in the world.
Baby brother needing a nursing break equals special time for me and big sister to take photos. We got to read books and she showed me her *gorgeous* bedroom, and I might have let her jump on the bed for a minute.