Newborn Portraits

Baby Sawyer and His Big Brother | Niagara County Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

Being a big brother is pretty serious business. That’s the number one lesson I learned from four-year-old Hunter after photographing his baby brother Sawyer’s lifestyle newborn session last June.

I had the pleasure of working with Hunter and his family last spring, shooting his mom’s maternity session on their beautiful country property in rural Niagara County. Normally when working with a family more than once, we would select a different location for each session; but in this case, their property was so beautiful and with so much variety that I was happy to come back and explore a bit more.

We started with a few photos inside, and immediately it was quite clear that Hunter had this whole big brother thing down. He held Sawyer like a champ, and even though he was a typical four-year-old with crazy four-year-old energy, he was gentle and calm when near the little guy. At one point we decided to wrap Sawyer up in his Mom’s gorgeous Free People scarf and let him and Hunter snuggle in for a few photos on the floor. While I shot, Hunter proceeded to show me what he would do if anyone ever messed with his little brother- brandish his (imaginary) Wolverine claws!

Taking newborn photos outside can be hit or miss, but in this case the weather was beautiful and warm, so we decided to give it a go. Just the week beforehand, Hunter and Sawyer’s mom Sara had found a beautiful little wooden footbridge in the woods near her property that was the perfect size for a teepee! On the way back to the house we stopped to say hi to the horse who had just come to live with them.

Walking around their property, I couldn’t get over what a perfect paradise for little boys they had. As Sawyer grows, he’s going to have a blast exploring his little world- with big brother Hunter by his side, of course.

Newborn Portraits

A Warm and Welcoming Lifestyle Newborn Session | Rochester, NY Newborn Photographer

As a newborn photographer, you have to be prepared for anything. Babies who fuss, cry, want to feed constantly and can’t get settled are just par for the course in this profession. Still, I wasn’t quite prepared for what greeted me when I arrived at Brandon and Liz’s house to photograph their new baby Eliza: a cup of coffee.

Considering they had only had 11 days of practice, Brandon and Liz were killing it in the parenting department. They were both so relaxed, and so clearly enjoying their sweet new daughter, along with their brand new roles as parents. From the moment I stepped into their home and Brandon handed me that cup of coffee, I could see that little Eliza had somewhat seamlessly slipped into their world, rather than completely rocking it.

Eliza’s newborn session mirrored her parents’ attitude: warm, loving and relaxed. No fussing or crying- this might have been a first! We set up shop in the cozy master bedroom, and in between coffee refills I worked with Brandon and Liz to document their gorgeous new family. Eliza cooperated beautifully, and I left that morning not only with a couple of growlers of homebrew (Brandon is a master beer-brewer!), but a smile on my face and the warm feeling that I had just witnessed the beginnings of one very happy family.

Eliza is one of the members of my flagship Year One Plan - a baby package I’ve been implementing for the past year without really having the chance to advertise. With the Year One Plan, I’ll have the privilege of photographing Eliza during more of the milestones of her first year (or so) of babyhood. I’ll share all the details of my Year One Plan in a future post- but in the meantime, I hope you enjoy these images from this beautiful newborn session. Welcome to the world, Baby Eliza!