All photography in this post is by Jada Nicole.
I cannot believe it’s been 3 weeks since we welcomed our little one into the world, Noah Blaine. It has truly been a rollercoaster of emotions and I am so in love and grateful to be a mom to this little one. I can’t remember what life was like without him! You can learn a little bit more about my birth story here.
Before I gave birth, I was going back and forth on whether or not I wanted photos at the hospital. I ended up going against that even though a lot of people recommended it. I’m honestly glad I did since I had such a tough delivery and can’t imagine being up for photos within 48 hours. We did capture a lot of beautiful moments on our iPhone camera and that was enough for me 🙂
I did want to make sure I captured professional photos of our baby boy shortly after our arrival at home. babies change so quickly that I did not want to wait too long before having our in home photoshoot. I’m so happy Jada Nicole was able to capture these sweet moments for us. If you’re in Georgia, I strongly recommend her!
I also wanted to share some tips with y’all if you’re planning on having an in home photoshoot with your newborn to make pictures go more smoothly.
Plan around feeding schedule– As a new mom, you quickly learn that your day revolves around the baby’s feeding schedule. When scheduling your photo session, keep that in mind and set a time for right after feeding happens. This way your baby is calm and satisfied and easier to work with. I also scheduled mine in the afternoon to give myself plenty of time to get ready.
Prepare an extra outfit- You never know if your baby’s outfit will be ruined by some spit up or a dirty diaper. While you might have found the perfect outfit for photos, have a second one ready as well. This also goes for mom and dad- just in case!
Find a photographer that’s comfortable working with babies– This might be a no brainer but just in case. Our photographer was wonderful to work with because she was super knowledgeable of babies and not scared to carry him or put him in different poses for photos. Make sure your photographer has experience with newborns to make the photos go ten times smoother.
The earlier the better- As I mentioned, babies quickly grow and change in looks! While I might be photographing him daily, I wanted professional photos of him as close to birth as possible. Try to schedule your session within the first 2 weeks of birth. Obviously, give yourself time to heal and feel somewhat human as well 🙂
Find inspiration for photos and share them with your photographer– Every photographer has their own style, but it’s important to share with them who you’re looking for as well. I put together a painters board of some shots I really liked and I sent it over to my photographer. This gives them an idea of what you’re looking for and Jada was great about remembering what we liked and asking us to pose certain ways to replicate.
Hope these helped! We were so happy with the way our photos turned out and can’t wait to get them printed out and framed. If you decided to stick around, below are some more of our favorite shots. We have almost 200 photos Jada edited for us and I wish I could share them all. For more information on her photography services, check out this link.