Ava | North Carolina Newborn Photographer

I met Ava’s family for the first time a few years ago when I photographed her big brother Jax at his newborn portrait session. I was so honored when Ava’s mom called me and asked me to create her newborn portraits, as well. It was wonderful to spend time with this beautiful family again.

My style has changed a bit since photographing Jax for the first time. Back then, I used a black backdrop and studio lights for most of my newborn sessions. I still like this look, and it works very well for a classic newborn portrait. Here’s an image of Jax when he was just a couple of weeks old.

Classic black and white newborn portrait

Of course, I still offer the option of a classic black and white newborn session, and I think this look creates timeless, striking newborn portraits. But I’m also a huge fan of environmental portraiture these days. I love going on location for my newborn sessions. Not only is the baby likely to be more comfortable in the quiet environment at home, but the images have a more personal meaning for your family when it’s your furniture and surroundings featured in the images. I’m also a huge fan of color these days, and there’s just something about an on-location natural light newborn session that lends itself perfectly to color portraiture.

Rather than trying to duplicate the images from Jax’s session, we decided to take an entirely different approach for Miss Ava’s portraits. Her bedroom is filled with such beautiful light, and the walls are covered in a mural that was hand painted by her grandmother.  The mural and furniture in Ava’s room made the perfect setting for a super soft girlie-girl type of newborn session.

Ava was such a good baby! She slept through most of the session, only waking up to eat and snuggle for a few minutes. She allowed me to mold her into various poses and place her in baskets and on chairs without complaining at all! The images from this session are some of my new favorites, and I’m so excited to share them with you!

Newborn Portrait with baby asleep on a chair
Natural Light Portrait of a Sleeping Newborn
Newborn Portrait with baby sleeping in mother's arms
Portrait of Newborn Baby Feet
Newborn Portrait of Mom and Baby
Portrait of a Smiling Newborn Baby
On Location Newborn Portrait Session in Baby's Nursery
Newborn Portrait with Dad and Baby
Portrait of a Newborn Baby Sleeping in a Basket

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Jana Hill | Oklahoma Photographer - November 6, 2010 - 10:17 pm

I love the light, airy feeling of these newborn portraits! Just right for Miss Ava!

The Curvy Life - November 3, 2010 - 1:38 pm

These are just beautiful! Classic newborn children’s photography! WOW! Gorgeousn images!


Paula Swift - Boston Photographer - November 2, 2010 - 2:25 pm

Beautiful Newborn Photography! Love your angles and lighting in your newborn photography work.

Justine - North Dakota Photographer - November 2, 2010 - 1:51 pm

You’re so right! Love the classic black background newborn photography. But the addition of the contemporary newborn photography to your offerings is perfect. Love the lighting and color in these! Beautiful newborn photos all around!

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