Disclaimer: Big photography confession to follow…….Ok, so here goes……newborn sessions are my least favorite type of session. I know, I know…..it’s not that I don’t love babies, because anyone who knows me well will tell you that I LOOOOOOVE babies. Like, really really really LOVE them. I would have a perpetual newborn if I could. The lack of sleep be darned, there is nothing on Earth that makes me feel like i’m getting a glimpse of God than when I am breathing in that incredible newborn scent. As a photographer, however, newborns are definitely my challenge. I feel pressure to get them to sleep, to pose them perfectly, ect., ect…..I partially blame Pinterest for this. Recently, though, I have been approaching my newborn sessions differently and it’s made a world of difference. Instead of trying to do the latest “in” pose or curling them into some fancy prop, I have been doing my newborn sessions with a more “documentary” feel; you know, parent interaction, baby in their nursery, that kind of thing.
This session with sweet Madame Charlotte was such an encouragement and breath of fresh air when it comes to newborns. Granted, she has the most laid back and chill parents ever, which makes all the difference in the world. She was just a dream to work with, though. No crying, to stress, just sweet sleepy goodness and calm and peaceful waking hours. We started out shooting in her soothing nursery and than went across the hall to mommy and daddy’s room for some family cuddles in the big bed. Her adoring big sister Isabel was in on all the action and a great assistant to have at hand.
After this session, I am actually looking forward to shooting more newborns. I think that having a more laid back approach suits me well and I have some fun visions for future newborns. BIG thanks to the Clark family for their support of my little business and for helping me break out of the newborn session funk!
Meagan Stalter - So adorable! I miss Arthur being that little!
Jennifer Wilson - Beautiful! As always!
Joanne C. - Awe. I so need to do this when my baby comes later this year. I love the little baby feet. Just adorable.
Annette - These are beautiful! Wish we could have done pics like these of Blakeney!
Sara Clark - Sheena, you are so very kind. I treasure these photos and how perfectly you captured the sweet, sleepy world of Charlotte and our family. I will look at these for the rest of my life and get taken back to these moments. Thank you again.
Kate Daniel - Sheena, these are precious. I haven’t been able to hold my sweet niece Charlotte yet, and these help tide me over.
Heather E - Love your photos, Sheena, they are beautiful! I need to get some maternity and newborn pics done this time around!
Sarah Boyle - She is so alert! Beautiful.
sheenamariebean - I know what you mean! I think he’s making room for the next one
sheenamariebean - Thanks, Jennifer! I’d love to shoot your little crew sometime <3
sheenamariebean - Aren’t they precious! I love getting shots of all the little newborn parts that make them so irresistable.
sheenamariebean - Oh, gosh, Sara, thank YOU! Her session really helped me get excited about newborns again <3 She is just so divine.
sheenamariebean - Me too! I will come up and take some of her once she starts sitting up
sheenamariebean - Glad to help! She is such a sweet thing; I bet you can’t wait to see her!
sheenamariebean - Oh, definitely! Let’s do something earthy and fun for your maternity ones!
sheenamariebean - I know! She was looking around and taking everything in. Sometimes a waking baby makes for a tough session, but she was so content either way.
Denise Lane - I love that they were done inside of the house. The one with the parents kissing the baby on the head in bed…love it!!
sheenamariebean - It’s so sweet, isn’t it. I think that capturing the real moments in those first days is so important and memorable.
Katelin Pinto - Oh my… what a precious baby. Beautiful pictures.
sheenamariebean - Isn’t she <3
Jane Peters - Sheena, thank you for capturing our beautiful Charlotte. Once again you’ve brought “Happy Tears” to Grandma Jane’s eyes. I love that you were inspired!
sheenamariebean - Thank you! She is such a lovely baby and I can’t wait to capture some more memories as she starts meeting some fun milestones!