Archive for 'Newborn Sessions'

Aurora’s mom & dad held off for 9 long months on finding out her gender, much to the frustration of their family members. Gramma would call and ask, “Do you know? Why aren’t you telling us? I want to buy cute things for the baby!” but they held firm. And surprise! It’s a Girl! I was told the potential names at our maternity session, and you can bet that I was excited when “Aurora” was the girl’s name they selected. Many ideas ran through my head for her newborn session. Princess crowns, canopies, sleeping photos…. so many cute options. I’m a bit of a Disney nut, so we settled on traditional Disney Sleeping Beauty, with pink, flowers & a soft squishy bed for her to dream on. We also included the sneakers that her parents used to make their pregnancy announcement, and used in their belly session, plus added Dad & Mom’s running medals. I love incorporating family personality, hobbies & awards into photos whenever we can. It makes them that much more special. Little Miss was grumpy for part of our session, which is perfectly normal & expected. Newborn sessions are relaxed and follow baby’s cues. So we’d rock, snuggle and let her snack when she wanted. She was a trooper, even letting us take her outside for a few photos, then after a big nursing break, she crashed out in the comfy Princess set. We joked that she had just been waiting for a proper royal bed.


Mr C made his debut a couple weeks earlier than expected, deciding that he didn’t want to share his birthday with Valentine’s day or the week before or after! His mom, Jennifer, and I were actually having coffee talking about his newborn photos when she told me that she’d been having contractions for a few days, but figured they weren’t the real thing. Ha! He was born less than 12 hours after our coffee date! The family lives in Gilbert AZ also, so it was just a hop, skip and a jump for me to pack up my gear and head to their house when Mr C was just 7 days new. I love setting up newborn sessions in clients’ homes; they don’t have to worry about packing half the house to come to me and they can enjoy¬† their own space. It just makes sessions so much more relaxing & stress-free. We had done their maternity photos in their home as well, so I knew that the upstairs had beautiful light, big windows and would be warm enough that I wouldn’t even need my space heater. Plus, we could do “before” & “after” photos posed similarly to the belly session.

Mr C wasn’t exactly thrilled with our session at first, and was even a little ticked off to begin with! So we swaddled him tightly, and he zonked right out for the rest of the photos. We even got big “sister” Anya, a Great Dane, to jump in for a couple of shots. One of the coolest things about doing both a maternity & newborn session with a family is being able to create artwork from both! The nursery will have these 2 prints hanging side by side over Mr C’s changing table, showcasing both belly & baby in a custom design that matches his nursery.

*Edited to add: Maternity session is posted! Click here to view.

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<3 Kristen


A new baby brings so much joy & love, and with a toddler in the house, more chaos! The Finn family of Mesa, AZ welcomed the addition of their son, making a family of 4! Big Sister is just a little over¬† a year older than baby and her world flipped upside down when he came home. I always tell parents that toddlers need time to adjust and with newborn sessions usually happening within the first 2 weeks of life, they aren’t always going to cooperate with us for the perfect family photos. Miss E was no different. She was used to being the center of attention, and now, she had baby brother taking some of that. When I arrive to a newborn photo session in my clients’ home, I always make sure to greet the older child or children, involving them in the process, and making sure that they are comfortable with me. This usually makes things so much easier later on in the session. We also go with the flow for posing; if big sister or brother won’t participate right away, I’ll take photos of baby alone, or baby with mom & dad individually. On the other hand, if the sibling(s) are ready to go and want to love on baby, then we jump right into family photos and sibling shots.
During our pre-session consultation, the family and I discussed the possibility of lifestyle photos for these instead of using the studio setup. It gives the toddler a little more freedom, plus tends to be more realistic in your memories of those first few precious days with a newborn. So, when Miss E really didn’t want to take pictures with baby brother (or even sit near him), we went with plan B and I’m so glad that we did! Family photos on the couch, where they hang out regularly, playing, laughing, jumping, and loving each other! A real lifestyle look into their family and this particular moment in time. Then, once little Miss was done with her photos, she got to have lunch and go down for a nap while I snuggled and wrapped her new baby brother. He was so smile-y!! (Whoever says that new babies only smile from gas is full of hot air themselves! I <3 big huge baby smiles!) Plus, I kinda have an obsession with baby toes, so you know, there are some photos of them as well.
The funniest moment though was when I felt something or someone bump up against my leg; I looked over expecting to see big sister hanging out (which happens), but no. It was the family dog. He loved how warm our space was, so he plopped himself on the edge of the blanket and watched as I took photos of the new baby! Looking forward to watching this little one grow over the next year, as he’s enrolled in my “Watch Me Grow” plan! Can’t wait!

<3 KC

Most newborn sessions are held before baby or babies are 2 weeks old. These 2 little sweeties were gestationally -2 weeks old when we got together for photos! It was a collaboration session with Bre Michelle Photography & Bloom Photography; both of whom are AWESOME baby photographers and super fun to work with. Having extra sets of hands and outfits made things even more fun!

Born early, these beautiful twins have had their share of battles already in their short lives. But the family’s slogan has pulled everyone through. I feel lucky to have met their mama, one of the strongest women I know. Here’s their story (in her words):

“Wren Harlow and Bryn Harper born 08/31/13 at 1:34 and 1:35 pm. The “Jean Team” surprised us with an early delivery @34 weeks. Biggie Smalls (Wren) weighed in at 4#14 oz and Itty Bits (Bryn) weighed 3# 12oz. Both girls came out screaming…. and have never looked back.

Our family is truly blessed for their safe arrival and the completion of our family. The babies join big brother JJ at home and are watched over by their oldest brother in heaven…. Our love truly stretches from here to heaven and back again! Welcome to a wonderful life pretty ladies!

The Jean team Motto: Believe and Never give up.”

Kristen Carter Photography Twin Newborn Poses with MomKristen Carter Photography Twin Newborn Poses

Seriously though, I LOVE their names; love their sweet little faces and teeny tiny features and cannot wait to watch them grow into rambunctious toddlers chasing after their big brother! Thanks for a fun and snuggly session girls!

<3 Kristen

I’ve had the pleasure of photographing the B Family a few times now (including when big brother was still a bump in the belly!). And I always love being invited back to welcome a new addition to a family, so this was a really fun time! Princess A joins 2 big brothers and is guaranteed to have her protectors watching over her constantly. The crown in the first image was designed using a tutorial I found on Pinterest, like this one here. (If you weren’t aware, I’m a bit of a Pinterest junkie… and a craft-aholic.) With the second image, I’m always amazed when tiny babies surprise us with HUGE smiles! Needless to say, mom ordered that one for her nursery & the front of her announcement cards. Enjoy some squishy baby love!

<3 Kristen