They say that some people take cuteness to a whole different level... and that is definitely true for sweet little Everly. What is better than a snuggly tiny baby who comes to be photographed at only few days old? One that comes back in my home studio in the Woodlands, Texas, every few months for her Baby Milestone Sessions or what I call Baby First Year! I just cannot get enough of her! I have never seen any baby that would simply look and smile at the camera for over 40 minutes! Typically I can do this type of session in less than 30 minutes but we were having so much FUN trying many different outfits from my studio wardrobe, playing peekaboo and laughing at Everly's unique expressions that I just had to keep shooting! Oh and did I tell you that Miss Everly's mom, Jennifer Holmes, is one of the owners of Blackbird Salon opening in a few weeks in Sterling Ridge in the Woodlands, Texas? Even more exciting is the fact that starting in October, I will offer a complementary hair styling at Blackbird Salon to all my mother clients booking a family session. I cannot wait!!
The three secrets of a successful Baby Milestone Portrait Session
Do you ever wonder how I always get these precious portraits of babies in my Baby First Year? I do have some "secrets" and I am happy to share them with you!
WELL RESTED and FED BABY - Yes, Baby's tummy needs to be full before the session. I always recommends to come in late morning right after the first nap. Bring Baby's favorite snack so we can offer it after the session.
WARDROBE - Dress Baby as simple as you can and do not worry about wardrobe. I have a whole closet packed with the cutest outfits for babies age 0-5 (and it does not help that I also have a precious little girl and an amazing boy at home...). I tend to prefer a neutral and classic style so that your images will be timeless and still gorgeous 20, 30, 50 years from now as a family heirloom. Among my favorites you'll find Feltman Brothers, The Beaufort Bonnet Company, Janie and Jack along with many unique pieces I bought in Europe.
JUST YOU & BABY - For the first two Milestone sessions (belly and sitting), I always ask for you to come alone with Baby. This is because all babies are curious and too many faces to look at will detract them from looking straight into my camera. Instead when I am alone with them, I can easily capture their beautiful and natural expressions; I connect with them on a personal level and Baby tends to stay calmer and happier for much longer this way. At these sessions, I also love to include a few lovely Mama & Me portraits for you to enjoy in the years to come. Then at the end of the Baby First Year (the 1-year session), I will invite the whole family (even grandparents are welcome!) and make it a larger family event! We usually shoot this session outdoor and I focus specifically on Baby's relationship with the family and the surrounding environment.
I love the Baby First Year! It is a one-of-a-kind chance to observe our little ones grow and learn all the first important skills they'll use for life. These first months will pass as quickly as the blink of a eye ( trust me, they do!) and I get to be the one to capture them for you! If your baby is under 6 months and you would like to learn more about the Baby First Year with Ella Heath Photography, contact me today!