When it Rains on Your Parade, aka Your Family Photo Session

Living in South Florida, it is impossible to avoid unforeseen rain storms! And when photographing families is your job … it can be a huge bummer! Most of the time we avoid the drama all together by calling off & rescheduling the session; however, sometimes it’s just not possible. Why? Clients only in town for that one day, no job flexibility with people who work demanding careers that require weekends or the weather forecast flat out did not show any rain … ugh!

In the case with this session, we happened to just arrive at our location and then the torrential rain started to pour on us. We sadly stood under a covered garage and watched it rain while trying to figure out what to do. We decided to stick it out and hope for the best because rescheduling wasn’t a possibility.

Here are Some Tips For a Rainy Predicament:

  • First and foremost, give the client a chance to reschedule for optimal light and sun!

    • make sure they are on-board with going with the flow and make sure they are willing to be ok with the results of potentially rainy photos

  • Have patience! The odds are the storm will pass.

    • we waited and it eventually stopped completely

  • Be creative! Is there a place for you to still photograph that is under cover?

    • in our case we found a covered parking structure and started our session underneath it, while it rained around us.

  • Be prepared! Do you have items that can be helpful for your session in this circumstance? (i.e. rain boots, umbrellas)

    • I was so happy that this client happened to have two adorable umbrellas that we were able to incorporate into the session.

  • When you are cool & calm, the clients will be too. So stay calm and carry on! :-)

    • We didn’t stress it, we went with the flow, we captured some amazing shots under the parking structure & guess what? The rain stopped, and we were able to venture around the area.

Check out the results of this situation below <3

Why Newborn Sessions Take So Long

On my previous two blog posts I described how the petite newborn session is a great option for capturing your newborn session completely at home or all outdoors; however, today I am going to explain why the full session happens to be my favorite option!

First of all, the full newborn session includes 3 hours of time (versus 90-minutes) and while this may seem like a tremendous amount of time to be taking photographs … I guarantee you, it isn’t! Many potential new clients might scratch their heads and wonder why soooo much time is needed for a newborn session.

*Here are a few reasons why a newborn session takes time & why a full three hour session is a great option:

  • Babies are unpredictable, you don’t know if they will be content or fussy

  • They will require several feeding breaks, which also includes time for burping

  • They will require one or more diaper changes, most likely even a diaper blowout

  • There will be clothing changes (whether by choice or if he or she happens to spit up on their clothing or even on you or your husband resulting in your clothing change)

  • Even if you opt for no clothing or just a diaper … time is needed for swaddling and re-swaddling

  • Now that you’ve fed and changed the baby multiple times guess what … we still need more time to settle them and get them to sleep for those adorable sleepy shots everyone loves … this is usually the easy part but some babies out there decide that they do not want to sleep for the first 2 hours of the session

  • Factor in extra time if you are wanting to use props and get them to sleep in cute accessories

  • If you have other children (especially toddlers), add-on more time because the odds are they might not cooperate like you thought, especially if they somehow missed a nap that day

  • If you’d like more than one look, as in …. not just in the nursery or not just at the park, but maybe you want to capture images indoors and outdoors as well, it will take a bit of time to pack up and maybe even drive to a different location

Check out this newborn session below. It was an amazing three hour lifestyle newborn session. We captured a variety of images in the nursery and Mom & Dad’s room, then jumped into our cars and headed to the beach which was only 10-minutes away. We were able to capture the family, the baby alone, the siblings, Mom with the baby, Dad with the baby and then do many of those same shots at the beach.

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Newborn Sessions with Multiple Siblings

I absolutely love capturing newborn sessions when older siblings are involved! It is so sweet to get to witness their absolute awe and wonder as they see their beautiful baby brother or sister, that’s been living in Mommy’s tummy for the past nine months. The focus is still the baby, so we focus on those images that show the other children loving on the baby.

Check out this sweet ALL outdoor newborn session at one of my favorite locations that incorporates three older sibling below

*My Must Have Sibling Shots are:

  • Holding & snuggling the baby in various ways (if the older sibling is old enough & trust worthy enough of course!)

  • Kissing the baby on the cheek

  • Gently touching the baby’s face or tickling their toes

  • Spending time with Mama who is holding the baby

Petite Newborn Session ALL Outdoors

Yesterday I spoke about the shorter newborn session (90-minutes vs the regular 3-hour option) and I discussed how it is great for an indoor shoot inside of the nursery. Well, this option also works well for an outdoor only newborn session. The time does fly by quickly ... considering the nursing and diaper change breaks; however, we are able to get a nice variety of images! I aim to capture the entire family in a few different scenes, mama & baby, dad & baby, baby alone & the siblings! When there are big brothers or sisters I also love to sneak in some photos of them alone (during the breaks) because they need to be documented too :-)

I captured this sweet family in their community area. There wasn't one bit of sunshine, only clouds ... but thankfully it didn't rain until after the session!! Their love towards one another was enough to light up a room. Check out some of my favorites below.

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Indoor Newborn Photography and a Little Bit of Grain

Many clients who inquire about newborn photography sessions often wonder and ask ...

Which session option will work best for me? (the full three hour session or a shorter 90-minute option)?!

I will explain the shorter time frame option here today. I created the shorter time frame for people who want a more simplistic approach to the lifestyle only option.  What does this mean? This means that you are getting 90-minutes of time, one general location & no newborn props! So the style is very natural, enduring and not "posed" or artificial. Photographing in the home & especially in the nursery only is perfect for this shorter session.  Some clients opt to do their entire time frame outdoors as well but the same rules apply (I will post about that next). 

Below you will see a lifestyle newborn session who opted for the 90-minute option. They decided to capture the entire session in their baby girl's nursery which was beautiful. It worked out wonderfully! We were able to capture a nice variety or family shots, mama & baby, dada & baby, and lastly baby alone. All of the items in their room become natural props (i.e. the crib, rocking chair, changing table & guest bed). It is perfect for documenting those first few days as a new family but also for documenting all of the details inside the nursery.

One thing about photographing completely indoors, using only window light ... is the fact that there may be some "grain" in the images. Since I am a natural light shooter the window light is sometimes not enough so I have to increase my camera's ISO to achieve that bright & colorful look that I so very much love. This added grain does not in anyway reduce the quality of these images, but rather it increases their character. 

Indoor Lifestyle Newborn Session

Lifestyle newborn photography is a unique niche that is up there among my favorites to capture. They typically take place inside (and or around) the home and aim to capture the organic dynamic and excitement that a brand new baby brings to a family. It is also a form of documentation because never again will this precious babe be so tiny and womblike.  The nursery is a good spot to capture some of the love and all of those sweet little details. Window light is a wonderful source of light when indoors because it's soft, even and bright when there's sunshine outside. On rainy days its harder to use window light, but still possible to achieve great photos with a little bit of grain & added character. Other preferred spots are the ones you frequent most.

So why do I love this form of photography? Because it's natural, it conveys emotion & evokes feelings of pure love and joy. It is just beautiful. Babies have a way of making us happy, so being on the other end of the lens is sort of a magical place to be because you can almost feel what they are feeling and rejoice with them in their new blessing from God, all while aiming to capture the most flattering angles, maximizing the use of light, capturing the atmosphere but also getting in close to vicariously bask in their delight. 

I had the privilege of documenting this new family for the first time. I spent a good amount of time with them, I'd say about three hours. We were able to capture a variety of shots in the nursery, living area and their neighborhood.  While the baby was a little fussy (I boiled it down to a growth spurt) and mama was a little anxious that she wouldn't settle; however, I reassured her that this was the norm at newborn sessions and you would NEVER know that by looking at these images. We had an amazing time <3 Check out some of my favorites below.

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Lifestyle Newborn Session

I have been meaning to get my blog site going for a while now but time always seems to escape me! Now that I'm all caught up on editing projects and product orders, my goal is to get it up and running on a consistent basis! First, I'm going to go back and share some of my most recent newborn sessions. Then, going forward I will use my blog to share "sneak peeks" and articles relating to newborn and family photography.

Here is one of my latest outdoor newborn sessions. We captured this family in their community area which is always sweet because it's familiar to them. Clients typically ask me for ideas on where to shoot their newborn session and I usually suggest staying close to home. I know how it is to be a new Mama and having that feeling of just wanting to be home after birth. So we headed down the street and hung out in the shade by the lake, the sunshine & light were glorious. The kiddos were excited to touch & hold their new baby sister and I was behind the lenses smiling while I captured their excitement and pure joy. What a gift! I'm thankful to get to do what I've loved since I was a young baby-loving girl with a manual Nikon camera.  

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Jupiter Newborn Photography

I was excited to arrive back from my photography conference with so many newborn goodies (including several flower headbands and swaddle wraps). Precious, 17-day-old, Everly Ann was the first babe to try out my new stuff and I was happy to try out a few new wrap techniques on her as well. We captured her right on my front patio :-)

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