Jupiter Lifestyle Newborn Session Featuring Twins

I captured this lifestyle newborn session featuring twins (and their two older siblings) on a sunny morning in May. When their parents (who happen to be friends from our church) reached out about scheduling a newborn photo shoot, I knew it would be a fun and lively session with four little ones three years old and under <3

I arrived at their session and it was probably one of the most peaceful settings considering the fact that four little ones resided there. The twins were fast asleep so we swaddled them up with my soft cloth wraps and jumped right into it. The parents wanted that natural lifestyle look that I adore and aim to capture at all of my newborn photo sessions. The older two were as sweet as could be and did very well with cooperating for all of the photos :-) It was super smooth and we were able to get all of these shoots in about 2 hours. We ended our session with the twins swaddled together in a basket <3 Check out a glimpse into their photo shoot below:

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Jupiter Lifestyle Newborn Session

I’m pretty behind on sharing work here so I’m planning to get caught up with the photography blogsite this summer! Stay tuned for many more lifestyle newborn & family sessions from some of our favorite 2019 sessions <3

Last May, I met and captured this sweet new family for the first time. They opted for a completely indoor lifestyle newborn session to capture the essence of their beautiful newborn girl in their home. The mother attempted to photograph the baby herself (prior to our session) but ended up deciding to hire a professional (me) so that she and her husband could also be in the images.

This session was so perfectly quaint and calm! We captured the majority of our photos in the nursery. I adored the natural colors and tones which consisted of white, cream/tan, and lots of greenery. We used all of the pretty blankets, sheets, headbands and all of the pretty items around the room to highlight the baby in the images. We captured the emotion and love that goes along with having a newborn, filled with lots of snuggles, kisses, hugs, and admiration of this tiny little person. We also aimed to capture some of the details of the decor. The couple was so natural and the baby incredibly calm and sleepy. She woke up at the end so we were able to capture those bright eyed images as well. Check out the session below.

Lifestyle newborn session in Abocoa home located in Jupiter, FL.

Palm Beach Gardens Lifestyle Newborn Session

I captured this petite lifestyle newborn session a few months back and have been meaning to share a glimpse of it here.

Last Fall, I met this sweet family when we captured their maternity/family photos during our first mini session event of the season. Click the link below to check it out and scroll down to find (they’re the third family from the top):

https://www.athenascottphotography.com/blog/dubois-park-family-photography-jupiter

Its always great to capture the same family for multiple photo shoot needs (i.e. maternity, newborn, family, birthday parties, etc.) because we have the opportunity to get to know each other better with each session and we become more familiar with one another. It’s easier for families (especially the kids) to be themselves in front of the camera to someone who isn’t a stranger anymore ;-) I personally love being able to document families as they grow and change and it is such a joy to be in their lives, the kids recognize me and look forward to the fun they’ll have during the session and don’t want me to leave.

We captured most of the session indoors, then we headed outside for a few shots and were greeted by a beautiful rainbow (scroll all the way down to see the images). It was the second photo session I captured this year featuring a rainbow. I haven’t had this happen in many years, let alone two back to back within a few weeks time.

Whenever I see a rainbow I am reminded of God’s many promises.

Family of four, lifestyle newborn session in home and outdoors in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

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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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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