Katherine called the studio to ask if we had any availability for a last minute newborn session. Because they had adopted their sweet little boy, they were required to stay in the state they adopted him from for a certain length of time. He was already over three weeks old, but when she read that we frequently photograph babies this age she contacted us right away.
We work with adoptive families all the time and are flexible with their scheduling since there are often so many hoops to jump through when it comes to bringing baby home after their birth when it’s out of state.
Newborn sessions are so special to me, because I get to hear all about the journey to welcoming their newest member. Some of the stories I’m privileged to hear from both biological and adoptive parents literally bring me to tears alongside mamas. (We keep Kleenex stocked in the studio!) I really cannot verbally express how honored I am to be chosen to photograph every single newborn who comes into these studio doors and to be a small part of their beginning.
On the day of their session, the proud parents arrived with baby Jonas and big sister Kaia. We looked through the studio wardrobe for Katherine and she quickly settled on a pretty floral dress. Kaia was already dressed perfectly, and Jonas Sr. was as well thanks to following our helpful newborn prep packet which covers what to wear from your own closets. I started with baby Jonas’ solo portraits in the newborn shooting room, but he was having a hard time sleeping due to some gas issues. We moved into the family portion next since he was more comfortable being held at that time. That part went pretty quickly, and by the time we finished, he was in a deep sleep.
I then took baby Jonas back into the newborn shooting room and was able to photograph him for one setup, and then he woke up due to wanting to eat. I took him back out to his mama, and while he was eating he also let us know that he would need a diaper change very soon. Kaia and her dad left the studio to go get some lunch, and I sat with Katherine while she told me all about the story of how Jonas came to be a part of their family. I won’t go into details as it’s not my story to share, but (a) I cried with her and (b) they’re amazing. That is all!
After changing his diaper and snuggling him for a bit, his belly was no longer uncomfortable from gas and we were able to knock the rest of his solo images out! Babies lead the way for their sessions in my studio. If something’s not working or they’re not comfortable, we change direction and do something else. Your baby’s comfort and safety are my top priority when you’re in my care. I’m always watching and monitoring how parents and babies are doing throughout the entire session.
I love looking at the images from this session! They’re so full of love and he’s just so sweet! His parents loved the images so much that they ordered a large 20x20 matted collage of (4) 8x10 prints and framed it with a gorgeous gold metal frame. I loved it so much that I ordered one for the studio too which can be seen when you’re here on request.
Without further ado, here are a few of my favorites from this session!
If you're expecting a baby or already a parent and looking for a newborn, maternity, or family photographer, I would love to work with you to create images that you will love for a lifetime. Watch this video to hear about my philosophy and see how I work in the studio so you can determine if I'm the right fit for you. I can't wait to meet you!
Lily Sophia Photography specializes in newborn, baby, maternity, and family photography in Atlanta, Georgia and surrounding areas.