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Baby's First Year and Beyond

Celebrating the Gift of New Life | Connecticut Newborn Photographer


I love the excitement that comes through my studio’s doors. Whether they’re new parents, a single parent, or parents on their ninth child, there always is an incredibly contagious excitement at the arrival of new life in their family. In this case, Marc and Samantha are capturing the new life of their first child, a beautiful little girl named Noa. I loved every minute of their session!

When planning out the session with mom and dad, we landed on a color palette of creams, and two kinds of pink – pale, and peachy pink. Marc and Samantha’s vision for their session was for it to be simple, and to have a classic feel to it. One special request was for Noa to be in a tiny pink tutu, and we made it happen!

For the first scene, I carefully swaddled little Noa up in a pink fabric, and laid her on an assortment of fabrics and furs. I loved playing with the textures, and matching the colors to suit this precious little one’s lovely skin tone. Topping off the scene was a small flower headband, and Noa’s gorgeous features. We got close-ups of her tiny fingers and itty-bitty toes as she peacefully slept. We played around with this scene for a little while, removing other textures and loosening the swaddle to get the full range of pictures that mom and dad wanted to capture.

Marc and Samantha have been together for 10 years, meeting a decade ago in a Verizon store. It was love at first sight, and their journey of love led them to getting married in June of 2018. As soon as they got hitched they wanted to start a family, and their desire turned into reality when they brought Noa into the world, even though there were some bumps along the way. They dearly wanted to capture this special time, and celebrate the gift of new life that they were given!

I love making the newborn the center of attention in the session. For one scene, we gently laid Noa into a circle of white fabrics and materials, which was surrounded by dark green leaves. The pop of pink in the center brings the eye right to the beautiful baby, and it’s one of my favorite shots from the session. Better yet, though, is the picture of Noa in her tutu. The ruffled, tulle material paired perfectly with the driftwood basket, and the soft, white pillow Noa laid on completed the setting.

I loved capturing mom and dad holding their beloved little one in the session. With their smiles brimming with joy and excitement, they held Noa close while I captured moments that they will treasure forever. This wonderful family knows the precious gift of new life, and I am so happy that I had the pleasure of turning their joy into a keepsake that they can hold for years to come!

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