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Baby's First Year and Beyond

From Belly to Baby – Ashley Welcomes Bernie!


Another client pregnancy has gone by, and #smbc (that’s Single Mom By Choice) Ashley has welcomed Bernard into the world! We have celebrated him and his mother with a maternity session, and now we have captured his delightful first days of life, as well. Even – or maybe especially – during a global pandemic, life finds a way! I’m always open to receiving session ideas from my clients, which was exactly what I got from Ashley, who found Looking Up Photography recommended in a What to Expect group for expecting Connecticut moms. Ashley’s maternity session took place at Tod’s Point, which served as the perfect setting. That dress, and that hair! Ashley looked like an absolute goddess! Our “Belly” session together made for one happy mama-to-be, and I’m very excited to share a selection from both Belly and “Baby” sessions with you all today.


pregnant mama to be wearing a red velvet dress, standing on the beach at Tod's Point; Looking Up Photography

I’m kicking off this post with this amazing series of images Ashley and I created together! I love how these maternity session photos turned out – especially the tones and dimension added by our location. As I typically shoot indoors, being outside was so much fun – and Ashley got to wear that gorgeous velvet maternity gown! We also had the most exquisite golden hour lighting. Isn’t it fabulous?! 

Looking Up Photography; mother to be bright outdoor lighting with her gown flowing upwards behind hersmiling pregnant mom standing in the Connecticut forest with some snow on the groundgorgeous golden hour photo of a pregnant mother to be looking out at the water; Looking Up Photography

Ashley picked out this adorable suspenders and cap outfit for Bernard! The outfit was absolutely fantastic … especially for a baby boy named Bernie!

baby boy propped on a neutral oversized chair, wearing a cap and suspenders; CT newborn photographynewborn baby boy with his hands folded under his head, wearing a plaid cap; CT baby photography

What a cute little guy! I was so excited to have Bernard in my Greenwich, Connecticut studio. Especially last year, I was positively craving time in the studio! This boy was wonderfully angelic, and I relished in the opportunity to chat about Ashley’s ideas for our newborn session time together. The colors she chose for Bernard’s studio newborn session were fantastic! And that last pose is always a favorite of mine.

baby boy swaddled in an open knit blue swaddle, in a driftwood basket on a white wood floor; Looking Up Photographyclose up picture of a newborn baby boy with his hands folded under his chin; Greenwich newborn photographynewborn baby feet and toes peeking from a dusty turquoise swaddle; driftwood peeking from the bottom of the photo

What a look of love! We kept things simple for photos of Ashley and Bernard, and it worked out really well. What can I say? I really believe that simple is better!

single mom by choice with wavy long hair looking down at her newborn baby boy#smbc smiling and looking at the camera; smiling newborn baby boy being cradled by his mothersimple and classic portrait of a new mother with long and wavy mermaid hair holding her new baby boy while laying on a white flokati rug