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Baby's First Year and Beyond

Newborn Pride | Connecticut Newborn Photographer


I love meeting first-time parents. Their nervous excitement and their constant smiles give me such joy, from the moment I meet them all the way up to capturing the special moments right after they’ve met their precious little one. It was the same joy meeting Mom, Shivani, and Dad, Nikesh, face-to-face. The first thing I noticed was their infectious excitement, as they eagerly awaited meeting their little girl, Niva. Right away, you could tell this couple was going to pour all of their love and affection out on their tiny baby girl.

Shivani and Nikesh just recently moved to Connecticut from Texas, and have known each other since 9th grade. Since 2010, they’ve been sweethearts, and in 2017 they made the big decision to move away from Texas, where they were born and raised, all the way to the northeast, and they’re excited to explore the area. It was wonderful meeting them and the other big change in their life, Niva, in her newborn session.

I loved the creativity of the parents in this session. We decided on a palette of mauve, white, light pink, and cream, for a soft look to the session. We divided the session into two sets: one, with Niva swaddled up in my signature scene in the studio, and the other with a nature/jungle theme, with Navi dressed up as Nala, from Lion King. Both Shivani and Nickesh love the Lion King, so we knew we had to incorporate it into the session! I loved the creativity here, where we dressed up Niva in the knitted Nala costume from Shivani’s parents, and it made for an adorable moment to capture.

In the first set, we wrapped the little girl up in a light pink blankie, and set her in a basket of white furs, with a light pink backdrop. Her little smile was the cutest thing, and it carried over as we did close-ups of her cute profile, and her tiny toes. We modified the scene a bit by taking away the basket, and replacing it with some gorgeous, pink flowers that encircled Niva.

For the second set, we focused on the backdrop, as we didn’t want to take away from the amazing knit costume. We added flowers to give it a natural look, and laid Niva on a braided purple fabric, to compliment the greenery that surrounded her. The scene quickly became one of my all-time favorites, and it was the perfect way to showcase the pride that Niva’s parents have in their new little girl.

We finished off the session by getting Shivani and Nikesh in front of the camera. You’ll see their gorgeous smiles in the photos below, as they beamed with the realization that this child in their arms was theirs to love and hold forever. Their joy in Niva didn’t stop once the camera was off and the session was over, either. That love and joy that we captured is all you need to be great parents, and Shivani and Nikesh are overflowing with it. The whole session was so fun, and now this adorable family has captured some of the most special moments of their life to cherish forever.

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