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Naperville Newborn Photographer | In-home Newborn Sessions

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February 27, 2022
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Naperville Newborn Photographer

Naperville Newborn Photographer, family sitting on porch

As a Naperville Newborn Photographer, I can attest that the arrival of any new baby is almost always eventful; however, few are exciting as baby Charlotte’s entry into the world. This baby sister gave Mom and Dad a run for their money when she decided to arrive without further ado, and Dad had to call an ambulance. A short two hours later, and Charlotte had arrived safely, though swiftly, into the world.

I totally understand the last thing you might want to do once you get back home is pack up the whole family, and big brother, too, and travel to a studio for your newborn session, so that’s why I offer in-home in newborn sessions throughout Chicagoland. I love doing newborn photography at home for so many reasons, certainly not the least of which is knowing how much easier they can be for a new family, so sweet Charlotte was photographed at home. 

Resting in her Moses basket and using the abundant natural light from her nursey room window, Charlotte was swaddled in a pure white blanket where her bright eyes popped out in every frame. Being in a familiar space can help the babies be more relaxed, so capturing all the little details like tiny toes and little belly buttons is a breeze. The natural light mixed with the room’s neutral tones was the perfect backdrop to Charlotte’s adorable smiles and big, curious expressions.

Set against the soft curtains of the window, Mom and Charlotte had a beautiful bond. No matter how many times I photograph a newborn and mom, seeing this bond is special and takes me back to when my kids were born.  Curious tiny hands are reaching up for Mom’s kisses, or a teeny-tiny bottom balanced in Mom’s hands is the kind of fleeting moments that newborn portraits are made of, and they were especially beautiful to create in their home nursery.

An at-home newborn session is always a great way to easily incorporate older siblings who are still a bit young themselves. Though a proud big brother, he’s still a toddler, and the ability to lay in the light which flooded the room without studio lights, or having to hold a squirmy new sister atop a posing table, meant that their early sibling connection was captured as it naturally unfolded. Sweet kisses on his sister’s cheeks quickly became loud giggles and big brother hugs. 

Mom wisely chose a wardrobe for the whole family of clean, neutral tones with soft accents in pink for Charlotte. Then, moving from the nursery to the porch, we created some fantastic family portraits on the steps to their home. When you’re at home, everyone just looks and feels comfortable, and you can avoid having to pack up a diaper bag because everything you need is right there if someone spits up or has an accident. Everyone feeling relaxed is also key to creating moving newborn portraiture. There’s time and space for the baby to fall asleep in Dad’s arms and then wake up to play with big brother. The truth is that you don’t need expensive or distracting props because your family is truly the star of the show, and an in-home newborn session puts your family’s connection right into focus.

If you’re expecting and looking for a newborn in-home portrait session anywhere in Naperville or throughout Chicagoland, I’d love to speak with you! I’m happy to tailor the session to your family’s needs and create beautiful art for your walls. If you’d prefer a newborn studio session, that is also available in my studio in Lake Forest. Get in touch, and let’s plan your session!

For information about how to prepare for an in-home newborn session, click here.

For guidance about how to dress for your in-home newborn session, view my Pinterest attire guidance here.

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