Why you should book multiple sessions for your newborn

Boulder Newborn Photographer

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I haven’t written a baby plan post in two years so it is time for an update.  Let’s for a moment think about a baby plan separate from the newborn session.  I think we all get why you hire a professional for the newborn session.  It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to capture your baby fresh on the outside.  Whether your preferred style is posed (think wrapped baby in a bowl/basket) or lifestyle (think baby in an adorable onesie laying in their crib), you will treasure those memories always.  Always.

So why should you commit to a year of documentation?  What sessions are important and which ones can be skipped?  I mean the baby is 4 months old for an entire month, surely you can get some images on your own worth keeping right?  You can’t guarantee a photographer will be there when your kid hold their head up during tummy time for the first time so you need to be able to do it on your own at some point.

So I sat down to think about why you want to hire a professional photographer, specifically me, to document your baby in the 1st year and I will break it down below.

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You will be IN the pictures

I know I say this, a lot, but at the end of the day when you hire me to come into your home you can be present in the session.  You can interact with your child/family without worrying about clicking the shutter, hoping the image will be in focus, or missing the moment.  That’s my job. #allintheframe

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I would consider it my number one priority to make images that show the growth of the little one.  I pay attention to connections with parents and siblings; but also eating, movement, and body control.  If we decide to introduce solids at their first baby plan session I am already making a mental note to document eating at the remaining sessions.  Feeding them pureed sweet potatoes with a spoon, to having them pick up their own meat and vegetables, and finally smash a cupcake at their one year session shows a lot about their development.  Same concept with documenting their head control during tummy time, crawling around the house, to finally walking/cruising around your house while you frantically baby proof EVERYTHING.

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A few of their favorite things

Naturally we include their favorite toys/books/outfits even food during the sessions.  These are amazing artifacts for later in life when they look at their album/video/images from these sessions.

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Still thinking?  Boulder Newborn Photographer Colie James offers lifestyle maternity, newborn, and family photography sessions in Boulder and the surrounding areas that tell the story of you and your growing family. For additional information on newborn sessions, please click here

Not everyone wants their everyday, guaranteed-to-make-you-cry-happy-tears moments documented. But if you treasure those memories, let's chat. I'll bet you love it so much you'll come back for seconds.

photos + video = awesome