Meet little baby James Bennett. He was 6 days new when he came to see me at my studio for his first official portraits. He was a tiny peanut at birth at 6lbs, 2oz and was as precious as precious can be. His mom and dad had their outdoor maternity photo session with me a month before he was born and I knew before ever meeting him that he was going to be adorable. And he was.
I sewed these little black pants for his session out some knit fabric I use as a newborn wrap.They were perfect for hiding his little boy bits while still being able to photograph full body shots and capture all his newborn movements. I followed a tutorial by Corina Neilson I found on how to make upcycled newborn pants for photography props. I made another pair in light pink for a girl newborn session I did recently as well. They are super quick and easy and I look foward to making pairs that coordinate with other backdrops I have in the studio.
I love this song I used in his video by JJ Heller called “Get To Be The One”.
THIS is my favorite image from James’ session. I love using my macro lens both as a portrait lens as well as it’s indended us of getting close ups of those tiny baby eyelashes.
I’ve been asked before if I could knit or crochet an elephant hat. And while, yes, I phyisically am able to do so, the thought always filled me dread. I HATE seaming hats and ones that require lots of finishing work tend to never actually get finished. So, when I found this adorable elephant hat at The Gap, and in the clearance bin no less, I HAD to have it. And when I saw James’ adorably decorated nursery I knew it would be a great addition to his newborn session. Mama also said that he likes to lay with his hands like that on his chest so it was extra special to them as well.
I couldn’t believe how put together James’ nursery was even before he was born! My children are 4 and 6 and I STILL have very little up on their walls. This mama definitely has a great sense of style and you could see how much they loved and adored their little boy even before they ever got to hold him in their arms just in all the little details to put into his room.
I love shots will absolutely no props, but James did really prefer to be wrapped up, as most babies do. This set of shots I lightly drapped a stretch wrap around him to look like a tiny cocoon.
How seriously cute are these little faces James made during our session?! Thank goodness for fast shutter speeds so I could capture them all leading up to a smile.
And THIS tongue! I just loved his little baby tongue sticking out. And below with mama holding him he’s looking directly at me and fully sticking his tongue out. I just about died when I saw that on screen and cracked up laughing. He was actually quite wiggly in this set of shots and I really wasn’t sure what I’d get with him squirming around so much, but I captured this one and two great smiles.
Despite being well fed, little James just didn’t want to sleep. But that’s okay. I ADORE this eyes-wide-open shot with his daddy holding him.
Mama had just finished nursing James and as she was soothing him, I drapped a guazy scarf around him and captured this lifestyle image on left. This one is a close tie as my favorite image from this session. I would LOVE to have a whole session like this one day, full unposed and simply capturing the beautiful moments between a newborn baby and his parents.
And each of my clients always get their own slideshow to bring their images to life even more. Enjoy James Bennett’s as it documents his expected arrival and his first few days of life.