Natural Newborn Photography in San Elijo Hills | Cindy Newborn

mom and dad looking down at new baby girl

Natural Newborn Photography in San Elijo Hills

You’ve just had your first baby, and the emotions are flowing! You never want to forget this moment, how it felt to become parents, and the immense love you have for this tiny miracle. This little life you’ve created together is finally in your arms, and the joy that it brings to be a mom and dad is just unparalleled! This sweet couple welcomed their first baby and as you can tell, they are just smitten with their baby girl Cindy.

dad snuggling new baby girl
newborn baby in white swaddle looking at camera
parents sitting on bed holding baby
dad kissing mom while she holds baby girl
mom holding baby girl in swaddle
dad holding newborn and smiling
dad holding baby while mom gives kisses

Natural And Candid Imagery at An In-Home Studio

This beautiful, emotion-filled session was held in my home studio. Mom couldn’t stop smiling, and dad was over the moon in love with his little one. These images are exactly why I love doing this job – turning your priceless moments into tangible memories that bottle up those in-the-moment feelings you have as a family. I am so glad to offer a studio space at my home for my clients to have their portraits done. It is an intimate experience where everything you need is taken care of for you, from wardrobe styling to posing. No need to stress about cleaning your own home or getting anxious about weird lighting – my in-home studio creates the perfect, sun-bathed atmosphere to capture those picture perfect moments without distractions.

parents laying hands on newborn baby
baby toes on bed
mom holding newborn baby against chest
sleeping newborn in swaddle
new parents looking down at baby
mom snuggling new baby girl
newborn baby girl asleep in moms arms

Excitement About Baby’s First Photos

Your sweet little bundle just made their debut and you cannot wait for those first candid, raw, gorgeous images of your new family. Newborn portrait sessions are a great way to take some much needed time to bond with each other and your new infant. We allow plenty of time for mamas to nurse, dad to hold baby, diaper changes, and to make sure baby is completely comfortable to capture those perfect first photos. We provide everything for you – a warm environment with white noise, fresh swaddles and blankets in timeless neutrals, wardrobe and HMU for mom, and styling inspiration for dad. All you need to bring with you is yourself, and that sweet little one! We will take care of the rest 🙂

dad giving mom kisses as she holds baby
mom holding newborn baby against chest
mom nuzzling baby's nose
mom and dad holding baby girl
mom holding newborn baby against chest

To book your newborn lifestyle or portrait session, please send me a message! I cannot wait to meet your newest addition. If you are an expectant mama, consider joining our Collective Membership Program for portraits of your bump through baby’s first year.

Clothing borrowed from client wardrobe collection.
Hair & Make-up: Blush & Adore
Film Scans: Photo Vision

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La Jolla Lifestyle Newborn Photographer | Redding Newborn

mom and dad smiling at each other while holding baby

In-Home Newborn Session

This newborn lifestyle session was done in their beautiful home in La Jolla, CA. I have been working with this family since their older daughter (Arden) was just a newborn baby. I absolutely adore this family! To have the privilege of watching them grow and capture their family memories is such a blessing.

family together on bed
black and white family photo
mom looking down at baby boy
mom and dad smiling at each other while holding baby
mom holding newborn baby boy
family of four dad smiling
little girl with baby brother on lap

Styling Your Images

I am a firm believe that your portrait session experience does not end once you receive your prints – it begins! There is a wealth of options you can choose from on styling your images once they’re ready. This family chose to create a luxurious heirloom album from their portrait session, as well as a gallery wall. Heirloom albums are the finest and most elegant way to display your photos as keepsakes once you receive your imagery. There is no parallel to the quality and timelessness of these portrait albums to house your most cherished memories. And if a gallery wall suits you more, we install it for you so there’s no need to stress over placement and hanging them on your own.

family snuggling together on bed
mom holding baby boy in arms
dad and mom holding baby
black and white of family in front of window
mom kissing newborn baby's forehead
mom lying next to baby in bed

Daddy and Me Portraits

I talk a lot about styling moms and motherhood sessions, but it’s when dads get involved in portrait sessions it becomes a completely different experience! You both created this precious little life, and having those images of your hubby snuggling up to his tiny babe are the most heart warming. This dad was all smiles during our session (as you can tell!), especially when holding his new baby boy.

dad and two kids on bed
sleeping newborn baby
dad holding newborn baby
dad holding baby boy in arms
dad smiling at daughter and wife
family of four sitting on bed
dad and daughter smiling

Natural, Organic, Timeless Baby Photos

At our session, we will capture the most perfect, angelic imagery of your tiny love. I bring a fresh swaddle to each session, and make sure that there is a soft, safe space for them to snuggle while I snap away. Newborn lifestyle sessions are all about you and your little family that just grew by one – take this time to bond, focus on each other, snuggle your baby, and enjoy quality time together. I will create timeless, organic, and natural imagery that will remind you of how little your youngest one once was!

newborn baby boy on bed
little girl giving newborn baby kisses
little girl looking at baby on bed
baby toes
mom snuggling newborn baby

If you would like to find out more details about booking your newborn lifestyle session, and find out which location (in-home, or in-studio) is the best fit for your family, send me a message to get your initial consultation on the calendar!

Hair & Make-up: Noir Beaute
Film Scans: Photo Vision

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San Elijo Hills Family Photographer | Webb Family

These sweet girls are the same ages as my boys, and their mama and I both homeschool. Watching friendship develop between families is so amazing, especially when you have so many similarities! This session was taken at my favorite field to photograph at in San Marcos.

Capturing Sibling Emotion In Imagery

I just love capturing emotion that comes from family bonding paired with being outdoors. There’s something about being in the warm sun without a care in the world. We got this beautiful, golden light as the girls romped and played in the field which gave us some stunning portraits of their sisterhood.

These sisters were made for each other! They’re best friends, and completely love each other. Their bond is so sweet and it’s a blessing to watch them grow closer throughout the years. Capturing sisterhood on camera is full of twirls, giggles, holding hands, and picking flowers! There was definitely no shortage of sweet sister moments during our session.

Styling for Portrait Sessions

What better way to spend the morning of your portrait session than turning it into a mommy and me experience? I am passionate about creating a luxury portrait experience for my clients, one that is unparalleled in service. This includes options for hair and make up for mama, full styling for the family, and complete access to our Client Wardrobe Collection. HMUA arrives at your home before your session to pamper mama with full hair and make up, taking the stress away from doing it yourself.

The girls’ outfits are some of my most recent additions to my Client Wardrobe Collection. I am always on the search for timeless, heirloom pieces that are feminine and classic for daughters to match their mamas during our sessions! It’s so fun to shop for girl’s clothing for my wardrobe collection, since I’m a boy mom and don’t get to play dress up!

All clothing borrowed from client wardrobe collection.

Hair & Make-up: Unique & Flawless

Family Quality Time On Film

The years of raising babies goes by so quickly – though the days seem long, they grow up so fast. Quality time with your hubby and with your kiddos is rare – but can be beautifully captured on film during our portrait sessions. It’s not every day you can experience a day of quality time while having gorgeous imagery of you and your family done! Consider our luxury portrait experience a gift of precious quality time with stunning imagery you can enjoy long after the little years are gone.

To book your portrait experience, please send me a message to see what fall dates are still available! If you follow me on Instagram, you can find my available portrait session dates saved to my story highlights.

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Why You Should Invest In An Heirloom Photo Album

grey linen heirloom albums

Once you are presented with your photos from your portrait session, you have the opportunity to turn them into a beautiful tangible family heirloom. Not only am I super passionate about capturing fleeting memories on film, but also about turning those images into stunning heirloom pieces that can be enjoyed by generations to come. And that is where my luxurious collection of heirloom albums comes in!

Investing in an Heirloom Album

My collection of heirloom-quality portrait albums perfectly work with your family’s style with the variety of fabrics and sizes we offer. We also offer petite copies to gift to grandparents and family. Investing in an heirloom album is such a beautiful way to relive your family memories during the fleeting seasons of motherhood and parenting.

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Tangible Ways To Preserve Your Family Memories

We’ve just captured dreams you’ve had for your entire life, now let’s preserve these moments in print so that you can hold onto them forever! Whether it’s a pregnancy you’ve been praying for, or the first birthday of the child that completed your family, your images deserve to be turned into artwork to celebrate what it means to you to be a family. Heirloom albums are a classic and timeless way to tangibly enjoy your photos from each session we’ve done together. They can be passed down and treasured, sharing your family’s story for generations to come.

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A Personalized Professional Photo Album

Each album comes in your choice of linen, velvet, or satin cover with custom cover personalization. You can have baby’s birthdate, your family’s name, or monogram stamped onto the front cover to make it even more of a unique and special piece to have in your home. I believe that true happiness from your portrait session begins after you receive your images – where we can effortlessly turn them into artwork that reminds you daily of how special and meaningful your family is to you. At our consultation, you will be able to touch and feel our album swatches and see samples of sizing, so you will know exactly which one speaks to your style the most. You simply select your favorite images, and we do the rest designing the layout of the album.

three album cover fabric choices
stamped custom front cover
three album cover fabric choices
grey and peach velvet photo albums
custom cover of photo album

An Album That Stands Out From The Rest

Each image is carefully placed and printed with true, crisp colors on smooth matte paper that feels extremely soft and sumptuous. Each page contains archival pigment inks which provide 100+ years of colorfastness. This isn’t your typical album from Costco or Shutterfly. This is an heirloom piece bound by hand and meant to be passed on from generation to generation. It’s more than printing pictures to make a photo book. It’s capturing your heart on print, it’s evoking emotion that you soon forgot what that felt like, every time you turn a page.

velvet photo albums
imside of heirloom photo album
grey and peach velvet photo albums
black and white images in photo album

We will work together during your ordering appointment to select your favorite images from your session, choose album cover options and cover design, creating something your family will treasure, forever. If your session has passed and you’re curious about still creating one, send me a message!


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One Year Milestone Photos

I have been photographing Olivia since she was in her mama’s tummy, and you know what that means – her mama is a part of my Collective Membership Program! This is the easiest way to make sure you capture all of your child’s best milestones as they grow. We have captured this sweet mama’s maternity, Olivia’s newborn, 6 month, Santa, and 1 year portraits. They also attended my Motherhood Event a few weeks ago and took the sweetest mommy and me portraits together. Little Olivia is such a doll! We celebrated her first birthday portraits with a special cake and wardrobe styling for both mom and Olivia.

Dressing Your Baby For Portraits

As many of you know, I have a gorgeously curated collection of stylish dresses and gowns for mamas to wear during their family sessions. But, I also style the entire family – down to your little ones! My Child Wardrobe Collection contains thoughtfully chosen heirloom pieces for babies up to age 5. I always search for pieces that evoke a sense of nostalgia and timelessness, with classic colors and softest materials. I also have a select handful of baby accessories and handcrafted wooden toys that we can also use in your child’s portrait session.

Documenting Significant Milestones With The Collective Membership

The more sessions you book, the more your tiny love will be accustomed to having their portrait taken. My Collective Membership Program is the very best option to choose if you are wanting to freeze all of the milestones in their first year of life. Typically we will do your maternity session, and then your little one’s newborn/6 month/1 year portraits. This membership package comes with discounts, free prints, and priority booking for each milestone. It is the most popular option with my clients! If you’d love to find out more about joining the Collective Membership, send me a message.

First birthday’s are a very significant occasion for your little one, and for you! You made it through your baby’s first year, and watched them grow from your belly into a their own little person. That first year of their childhood is so magical and fleeting, and is a season to savor as much as you can. To put your little love’s first year portrait session in the books, please contact me asap!

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