Five Reasons I Love Being A Newborn Photographer

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Five Reasons I Love Newborn Photography Sessions

Newborn photography sessions are my absolute favorite sessions to capture. It’s so special to plan in the months leading up to the day you meet your little one! At our newborn portrait session, you will have a chance to interact with your newest bundle of joy, snuggle them close, and hold them in your arms while I document those amazing moments of your sweet bond together. Keep reading for the top 5 reasons why I love newborn photography sessions:

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1. Preserve Your Family Memories

The reason why I do what I do is to preserve your family memories in an authentic and connected way. I have a special love for capturing your growing family on camera! Those first few weeks of their life is so fleeting; they grow from tiny infant to babe so fast. The imagery we capture during those newborn photography sessions will remind you of how that tiny miracle felt in your arms for the first time. I want you to never forget the details of those tiny toes, sweet little lips, and sleepy snuggles. With these cherished images of your newborn, you will always be able to return to that precious time when everything was new and fresh, and a special bond was beginning to bloom between you.

2. Never Forgetting That Newness of Motherhood

No matter how many babies you’ve had, the newborn stage of life is by far the most beautiful thing to experience for a mother. That sweet and excitement and nervousness of adding to the family is such a special season, and fleeting at that. It’s important to realize that this time with them being so small is short lived – celebrate it in a big way with an emotion-filled newborn photography session

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3. Newborn Photography Sessions: What To Expect

Typically, you would have booked the ‘Collective Membership Program’ which includes maternity, newborn, 6 month, and first birthday portraiture. The maternity session set the tone for the exciting sessions we have ahead of us! Now we will capture all of the beautiful details, sweet snuggles, and those first smiles as they sleep and snuggle in your arms. These newborn photography sessions are baby-led, meaning we let your little one get cozy and comfortable so that the poses mimic their natural movement and personality.

At this age, your tiny love is easier to pose since they’re still very new to the world. I allow plenty of time for them to get comfortable in their environment, for mama to nurse, and for snuggling if they’re fussy. This session is meant to be a celebration of the life you just created – there is no rushing or hurrying to get that perfect shot.

4. Welcoming Your New Baby

You’ve just spent the last 9 months (or longer!) waiting for you tiny love to come! Their newborn session is a wonderful and reminiscent way to celebrate their debut. You will look back on these photos and forever remember how you felt welcoming them into the family. The images we create define what it means for prayers to be answered, and your little miracle deserves to be celebrated in the most beautiful and heartfelt way. What better way than to document their first days earth side than with stunning portraiture?

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5. Flexibility of Your Portrait Location

Newborn sessions are done either at my studio, or in your house for a more lifestyle feel – typically within the first week that your little one comes home. I book sessions several months out, so it is never too early to secure your spot! Email me with your estimate due date and we can get your sweet session on the calendar. For more about what a typical newborn portrait session with me looks like and what to expect, head here!

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  • TamsenMichelle, you always do such beautiful work and your love for photography and people shows through every time! Love following you as you continue to grow and change! You inspire me! XOReplyCancel

  • REneeI agree.  Newborn photography is the best and you capture it so beautifully!ReplyCancel

  • LeliaGood reasons! Newborns are so special!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa KleinI couldn’t agree more – beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • MeganNewborns are so so special. I agree, they are the best. Beautiful work! ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie WAbsolutely!! You cant go back in time and it’s an investment worth doing. Great images.ReplyCancel

Creating Heirloom Artwork With Your Digital Images From Your Session

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Preserving Your Digital Files

You just finished your portrait session, and you received a USB with all of of your gorgeous imagery. Now it’s time to decide what to do with all of those images! Receiving those files can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you are a busy mama who doesn’t have time to devote to styling your imagery. If culling through to pick your favorites, then finding a quality print shop to make prints, and then framing them sounds like too much work or too intimidating, read on for my tips for stress and hassle-free ways to creating heirloom artwork with your digital images from your session:

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Design Consultation Appointment

I truly believe that your photo experience is not over when you receive your digital files – that is when the fun begins! There are numerous ways we can curate a personalized design package that fits your family style and budget. At our ordering and design consultation appointment, you will be seeing your imagery in print for the very first time. This appointment usually brings a wave of sweet emotions as you look at your family captured on print! We will chat about displaying your images in a way that reflects your style in a timeless, and cherished way.

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How To Turn Your Digital Files Into Heirloom Artwork

Now that we are in the month when fall begins, family time and memory-making becomes more special and cherished as we gather for the holiday seasons. What better way to remind yourselves of where you’ve been and who you are, than with walls covered in family memories? Just imagine hosting Thanksgiving and having a luxurious, linen, hand-bound album sitting on the coffee table waiting to be flipped through with grandparents. Or displaying all your favorite session images from the past year in a gallery wall just in time for Christmas. However you will be celebrating family this season, the best way to start is to create a beautiful display of all your favorite memories for everyone to enjoy. The best part about this is, I will do all of your print-making, album designing, and gallery wall installation for you, so you don’t have to do a thing! Once we choose your favorites together, I will go right to work on making these memories tangible for you.

Don’t let your digital files sit on your computer gathering cyber-dust. Display them in a way that evokes emotion, reminds you of the abundant love your family is always creating, and give your stunning imagery a physical home in a space more meaningful than your computer.

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What We Offer And How To Make It Yours

Prints are just scratching the surface of all the possibilities in turning your digital files into stunning heirloom artwork. We have several album cover options, including a luxurious velvet so soft you may want to snuggle it, a gorgeous satin with the dreamiest texture, and timeless linen that is breathtaking. There is also an option to personalize the cover of your album by embossing it with your family name, your little one’s birth date, or a custom monogram logo of your last name/initials.

If you want to see and enjoy your images on your walls everyday, a gallery wall is the way to go! We offer a variety of frame styles that will fit any family’s home decor style. From timeless and classic modern frames, to rustic and textured frames, we can create a gorgeous gallery wall that will fit any space and theme in your home. And the best part is, gallery wall installation is included with your framing package! A professional installer will come to your home and hang your frames for you. This way, you won’t have to worry about leveling or spacing or any “oops” nail holes in your walls.

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    San Diego Beach Family Photography | Gausepohl Family

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    San Diego Beach Family Photography

    When this sweet family reached out to me for a San Diego beach family photography session, mom said she was drawn to the organic, light & airy, natural, and whimsical look in my photos. They now live in Las Vegas where her husband is stationed, but were in San Diego visiting family and wanted to capture family photos in a place that felt like home (she grew up here). Luckily I had some last minute availability and we were able to pull the shoot together in only a few days! That is one of the benefits of borrowing from my client wardrobe! A no-stress alternative to choosing your own outfits, my client wardrobe collection is here for you to have a lovely and elegantly curated look for everyone in the family.

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    Photographing Children’s Personalities

    Their twin boys are seriously the cutest! They are 15 months old, and I loved watching their playful energy come out throughout the session. I love photographing twins, especially because these tangible memories documenting that unparalleled sibling bond will always be so special to mom and dad. To see their personalities shine through each image creates an experience that becomes tangible when looking back at family photos. Photographing those in between, candid moments creates an organic and natural experience within our session.

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    Light and Airy, Organic Photography

    I love photographing in natural light because it creates a light and airy, organic feel to your portrait session. Nothing is too posed – I start by directing you into natural movements that lead into an un-staged and candid experience. Life is unpredictable, and full of moments that flow together naturally. I love capturing the in-between: the sigh you let out when your baby snuggles into your shoulder, the unexpected kiss you share with your hubby, the glimpse your little one gives you behind their shoulder to make sure you’re still near. These little moments define your family, and encompass the uniqueness of who you are.

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    A Special Bond Between Father and Son

    This dad was loving on his little boys so much! You could really see the special bond the three of them share together. As much as I love to capture motherhood, fatherhood is just as amazing of a bond to photograph. There is something so wonderful about the way a dad loves on his first baby (in this case, babies!) and I am so passionate about documenting this season of early childhood for families. I love when dads are a part of shoots because all of the sweet emotion that parenthood brings out is captured within our imagery.

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    To book your own San Diego beach family photography session, fill out my contact form including details regarding your vision and desired date. I would love to set up a consultation with you, and plan out the family portrait session you’ve been dreaming of!

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      Family Photography in San Marcos | Olivia One Year

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      Family Photography in San Marcos

      I love shooting family photography in San Marcos! I have a favorite location that gives me all the best lighting and natural beauty of north county. It was a beautiful summer evening, the epitome of summer in San Diego. And with fall just around the corner, I love to see the changing colors in the grass and trees hinting at cooler weather. This session was one of my favs, because of this sweet little one year old. She had such a spunky personality!

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      Capturing Your Child’s Personality On Camera

      This darling family just finished the Collective Membership Program. We captured their maternity, their daughter Olivia’s newborn portraits, and one year milestone! During our consult mom said she’d love to get some of her daughter’s fun faces. Your little ones have such big personalities, and it’s part of their childhood to be stubborn, silly, sweet, and wild. What better way to capture their character than to snap pictures of them simply being themselves! Her parents were worried she was too fussy that day, and that we wouldn’t capture any good shots of her happy. Olivia is a social butterfly and loves to make people laugh – I thought she was a doll! Funny how that perspective is on the other side of the camera.

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      Documenting The First Year

      That first year of your baby’s life is full of your most cherished memories. From first smiles, first steps, their first word and many more magical happenings – this is the year to celebrate your sweet baby as they grow. The Collective Membership Program allows you to experience and document all of those firsts in a beautifully timeless way, without letting them become fleeting memories. Our portrait sessions are all about preserving those milestones, because I know how significant they are to new parents. The best way to make sure you don’t miss a single wonderful moment of your little one’s first year is to join the program. This way we can make sure you have their newborn, 6 month, and one year milestone portrait sessions on the calendar.

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      A new baby brings so much joy, love, and laughter to your life as parents. Capturing that sweet bond and those intimate moments as a family is beyond precious! If you are an expectant mama who would love more information on maternity portraits, or joining the collective membership program, send me a message. I would love to work with you!

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      Hair & Make-up: Unique & Flawless
      Film Scans: Goodman Film Lab

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      Newborn Photography San Diego | Abigail Newborn

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      Newborn Photography San Diego

      Newborn photography is such a precious milestone in your new baby’s “firsts.” This is the first time their tiny features and personality are captured on film. It’s a special moment for new parents to experience their new family in a relaxed and organic portrait setting. I captured Abigail’s big sister’s portraits of when she was in her mama’s belly, and her newborn photos also. And now I get to capture her baby sister’s first photos! I absolutely love documenting all of the special moment’s in my client’s lives and watching their families grow through the seasons.

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      Including Siblings In Newborn Photos

      Ellie (big sister) was so sweet with her baby sister. I could tell all she wanted to do was hold her and kiss her and just be around her new sister. I love when siblings are a part of newborn sessions! It really is a sweet and fun bonding time for them and their new sibling. They get to be a part of the magic of documenting their baby sibling’s first weeks of life. Talking up the newborn session with your older kids makes them excited and helps them know what to expect when they have their photos taken. It’s special for them to be involved, after all, this is your growing family and having your babies together these images will become ones you will cherish for a lifetime.

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      Capturing Timeless Little Moments

      I talk all about how much I love family portraits on Instagram and on the blog because of the timelessness that each image portrays. But when it comes to photographing your precious little one, their first portraits are ones to completely cherish and savor. During our session, we will be focusing on their sweet features and tiny details. Their fingers, little toes, and button nose as well as some organic and natural shots of you with your new babe. My style is very organic and candid – I like to create an environment where we have natural baby poses, as well as ones that happen during those in between moments. Such as little sis giving kisses and snuggling baby sibling, dad nuzzling your tiny love into his chest, mama cooing and smiling at her little bundle on the bed…all of these moments are beautiful and natural.

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      I love working with families who value their growing seasons, who want to document all of the milestones, and who cherish tangible, heirloom memories. To get your newborn portrait session on the calendar, email me with your portrait session vision and due date, and we can schedule a consultation! I cannot wait to work with you!

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      Hair & Make-up: Unique & Flawless
      Film Scans: Goodman Film Lab

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      michelle's photography style is composed of capturing emotion-filled images in soft & neutral tones. her use of natural light with simple, authentic beauty allows your family love and bond to capture the focus.


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