I had the pleasure of photographing sweet Dak’s studio newborn session, and I am so excited to share the gallery with you! Jazzmin and Koda are such great friends of mine, so when they asked me to capture these memories for them, I was over the moon.
When Dak’s mom and dad first told me that they were expecting, I was so excited for them! They are such a wonderful couple and it was obvious to me how much they wanted to be parents. My husband and I first met Jazzmin and Koda at a 2019 Halloween party thrown by our church’s marriage ministry. We became fast friends over the years and had them as guests for a weekend getaway at our family cabin in July 2021. Little would we know that Jazzmin would find out she was expecting the very next day! The months went by and I loved following along with their pregnancy journey and decorated the nursery.
They were “team green,” throughout their pregnancy, meaning they didn’t know if they were having a boy or girl. (I guessed it was going to be a boy!) When little Da made his way into the world I was so thrilled and couldn’t wait to meet him. He is so alert and curious about everything around him—he’s going to be a scientist when he grows up! Or maybe a football player like his dad! Since Dak slept most of our session together, we got some beautiful images of him alone as well as some of him with mom and dad.
Dak is definitely a sleepy baby! The whole session lasted about two and half hours, and he slept the whole time! This allowed me to try out some new poses and props on him. It’s important that newborn shoots be calm and relaxed. That way parents feel comfortable interacting with their little one during the session instead of worrying about how they look or what they should be doing during each photograph.
The more time I spend taking family portraits, the more I realize how valuable it is to incorporate each family’s personality into their newborn shoot. Because Koda plays football for the Arizona Cardinals we absolutely had to incorporate his jersey, an NFL football, and the adorable crochet set. It’s always an honor when friends choose me to take their newborn portraits, especially when it means incorporating these personal touches.
My favorite part about photographing babies is the way their arms and legs fold, those dainty little fingers and toes tucked in, lips pursed and puffed out, eyes squinty. Dak was absolutely no exception!
I love that Dak’s parents chose to do a studio newborn session; the neutral colors are such a great choice! And it sure beats having to tidy up with a newborn at home, am I right?
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