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Newborns are true miracles! And here is a truth that I have learned in my eleven years of being a newborn photographer: they don’t stay tiny for long. 

My Goal.

As a newborn photographer, my goal is to help you document and remember those very early days with your new baby. There is no stage quite like the newborn stage. Because this unique stage often flies by in a blur of sleepless nights, I want to help you to remember. I want you to recall just how small your baby was. For example, imagine your baby snuggled in your hands, arms, or the crook of your neck. As time goes on, this is a great visual to help you recollect the time your baby fit in the palm of your hands. 

I use my macro lens to capture all the tiny details like baby’s lashes, lips, hands and delicate little toes. Brand new eye lashes are one of my favorite things in the world to photograph. These are details that sadly, but honestly, become fuzzy over time.

Over the years I have found myself coming back to certain poses that have become my must-haves. You may not feel your best and it is okay to skip the newborn family portraits if you’re really not feeling up to it. But I do encourage parents to get at least one portrait of themselves with their brand new baby. These portraits don’t need to see the light of day today, but in the future, you will very likely be glad you have them. Above all, I know your baby will be glad to have them as he or she grows into an adult and has kids of their own. 

My all-time favorite pose of just your baby: tushee in the air. This is because in this pose you can clearly see your baby’s face, little body curled up while their fingers and toes even make an appearance. Check out this post to read more about my top six newborn poses to capture.

A Boutique Studio Experience.

Your newborn session is personalized to your style, taste and priorities. Firstly, each client fills out a pre-session style questionnaire that helps me to get to know you better and the portraits you’re trying to achieve. Secondly, I aim to give you a no stress experience during the actual session (more below). Finally, your Crabapple Photography experience does not end with the session. Subsequently, we work to help you find the best possible ways for you to enjoy your new portraits. 

A No Stress Experience.

Newborn portraits should be a fun and relaxing experience for everyone. Therefore it is always my goal to make every member of the family feel calm and stress-free. In addition to myself, I always have an assistant to help with safely posing your newborn. We also work hard to ensure your older child is having a good experience and often play while they warm up to the studio environment. 

My 1100 square foot studio is a warm and comfortable place. Parents are welcome to relax on the couch for some well deserved “me” time, or sit close to me and watch the magic and beauty of their newborn being photographed. In short, it is truly an experience and I hear that from parents all the time.


For those curled up, sleepy, posed newborn pictures, I suggest photographing your baby between six to sixteen days after birth. During this time, newborns are at their sleepiest. In other words, their sleep is more easily disturbed the older they get. Therefore, this can make it more difficult to capture some of the posed photographs. Plus dry, flaky newborn skin tends to set in a couple of weeks after your baby is born, and then comes the baby acne.

However, this definitely does not mean that after sixteen days we can’t photograph your new baby! Often an “older” newborn can still be coaxed into a pose or two, so don’t despair. I have photographed “older” newborns with great success. No matter what, we will capture beautiful portraits of your baby.

This post will tell you what to expect during your newborn photo session and also give tips on getting the most out of your newborn session. You can also visit our newborn portrait Pinterest board for more inspiration of styling and poses.

Contact Kate today for full session pricing, information and booking. It is important to try to book your newborn session before your baby comes so I can ensure you a spot on the Crabapple Photography calendar. 

Hope to meet you and your new baby soon!

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