Meet Graham, the star of this happy Houston family newborn session
I could list thousands of reasons why this colorful, joyful at-home newborn session is one of my favorites this year! Erin and Connor could not be more proud of their beautiful daughter, Graham, who slept so soundly during her first-ever photo session. This beautiful at-home newborn photography session in Houston, Texas is the perfect celebration of this perfect little girl and her sweet parents.
Planning an at-home newborn session
When I met her over the summer, I could tell Erin was a little uncertain at first about a family session with a newborn. These feelings are so common, and, as a newborn photographer, I’m totally used to the hesitation.
Most often, families wonder exactly what I’ll photograph. Moms worry about having to get their home photo-ready, on top of recovering from birth and caring for a newborn. Couples tell me they’ve seen examples of at-home newborn sessions online and the houses always look like they came straight out of a magazine. What happens if they live in a small home and don’t see many options for photos?
All of these concerns are totally understandable – but I assure every mama-to-be, there is literally nothing to worry about!
Like I explained to Erin and Connor, family sessions with a newborn are about capturing the amazing connection between you and your precious baby – you can leave all the other details to me. That includes finding the perfect places to photograph in your home! I’ll walk you through how we found the perfect little nooks at Connor and Erin’s house for stunning photos.
A laid-back Saturday morning
One thing I learned about this family of three right away is that Erin and Connor have amazing taste in music. Their entire session had such a relaxed, lazy Saturday feel to it. Connor kept a favorite playlist running in the background and we wound up with sweet, natural moments that offer a glimpse of what life is like for new parents with a four-day-old.
I photographed the majority of their photos in two rooms – the master and a little nook at the bottom of the staircase where beautiful light was flowing in through a window. This is exactly why I always tell parents not to worry having an in-home session done – if you’ve got windows, we’ve got options!
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I think Erin and Connor were a little surprised when I suggested we use the spot at the bottom of the staircase, since it’s probably not a place they’d ever taken a photo, but this is where my newborn photographer imagination comes into play!
Their master bedroom was really colorful, with cheery blue walls and bright curtains. The colors really added to the joyfulness that was so apparent in their photo session.The bay windows behind the bed were a dream come true, along with the lovely natural light.
Lots of snuggles and cuddles
One thing that sets in-home newborn sessions apart is how completely natural these moments are. When I asked Erin to snuggle with her daughter, it was so easy to capture the love she has for her baby. Both she and Connor have that gentleness in their eyes that is so common in parents – they’re starstruck over their new baby girl.
The sweetest moment
I include custom sneak peek slideshows with my photo sessions that includes baby’s birth stats as part of every session. These sweet videos come together so effortlessly and beautifully. As I was explaining to Connor and Erin how everything works, Connor briefly left the room and came back with a notebook.
Sometime in between the birth of his daughter and their photo session celebrating her four days of life, he had written her the most beautiful poem that I included in their custom slideshow:
Graham, we, your parents, wish you peace, independence and self-reliance.
We, your parents, wish you a soul filled with love for this world, and for the people in it.
You feed the soul with music.
Graham, we wish you recognition, understanding and belonging in this universe,
of which you are undeniably now a part.
Their dreamy, lazy session is full of moments they’ll treasure as Graham grows!
View Graham’s sweet Houston, Texas newborn photography session below!