We were back in the Des Plaines Studio for our first newborn after the short Christmas holiday break, with babies constantly being born newborn photographers do not get a very long break 🙂 Baby A and his family arrived at my Des Plaines studio for their first family portraits the day after Christmas and Mom and Dad did a great job with all the newborn portrait preparations the day of his session. Baby A slept like a dream after we rocked him to sleep and wrapped him up. But first a quick stretch for this newborn after he got out of his car seat.
BIG BROTHER = SUPER HERO
A newborn will usually enforce a break from the session for a feeding. During this time photographers typically prep backgrounds, blankets and outfits for the next round of portraits. Sometimes we just chat with the family. During this particular break, we spent some time with Baby A’s big brother. He was about to be 3 and told us that he was having a super hero party. Not only that but he had his costume with him. We helped him get his costume on and asked him to show us his best super hero moves.
And we also were able to snag a super handsome image of him in his fanciest outfit.
Being 3 is a big deal… but being a big brother is even bigger.
Baby A has lots of family around him and they even joined in for one large family portrait. This will be a great memory for all of them and an amazing family portrait in his home.
The Heirloom Artwork
And the best part… the Collection for their newborn portraits created by this family during their ordering session in the Des Plaines Studio. This is what they will have in their home every day! Every image printed in a 5X7 keepsake box with corresponding digital files, an 11X14 portrait to add to an existing picture shelf and three adorable mini books; one for them, one for Baby A’s Aunt and one for his grandparents. Every time someone pulls out a mini book instead of a scrolling through photos on a phone, the conversation goes a little longer and no one gets bored watching you scroll through baby photos. The mini books give that personal touch that technology as been taking away.
Remember to have fun!
How fun is this family!? Because Baby A was born around Christmas time, they all ran out and grabbed some fun outfits to end the session in. It was said that this picture will make its way out every Christmas time as holiday decor. I love that idea!
Merry Christmas from Kelly Fitzgerald Studio, Baby A and family!
Are you looking for a newborn photographer in the Des Plaines area? call today, 847-858-7050 and we can discuss your one of a kind newborn session in detail.
I never require parents to being any outfits to their newborn session. I have plenty of outfits, wraps and the essentials for a great newborn session. Newborns are best photographed in simple outfits. Therefore I provide plenty of appropriate newborn outfits, wraps and the essentials for a great newborn session. That being said, as a new parent it can be so exciting to look for an outfit for your new addition!
Mom told me about a beautiful lace romper she had purchased. I was looking forward to seeing it because it was the perfect outfit for her! Not only do I love how it looks like it was made just for her but it was clear how comfortable she was in it as well.
Is it obvious with her ballerina inspired romper that her mom was and still is a dancer? Check out Outlet Dance Company in Elk Grove or ‘Like’ them on facebook.
I have a feeling that growing up attending dance shows and watching some practices and rehearsals, this little lady will naturally be drawn to the art of dance. I love tutus so hopefully I am right and we can talk her mom into a few for a future birthday session.
Rose is a beautiful name as is… but it’s beauty runs a little deeper when it is the name of your great grandma and also your moms middle name. Also, look close below for a sweet tribute to great grandma on her moms arm.
My apologies to Dad!
Mom and Baby have been taking up most of this post. However when you have two gorgeous ladies in your life it will happen from time to time. He has a few nieces, nephews and cousins have been photographed in my studio a few times and I am scheduled to see the family more this year. Maybe we will get a cousins portrait in the studio one year!
Newborn session prep work is worth it!
Mom and Dad did a great job prepping for the newborn session. I am sure the list of do’s and don’ts seems a little exhausting for new parents. However the tips and tricks really help to make a successful newborn portrait session for baby as well as allow mom and dad to enjoy the time too. Baby Rose slept so sound and relaxed allowing us to complete this session in 1.5 hours. Here are a few more of my favorites below, she even gave us a sweet smile!
Do you live in Mount Prospect? Looking for a newborn photographer? Keep reading to find out how to reach me and some nursery design tips!
Looking for a newborn photographer?
I would love to meet you! Do live in Mount Prospect or the surrounding area and are looking for a newborn photographer? Call 847-858-7050 to set up a meeting or consultation or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Heirloom artwork is the best part!
Click here to read more and find out how they chose to display their first family portraits.
Does hanging newborn artwork seem intimidating?
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The end result is really the best part of any newborn session. The options are endless and therefore customizable to your home and space. It was hard to decide which images they want to look at every day because all of them we so adorable! But in the end, this was the winning design.
We discussed that the two bookending images can be removed at a later date and placed on easels or on picture shelves as Baby R grows and more portraits and artwork arrive in the home.
If you are looking for inspiration for your own nursery or home, scroll down for your free nursery design guide.
Read more about Baby R’s newborn portrait session here.
Looking for a newborn photographer in or around the Mt Prospect area? Send an email to Kelly@kellyfitzgeraldstudio.com today or call 847-858-7050.
I am very excited to share with you a special newborn booking box available this November for Cyber Monday 2018. Sign up here to get on the list AND receive a FREE newborn nursery design magazine as well as tips and tricks for taking your own hospital photos, a local resource guide, prenatal yoga and more!
Experts predict that the most photographed generation will have the least to show for it in 30 years. Many are realizing this as a major problem. Join them in bringing back the portrait and insuring that your baby’s portraits will be around for years to come.
(Shown above: 16X16 classic gallery frame with 4 matted images)
Every newborn client leaves the studio with quality artwork to last years and years. So easy for you and grandparents to show off your new arrival. This will be what your baby takes out when they have a baby. They will hold it up to their baby and see how much they look like them.
(Shown above is a 3X3 accordion book, double sided custom birth announcements and a 5X7 folio box with digital files.)
They are only tiny for so long, don’t wait until after your baby is born!
Not all parents know that booking their newborn photographer is something they should do before baby is born. This isn’t something you want to leave to the last-minute and here are a 7 good reasons not to wait to book your session.
1. Time Flies By. I know, I know… it seems like you have so much time to get everything done, but 40 weeks flies by. Parents get busy the closer to delivery. Take care of everything you can early on.
2. High Quality Newborn Portraiture is in High Demand. There are tons of people to take your pictures, but if high quality newborn portraiture is what you are looking for book early. Custom Portraiture is in high demand right now. If you wait until after your baby is born you may not have the luxury of choosing your preferred photographer and photographic style, or you may not be able to get in right away. Newborn photography isn’t something you can repeat, you want to get it right the first time.
3. Booking Early Secures Ideal Newborn Photo Time. It is ideal to get baby in before two weeks of life, although later time can be accommodated, this time is before baby acne sets in, their skin peels and while they are still very sleepy. Booking your due date means that your photographer and you have communication established and you have a spot on their calendar.
4. You have No Idea When Baby will Arrive! They may arrive early and if they do, you will be happy that you are prepared with your photographer and all you have to do is send a message that you have checked in to the hospital. You do not want to be calling around for photographers when you are in the hospital. I have seen this happen and at this point you may be disappointed in the end result of your portraits when they are rushed and not prepared for.
5. You Get to Establish a Relationship with your Photographer. This is so important! You don’t just want to take the first one you find on google or the cheapest. These photos are your baby’s first photos, this may be your baby’s first outing, newborn portraits may be your first outing after delivering. You want to make sure you are with someone you trust and someone who will understand how important this is. All of my newborn clients have already provided me with nursery photos and color schemes before delivery. I already know a little about them and baby even if we didn’t do a maternity session. They have literature and they know how to prepare for the session well before baby arrives.
6. Maternity Portraiture Add-ons. Speaking of maternity, that is another great reason to book your due date. Most photographers, like myself, offer maternity add-ons. So if you are thinking of a maternity session, think newborn too!
7. Bonus Items! Some photographers also offer early booking incentives as well, like Kelly Fitzgerald Studio, with us you get some awesome extras for booking early because we love to spoil our clients and share with them the things we love too!
Download this FREE newborn design magazine for nursery inspiration and design tips as well as tips and tricks for taking your own photos, special early booking incentives and much more!
I recently bought a couch. The last time I went through his process was when my 16 year old was just crawling and since that couch has seen him through snack time, nap time, fort building, sick days and countless popcorn filled movie nights… it was time to retire it to the basement.
As I was making decisions for the new couch I realized how close this process is to buying and selecting portrait wall art.
Measure the space.
Both your couch and your portraits will look unplanned and not well thought out if you don’t have the correct size for your space. You don’t want them too small and you also want to make sure that your couch and your wall art have space around them.
Getting the right size for the space is important. Who wants to go through all the trouble of getting a portrait designed and hung and its too small?? No one should have to get up from the couch to walk up to a wall portrait to see what or who is pictured.
It may cost a little more to get the correct size couch or portrait but you are not doing yourself any favors by skimping on the size. Its a small price to pay for not regretting it every time you walk in the room.
Decide on layout
Take a look at the space and decide on how many pieces you want.
One large piece? multiple pieces to create one cohesive arrangement?
I went back and forth between a sectional and a sofa and two arm chairs. I had to consider the space and what would look appropriate. I measured out the size of the couches and placed masking tape on the floors. I left it there for a few days, if I didn’t think it was right I would try new sizes.
To do this with portrait wall art, hang paper on your wall in the sizes and arrangement you are considering. Live with them for a little bit and make sure that you like the design and layout before you commit. You will have these a long time so make sure you love it.
Make an inspiration board
It helps look at everything together, put fabrics, frame colors and the images you will be using as those colors will play a roll in the design of the space. Here is a Pinterest board of mine. This is a great resource to make a digital board but printing and cutting out images are still a fabulous (and I think more fun) way to still do it. Step back and look, make changes until you love the style.
Decide on Colors and Medium.
Whatever is going in the room needs to coordinate and this includes your portraits. When you are selecting the fabric for your couch you are making sure that it will look good with all the other decor in the room. This holds true for your portraits as well and I am not just talking the color of the frame. Make sure the image will reflect that same look and feel with colors and location. Think ahead on clothing and setting for your portraits.
Getting portraits taken is a lot of prep work. You are getting outfits, making sure everyone is well rested and carving time out of your busy schedule. You don’t want to go through all the work and end up with portraits looking like they don’t belong in your space. You will have these forever and you need to love them. You need to smile at them every time you walk in your room.
Decide on quality, which will also decide your budget
Do you need it fast?
How long do you want it to last?
Do you want quality, last for years and years?
My now basement couch was definitely built to last. It wasn’t cheap and it wasn’t fast. I wanted quality at this time over everything. It may of been my first adult purchase where I made that decision! This time I had to consider the same things, do I just head to a discount furniture store, a chain superstore or that large blue building full of Swedish furniture with instructions that always boggle my mind? Or do I take some time at higher end furniture stores with product guarantees and where it will take some time to get my couch made and delivered?
All of this is important to consider when you are ready for portraits. You can’t have quality, speed and low price in one product so you have to pick what you can live without. Some times speed and low price win, sometimes DIY wins, but for this particular situation quality and a long lasting product won out for me.
See the products in person. Make sure they fit your need. If you need them to last and be of good quality you want to see them in person. Sit on the couch and hold the framed prints or canvas. Not all couches are created equal when it comes to quality in couches and the same goes for wall art. Make sure your photographer is also of the quality you want. Are the images produced properly? Will the paper and presentation be built to last? If you are building a wall gallery or using the images in the same room…. will all of the images coordinate?
Custom Portrait photographers will be able to direct you in proper sizing and design options for your space. They will also assist with locations and clothing. Take advantage of this service and get everything done right the first time. Who wants to drag kids of any age out to this again? And I know no one wants to walk into a room and look at portraits, or your couch, and be frustrated with their decision.
Bring it to life in your own home!
If you are thinking about your own wall display… head here and get a FREE DOWNLOAD with some wall gallery layouts and tips. Get some ideas for your own home and then bring them to life. Some of them will even work well above a couch… if you happen to also be shopping for one of those!
I once heard someone with older kids comment that after the kids get into kindergarten the pedal hits the metal and boom, senior year is here. For me it was more like 2nd grade, after 2nd grade hyper-speed set in. If you took the same ride, chances are that your last family photo is a little outdated. You could fall into the category of never getting a professional portrait OR your last portrait doesn’t include the last born child, because you were busy juggling kids and schools and activities. Not to mention no one was ever free at the same time ……. you are not alone and you wouldn’t be the first family I have helped solve this problem.
1. This could be one of your last guaranteed opportunities to get a professional portrait with your kiddo(s).
Life gets busy and before you know it its time for college graduation or their wedding! We thought High school went by fast? I’ve heard it gets faster and the years get shorter.
2. This is your first or only graduate.
Your senior will no longer have the same school schedule. Their breaks and vacations may not line up with your schedule or your younger children. If you have younger children, take advantage and get some images together with them too as well as the siblings together, because before you know it, those kids will be seniors too!
3. This is not your first graduate
If you can lure everyone home, this is a great way to get your grown children back out for a portrait. If not everyone in the family will be home, this is a great opportunity to snag some special images of just you and your senior. If they are not the oldest, they may not have many special alone moments and memories of you, let alone professional portraits with just Mom (or Dad, grandparents, the family pet.)
4. You have never had professional portraiture or professional printed artwork.
If your last family photo is from when they were in elementary school, its time to update it with their current size, smiles and style. Don’t ditch the old one, just make the new one the focal point in your home and relocate the old one to a new location in your home or add it to the gallery wall and keep telling your story.
Your kids, grand kids and great grand kids will appreciate this more then you can understand today. Think about your own grandparents and great grandparents.
What images do you have of them that you love to look at? Its fun to imagine your grandparents at that age? Maybe one of them will realize how much they look like you at this exact age.
5. The family portrait hanging is missing your last child
Like I mentioned earlier, you are not alone. We all know we have grand plans when we have our first child. If you stopped at one you may of maintained those plans but if you had more kids, chances are you understand that those baby books are less and less filled out with each child you added. This probably also extends over to photo albums and displayed portraits. I am a photographer with only two kids and I know this struggle.
6. You should celebrate too.
We all know that you were a huge part of their success. All those early morning rides, late night study sessions, cheering from the stands, sitting in the audience for every play or band performance, running them something they forgot (even when you said you never would).
That empty wall you have been meaning to design, the gallery wall you want to finish or the current frame you want to update the family image in. You worked hard, it’s time to show off all your accomplishments 🙂
(virtual software helps decide design, style and size appropriate for your room. Actual images of client homes are used during design appointments.)
If you are worried adding the family won’t keep it special for your senior, that is never the case. The first portion is devoted to your senior only. Special locations to fit your graduates personality and multiple outfits to fit their style still happen. The rest of the family can meet up with us later, fresh and ready to go.
If you have a 2019 High School Senior, click here to get on the wait list and to receive reminders of Senior Portrait sign up
Fall Family 2018 Portrait sign up waiting list and reminder is here.
We would love to take photos now, but there are no flowers out yet.
We will wait for the fall to take our photos, it is beautiful then.
Raise your hand if you have said that. Raise the other if because of those hesitations you still don’t have your family photographed, framed or up in your home. I love fall images. They are amazing and I do think that every family should do them at least once. But fall comes and goes so quickly that it is easy to miss with our busy schedules ….. and then your family photo is put off again.
There are other locations to consider outdoors where it could really be any season! The location won’t give away the time of year and you can get your family photo done. Lets start with an urban setting. Brick walls and colored doors make fabulous locations all year round.
It looks great framed as well!
Texture is another great urban element to look for. You probably drive by this door below, or something similar, and don’t notice it. The sidewalk is directly in front of this picture and people walk by it every day in downtown Arlington Heights. It makes a great backdrop and something different for those who have already done so many outdoor fall sessions or for a family who can’t wait for the leaves to turn or flowers to bloom. This door looks great all year. Photographing here looks even better and easier on your busy schedule!
We take our kids pictures the first day of school in front of the house, every year. Our home is where we spend the majority of our time, its where your kids learn to walk, tie their shoes and where you sit and watch them ride their bike. Its where siblings bond and where your kids feel safe. You work hard for where you live and you should be proud of it. We love to look back at those snapshots in front of our childhood home, there is no reason we shouldn’t consider this as a family portrait location.
If you still are hoping for nature in your images, spring can provide that. The images below were taken in April and provide a great backdrop for their family photo. Priority should be given to getting the family photographed, call to schedule and we will find a great location for you.
Call today, 847-858-7050 or fill out the contact form to get your family up on your walls because next year they will only be bigger and you might only be busier!
If you still want to try for that fall session, make sure to get on the fall session email list. Fall sessions fill up very fast and session info will go out first on this mailing list.
What is the difference between lifestyle and studio newborn photography?
Preparing for a new baby can be overwhelming. What kind of stroller do I need? Cloth diapers or disposable? How do I decorate the nursery? Do we want a newborn photographer?
And after deciding you want a newborn photographer you will often then come across the question of lifestyle or studio sessions. When I talk to some parents there are not sure of the difference between these. Aside from the look of lifestyle images vs. studio images, the experience will be different too.
Newborn studio sessions focus on just the tiny little subject and their sweet features. It resembles that of a classic studio portrait showcasing the newborn and their sweet features. They are carefully wrapped and posed to achieve the perfect newborn portrait. The best time for this type of session is with in the first two weeks. They are very sleepy and they still welcome being scrunched up just like they were for such a long time. Newborns are flexible and can easily bend and fold to get those classic studio newborn poses.
Studio newborn sessions can take awhile. I recommend that babies be kept awake for two hours prior to their session and then given a full feeding. After that I step in, swaddle with one of our newborn swaddles perfect for portraiture and then rock and soothe the newborn to sleep. Baby needs to be completely asleep to achieve any of the poses you see in the newborn studio gallery . This is also true for achieving those close snugly poses with the parent and the siblings like shown below.
The experience with these sessions is wonderful. You get to bring baby in, feed and then watch your new little miracle pose, make cute snugly faces while you kick back on the studio couch and relax. If you fell asleep you would not be the first parent, in fact it is encouraged! You will be tired those first two weeks and this is often your first outing with baby.
Lifestyle photography is creeping into a very close tie for newborn sessions for me. These sessions take place in your home. It is not as important to keep baby awake for two hours or do a full feeding before I arrive. The focus of the session is on your interaction and your family. We do not need to put emphasis on preparing for those poses mentioned earlier. The other element we don’t need to worry about as much is the timing. Babies can be any age to have a successful lifestyle session where it can be challenging and maybe not achievable to get those posed studio poses after two weeks of age.
The images will incorporate babies first home, first bed, changing table or just those places that they spent their first moments with their parents, siblings and maybe their furry family members. Wanting to include those furry family members might be another reason a client chooses to do a lifestyle session. The thought of packing up a new baby….. and your pup(s) might be exhausting. Staying in the comfort of your home can make a lifestyle session very appealing.
Some people avoid lifestyle because they worry about not having the perfect clean house. Here is a secret… just outside this frame is a dog kennel, preemie hospital supplies, diapers, a car seat, a dog bed and a few pacifiers. Even though I come into your home it is my job to make the focus be your new growing family.
We still get plenty of beautiful images of your new baby by themselves. Check out more images in the lifestyle gallery.
Hopefully this gives you a little more insight into the big decision of lifestyle and newborn photography. I am always happy to discuss both of these further to make sure we select the perfect session for your family.
Click here to fill in the details and book your session. It is very important to book your newborn session early. It doesn’t matter if you know the type of session you prefer, book and then decide. Priority is given to due dates so secure your spot to make sure you are not scrambling after baby is born.