Pandemic Baby

Pandemic Baby

Meet Fiona. Her Mom and Dad waited very patiently for this little miracle.Then they brought her home during a pandemic. Talk about waiting to make a large entrance into the world! This cutie will hear pandemic stories over and over for years. She will go to school with other pandemic babies and they can compare stories and pandemic baby books. I am thrilled to be able to contribute to documenting this start for Fiona and her parents.

There are so many to-dos and preparations as a first time parent. New parents plan and prep and then scour the internet wondering what they forgot to do and what more then can check off before their baby arrives. Up until now, planning for a pandemic has never been on the list. No one has ever told new parents to plan for their partner to be the only one allowed in the hospital with you. The internet says to accept help after, they do not say to plan on your parents, siblings and best friends stuck on the other side of the glass waving through the window to sneak a peak at the new addition. No one said make sure you have twice as much toilet paper as you usually do because you might get stuck with that one ply stuff!

No one said that you wouldn’t be able to have newborn portraits in the hospital or with in the first two weeks of life. Of course safety and health are first priority, but it’s ok to be a little frustrated as these are moments that fly by. They are only this tiny for such a short period.

 

As I promised and posted and shared over and over with new parents through the shelter in place; you will get sweet baby portraits even if they are well past two weeks old. Fiona was 6 weeks when I finally met her and during my time with her we were able to get perfect posed portraits, lifestyle documentation showing their first quarantined weeks at home as well as some open eyed images showing off that big personality. It feels like the perfect mix to me.

This was my first newborn session after the COVID shelter in place. I put on my mask and stocked up on hand sanitizer. We started with some lifestyle photos in their home and then wrapped her up, rocked her to sleep and took some posed portraits.

Following the posed portraits, Mom dressed her up in her fancy name shirt (all these cute outfits and nowhere to go!) and we snapped a few inside. As you can see, Fiona showed off a lot of expression at this time. We then headed outside where a few of the welcome home decorations still hung and were able to capture some family portraits. Front porch photos have become trendy during this time but they have always been a standard in my portfolio. This is an important image. Your child’s first home will be special to them and to the parents, take this at any age whether it is trending or not.

If you have ever been a model, you know that it is hard work. Fiona needed a meal break so we hung out and waited for her to give us the go ahead. A bottle, burp and some snuggles later and she was ready for a few more.

These three have spent 6 weeks (even more by now!) together behind this glass. Staying safe, keeping healthy, getting to know each other and figuering out this parenting thing. This was a must have shot to document this very bizarre and totally unprepared time they made it through.

One last moment in the home with mom and a special onsie that Fiona was ecstatic to wear. As I look back now this was the only time we got a HUGE smile out of her that day. Sometimes kids just know.

Have a baby during the pandemic? Contact me today and we can discuss your first portrait session.

What is the best age for newborn portraits?

What is the best age for newborn portraits?

In a perfect situation, a soon-to-be parent would contact me in their second trimester, or early in their third, and would book the session. We would reserve the babies due date and the parents would contact me after they deliver. With in the next 14 days the family would come in to the studio or I would come to their home for their newborn session. We would meet 3-5 days later, place the order and have everything up in their home two weeks after their ordering date. We would then book the baby plan and schedule a sitter, one year and an 18 month session to create an amazing art piece for the family. 

But we all know that life rarley goes as planned. Sometimes babies need to stay in the hospital longer than normal. Mom may need more time off after delivery. Babies who enter families through adoption do not typically do so until 6 weeks and that should never mean that you forgo the first portrait. Maybe the parents didn’t know they wanted newborn portraits… or maybe they just didn’t want that newborn age documented. 

Instead of talking about what age you can photograph newborns at, let’s talk about what different stages may look like and what you can expect. Because we can photograph babies at any age! 

7 days old

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In the first two weeks baby will be flexible and like to mimic positions from in the womb. They will not have peeling skin or baby acne yet. They generally sleep well if the pre-session prep is followed and they love to be swaddled. 

If you are reading this before your baby is born and your want portraits with that fresh newborn skin, tiny features and super flexible poses then call and book your session ASAP to guarantee a spot and have all the preparations in order. 

3 weeks old

I would still consider the 3-5 week period to be a ‘newborn’ portrait. They still love a good swaddle and even though they are not quite as flexible they will still often easily allow us to pose them in some more traditional newborn poses such as their hands under their chin. Anything more would be determined by the baby and what they feel comfortable doing.

Older babies have a little more pudge and rolls. They often sleep really well if they arrive on a full belly and the prep guide has been followed.  

4 weeks old

4 weeks old

5.5 weeks old

6 weeks old

At 6 weeks they start to loose that newborn look, are awake more and are beginning to develop their personality. They make eye contact and have sweet expressions which we will focus on during the session. At this age your baby will heavily guide our session. 

Typically by this age they will not be able to be posed in any curled up newborn poses nor will they fit on the traditional newborn props and sets. They will however still fit in our basket set ups for a sweet close up. We commonly can get one of them sleeping near the end of the session after being worn out and swaddled.

 

6 weeks old, looking up at her big brother

6 weeks old

Remember, just because you miss what has been marked today as the ‘perfect newborn portrait window,’ does not mean you do not take portraits. A portrait has no time constraints. It documents that specific time in your life and your babies life. Every moment is special. Take the portrait at any time that is perfect for you. 

6 weeks old

6 weeks old

Can I still send out announcements even if my baby is older?

YES! Absolutley. You make your own rules. Everyone on your mailing list will be excited to receive a photo of the newest addition 4 weeks or 4 months after they arrive. They are just happy to have a card to put up on their fridge! 

 

3 months old

Are you past the new baby phase? Click below to read about the ages and stages to photograph during babies first year, 3 months and older. 

 

 

5 Tips to take photos of your newborn at the hospital

5 Tips to take photos of your newborn at the hospital

Are you packing your hospital bag? Or at least started making your list of what you might need? We have something for you to add to your bag! (If you already delivered, CONGRATS!!! I am so excited for you! Don’t stop reading because this will still be helpful for tips on photos of your little one at home).

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I know things can be overwhelming after birth, but trust me, you’ll want to make sure you capture those first few hours after delivery.

  1. Get the details: diaper, name tags, footprints, babies length, 
  2. Use window light: hospital rooms are not flattering backgrounds for photos.
  3. Black & white: this can also help with those unappealing hospital room colors as well as distracting backgrounds.  
  4. Change your perspective: Photograph from above, the side and change your angle to avoid cluttered backgrounds. 
  5. Take my favorite photo: you spend a lot of time getting to know your little one from your bed, don’t forget that moment.

Sure, this all makes sense now and you may think you will remember it all. But trust me, its a whirlwind. That’s why I have created a PDF download that you can print or save to your phone now so you have it ready for delivery day. 

This applies to home births too! No matter where you deliver you want to make sure to capture those fleeting moments.

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Whether you have a high-end DSLR or a camera phone. It doesn’t matter. Don’t miss these oh so important moments! I love photography and will do my best to help your family start your family legacy off right.

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I would be honored to capture your newborn with my professional newborn portraits, please do not hesitate to call before your baby is born. We love to form our relationships with parents early on. 

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TIPS TO TAKE YOUR OWN FABULOUS PHOTOS IN THE HOSPITAL

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Newborn Booking Box

Newborn Booking Box

Whats included??

  • Family Newborn Portrait Session
  • Shhhh…. Baby is sleeping sign. double sided & ready to hang with 2 unique designs.
  • An amazing Pre/Postnatal Yoga 5 Class Pack: Because taking care of momma is important before and after birth. Baby can join you too!  
  • 175.00 portrait gift card for our studio: We love artwork and want you to have more from this fleeting moment.
  • Professional design expertise and software for your nursery and home.
  • Mom’s Yeti tumbler: Because raising tiny humans is exhausting and we know your coffee doesn’t stay hot and your water never stays cold.

But my baby isn’t born yet? Is this for me?

I am not due for awhile. Click the link below to find out why you should book before your baby is born:

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Des Plaines Newborn photographer – Classic Newborn Portraits

Des Plaines Newborn photographer – Classic Newborn Portraits

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.

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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.

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And we also were able to snag a super handsome image of him in his fanciest outfit.

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Being 3 is a big deal… but being a big brother is even bigger.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

Mount Prospect Newborn Photographer – Tiny Dancer

Mount Prospect Newborn Photographer – Tiny Dancer

Mount Prospect Newborn Photographer.

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!

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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.

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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.

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Future dancer?

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.

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Mount Prospect Newborn Photographer

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.

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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!

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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!

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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 kelly@kellyfitzgeraldstudio.com

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?

Click here to download your own FREE nursery inspire guide and get some tips and tricks to put artwork in your own home!

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