Interesting Facts About Newborns | Northern VA Newborn Photographer

Interesting Facts About Newborns | Northern VA Newborn Photographer

Interesting Facts About Newborns | Northern VA Newborn Photographer

Newborns are delightful for us as photographers – even if they can be somewhat exhausting for the new parents! As Joriana’s mom, Mindy already knew quite a bit about newborns before she ever picked a camera professionally. Even so, our baby photography work in the Waterford, VA area has taught us quite a bit about newborns.

Working with infants and children is never dull for us. It means we have to do careful preparation for their session and keeps us nimble during the session. Children and baby photography are one of the most enjoyable aspects of our family photography practice!

Here are a few interesting things you might not know about newborn babies:

• Their fontanel, the soft spot on their skull, might pulsate because it’s over the blood vessels covering the brain.
• Newborns won’t respond to you with coos or smiles until after about the six-week mark.
• Newborns are nearsighted so you’ll need to get within eight to ten inches of their face so they can see you. That works to our advantage during our newborn sessions! You end up with gorgeous close-up baby pictures to treasure.
• After the first week of life, you can expect about five to six wet diapers a day, and at least one or two stools.
• Dry skin in newborns isn’t unusual!
• By their third month of life, most infants can sleep for about six-to-eight-hour stretches at night. Before that, it’s more like two-to-three-hour stretches.
• Newborns have a “startle reflex.” When they are startled by sudden movements or loud noises near them, they will shake or jitter, throw their arms back and forth – as if you told them to hold their arms up during a bank robbery.

As an experienced baby photography studio in the Waterford, VA area, we are happy to answer your questions or to schedule an appointment for a portrait session for your newborn or child. We look forward to hearing from you!
 

 

Baby Photography, Baby Photographer

Ever After Baby Portraits is comprised of Mindy Belcher and Joriana Belcher Anderson, a mother-daughter baby photography team located near the Waterford, VA area in Northern Virginia. We specialize in timeless and emotive fine art family portraits, including newborn and baby portraits. Family means everything and capturing those precious moments to preserve forever will mean family heirlooms for you to share for years to come.

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Photography Tips:  How to Capture Great Party Pictures of Your Children! | Northern VA Baby Photographer

Photography Tips: How to Capture Great Party Pictures of Your Children! | Northern VA Baby Photographer

Photography Tips: How to Capture Great Party Pictures of Your Children! | Northern VA Baby Photographer

Are you ready to take spectacular pictures at your child’s next party? As a long-time baby photographer in the Waterford, VA and South Riding, VA areas, we can offer you some tips to help. It’s not easy to photograph children – let alone ones in constant motion at a party!

For the best pictures, make sure you have a designated photographer. Their sole job at the party is to take pictures. Here are five tips to help you (or them) out:

Shoot on Auto:
Unless you’re an experienced photographer, set your digital camera to “auto” and shoot away. If you have photography experience, you can set your camera to “manual” and adjust as needed. We usually recommend “auto” unless you’ve had plenty of experience doing action shots among busy little bees (otherwise known as children on sugar)!

Event Photography Plan:
Think ahead of the type of shots you’ll want out of the party. Do you plan on framing any pictures? Creating an album? Knowing what you hope to accomplish with the pictures can help guide your shots. (If you’re concerned about taking pictures of young children without parental permission, you might want to give them an advance head’s up and make sure they’re comfortable with it.)

Angles and Perspectives:
A common mistake amateur photographers make is their angle of the shot. With pictures of kids, be sure to take some of your shots down at their height, at their eye level. As a newborn photographer, we have found that it’s important to think out of the box when it comes to the angle of your shots. You’ll want to shoot some pictures from low to high (lay down on the floor if you must and aim up toward the subject or subjects) and shoot others from high to low (stand safely on a chair or step ladder). Get creative in your angles!

Details Make the Shot:
The interest lies in the party’s details! Before your first guests arrive, take some shots of the cake, invitation (if it’s printed), decorations, presents, and even the guests arriving at the party. Don’t forget the special boy or girl!

Once the party is up and running, remember to zoom in and shoot some candid close-ups of the children having fun, eating, and interacting. Keep in mind that taking great candids means some level of anticipation as to what’s about to happen. You’ll need to be fast and nimble when shooting at a child’s party! However, if a child ever seems uncomfortable with being photographed, back off. There’s no need to insist on taking a picture of a child if they’re clearly not comfortable.

With a little practice, you’ll find yourself getting better and better when it comes to taking children’s pictures. As a baby photographer, we’ve improved greatly from our earliest days working here in the Waterford, VA and South Riding, VA area. We only have our determination, a lot of practice, and our clients to thank for our success!
 

 

Baby Photography, Baby Photographer

Ever After Baby Portraits is comprised of Mindy Belcher and Joriana Belcher Anderson, a mother-daughter baby photography team located near the Waterford, VA and South Riding, VA areas in Northern Virginia. We specialize in timeless and emotive fine art family portraits, including newborn and baby portraits. Family means everything and capturing those precious moments to preserve forever will mean family heirlooms for you to share for years to come.

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Mindy & Joriana – Contact Us!

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Differences in Posed and Lifestyle Baby Photography | Northern VA Baby Photographer

Differences in Posed and Lifestyle Baby Photography | Northern VA Baby Photographer

Differences in Posed and Lifestyle Baby Photography | Northern VA Baby Photographer

When discussing baby photography, there are generally two categories into which it falls: lifestyle and posed. These days, most of our clients across Northern Virginia, including Waterford, VA, request posed for their newborn baby’s portraits. Let’s break down the two styles.

Posed:
The posed-style of baby pictures has been around since the earliest days of photography. If you have ever combed through an antique shop’s old pictures, it’s not unusual to find sepia-toned baby pictures shot in this style. Our first inclination is to say that the style has lasted so long because it is simpler to shoot and so very classic. The baby is usually asleep for these sessions, making it simpler to photograph them, but that is not always the case. Older babies often wake up in the middle of the shoot, need to be fed, and we wait and start again. It might be easy, but it’s not always the fastest style of photography for babies! These types of portraits are done with planning and patience!

When done right, portraits done in this classic posed style become gorgeous heirlooms to hand down to the next generation and beyond.

Lifestyle:
This style of baby photography can be shot anywhere. It doesn’t have to be in a portrait studio, and the child isn’t usually asleep. It’s a more candid style of photography which lends itself to older babies, toddlers, and children rather than newborns. For example, baby or children’s pictures taken at a party or park tend to be lifestyle photography rather than posed.

As you can see, there is a significant difference between the two styles of baby photography. We are happy to discuss your needs and vision for your next baby portraits.

If you would like newborn or baby portraits in the classic posed style, we’d be happy to do your newborn’s or baby’s session in our studios here near Waterford, VA. Lifestyle portraits can be taken in our outdoor portrait park or elsewhere (although we normally wait until the baby is a bit older than newborn before doing an outdoor session). Give our studio a call and we’ll answer any questions you may have!
 

 

Baby Photography, Baby Photographer

Ever After Baby Portraits is comprised of Mindy Belcher and Joriana Belcher Anderson, a mother-daughter baby photography team located near Waterford, VA in Northern Virginia. We specialize in timeless and emotive fine art family portraits, including newborn and baby portraits. Family means everything and capturing those precious moments to preserve forever will mean family heirlooms for you to share for years to come.

Best,
Mindy & Joriana – Contact Us!

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Why have both a Maternity and a Newborn Portrait Session? | Northern VA Newborn Photographer

Why have both a Maternity and a Newborn Portrait Session? | Northern VA Newborn Photographer

As a newborn photographer in the Waterford, VA area, we can make a terrific case for shooting your maternity portraits followed a few weeks later by newborn portraits when the baby arrives. Clients Helenka and Mya are the perfect example of why this makes so much sense.

Although we already knew Helenka from shooting her wedding portraits, we also had the opportunity to do her maternity photography. We thought she made a beautiful bride. However, she was equally beautiful as a pregnant woman! Helenka’s maternity portraits reflected a certain ease with her pregnant body and a timeless feminine spirit. We’re pretty confident she will treasure her maternity portraits for her lifetime. Beyond that, her baby will one day appreciate seeing professional pictures of herself inside her mommy’s belly!

From pregnancy to newborn:
Not long after Helenka’s maternity pictures, little Mya entered the world! She is as beautiful as her mother and as charming as her parents, including her father Rami. We met baby Mya a few days after she was born to do her newborn portraits.

Shooting newborn portraits after a woman’s maternity portraits is an extraordinary, almost natural, sequence of events for a maternity photographer. Capturing the beauty of a woman’s swollen belly and natural curves to then photographing the tiny body of a new life just weeks later is a wonderful experience. It’s not lost on us both as professionals and as a mother and daughter team. It is indeed an honor as well as a pleasure to capture these exquisite moments!

Maternity and Newborn Photographer

As a Waterford, VA area newborn photographer also specializing in maternity and family portraits, we suggest you consider doing both a maternity and a newborn session. It’s an extraordinary visual timeline captured forever through our fine art photography. You’ll treasure it for a lifetime; your child will cherish it for theirs!
 

 

Baby Photography, Baby Photographer, Newborn Photographer

Ever After Baby Portraits is comprised of Mindy Belcher and Joriana Belcher Anderson, a mother-daughter baby photography team located near the Waterford, VA area in Northern Virginia. We specialize in timeless and emotive fine art family portraits, including newborn and baby portraits. Family means everything and capturing those precious moments to preserve forever will mean family heirlooms for you to share for years to come.

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Mindy & Joriana – Contact Us!

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Essential Checklist for Your Hospital Bag | Northern VA Maternity Photographer

Essential Checklist for Your Hospital Bag | Northern VA Maternity Photographer

Essential Checklist for Your Hospital Bag | Northern VA Maternity Photographer

Working in the maternity photography field in the Waterford, VA area, it means we have the pleasure of meeting a lot of women in their final trimester. Recently, we had an interesting chat about what should go in a hospital bag. Today’s post stems from Mindy’s experience as a mom – as well as our need to be highly organized!

You might say that heading to the hospital to have a baby is like heading off on a life-changing trip! Careful planning and packing will make things so much easier. We know that when it comes to maternity pictures – or any portraits, for that matter – planning is critical! It’s no different when you’re planning for your delivery and hospital stay.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when you begin to think about packing your hospital bag:

Toiletries:
You’ll want to bring toiletries. Plan for the toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, body wash or soap, and body lotion. We also suggest you bring along nipple cream, your favorite shampoo, conditioner, hairbrush and hair bands. You might even need a blow-dryer depending on the hospital. Don’t forget makeup if you like to wear it!

Shower Slippers:
Flip-flops or shower slippers of some kind are advisable because you will want to shower at some point during your stay.

Socks & Slippers:
Pack a couple of pairs of your favorite warm socks and slippers. Most hospitals tend to be chilly, and your feet could get cold even while in bed. And, slippers are an obvious one – you never want to walk around in a hospital barefoot!

Pajamas & Robe:
A little coverage is a good thing when you’re wearing a hospital gown, so bring a robe. A hospital stay is a perfect opportunity to indulge in a new, comfortable robe you’ll use even after you’ve left the hospital. Sometimes changing out of a hospital gown into regular pajamas goes a long way toward making you feel better. If that could be you, plan for comfortable, loose-fitting pajamas.

Bras:
Women know that a good quality, comfortable bra is invaluable. If you’re going to be nursing, pack a nursing bra; otherwise, bring a good bra. Don’t forget to bring quality nursing pads whether they are disposable or washable.

Underwear:
There will inevitably be some bleeding, so plan to bring underwear to accommodate the largest pads you’ll ever see! Buying one size up from your pre-pregnancy regular size is advisable.

Electronics:
A cellphone and phone charger are must-haves. Some women also pack electronic readers or a book.

Maternity Photography

As an experienced maternity photography specialist in the Waterford, VA area, we’d love to work with you! Contact our studio to schedule an appointment or with any questions.
 

 

Baby Photography, Baby Photographer, Maternity Photography

Ever After Baby Portraits is comprised of Mindy Belcher and Joriana Belcher Anderson, a mother-daughter baby photography team located near the Waterford, VA area in Northern Virginia. We specialize in timeless and emotive fine art family portraits, including newborn and baby portraits. Family means everything and capturing those precious moments to preserve forever will mean family heirlooms for you to share for years to come.

Best,
Mindy & Joriana – Contact Us!

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