It was such a treat to see such a sweet little guy for his newborn portraits the other day in Cambridge, MA. Little Carl was just 5 days old when I met him, and got to see his proud big brother and mom and dad, who I had last photographed about a year and a half ago. The weather was just about the polar opposite (ok, if you know me, you know that pun was intended…) from our last portrait session — on that chilly day it was so cold we only lasted outdoors a little while before decamping to the family’s house for the rest of our time together. Today, it was already almost 90 degrees by the time I arrived at 9am (though compared to the day before it wasn’t quite so hot!).
The most important part of my newborn portrait session prep guide is that the space we’ll be photographing in needs to be seriously WARM. Like, it’s usually a little uncomfortably warm for the grownups (but super comfy for the babies and helps them not get too cold when we swap out wraps and change things around on them). This morning, mother nature obliged with heating things up enough that after we’d done some of baby Carl’s photos indoors, we got to head outside to the gorgeous gardens surrounding his home.
One of my favorite parts of Carl’s newborn session was working with big brother Anders — he was so sweet, running over to give Carl a kiss whenever he cried (and at one point, when I unwrapped Carl to switch to a new wrap, which Carl was not so keen on, Anders asked me “Why are you messing with my baby??” — he seemed mollified when Carl stopped crying as soon as he was re-wrapped 🙂 ).
Since Carl is taking part in my Baby’s First Year package, I’m excited to get to check in several times this year to see him as he grows! Here are some of my favorite images from our time together: