Newborn Photography

A Morning with You | The S Family

A sink bath. An alphabet puzzle. Hopping across the kitchen on what Dad thought was the dumbest thing the Easter Bunny could possibly bring. Keeping the sneaky dog out of the bedroom. A few choruses of, "I can do it myself." and "Where's his bottle?". A few minutes spent in time out, alphabet puzzle time again, feeding time again, lunch time at the table. Tickles in between bites from mom, side eye from Dad when tootsies make their way on top of the table. 

Typed out it might not look like much. And if you listed your daily activities you may not see the beauty in the minutiae of your morning. To see that, you'd have to slow it down; maybe even freeze it so you can take a closer look.

A Morning with the Baldasano Family | Boyertown Family Photographer | Almond Photography

"We got him that stool so he could brush his teeth, and reach the top of his dresser, and now he uses it for everything. Any time we're doing something, "STOOL!" He picks it up over his head and  uses it all the time. It's hilarious."

I had already taken a photo of Lukas tiptoed on said stool getting his space projector ready when his mother, Caitlin, laughed about how he uses his beloved stool for as many tasks as possible. It's just this kind of personal detail that has me so fascinated with photographing families in their home. Suddenly, who knows when, Lukas just won't need that stool anymore. He won't proudly carry it around over his head through the halls of the house. It's part of a milestone in his childhood at this time; the need to be independent but still (not that all children his age like to admit this) very dependent on his parents. 

The Sunday morning I spent with the Baldasano's was brimming with love and laughter. That sounds like a wooden DIY sign you might hang over an archway in your house, but in this case, it is true. Coming into a house like their's with such life and warmth to photograph is my absolute favorite. Thank you for having me. 

Twin Newborn Session | Gwen + Porter | Philadelphia Newborn Photographer

Meet Gwen + Porter. They're twins who behaved like seasoned pros the day I came to photograph them at their home with their mom + dad. Weighing in (at the time of our session) at a whopping 3lb. + 5lb. , respectively, it's hard to stay calm and content when you're that tiny. It's hard to stay warm, it's hard to stay full; life in general is HARD at 3 + 5 pounds. But these twins were as serene as a 9lb. baby after a feeding. What a lovely present for Mom + Dad.

Exton Family Photographer | The Raymond Family | Almond Photography

 Luca, is a typical toddler boy; high-energy, social, has no concept of the phrase "Okay, one more time", loves to throw blocks even when his mommy reminds him that is not something "we" do (and then she silently laughs to herself, "I mean it is something we do, but we're trying to break him of that habit.)

But once Luca gets within a few feet of his baby sister, he seems to let go of his rambunctious tendencies + starts to use his "big boy nose" to nuzzle her gently, or hold her hand. He seems to have an understanding that he needs to be tender with her. Who knows if it will last, but it was fun for me to watch and document the juxtaposition of this all-boy's personality; at one moment his asking his dad to flip him upside down for the 100th time and squealing at the top of his lungs, + at the next he is whispering "Are you tired, sweet baby?" into his newborn sister's fuzzy ears.

transitions / A Virginia Family Session

When I arrived at their home in Virginia, they were exhausted. Baby Lucas has been eating nonstop and when he’s not eating or sleeping, he is crying. Joe stands up + stretches, “I have to go drop his blanket off at school for nap time. I told him I would, and he’ll remember and be upset if I don’t.” Amanda + Joe exchange a look of “I love that sweet boy”. This propels us into a conversation about Caleb + his transition of being an only child to a big brother. Caleb is completely in love with Lucas. He sings to him, soothes him, and is gentle with him. But he’s still just 4 years old + not used to sharing his parent’s attention + time. Pouty faces + comments from him like, “You were snuggling Lucas, but I want you to snuggle me.” “You don’t spend time with me anymore!”  leave Amanda (and Joe, I see you!) in tears. This transition is hard. Their family-of-three dynamic has shifted + everyone is holding on tightly to each other until the turbulence ceases. They have a million reasons to keep someone from coming in their house + documenting all of this.

But what they want to be reminded of is the immense love that exists in this house. And that’s where I come in. Because this is what matters…

The games they play with Caleb that they’ve made up themselves with hilarious anecdotes to follow. The care in Caleb’s voice as he sings Lucas the lullaby he learned from his mother tickling his back and singing to him each night before bed (twice). How everything from opening straws at a restaurant, to putting on baby powder during bed time is a fun adventure. The way this family comes together + does the right thing for the other in every moment of every day.

Client Story // Megan // New state, new house, new baby and what happened when she decided to have a session during this chaotic time.

I'll be the first to admit it. I know that scheduling a Lifestyle Documentary Session can trigger some concerns & maybe even some stress. That's why I take the time to talk to my clients before the session to make sure there's an opportunity to air out concerns & come up with a rough plan of how the session will go. I recently had the absolute pleasure of working with Megan's family who just moved here to PA from Utah. Baby Clark was just 5 days old when I came to do the session, and Megan had a few things she was concerned about before the session started. Read on to see what Megan's concerns were & how they panned out during their session.

Concerns Before the Session.

  • "We just moved here from Utah." Things weren’t set up. Furniture hadn’t been bought for many of the rooms in the house. I explained to Megan that this would be a really interesting marker to document because the house will only change drastically as they live there. It's great to document things in the condition they're in now, especially when you know it's only temporary. 

  • "Is it okay if I have to feed the baby? Is that factored into the time?" I assured her that not only is it factored in, it's encouraged! Feedings are a BIG and important part of life & bonding during these first few days, so I like to document that as long as everyone is comfortable with it. 

  • "I have two other boys, 5 & 3. The three year old is not used to not being the baby yet, so he's not too happy these days." There will be times where he is laughing and having fun, and I'll capture that. There will also be times where he's melting down, and I'll get that too. The kids do not have to behave for me. They can be silly & break down & be themselves and it's not going to throw me off at all. 

So, how'd it go?

"I love how it was very real. I did feel very comfortable because you were so good with the kids and because of our communication prior, I knew if my kids were misbehaving or just being silly that wouldn’t matter, that would just make the pictures more memorable, so I felt much more relaxed during the shoot. I had written down a plan and it went totally not that way, but I was okay with it! I also didn’t realize you got so many good ones of Clark’s fuzzy arms & legs that I love.

 It was such a good thing for our family cause it was in the middle of the chaos of the baby arriving we had to go back to, “What do our boys like doing?” We had to think more about them than we probably would’ve. We can still continue with the things that we love to do and make everyone of us a priority, even though the baby is here now.  It was kind of like a reset. We can still continue with the things that we love to do and make everyone of us a priority, even though the baby is here now." 

Documentary Lifestyle Session : What it is, what it isn't & how it fits into EVERYONE'S life (yes, I'm talking to YOU!)

What does “documentary” mean? Aren’t these photos we could be taking ourselves if it’s just of our everyday life? Does it have to be in my home? How am I ever going to act natural knowing I’m getting my photo taken?

What a Documentary Lifestyle Session is not:

It is not an occasion where you need to gussy up your family in matching outfits and PRAY the kids don’t sneeze/wipe their hands/breathe on them. It is not a session where your children need to sit still and behave for the camera. It is not an occasion for you to get someone to deep clean your home. It is not something you should put off until you lose “the baby weight”. 

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So, okay. Then what is it?

It’s a morning in your kitchen while your kids ask 10 times if breakfast is ready. It’s an afternoon blowing bubbles in the backyard and the silly songs in the car on the way to get ice cream.

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It’s the look on your face as you close your eyes and breath in that newborn smell before it fades away. The gentle way you pass the baby to each other while one trades off to burp after a feeding. It’s the big tantrums. It’s the soft twirl of your finger as you play with the hair on the back of your 1-year-old’s neck as she wakes up from her nap, still shy and sleepy-eyed. 

And yes, we take one, group shot with everyone looking at the camera. But trust me, that one won't be the one you want framed on your wall. 

But why would I want this session? If these are everyday moments, can't I just get those photos on my phone myself?

Right now, this session is for you. It’s to see the look in your children’s faces when they’re interacting with you. To see the gentle way your oldest handles the baby of the family. I know you have a phone filled with images of your children nestled on the couch, but how many of those tender moments are you documented in?


In the long run, it’s for them. Think of some of your family photos. The conjure up  memories of that one sweater mom used to wear all.the.time. The sound of someone coming down the stairs into your childhood living room.  Wishing you could go back to that part of your life; where you could fit in your mom’s lap and press your ear to her chest to hear the sound of her voice in her chest as she talks.

What they don’t conjure up?  Judgements about the clutter on the coffee table. The fullness in her face. Your dad's five-o-clock shadow. That pimple on her chin. The mismatched, dirty socks your brother is wearing

The Breakdown. I will help you come up with an idea for a session & give you some tips on clearing out the major clutter so you can feel comfortable and confident in the home you've built with your family. I will come to your home & photograph you in your element. I will play with your kids, listen to your family inside jokes & document your subtle interactions with each other.

What you’ll get back will be a curation of your most intimate connections with your family for you to treasure now, and your children to hold dear later. 

So, what are you waiting for? Your 6-year-old's adult front teeth to come in? Your newborn to loose that ear and back fuzz? The time is always right for this session, so CLICK HERE to contact me today to get started on the Lifestyle Session that is right for your family.

Philadelphia Family Photographer | The M Family | Lifestyle Photographer

Three boys. 

Having three boys means messes, fart jokes, rough housing that often ends in tears, super hero capes, action figures that find their way into the soft arch of your foot no matter how many times you've asked them to pick up, quick kisses that don't interrupt playing too long and a LOT of love. A lot of love. 

If you're interested in a "Day In the Life" portrayal of your family, now is the time to book. Now through March, I'm running a special! Use the contact section to book your time today. I promise you won't regret it.