Lately I’ve had a lot of newborn sessions for babies who are joining families with older siblings in them already. I love the energy of having older kids in the picture, but there is nothing like the calm and quiet of a house with just a mommy, daddy and brand new little baby in it. I arrived at Jaci and Ben’s place to find them cuddling sweet baby Alice, with big sister pup Bailey watching over them. Snuggled up on the couch, they marveled at her tiny fingers and toes, and how nicely she fit on mom’s and dad’s laps. I remember holding my daughter on my legs like that, and now I look at her and wonder if she was ever that small!
Jaci and Ben showed me the nursery, and we took advantage of the beautiful window light for some family portraits. I’m always talking about how adults will mimic the faces babies make, often without realizing it. Ben demonstrated beautifully when Alice took a nice big yawn and he copied her expression perfectly. It was such a perfect snapshot of their personality and sense of humor, it ended up being his favorite image from the whole session and they got a beautiful metal print of it for the hallway.
Then it was on to the big bed, and Bailey got to join in for a few photos and got a few wet kisses in for her newborn sister. Alice was starting to get a little tired and cranky as we got a few solo shots of her on the bed, and Jaci leaned in to comfort her. It was such a classic motherhood moment. Those times when the baby is crying, and you might not know why, but you instinctively know that they’ll find comfort from your touch. It was so beautiful, and once Alice was safely on mama’s chest and wrapped in her arms, she was happy as ever.
When you’re a brand new parent, you can’t totally realize how precious those early days and weeks really are, and how quiet the house really is with a tiny newborn who sleeps as much as they do. I was so happy to capture these moments for Jaci and Ben, and I hope they treasure these as Alice grows.
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