Clients and friends often comment on how wonderful it must be to have so many great photographs of my own children.  And while I do try to photograph my kids relatively regularly and I LOVE the images I have of them, the truth is that they are often some of my toughest subjects.  Especially as newborns.  They are ticklish and startle easily, they love to clench their fists, they spit up all the time and when they aren’t doing that, they are pooping or peeing on everything.  I love them, I mean I ADORE them, but they are not easy babies to photograph.

Yesterday Eva turned 3 weeks and I wanted to take one last day of images of her before backing off my crazy shooting-every-day schedule–I wanted to capture how round and chubby she’s become in just 3 short weeks:).  It didn’t happen.  We tried, but I think she’s outgrown the newborn phase of photography.  Sure, if I kept her naked and the house warm and didn’t mind trying a couple of different times throughout the day, I could probably still get some nice, posed, sleepy shots, but it’s been 3 weeks and I have 4 other kids, school has started, and I am just tired.  It’s sad, though, to let go of her newness.  I know it sounds silly because she’s only been here for 22 days, but I am already saying goodbye to her newborn-ness and for a newborn photographer, it’s a sad thing to do.  On the other hand, I can’t wait to see who she grows up to be.

So, despite the exhaustion, the occasional frustration, the not-quite-as-clean-and-polished-as-my client-work images, and the mountains of laundry, I am already so glad I have these images to remind me of every fresh new day with my Eva.  I shot her every day through day 19 + day 21, with the exception of days 15 and 16 when the amazingly talented Brittany Woodall of Baby as Art came all the way from California to photograph her.  I can’t wait to work my way through all the images, to see what Britt captured, and to put together a book so I can always remember how tiny and fresh and new she was–and how much I love her:).

Eva, day 7:





Such a mess of a photo composition and posing-wise, but I love her funny face and it just reminds me of how hard I had to work with her.  This was attempt #2 for this set-up after she utterly destroyed it the previous day.


The third time was the charm:).




This series just makes my heart smile:).


And I had to play around a bit with her nickname, as well:).

Eva, day 8:




Love you more and more every day, baby girl!

11 Responses to “Days 7 and 8 – New York Newborn Photographer”

  1. Keri says:

    Beautiful, Jess!!! She is just gorgeous, and I’m truly amazed at all the lovely images you’ve captured of her.

  2. kati says:

    These are So perfect Jess. What a beautiful little lady. I love them all.

  3. April says:

    She is so sweet! I can’t believe she is already 3 weeks old :)

  4. Erin May says:

    I just love her! I love how you’ve captured her daily – she’s so beautiful!

  5. Julia says:

    Jess, every shot is absolutely stunning. So much love in every one. I love Miss Lemonhead already!!

  6. Janice says:

    Gorgeous! She is so sweet!

  7. Angela says:

    Love them all!! Please don’t stop sharing!!

  8. tina says:

    Such a beautiful little Lemonhead!!! Gorgeous Jess!

  9. jaime lackey says:

    awww. her faces are hilarious. the angry face is so cute. love the lemons on the last ones! so adorable!

  10. April says:

    She is just beautiful Jessica! I can totally relate to your post as well as it was the exact same thing that I went through and felt when my little one was born just a few short months ago. It is amazing how fast they do change and I’m sure you will cherish all the images you have of her forever.

  11. cherron says:

    Oh, she is just begs to have snuggles, doesn’t she? So precious.

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