ERIN THOMPSON

Lifestyle Newborn Photography | The Ward Family

Lifestyle Newborn

August 11, 2023

I have met many new friends through my business who I am immensely grateful for. However, this session gave me an opportunity to reconnect with a childhood friend, which feels even more special. You see, last February, I was sitting in the car line at school waiting for my kids to come outside when I checked my email. Sitting in my inbox was an inquiry from Erika. We danced together in elementary school and then our dads coached our brothers’ baseball teams as we got older, but we lost touch after going to college. But, our parents have remained friends all these years and when she found herself looking for a lifestyle newborn photography session, her mom recommended she reach out to me. To say the inquiry made my day would be an understatement!

Lifestyle Newborn Photography Session

After squaring away the details, Erika and I began planning. (Something we have in common!) We knew we were going to need some flexibility in scheduling since she’s in Ohio and I’m in Virginia. Our options were doing the newborn session within a couple days of Flynn’s due date or waiting until he was two months old when I had another trip home planned. We opted for the latter and I’m so glad we did.

In a typical newborn session, I recommend families feed their new little one right before I arrive. This typically gives us a short window of awake baby time followed by lots of sleepy shots. However, as a two-month-old, Flynn has already outgrown the sleepiness of a brand new baby. He showed off his big blue eyes, wiggled like crazy, an even gave me a few toothless grins. He was such a trooper and I’m just thrilled with the portraits I am able to give his mom and grandparents.

If you’re on the fence about newborn photos and think you’ve missed the window, I’d encourage you to reconsider! As we all know, these days go by too fast and photos are what we have left when they’re over. Please reach out to me if you’re interested in scheduling a lifestyle newborn photography session. I would love to document this season for you!

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