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October begins the insanely busy time for photographers. Lauren and I basically take off Halloween and Thanksgiving from October 1st to December 22. If it doesn’t rain out a session or snow out a session we are working. And even if it does we are at what we like to call “corporate headquarters” working on edits, orders, design, packaging, marketing, website, invoicing, etc. Let me just describe corporate headquarters for you so you can get a real feel of how professional our work space is. Down a steep stairway into the basement of my 1920s home, there are 2 computer desks, a couch, a stack of boxes up to the ceiling from orders, and about 20 toys on the floor. After the hours of 3:00 pm you can also find whiney children watching TV or asking us to print color by numbers. You can usually find 5 half empty glasses of water on my desk and 2 coffee mugs. Lauren’s desk is really organized and covered in sticky notes with information on sessions, financing terms and other stuff like that. It may not be a state of the art office, but we get a lot done down here in the dungeon.

In addition to all of our family sessions in the fall, we have our normal newborn sessions in the studio in the mornings. We have photographed about 80 newborns this year. We love it. Each session is special and carefully planned and thought out. It’s a big responsibility to be trusted with photos that will mean so much to a family and we don’t take it lightly.

 

So let’s get on with it….our October babes!

 

 

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If you like my style and would like to talk more about a newborn session for your newest addition, click the contact or get in touch button on the homepage. I would love to work with you and your baby to create custom images that you will cherish forever!

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Jasmine Coleman is a dentist in Fort Worth. Her twin girls give me a run for my money every single shoot! Ha! If one is happy, the other is screaming. She has been my dentist for a few years and is so great! The twins were one of my very first twin newborn sessions and now we do them all the time. They are little trendsetters.

 

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These three are siblings and wanted to do a photo session to give to their parents. Such a great idea! I know my mom would love photos of my brother and I! I like that they kept it to the original three, no spouses or children. They were all very photogenic and up for anything. I know grown men have a blast at photo shoots (insert huge sarcasm) but, I pride myself on making it quick and as painless as possible and I think they would agree. The parents are going to be so glad they did this!

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Baby Sophie had a sixish month and family session combo. She is so sweet and so very loved. They chose the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens which always has a pretty and manicured look. This place is a popular choice for family shoots. Sophie was in a calm but happy mood and did great for her age.

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Introducing my September newborns!

 

I have had some questions on my newborn photography workflow. This is how it goes….

I start off with any family shots if there is a sibling. These are hard. Most older siblings are toddlers or preschoolers and their world has just been turned upside down with the addition of a new baby. I do not have tons of time to spend on these considering the newborn portion takes so long, so we make sure to get a few solid set ups. One with the family, one with each parent and baby and two or three or sometimes just one of the siblings together depending on cooperation. If there is not sibling, I wait until the end of the session to photograph the parents with the baby. A lot of my moms get their makeup done in the studio while I am photographing the newborn, so if that is the case we definitely wait until the end.

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If we don’t do any family shots at first, I go straight for the beanbag. That is if the baby is already sleeping. When I am undressing the baby, I assess the sleepy level and see how the baby responds to me and go from there. If the baby is wide awake, I will wrap it up and do some wrapped shots in a prop to try and help the baby fall into a deep sleep.

 

These are some of the beanbag poses. I use three different colors of backdrops for the beanbag and change them every 3 or so poses. Posing newborns doesn’t come easily, it really takes years of practice and fine tuning to get it just how you like it.

Here are some of the poses I like to do. I attempt all poses at all sessions and mostly succeed. It all goes back to how old the baby is, how sleepy, how full, how strong their sucking reflex is, if the parents will allow them to take a pacifier, etc.

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Then after I get all those cuddly, squishy poses, it’s on to the props and flokati shots and anything left that doesn’t require the bag.

 

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Then about 2.5 hours later I have a ton of precious images to go home and cull and edit, the longest and slightly boring portion of the workflow.

Thank you all my September newborns!! It will be hard to beat all that cuteness!

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This was a beautiful family session shot at White Rock Lake in Dallas, TX. I go back and forth on my favorite places to shoot and right now White Rock is at the top of my list. I like how many looks you can get there, the trees, the lake, there are tall fields, the light is beautiful. I have also shot there at sunrise and although it changes up my routine, the light was equally as gorgeous. I have been photographing a lot of families with their dogs lately. After losing my beloved Old English Sheepdog, Merlin, I wish I would have had him in some of our professional family shoots. Little kids with their dogs are about as cute as it gets.

 

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I usually recommend two year olds being photographed outside. The studio can be a real challenge. This little guy did so well. Between the well behaved kid and the well behaved dog, I was a happy photographer!

 

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Then we moved on to our second spot. The light is different, the trees are different. It’s just an overall different look. Perfect time for a wardrobe change. And as the child starts to get bored with pictures, we shift more into candid and playful shots. They are rarely my huge print or canvas images that my clients choose, but I still love to get a good mix of posed and playful.

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Dog and kid, still going strong!

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Then onto the third spot. At this point we are moving pretty fast to keep the child’s attention and to get some more variety. This area had a ton of sun, and my favorite black and white images are all the ones that have a ton of sun.

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And lastly, the dock. The dock can be a pain because there may or may not be 15 people taking selfies. But if you are patient enough, or ask politely, they may move over so you can get a great, seemingly serene shot by the water. Sunsets with water are so great in images!

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If you like my style and would like to know more about booking a custom portrait session with Paige Walker Photography email lauren@paigewalkerphotogrpahy.com

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This family has been with me through almost my entire business journey. Bailey came to me for newborn photos when I had only been open for business a few months. They have had many shoots with me since then and I have watched Bailey grow into a beautiful and funny little girl, and now I have watched Cash grow and change over the past year. Cash has been through a heart surgery and lots of other procedures and I can’t imagine how stressful it has been on his poor parents. That makes photo shoots like this even sweeter.  Cash is healthy, smiling and thriving and it was such an honor to capture that for his family.

 

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Here is big sister Bailey! I always like to photograph the older sibling alone if they come to a session. Usually I can squeeze in a few while the baby is having their clothes changed. I love photographing kids on these white boards!

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They have the best blue eyes! Both of them. Lucky!

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Cash still needed a little assistance sitting up. So we pulled over the white sofa and propped him up. All the white looks so good together and hats are always a good choice to add something to the photos.

 

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This yellow wagon is one of my favorite props. We just stuck some fabric behind him and he was able to sit in it.

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Snuck another one in of Bailey!

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This is another tiny little sofa that works well for siblings or to prop up the babies that are really close to sitting unassisted. Cash clearly loved it!

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Another shot I always hope to get at Cash’s age is the baby laying down and grabbing or playing with their feet. It is so cute to me and something babies only do for a short amount of time.

 

I would love to photograph your baby in our Fort Worth studio! You can contact us through the contact or get in touch button on the home page.

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