One of the perks of my amazing job as a family photographer is that I am never too far from the welcoming of a newborn.
Is there anything better than the glow that is ever-present on a new parent’s face the days, weeks and early months following the birth of a child? Is there anything better than walking into someone’s home and being embraced into the pure joy they’re experiencing?
I am so fortunate to witness so many magical moments between spouses, partners, siblings and, yes, even pets.
Joining this Jamaica Plain family just six days after Oliver, their second son, was born, was just that: Magical.
Jamaica Plain Newborn Photos
Clients often ask me: When is the best time to schedule a newborn session?
There is no exact “right time” to photograph your new child and family. Timing decisions should begin with the physical comfort of the family. Childbirth – and the days that immediately follow – is different for everyone.
From my experience, the earlier the newborn photo session, the sleepier the baby. If you’re looking for images that truly capture the earliest characteristics of your newborn and family after his/her arrival, you can expect images taken very soon thereafter to be of a sleepy (and beautifully peaceful) baby. However, as anyone will tell you, babies are unpredictable, and yours could certainly show some alertness during the session, but it’s not as likely.
Oliver’s parents found me because I photographed their son Eli during the school photo session at his preschool, The Mosaic School in Roslindale. I loved arriving for our session knowing that I already had a rapport with Eli. He remembered me as the silly lady who came to school “with all her Paw Patrol assistants with her to help her take photos”. Eli was 3.5 at the time of the session and super excited about the arrival of his baby brother.
I share images like Oliver’s Jamaica Plain Newborn Photos on my blog to showcase my approach for anyone considering a newborn session. I hope you notice the intent behind every single one of these images: to capture your family in its element. I’m aiming to document your lives in the very moment: your emotions, connections, environment and more. I’m not coming to snap a pretty picture of a posing family.
In fact, I’ve yet to meet a brand new parent with the energy to pose! Just be yourself. I promise the images will capture this part of your journey perfectly.
Cara Soulia is a Boston Family Photographer who loves capturing the creative, sweet and fun side of every family. Get in touch to find out more about newborn and family sessions this winter.
Meet baby Lily! Just a few short weeks ago, I met up with this lovely family at their home in Wayland, Massachusetts to welcome their newest edition. Lily was just 13 days old at the time of her newborn session, and what a beautiful little baby she is!
A Sweet Wayland Newborn Session
This was my second photography session with this family. I first met them last fall for a family session when big brother Graham was just two years old. It was an outdoor family portrait session in the beautiful Massachusetts foliage, so this newborn session in their home was a totally different vibe. It was raining on the day of their session, which I actually love because window light is always so beautiful on an overcast day. And really, the light in New England in the fall is so magical that even on a dreary, rainy day, it’s still perfect for photography.
Having a newborn session in a family’s home is so wonderful for capturing precious moments. It’s all about seeing how a family adjusts to having a new little person added to their life! Mom and Dad were so calm and relaxed during this session — they made having two babies and multitasking look easy!
I started off the session taking some time to capture Graham. When there’s a new baby in the house, I like spending time with the older sibling. Sometimes it’s a hard adjustment, having a new baby in the house, but big brother Graham seemed to be adjusting smoothly to life with a sibling. He was curious and so sweet and gentle. I think he will be a great big brother and will do a great job taking care of his little sister.
My favorite moment was when Graham held Lily in the rocking chair. The light was beautiful. He was so careful with his baby sister. He had a look of curiosity on his face as he smiled at her and touched her hands. One of my favorite images is the detail shot of Graham gently holding Lily’s tiny foot. It was just a precious moment and that level of tenderness from an almost three year old was amazing. I felt lucky to be there to capture it.
It was such a pleasure to photograph this family of four. Mom and Dad, thank you for inviting me into your home to document your beautiful family. I look forward to seeing you all again in the future!
Welcome to the world, Baby Vivian! I was thrilled to photograph this little girl in Back Bay, Boston, just 7 days after she was born.
Back Bay Newborn Photography
I already knew this family after having done a newborn session and then one-year session for big brother Miles, so when I heard that they were expecting again, I couldn’t have been more thrilled! I love when families get to experience a boy and a girl (I have two boys and a girl myself) because it’s so interesting seeing the difference between raising boys and girls.
It was so much fun to see how much Miles has grown. This is one of the reasons I love having return clients: I get to see so much more than just those baby milestones. I get to see these kids turning into their own little people! And watching Miles taking on the role of big brother was too fun. One of my favorite images of the whole day was when he read his “big brother” book while Mom was looking on and smiling.
Candid Family Photography
But my favorite moment was probably when I got the most unconventional family portrait that really captured their daily lives. Miles was jumping on the bed, Mom was feeding the baby—this is life for this family, and I wanted to do it justice! After all, this will all be a blur someday, and I want to capture those moments while I can!
This family lives in one of those quaint old brownstones in the heart of Back Bay. It was a beautiful day in Boston, with light streaming in through the windows. We even got to go outside for some family photos on the front steps at the end of the session!
Thank you, Mom and Dad, for allowing me to photograph your beautiful family. It was such a treat to see how much you’ve all grown!
Cara Soulia is a Boston Newborn Photographer who specializes in capturing natural moments in a beautiful artistic way. Cara captures your most important memories during relaxed newborn sessions at your home. Please see more of Cara’s newborn work here or get in touch to find out more about scheduling your newborn session!
As a Boston baby photographer, I am blessed with meeting so many parents and hearing so many stories. Libby & Jeff are two of the strongest people I have ever met. Sessions like this one change your outlook on life because you see two people who have been through so much and continue to be amazingly positive and happy. Libby told me, before I met them during their Back Bay newborn session, that their baby was being delivered via surrogate. I did not know their backstory at the time, and did not realize that both of their babies were delivered via surrogate.
Soon after I arrived at their session, Libby told me she had also just been through cancer and chemotherapy. She shares her unexpected journey to parenthood on her website, “Our Pea in her Pod.” Libby started Our Pea in Her Pod as a resource to support others who are going through similar challenges. As a Boston child and family photographer, I have heard many stories of how couples become parents. While newborn sessions are always beautiful, the journey to parenthood sometimes can be painful and heartbreaking. Reading through this mother’s story is so moving! Her heartfelt posts mixed with joy and pain is such a wonderful resource to other women who hope that someday someone will call them “Mommy.”
Back Bay Boston Photographer
I have been photographing Boston families for almost a decade and I love at home newborn sessions the most. It is so amazing to meet all different kinds of people, hear their unique stories and photograph them at home in their element. I try to capture their real life in an artistic and natural way. Meeting up in Jeff and Libby’s Back Bay home with their two beautiful children was such a privilege. I love how Libby and Jeff connect. You can see how much love they have for each other.
As the family anticipated little Grace’s arrival, they set up a little “shrine.” It includes pictures of her in utero when as she was growing! I thought it was such a wonderful, loving way to commemorate those months when Grace was growing.
The wonderful surrogate mother who carried Grace for Jeff and Libby crocheted two outfits as a gift to baby Grace. But what an unbelievable gift to carry a baby for another woman. And then to make her outfits by hand, too? There are such amazing people in this world.
Because grace is a ‘rainbow baby,’ Mom bought this blanket after she suffered a several miscarriages. It was special to her to have this image of Grace wrapped in this blanket. A dream come true, a wish fulfilled, Grace is truly a perfect name for this little miracle.
This past spring, I visited a gorgeous family of four at their home on the South Shore of Massachusetts for a lifestyle newborn session.
When I arrived, Mom was feeding little baby Hadley—who was just one week old!—so I spent some time getting to know Dad and Hadley’s big brother, 16-month-old Conrad. Dad used to play semi-professional hockey, so he’s already working hard to teach Conrad (Connie) the ins and outs of the game. He can already swing the hockey stick and hit the puck into the net, but his favorite thing to do, by far, is to throw his hands over his head and shout “GOAL!” So adorable!