Since reestablishing my newborn and child portrait studio and business here in Houston, I’ve been traveling back and forth every 3-4 months to Kansas City photographing so many of my favorite, long-time clients. It’s been a true blessing to watch them grow, continue to service my Kansas City clients and know that states may separate us, but it’s nothing a little planning and Southwest Airlines can’t remedy. For regular family and child sessions, this worked incredibly well this past fall. And now, this Spring, the only wildcard has been the wet and crazy weather. So when this beautiful mama reached out to me to let me know she was expecting baby no. 2 and ask if it would even be possible for me to photograph his newborn session like I had done with his big sister, my wheels began to turn. Without my studio and all of its wonderful amenities, logistically, I had to consider transport of wraps, hats, blankets, fabrics, camera equipment, etc. as well as airfare and car rental. We knew we wanted a mix of lifestyle images shot in their home as well as some of my traditional posing so that they could complete their wall display of images consistent between big sister’s session and the session for their newborn son.
The other wildcard for a travel newborn session was the fact that – with no planned induction or C-section – babies come when they want to, so the due date was really just a moving target in terms of booking flights and scheduling other sessions/visits around the newborn session. This creates a tiny challenge given that most newborns are photographed about 6-10 days after birth. But as I’ve photographed newborns a wee bit older than that sweet spot, I chose a date to book travel that was about 12 days after the due date, considering that if he came early or even late, we’d still be ok for our session. About the same time that I was running all of the logistics for this session, I was contacted by another long-time friend and client who was pregnant with her third child as well. Same scenario, just a due date a few months later.
Long-story short, it all just came together perfectly. Sweet Liam was born very close to his due date and one large suitcase was all I needed for various newborn session goodies, along with my camera bag. I didn’t travel with studio lighting or stands or anything terribly huge, instead relying on a boppy; a wide, flat toddler table (for elevation and a “base”); large clamps attached to the back of dining room chairs to hold fabrics and their master bedroom for beautiful light and touches of the blue that became our session theme.
It was absolutely my honor to be asked back into their lives to capture this milestone. Enjoy some of my favorites from their in-home newborn photography session – I’m dying over his lips and that hairline. He reminds me a lot of his older sister.
Thinking about your own newborn session or know someone who’s expecting a baby? There’s a sweet special for a mini maternity session when you book your newborn session or Baby’s First Year. But hurry! The special expires May 31 at midnight CT. See details here.