As an Austin newborn photographer, I see a lot of babies. All of them are unique, and I modify my set to fit their personalities and needs. Eliza was no different in that respect. My son was about Eliza’s size when he was born, so I realize that many newborn props, clothes, and more are not consistently sized well for bigger newborns — but that shouldn’t stop them from shining in their newborn photos like this beautiful baby.
You might recognize mom & dad from one of my former maternity photoshoots. Eliza’s mom and dad are Lauren & Dalton. A few months ago, I took Lauren’s maternity photos in Cedar Park, including one adorable picture of dad sporting his own “baby bump.”
Lauren & Dalton are some of the loveliest people out there, and I’m sure Eliza will grow up to be just as lovely.
Lauren & Dalton requested a boho theme for little Eliza’s newborn photos. To accomplish this, I paired a lot of lace and wicker texture with some of the more traditional baby girl colors — pinks, whites, creams, and greens. I didn’t lean hard on traditional “girly” themes, but did include some floral and lace since it paired well with the theme.
I love my props, especially the ones I make myself. Of course, there are several props in my arsenal that my clients request time and time again. One of those props? The itty-bitty bed. Put a newborn in this bed (especially with the itty-bitty bear), and parents go wild for it. I can’t say I blame them. It is pretty cute.
There’s only one problem with the teeny, tiny bed. It’s meant for the smallest newborns, and Eliza didn’t quite fit in it without potentially making her uncomfortable.
Lauren loved the bed, though, and thought it was pretty funny that her little one didn’t quite fit. So, we made it work! If babies aren’t quite small enough to fit, I will sometimes try and gently fold them into it. We couldn’t do that with Eliza, so we posed her this way instead. I love the way it came out!
Of course, sleepy Eliza didn’t need the bed to shine. We did several newborn photos on plain backgrounds with just a headband. The pearl headband (featured above) was one I made for my newborn studio! I made it specially at an event hosted by another local photographer.
Another star prop was the lace romper from Lovely Baby Photo Props. I’ve ordered infant clothes from this shop in the past, and they’re always amazing. The pink lace was the most excellent touch to Eliza’s delicate, boho-themed photoshoot.
I cannot stress enough how much I loved taking Eliza’s newborn pictures. She was such a cutie, and I couldn’t get over her cheeks! For people like me who can’t get enough of baby cheeks, Eliza was the poster child.
In many of these shots, she also looked so angelic that I just had to get in some with her beautiful mom.
I particularly love the way this photo below came out. There are so many elements to it. Lauren’s hair, the sheepskin, and Eliza’s hair all flow in different directions, adding to the textural layers within the photo. Plus, they look so happy to be in one another’s presence.
And who can blame them?
Eliza was a soft, snuggly, beautiful baby who I loved having in the studio. I can’t imagine how blessed Lauren feels to have her in her life. But Eliza is also one lucky gal! She has two of the loveliest parents I’ve met, and it’s been wonderful to get to know them in the studio and during Lauren’s maternity shoot.
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