Artistic Evolution | Newborn Photographer Virginia

When I first opened business (don't mistake the open of my business as the first date I ever pressed a shutter button!), I had in mind to slowly evolve. There are genres in photography that are worth learning, experiencing, and gaining insight into before delving into them. Photography is a whole lot more than just understanding your camera (but that's a good start if you're interested). You must also understand people. You must refine and evolve your ways to create in all circumstances.

Newborn posed photography is not something that just anyone with a good camera can pick up and start shooting. There is a lot of safety and comfort involved in caring for a baby during their session, easing mom and dad's nerves, and creating a posing workflow that allows baby to show you his or her preferences and working with the baby's comfort. Unlike any other form of photography, the time involved with posing newborns is heavily outweighed by merely providing soft, stable, safe comfort in between poses or new props. Family sessions and weddings are so quick -- moments happen and you've shot hundreds of images in a few hours. Newborns ask you to patiently wait for them to comply with a pose, and then you may take your shot. The dynamic is vastly different!

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Today I was beyond excited to bring Sawyer Buffington into the studio for a relaxed posed newborn session. (See his warm and sweet lifestyle newborn session here). To keep in line with my brand, I am limiting the use of props. Wraps, hats and jumpers are essentially the only props I am utilizing to bring the images to focus on baby. 

You see, I want you to see and feel nothing more than what each baby brings to their session. Just like family sessions can be held at the same locations and even wearing similar outfits, each family brings their own personality to a session. Weddings are by far one of my most favorite moments to capture, and we all know how a wedding goes, right? I haven't been to one wedding that was the same as another one. Even though plenty have followed trends, each wedding is filtered by the personality of the couple and their friends and family. 

As my look establishes itself, it's important to me that my particular photography tells the story of the person or people. As a documentary photographer in Virginia, my passion is looking at the world and seeing life, the cycles, the joys, the sorrows, the in-betweens. I don't specialize in one type of photography because I want to specialize in story telling, and I want to help you tell your story no matter where you are in life.

Stay tuned for the rest of Sawyer's posed newborn session on the blog!


Do you want me to document your story? Your joy? Your in-between? Contact me!