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newborn: EllaGrace

‘May you touch dragonflies & stars, dance with the fairies & talk to the moon.
May you grow up with love & gracious hearts & people who care.
Welcome to the world little one, it’s been waiting for you!’ -Anonymous

Our sweet baby girl gets to be my sweet baby model. In all honesty, it was a bit of a challenge to do a newborn shoot of my own newborn for no other reason except motivation. When I sit on the couch holding her, I have all these ideas for her pictures floating through my head, but actually getting up & following through with the ideas? That motivation, yep, it wasn’t quite there…until a few days ago. I took some pictures here & there in our first week together (they can be seen here) & then my energy suddenly reappeared & with it came the motivation I was lacking. I’m so glad it returned because I am absolutely in love with the photos I got. Perhaps it’s partially because she’s my own, but I know part of it is because I finally did something I’ve been thinking about for months- I had a lifestyle newborn shoot. I’ve felt like this was the path I needed to follow for my newborn photography & have been a little anxious to try it out with Ella. While I think some posing is sweet, the extensive props & posing is just not a good fit for me. I love capturing the reality of our newborn- her bright eyes checking out the world so intensely, the love her brothers have for her, the tiny little details that are already changing. Everything seems to pass so quickly, but thankfully these pictures will help us remember the early days of EllaGrace, who we named after our paternal Grandma’s (in one of the photos below).

19 Comments Post a comment
  1. These are beautiful, Breanna! I especially love the first two, with one of her brothers!

    April 30, 2012
  2. You will be so glad you found the motivation to take these lovely photographs. I simply adore the crown you used and those with her dad!!!!
    Great job and congratulations on your blessing.

    May 1, 2012
  3. Just precious! I am LOVING newborn lifestyle photography… I love all of the details :)

    May 1, 2012
  4. Jo #

    Lovely lovely lovely, Breanna! I just love that close-up shot of her sleeping!

    May 1, 2012
  5. cypermamma #

    Wonderful and precious captures, wow, wow, wow !

    May 1, 2012
  6. I adore the B&Ws! They’re all beautiful!

    May 1, 2012
  7. I am so ahappy for you, these are gorgeous. What a beautiful babe and family you have. I love the lifestyle feel, beautiful beautiful job!!

    May 1, 2012
  8. ginawade #

    Congratulations! She is beautiful :) love the pics of dad and the kids…. so adorable

    May 2, 2012
  9. Thank you everyone for your wonderful comments!

    May 2, 2012
  10. What a sweetie! I really love the one of dad and all the kids, so adorable!

    May 2, 2012
  11. What a beauty! Congrats!!!

    May 3, 2012
  12. totally love them all – but the one on Dad’s shoulder is my fave!! great work!

    May 3, 2012
  13. she is precious! congratulations! I love the one of her with her brother!!

    May 3, 2012
  14. Congratulations on your beautiful daughter! She could not be any sweeter and your pictuers of her are lovely!

    May 4, 2012
  15. How sweet is she? And the big brothers striped jammies are AWESOME. The eyelash shot really caught my eye as well. Great job!

    May 4, 2012
  16. Congratulations! These are so sweet. Love the idea of the generations pic.

    May 5, 2012
  17. She is beautiful! Congrats!

    May 5, 2012
  18. She is way too cute! I love the shots with daddy. I’m glad you found the motivation. :)

    May 5, 2012

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