Hardwood newborn photos!

I think newborn photos look great against the wood!

I love how the colors are so saturated and warm. I think newborn photos should depict an emotion, and in this case I feel like the colors represent warmth and comfort. Not all sessions are the same, but this one definitely has a central color palette!

baby sleeping during newborn photos

Did you know babies dream about being in the womb? This is amazing, and a bit terrifying… at least now it would be;) But if that makes them comfortable and happy in their sleep, then so be it. This little guy is definitely dreaming of the sounds he heard in the womb, as I was playing them through a baby shusher during the session!

I love that baby photos can get so creative!

Many of the sessions, the mom will ask me to make up a completely new design or coordination using colors they pick out. They’ll usually let me know ahead of time, and so it’s easy to just find the colors in my studio and start piecing it together for them.

Sometimes I’ll have moms ask about bringing in props, and typically this is fine, but again if we’re using the hardwood backdrop I want to make sure it doesn’t clash.

My newborn sessions start with closeups

closeup of baby's face during newborn photos

Most times I’ll start with the detail shots so we get this out of the way! These shots are important to the newborn session because of all the small details that change so fast after they are born. I like to capture these first so we don’t forget them. Here’s an example of a detail shot of a baby’s face, the focus was on the nose:)

Can you tell which way I light my newborn photos?

One way to show depth and the dimension of the little one’s face is to photograph with directional light. This is very hard to get in clients homes, and the problem becomes that everything is flat and even lighting. In some very bright scenes, this is great! But I’ve been working on shaping the light so we can see the curves and rolls of these cute little ones.  Check out the newborn photos below or head over to my newborn gallery page to see my current work!
newborn photos on white blanketbaby wrapped in brown blanket during newborn photosnewborn baby toes wrapped in blanket

I am a newborn photographer serving Chicago and the surrounding towns! I have a studio in Westchester, but I also travel to mothers when they need it. My studio is a way to provide all my headbands, props, wraps, and posing tools for the best looks. I focus my work on newborn photos, but I am a maternity photographer as well! I love to bring emotion and happiness to expecting families through my maternity photography, and then follow up with the most beautiful newborn photos. Contact me today to book your next newborn session!

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about abigail

Hi! I’m Abigail. You can call me Abbey, all my friends do:)

I'm a Chicago based professional newborn photographer. I also love photographing maternity, children and family sessions!

I was born and raised in the Chicagoland area, in a small town in the suburbs called Western Springs. I couldn’t suggest it more! I dream about moving to the West Coast, California specifically.

My blog is a mix of galleries, journals, stories from my travels, and the behind the scenes of my life as a professional photographer.

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