Ideas for 3 Month Session-NYC/NJ Lifestyle & Contemporary Portrait Photographer—Melody Moore Photography

There are some huge differences in terms of development between an infant session and a 3 Month session.  3 Month old babies do not sleep as much as infants and are not as squishy and flexible so there is pretty much no chance of coaxing them into positions.  They DO start to have good neck strength so you can prop them up in a nursing pillow or with towels rolled under their chest and get some great shots of the cutie discovering a new point of view.

Many 3 Month olds are most comfortable on their backs so make sure to get shots from different angels and always make sure your camera strap is around you neck when kneeling over them.

Involve Mom and Dad as much as possible.  They are the best at getting great smiles from their little ones and capturing the moments when they are just interacting with their babies make the most precious images.  Guide these moments toward the best light available.

Always get a shot of the parents with their faces right next to babies.  There is always so much love that shows through in these images!

Colin 8 Months—NYC Contemporary Portrait Photographer–Tips for preparing for session

I had a great session with Colin and his parents in our beautiful Inwood park in the peak of the Fall colors.  The leaves were stunning and we were able to really take advantage of this by letting Colin have a bit of fun amidst all the leaves!

A few tips on preparing for family sessions:

1.  The Family should all wear coordinating clothes but NOT matching.  Wearing the same color family but not the same color and also wearing the same type of clothes..i.e, if Dad is wearing a dress shirt do not put your children in t-shirts.  Layering looks really great (cardigans, light scarves, blazers, light jackets).  Pick out what you are wearing the week before to make sure that nothing has rips or stains and that every thing still fits your rapidly growing children!

2.  Get haircuts and hair colored, if you do that, a week before or a few days before the session.  Hair cuts need a few days to settle in and hair color needs a few days to oxidize.

3.  Right before the session make sure everyone is well fed and bring along snacks and treats if need be.  Bring snacks that are not messy and that would not possibly stain clothing (cheese sticks, raisins, crackers, nuts…).  🙂

4.  Bring a soft cloth to wipe sleepies from eyes and baby wipes for everything else.

5.  Make sure all nails are cut or manicured and clean.

6.  Shoes may need to be polished or just cleaned up a bit.

7.  Relax-becuase now you are well prepared and can focus on having fun during your session!

Newborn Tómas—NYC/NJ Contemporary Lifestyle Portrait Photographer

Tómas has arrived!!!  This session was done entirely with natural light in the parents apartment.  I brought a backdrop and some blankets and the parents provided a lot of personal items that I just loved incorporating into the session.  We had a lot of fun and Tómas at just 7 days old was such a trouper, letting us put him IN hats and hurling helmets!  One of my favorites from this session was the set up with the football!  Who knew a newborn could get so cozy with a football?

A few tricks to getting a newborn to stay asleep for these sessions:  A very warm room, soft cozy blankets, warm hands (I have to wear gloves), a heating pad or wheat pad to warm up the area they will be sleeping in and then removed before you put them down, white noise (I use my iPhone with a white noise app), and try to shoot them in the first 7 days.  After 7 days, newborns tend to wake-up, need to nurse more and start to stretch out showing all their “goods”.  If you can’t get images in the first 7 days then swaddling your newborn will keep them asleep better, allowing you to still get beautiful images in different set ups.

I’m so excited to see Tómas in a few weeks for his 3 Month session!

Finn is 1!-NYC/NJ Contemporary Portrait Photographer

I can’t believe Finn is already 1!  I started capturing his beautiful smiley face when he was 3 Months old.  We had a great time with Finn and his parents at The Highline Park and Billy’s Bakery.  This was a joint shoot with Andrew Fritz, whom I started BarryMoore Photography with.  We are teaming up to start a branch of BarryMoore that will be dedicated to contemporary lifestyle family/baby/newborn photography.  We are excited start this new adventure together in the Spring!   I think we may end all of our shoots at a bakery.  🙂