Meet Baby Margo… Cleopatra Photography – Boston and Central Mass Newborn Photographer | Creative Newborn Photography by Ashley Nardello

Hello Everyone!

My poor neglected blog…. how I have missed you…

What a cold day here in Mass! yikes….

Spring is right around the corner though, and I am excited to put all the ideas I have into action.

Easter Photography sessions will be available at local parks,  and are coming up sooner than you can imagine. So keep an eye out on the blog for details and specials.

 

So,

Baby Margo came to me as a referral! Her Auntie is an old friend of mine growing up in highschool. She was sleepy and precious! Of course like most babies she was snoozing when I got there…sweet baby girl… ready for her modeling debut! I was excited to get down to work. Mommy had some adorable headbands and personal items we were using which made the session truly unique…

At one point at the beginning of the session, Baby Margo had a moment where she was less than happy. As the experienced photographer, I just kept about my shooshing and soothing and continued to work with her… I  looked behind me with and with one glance over at mommy to hear, “omgosh I hope she goes to sleep…” I could see the worry on her face! I said something along the lines of this is common and we will do our best to get her relaxed and if she wasnt going to sleep than we would work around that…

I think this is a good opportunity to address that fact that with these sessions comes a DUN DUN DUUUUNNNNN! a little bit of anxiety. That of which is completely normal. it is an investment to have this type of “documentation”  of your little one… these are way above and beyond the hospital pics and only can be done within the first 12 days of life to be achieved and expecting moms know this… they search the internet looking at all the most adorable baby poses dreaming one day their baby will do that… its ok… we all do it.

 

Back to my story…. It’s hard to remind myself sometimes, that even though I am used to hearing babies cry, and know that they are just “having a moment” as a photographer…  a lot of first time mommies and daddies haven’t heard or seen there little ones cry or experience anything but peaceful calm sleeping and snoozing fully clothed and all wrapped up. This of course can be stressful but is always a short and temporary thing… I have a joke for parents of crying babies, that goes something along the lines of… “if your baby cries now, they will sleep for hours later…. so you’re welcome!” All in good fun of course…

It’s important for my audience to know I take the utmost care of newborns when shooting them in any precarious positions. Safety is my number one concern and happiness and wellbeing of the baby are a close second….

A lot of shots are composites and sometimes the mommy or daddy has been removed from the image. As I said before, A huge part of my set up is keeping and maintaining the baby’s comfort…. To do this, I include things like using blankets mom and dad already have and items familiar to the baby “smell-wise”. As well as a heater to keep the room we are in toasty! No nakey baby is ever cold when I am around…

If you ask my husband he will also say I have the touch…   lol.. I’m proud of that..

It definitely takes a huge amount of persistence and patience when it comes to newborns, and I have patience for days.

Lastly, I approach every newborn as an individual. They don’t all like that same things, won’t tolerate the same positions,  don’t curl into the same poses and I don’t make them…

I have an extremely relaxed approach and let the baby dictate the direction the session goes in… I know when to move on to maximize the most of our time while achieving results with variety.

 

Baby Margo’s mommy had some amazing things to use as props so once she was settled and ready to go, we went for it… I was really happy with the results, and like all moms and dads at the end of our time together that day.. I heard things like “wow”

Dad said.. “when I saw you starting that pose, I never thought we would get it ….awesome.”

I love my job, and all the trials that come along with it… Being around newborns and being able to share in the love the parents have for them, is amazing. I am brought to a place where I am reminded of my own kids and when they were little babies. Preserving their little smiles, fingers, toes, dimples and expressions with imagery is truly one of the best parts of my jobs… The old saying is true, they grow up overnight and before you know it they aren’t babies anymore…

Thank you Margo’s Mommy and Daddy for having the confidence in me to turn your little ones images into art….

Take a minute to enjoy the images that I really loved from that day with this sweet little lady.

xx-A

 

 

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