Sunday, September 20, 2009

Alyssa 20 days old - newborn photography

I remember posting a status update on Facebook about a month ago asking if any of my friends would let me photograph their newborns. I don't know what I was thinking when I did that because who trusts a girl who has never had a baby yet wants to handle their precious newborn?! Well! Apparently people do trust me! I am so grateful to all those friends who reached out to me and gave me encouraging words of support and mostly their trust.

Alyssa is the very first newborn I've ever photographed. My amazing friend Rhea introduced me to this opportunity when she told me her friend just had a baby and would see if she can organize the baby's first photo shoot. Now, I call Rhea amazing because simply enough, she is. She's the same friend who MADE our wedding cake from scratch! And I digress on purpose as her cake was truly the most tasteful wedding cake I've ever had; we still get compliments about it from our guests to this day! She's not only a great pastry chef, she is also extremely encouraging and optimistic which makes being around her all the more pleasant.

So after Rhea put in a good word, I was off to shoot my first newborn. I was EXTREMELY nervous, so nervous I couldn't sleep the night before. After meeting Alyssa's gorgeous mother I realized I was totally overreacting because Danielle was so easygoing and funny and carefree that I really had nothing to worry about. I couldn't have worked with anyone more calm and collected. Other than noticing things like what kind of lighting I had to work with, figuring out how to pose a STRONG newborn who loved to push us to our limits, I also noticed how much Danielle was in love with being a mother. Everything about Alyssa made her smile and laugh, even her "explosive" flatulence. :-) Seeing a mother's love for her child is like no other, and I'm glad I got to capture some of those beloved moments between Danielle and Alyssa.

A special thank you to Danielle's good friend Aileen who was there to help us. You are a sweetheart, and I can totally see why Rhea loves you two so much!

Little feet

Danielle is such a gorgeous and happy mother

Danielle and Alyssa

Horizontal sleeping

A true girl at heart, Alyssa already knows how to appreciate a great collection of shoes.

Horizontal shoes


Moses baby

Basket, nursery


Hi, guys!


Polka dot blanket


  1. Awe... these pictures are so precious! The pictures of Alyssa's back and the one of her wrapped up in the polka dot blanket are my favorite! Great job!

  2. the baby! so cute. GREAT JOB sis! <3

  3. Hi Auntie Connie,

    Thank you so much for making me feel so snuggly and warm during my vewy first photo shoot. I like you! I think all the other babies will like you too! I could hear you all laughing and I wanted to laugh too but i don't know how to yet. Anyway, I wish you lots of luck and I can't wait to see you again!

    baby Alyssa

  4. Awww! Thank you, baby Alyssa! You are TOO CUTE!!!! I think I love you. haha