Newborn Photography for New Parents

What was your first thought when you saw your baby?
Heather (Mother): My labor was long and exhausting- the anticipation to meet Noah was intense. I remember thinking and praying he was healthy as more and more doctors and nurses joined us in the room towards the end. I was overcome with so many emotions when I first saw him that I do not even remember a thought rather the feelings. It was the most intense joy and love I have ever felt. I was crying, Brandon was crying- there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. Once the overwhelming feelings lessened and I could think I remember thinking he was the most beautiful and precious little love and how blessed I was to be his mother.
Brandon (Father): So many things were running through my head. I was feeling so overwhelmed with emotions- excited, overjoyed, happy. I felt relieved that he was healthy. He was mine and I remember thinking I will love, cherish and protect him forever.
Heather: Noah was born on 9/9 and we had a newborn session on 9/27. I remember watching Kara work her magic and being in awe of the thought she put into each shot. Kara was so gentle and patient with our precious newborn that we felt comfortable and were able to relax and enjoy the session. I also remember Noah puked on Kara’s throw pillow- she giggled and made me feel less embarrassed about the situation- having a son of her own she was able to relate.

These new parents are so lucky to have such a handsome little guy! Noah is adorable!

What was your favorite part of our time together?
Our favorite part about the session together was really the entire experience from beginning to end. The studio was inviting. It was nice and warm so Noah was comfortable through the outfit and prop changes. Kara and Meg had a high level of professionalism. Kara brought her creative vision to the session, but also allowed us to share our vision and have a voice in different choices throughout the session. We wanted to get brave and hold Noah in his birthday suit while in white clothing- it turned out beautifully. Kara’s experience and knowledge on newborn photography shined through. She had a few tricks up her sleeve, for example, the “shush” machine she used to keep Noah calm and asleep- we actually went out and bought one after the session- ha! Kara was patient and worked to get the absolute perfect shots of our newborn. She truly captured his features perfectly. Watching our son being photographed was the best knowing these photos would be a cherished keepsake to be enjoyed, shared and passed down.

How was your experience with us? Did you have any worries prior?
How was your experience having your newborn photographed? Were you nervous or worried before? How did it turn out? We did a lot of research on different newborn photographers because not only did we want gorgeous photographs of our newborn, we wanted them done by someone who would treat our son with a gentleness, kindness, and care. Other parents shared these were some of the qualities Kara possessed and they were absolutely correct. Being able to sit down with Kara months before the newborn session also took a lot of the worry away as she instantly made me feel comfortable- like I have known her forever. Kara and Meg handled our bundle of joy with TLC -putting us first time parents at ease.
What advice would you give someone interested in newborn photography?
It is worth the investment! If you can go to Kara Reese Photography- I highly recommend it.
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  • SallyAll of the pictures are beautiful! I LOVE looking at them. I can’t believe how perfect they all are!!ReplyCancel

Little Princess Portraits

Princess Zara turns 2!

I’ve known Zara’s mom since we were in high school together. We were so happy to have them back for these princess portraits! I have loved working with her family and we have done a lot together. Working on Zara’s older brother Aiyden’s Newborn & First Year photos has helped me learn more about their style and what we wanted to do for Maternity and Newborn for Zara. I love learning and growing with my clients, and these Mommy & Me portraits are extra sweet. If you are interested in doing a session for your child, they don’t need to be a newborn!
A common myth for family photography is that you can only hire a professional for special milestones in your kiddo’s life (baby, graduation, wedding) but that is not true! Your child is growing and changing everyday, you don’t need an excuse to have beautiful portraits in your home. Visit our other family blog posts or Pinterest book for inspiration! Click here for a consultation with us, we’d love to meet you.

These matching dresses really get me! Don’t they look like Queen & Princess in the natural light of our studio windows? So special and would be a beautiful canvas print.
Everyone loves giggles & kisses!
This dress is in our studio collection, along with a bunch of other adorable things! More frills and flouncy, twirling dresses for any princess portrait you could think of!
Flower crowns make everything better, and we have plenty to chose from!
She has such beautiful blue eyes, they sparkle so bright in these portraits!
We repurposed our Santa throne to a spot perfect from princess Zara!
Did you know that Zara means princess?
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    Hygge Family Portraits

    Cozy family portraits for the Eggers

    I love the Eggers family’s portraits! Have you heard of the Hygge craze? It’s a Danish lifestyle that emphasizes coziness. Examples of Hygge are warm slippers, cups of hot chocolate, reading by a fireplace, and snuggles. All of these things describe life in Wisconsin, and the Eggers family captured the look with their session for 6 month old Danny Junior.

    Location is key

    We knew that Retzer Nature Center would be a perfect setting for their flannel and sweaters. The Eggers have been so fun to work with for one of our Grow With Me packages. We did their Maternity & Newborn photos, you might have seen Danny with the baseball and little hat? So precious! I think this is the perfect way to showcase how much their family has changed in such a short time. It was so fun to watch them enjoy all of the images put together. Are you interested in scheduling a family session? Schedule a consultation with me and we’ll talk all things photo & Hygge!

    family with baby sitting in forest

    family with smiling baby standing in forest
    This is one of my favorite, signature spots. I love how tall the trees are and I find the kiddos enjoy playing the all the pinecones on the ground!

    baby boy in winter hat sitting in grass smiling

    Mom kissing baby on the cheek outside

    mom and dad holding walking babie's hands

    Dad holding baby by tree
    This shot takes my breath away. It really captures a moment in their lives. Don’t get me wrong, I love posed shots but sometimes the candids take the cake.
    happy baby in sweater
    Danny is everything little boys should be: smiley, sweet, full of giggles, and curious!
    young family tickling baby boy outside
    Every baby loves to be tickled! Especially ones wearing cute little stocking caps. I love the outfits they chose because they fit all seasons. Also, they match without being too “matchy.” If you ever have questions about outfits we’re happy to chime in prior to your shoot. Don’t they look cozy?
    mom and dad kissing baby on the cheeks

    young family outside on beautiful summer evening
    We love the look of the Golden Hour sun shining behind them in this image. Junior is not so sure about it, or maybe Kara was making silly faces from behind the camera?
    mom and dad with little boy in matching outfits at Retzer Nature Center
    How cute are these matching shirts? Fun fact about this family, they run Eggers Imprints in Milwaukee and often make shirts for their vacations and adventures!
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      Newborn Portraits in Waukesha – Tiny Baby Isla

      Newborn portraits are such an important milestone to capture. We adored working with sweet little baby Isla (who weighed about as much as my own son did at birth) at her newborn photography session.

      Growing with my clients

      You might remember this beautiful couple from their warm & sunny maternity portrait session at Retire Nature Center in Waukesha. Their tiny little girl is finally in the world and her name is Isla! We went with soft tones with lots of texture for this sweet newborn session. I am so glad they chose an album. They are the perfect way to preserve these memories.

      couple smiling holding newborn baby against wood background
      Isla’s parents opted to use the barnwood wall in the studio for their family portraits. It was the perfect choice! It complemented the neutral tones in their clothing perfectly. Isn’t Isla such a beautiful blend of both of her parents?

      baby girl sleeping in tan with sheep rug
      I love these little headbands, I think we have every color you could imagine! They look especially darling on the tiniest little baby noggins at newborn portrait sessions

      newborn toes in a tan blanket
      Ten perfect toes… could baby feet be any more adorable? I love to capture the tiniest of details at a newborn portrait session. These ones always wind up being favorites of the parents.

      So cozy in this crate against the wood floor in our Waukesha studio! Not many babies are small enough to use this particular prop, but Isla was perfect!

      baby girl in a pink and purple blanket in a pink bucket
      Loved mixing up the color palette with these beautiful blush pink tones. Isla’s perfect pink lips were almost an exact match! So feminine and beautiful.

      Baby sleeping in pink and fuzzy blankets

      baby girl in indigo blanket sleeping
      We are obsessed with this color, so pretty with the headband too!

      baby sleeping in frog pose
      Can you tell we’re obsessed with headbands yet? We can’t get enough! Many of our headbands are from AraSASA.

      sleeping newborn girl on green blanket

      View the Mama’s Maternity session by clicking here!

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        Cake Smash Photos – Winder ONEderland


        Henry recently came to visit us for his one-year-old cake smash portraits. Look at this little messy cute monster! Can we get away with eating cake like this everyday? It has been so fun to see Henry grow! I just finished designing an album for his family that spans all three of our sessions together. Albums are a wonderful way to show the growth of your baby and share it with family and friends.

        1 year old boy sits with birthday cake messy
        Gorgeous cake! Henry’s parents were worried that it would be a little too “Frozen” themed, but when paired with our setting in the studio, it looked like a perfect match!

        shirtless little boy on denim eating sloppy cake
        Henry dove right in to his cake smash! This Winter ONEderland scene was so much fun to put together. The backdrop was the same one we used for our All-White portraits with Santa (and I didn’t even have to take it down & put it back up again since Henry’s session was done right after the portrait series… win!) and the trees were found at Hobby Lobby.

        Little boy in winter set eating cake

        “How big are you? SO BIG!”
        Hungry for cake? This one came from our local Sendik’s Food Market!

        shirtless little boy eating cake and clapping

        I can’t believe Henry is already a year old. If you’d like to see his newborn session portraits, click here! Man, how time flies. Children really do grow up so incredibly fast during their first year of life! All the more reason to be captured professionally on camera.

        little boy in grey sweater on stool
        We use high-quality backdrops in our studio, like this one from Silverlake Accessories.

        little boy in buffalo check shirt crawling on wood floor

        This wood backdrop in our studio is so versatile. Isn’t Henry adorable in his red plaid shirt and bowtie and suspenders?!

        boy in red buffalo check shirt with white chair
        That sweet little grin! I adore this little chair for toddler and sitter sessions. This was another Hobby Lobby find (gotta love that place!)

        two little boys in red shirts
        Henry posing with his big brother, Charlie. Charlie was such an amazing little helper during his sessions! We love seeing how older siblings interact with their younger siblings during photoshoots.
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