Welcome earth-side, Mary Grace!

This little angel came to visit last week and was such a sweet little babe during her newborn portrait session.

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Her mama followed my Newborn Prep guide to a T and I was able to welcome her parents to the studio, and while they settled and mom tried on some dresses, we got a sleeping Mary Grace right into her first set of portraits without waking her up. That's always my goal' to get them out of the carseat and into a cozy little pose right off the bat.

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She was like a little kitten, making the tiniest little "mew" each time I scooched her this way and that to get the pose just right. I like to be able to see at least one foot and one hand (check!) with little fingernails (so cute) and some back rolls. LOVE a baby back roll. (BTS- there is a heating pad on low underneath all the blankets, so they are nice and warm (but not hot!) and there is a warming fan blowing behind the table, so it's heating the blankets from behind. Careful careful never to overheat a baby, and parents, don't do this at home in a crib for sleep of course. But for a few minutes, with me right there, the heating is perfect to counteract them being in their "birthday suit" for portraits.

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Proud parents. Mom is built like a ballerina, so long and lithe, and she looked dreamy in this dress from the studio wardrobe.

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sweet angel baby with her pink lips!

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Mary Grace woke up for a bottle, and then decided to join the party for a bit. She was SO SMILEY. Lots of babies smile as they are falling back to sleep, and MG was in a wonderful mood dreaming happy things. I had just picked up this little vintage doll carriage a few days before, and her mama said she'd had one when she was little, and that she and her sister played with it all the time. After playing "babies" for years, it's fun to see your own, *real live* baby in it. It'd be so fun to take another photo in a year, at Mary Grace's cake smash session, with her pushing it!

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All the little detail shots. Eyelashes, little fingers and toes, tiny ears, spit bubbles on sweet baby lips.

I can feel the oxytocin releasing in my brain just thinking about them! My husband thinks I'm extra-sensivitive to hormones, which contributes to loooooving babies-- and newborn photography.

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My favorite photo of the whole session, I think. Big stretch coming out of the swaddle. The wrinkles on the bottoms of the feet!

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Sweet bitty looks so tiny in the Moses basket! My talented mother in law (hi OMI!) knitted the cream layer she's bundled up in. It's SO SOFT. (hint, hint, Christmas cough cough please knit me a blue one!)

Baby's parents chose a mostly white color scheme, which means that all their photos look great in black and white.

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Such a sweet new family. I love the light coming from the window- it's like the fourth element of the photos. Babies are made up of Mom, Dad, and a little bit of something very special.

Thanks for coming to visit me, sweet Mary Grace!