My friend Jen of Jen Stevenson Photo
recently had the opportunity to photograph brand new twins. If you are a frequent visitor to my blog, you know that I primarily specialize in weddings, but I came along with Jen to assist and help her, since two babies can be a handful for posing!

Jen has the better line-up of lenses (and skills!) for newborns, so if you are in the Orlando area and expecting, you should contact her. I did get a few close-up images of the tiny newborn’s face and features using my macro, and I wanted to share just one image. They don’t stay this little for long, and it is important to capture every tiny detail from eyelashes to mouth to little nose!

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This little one is my second cousin and she is so darn cute!

As long as I can remember, my cousin Hilary has always been very motherly. I even remember one summer when I was about seven, so we’re going back like twenty years here, she played house with us younger kids and we had real food that she prepared…I think it was cereal? Anyway, that was a big deal to have real food while playing and my cousin made a great pretend mom.

And now, she’s a real life mom. And I can tell she’s very, very good at it. We talked while posing her new little girl, S, about her easy pregnancy, delivery, and newborn. Some woman are just born to do this, motherhood is truly their calling. And it is amazing and wonderful to grow up with a little girl and then watch her become an awesome mother to her little girl.

I love this Shrek hat that her Aunt Coleen made! (Photographer friends and blog readers, Coleen has a business of her own and can make all kinds of knit hats for your needs, so check her out: Fare Feathers)

Samera was fourteen days when we photographed her due to my travel schedule, which is right at the edge for newborn photography, since the babies start to become more active and less sleepy. But S. was a great poser!

And she LOVED being swaddled. So adorable.

Hilary, enjoy this first holiday season with your little girl! 🙂 Thanks so much for letting me photograph her first days!

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Jenifer Mitchell said: | Dec 5, 2010 - 08:12:54 |

Absolutley love these shots, Kristen! I can't wait to get preggers so that we can do another photoshoot with you!!! Great Job!!!

Jaidean said: | Dec 8, 2010 - 10:12:32 |

So sweet! Love the little baby smile you captured!

Heidi said: | Dec 8, 2010 - 07:12:34 |

I have the privilege of knowing baby samera & her mommy, & grandma. Beautiful pictures of a beautiful baby!

Anonymous said: | Dec 9, 2010 - 12:12:18 |

Kristan thanks for spreading the word about farefeathers! The photos are awesome!

Andrea said: | Dec 9, 2010 - 02:12:01 |

What a stunning little Lovebug! These are so precious!

Lindsey Gasque said: | Jan 13, 2011 - 09:01:02 |

These are AMAZING photos… wow!

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The photography community is an amazing one. I’m so grateful to be part of a nationwide private board of female photographers nationwide. We always come together and help our own.

So, if I end up in the hospital the morning of your wedding, before I even call my husband, I’m calling on my photography pals to help out and get you coverage, to take care of you. I would drop everything to cover any one of them as well. The business world is a competitive one, but also a collaborative one.

My friend Jen and I met on a newlyweds’ and mommas’ photography board last year when we were both brand new to the business world. We never met in real life, but talked online as often as we could and even booked a wedding together without ever meeting (can’t wait!). That’s how I knew we just meshed perfectly. So when Jennifer had her baby, I couldn’t wait to come over and help her pose Miss A for photos. Jennifer’s a baby and family photog and I specialize more in weddings and engagements, so I just wanted to help out and learn from her.

When I walked in, it was like we had known each other for years. And Jennifer’s older daughter, Miss L, is the smartest little girl I’ve ever met, ever. She had her own digital camera and was posing her dad on the newborn backdrop. So funny! She also has her own little baby doll, which she named after her real life little sister. At just two years old, she can put her shoes on the correct feet and told me my camera was “heavy.” I was blown away by how smart she is. I still can’t get over it a week later.

Miss L chimps on the back of her digital camera like a true pro..wonder what metering mode she’s using? 🙂

I wanted to include a photo of Jen working here. She’s the newborn genius and was 5 days post-partum here, setting up backdrops, nursing, doing the outfit changes, getting her husband and older girl ready for family photos, posing, and getting down and shooting. I was amazed! She just took it all in stride and we got to work!

Miss A slept the whole time and was so easy to work with…if only every newborn baby was this bendable, pose-able, and happy!

Jen, I LOVED working with you. Let’s get together soon. Your family is just perfect!

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Amanda said: | Nov 2, 2010 - 06:11:26 |

I love that smile! great shots

JenStevensonPhoto said: | Nov 2, 2010 - 10:11:24 |

Thanks so much Kristen! I esp. love the shot of Lily checking her camera and posing Dad, hilarious! Thanks again for coming over, I couldn't have done it without you!

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Momma-to-be Erin had her baby last month! 🙂 I blogged Erin’s maternity session here!

Baby Stock, Mom, and Dad are doing great. Let me tell you, Erin and Bo do not seem like first-time parents at all. They definitely had everything under control!

Their daughter is just gorgeous. I love the fact that she opened her eyes for this shot.

Erin actually suggested this pose below; I’m going to use her idea in the future for other shoots because I love it so much.

I know a lot of professionals use fake flooring for a set up like this above, but I wanted to point out that this is Erin and Bo’s actual real floor. They put it in themselves and having a nice floor makes my job as a photographer easier! (But if your place doesn’t have great floors, don’t worry, we have a few tricks up our sleeve for that.)

Baby Stock was just so sweet, how can you not smile when you see this photo?

Thanks so much for having me over to document your little one’s first few days! Babies are truly miracles and so precious.

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Tina Jowers said: | May 19, 2010 - 10:05:00 |

I have that baby fever Kristin!!! I hope I am calling you for some photos like these soon. These photos are beautiful!

Kristen Wynn said: | May 20, 2010 - 08:05:30 |

Thanks, Tina! 🙂 Expanding your family will be so exciting!

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