I often get asked how I learned photography. And really I have used so many different means to learn and grow. I’ve always had a passion for photography. In Elementary School I entered the inspiration contest for photography and won. My picture was of an ornamental cabbage. I’m laughing right now. Then in junior high I took a photography class and that was fun. We made a camera out of a shoebox. And then really, I didn’t think about photography again until I had my first child 8 years ago.
Like many moms out there, I got my first DSLR and started taking pictures of her. When I think about how far I’ve come since then it kind of blows my mind. But it has come with A LOT of hard work. Hours poured over the internet learning about Aperture and Shutter Speed and ISO. Most of what I learned in the beginning about photography and photoshop I learned from books by Scott Kelby and through an online membership to ClickinMoms.I started taking pictures of friends kids and, bless their hearts, they’ve stuck with me throughout the years. Then I really upped my game when I did a mentorship with a local photographer that I admired. She taught me a ton about posing and photoshop. I kind of did a bit of everything over the next few years between having babies of my own. Families, high school seniors, children, weddings and newborns here and there. I despised weddings so I kind of crossed that off the list.In April I got the amazing opportunity to mentor with the amazing Nicole from Charlie & Violet in Minneapolis. It was incredible. I got to stay in a hotel by myself, eat whatever food I wanted, shop at the Mall of America and have an entire day to learn. So I had to share basically all of the images I took there because A) the babies were so freaking adorable and 2) Nicole was a posing queen and I got so many amazing pictures! So ya, that’s me and my photography journey. Leave any questions you have for me in the comments! I’m happy to help!
I had the chance to do pictures of these sweetest little twin boys. I actually wanted twins when I was growing up. Doesn’t everyone at some point? Then I had a child and realized how insane that would actually be. I struggled to get pregnant with my third child. When I finally got pregnant I went in for a very early ultrasound and found he had had a twin but the twin wasn’t viable. Suddenly the dream I didn’t even know I still wanted was crushed. Sorry, that’s kind of deep. But it really is another reason I love what I get to do so much. When I was going through infertility my newborn sessions were even that much more special to me. Although it was difficult to watch these mamas get what I wanted so much, it was also so comforting. So comforting to hold those sweet angels in my arms and provide images to help parents remember this fleeting moment. I really didn’t start writing this post expecting it to end up here but I do want you to understand that I handle your sweet babies with the most tender care.
It took me till the end of the session to remember which of these boys was which. But I’ve got it figured out now. See if you can find their differences. 🙂
I often get asked “Do I need to bring anything to my newborn’s session?” The answer is NO! One of my favorite parts of newborn photography is sourcing beautiful organic props from many vendors local and around the world. I love finding unique and textured pieces that add that little bit of extra to your photos.
From organic sheeps wool, to cute headbands and bonnets, to handmade miniature baby beds, I have something sure to suit your tastes. And maybe you don’t like any of that stuff at all, and that’s ok too! Many mommas opt to focus on just their sweet little newborn, without any props at all. I strive to make your session just want you want it to be. If you do have an item you want incorporated just let me know ahead of time and I’m always happy to include it. Grandma’s vintage quilt, that sweet embroidered onesie you made yourself, a favorite lovie, whatever it is it will make your newborn photos extra special! My Bluffdale, Utah studio is also stocked with newborn diapers and wipes, snacks and drinks for mom and dad, and a comfy couch to relax on. I have Netflix and a really incredible park down the street if you have other children that need to be here for the entirety of the session. I really won’t need your help much so be sure to bring whatever you’d like to entertain yourself while you’re here. It’s a perfect time to get those thank you notes written!
Could 9 day old Maopa be any sweeter? I mean, that grin!! She was the perfect little model for me.
Newborn macro shots are some of my favorites. I want you to forever remember those pouty lips and long eyelashes!
Sweet Victoria was such a good baby for her newborn session. Her family traveled from Salt Lake which is about a 25 minute drive South to my Bluffdale studio. Her cute brother and sister were so well behaved and sat and played with toys in the waiting area the entire time I was doing the shoot. I couldn’t believe all of this baby girl’s hair! So thick and dark. All my babies are total toe heads so I love when I get a dark haired baby in the studio. I thought that the peach and sage color scheme went so beautifully with her dark skin. If this doesn’t make you baby hungry, I don’t know what will!
Aren’t they such a beautiful family? Victoria was really one of the best newborns I’ve done pictures of!
I just love the year milestone session! One year olds are just so full of personality. The amount of facial expressions we can capture in just 30 minutes is so fun! Whether you choose a mini session, a full hour session, or you’ve purchased my baby plan we will work together to find the perfect theme for your child’s pictures. Pink and gold is such a popular theme for a little Princess. Such a sweet combo!
I just couldn’t help but put that last one in the gallery. The way she’s looking up at her mama is just so heartwarming. Happy Birthday Lyla!
If your baby will be turning one, contact me to book this special milestone session. We will celebrate everything that makes your little one unique and special! I have an amazing baker that will customize a smash cake perfect for your little one’s theme and tastes. 😉 And no need to even pick up the cake as she is located minutes from Jessie Oberg Photography Studio!