There are so many different poses with newborn photography. I thought it would be fun to do a blog post featuring one of them. Newborn wrapping poses are one of my favorites. There are so many different techniques to newborn wrapping.  I love experiment with new wrapping techniques during all of my sessions. It is always my go to with an awake baby. Wrapping makes them feel warm and secure. Sometimes I am lucky enough to get eye contact. Other times it puts the baby right out. Baby doesn’t need to be awake to be wrapped. I use wrapps on sleepy babies too! Sometimes only partially wrapping them, and other times doing a full wrap. When wrapping sleepy newborns I’m able to play around more with different techniques.

Newborn Wrapping Poses: Sleeping Babies

Sleeping babies in wraps. They are snug as a bug in a rug. The possibilities are endless. Twist wrapping, tie wrapping, egg wrapping.. I’m not sure if those are even the “correct” names. Sometimes I’ll have an idea and try something new. Sleeping newborns are the best to play with!

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Newborn Wrapping Poses: Awake Newborns

The sweet eye contact of a newborn baby. I find it one of the most difficult shots to achieve. Many newborns have what I call the “Popeye” look. They have one eye open and one eye closed. Much of the time they are awake the first few weeks it’s because they are hungry, tired, or need to be changed. That usually equals them not being too happy! That is why when I get a happy awake newborn who makes eye contact with BOTH eyes, I get super excited!

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Newborn Wrapping Poses: Props

Another way to use wraps is with a prop. I love to use baskets or crates. The possibilities are endless.

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newborn wrapping poses with propsnavy wrapped newborn girl in yellow crate. newborn wrapping posesComes back soon for another blog post on another favorite newborn pose!

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I just loved being able to photograph the Christening of little Andie in New Canaan CT. Andie was 5 months and she has the most fabulous full head of dark hair. We decided to start photographing before the Christening at their New Canaan CT home for some portraits of Andie and her family. Andie was finishing up her nap so I took that opportunity to photograph some of the details, such as her dress and cross.

New Canaan CT: The Christening of Andie

In Greek Orthodox Christenings, babies often wear at least 2 outfits. The first is the outfit is the pre-ceremony outfit which is worn to the church. The second outfit is for after the child receives the sacrament of Chrismation. Her Baptismal outfit shown below was beautiful and had her name embroidered at the bottom.

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Andie looked beautiful in her pre-ceremony outfit. I just love the touches of pink.
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Once we were done with portraits at their home, Andie was fed and it was time to pack up and go to the church, Church of the Archangels , in Stamford CT.

Church of the Archangels: Stamford CT

We arrived at the church right on time! I met with the priest and we went over how the ceremony would go and where I could stand. The most important job for me was to capture the ceremony but to not be in the way or distracting during their worship with God. I had never been to a Greek Orthodox Church before. It was absolutely beautiful and I enjoyed seeing the similarities and differences with the baptism of my children at an Episcopal Church. With the help of google, I’m going to do my best to explain the traditions the the Greek Orthodox Christening. It was really fascinating and I have enjoyed learning about it.

Presenting to the Church

The first part of the baptism is when the child is presented to the church. This happens at the entryway. Everyone at the church goes to the entryway for this part of the ceremony.

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greek orthodox baptism. new canaan ct photography

Immersion into the Baptismal font

The next step is holy oil and immersion. The priest pours oil into the hands of the Godparents. They wipe the oil all over the baby and then the baby is immersed three times into the baptismal font. The three immersions is symbolic of Christ’s birth, death, and resurrection.

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beautiful greek orthodox baptism in new canaan ct.

The Godparents hold out a white sheet which the baby is placed on after the immersion. The white sheet symbolizes purity. Next is when the baptism outfit is put on.

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The cutting of hair (tonsure)

After, the child receives the sacrament of Chrismation. This always occurs immediately after the baptism. Part of the Chrismation is tonsuring. This is when three locks of the child’s hair are cut in the form of a cross. After the tonsuring, they walk around the baptismal font three times. Finally, the reading of scriptures takes place and the priest administers a third sacrament, communion, to the child.

greek orthodox christening ceremony. the sacrament of Chrismation. New Canaan CT

 

As I mentioned earlier, I did receive some help from google so that I could correctly describe the traditions of Andie’s Christening. Below are two sources that were helpful.

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Thank you to Andie and her family for allowing me to be a part of her special day and to capture these memories.

How cute is this!? This little red wagon cake smash was simple the best! I just loved the theme and mom brought in a little red wagon which was the perfect prop. We started off which some portraits in a sailor suit and then some portraits in a radio flyer wagon. We ended with an amazing little red wagon cake smash. I just love the theme! It was complete with a little red wagon cake made by the very talented Who Wants Cake.

First Birthday Photography

While the cake smash part is my favorite, I love being able to get some non messy portraits before the fun begins! This sailor outfit was very important to grandma. It’s been in the family for years! He certainly looks cute in it! I just love the second image where he is smiling at mom!

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one year old in sailor outfit photo. little red wagon cake smash

Mom came prepared for this session! The radio flyer wagon was perfect to sit in and went perfectly with the little red wagon theme!  Those overalls are super cute too! I just love little boys in overalls.

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Little Red Wagon Cake Smash: Waterbury CT

Let the fun begin! I can’t say enough how much I loved this theme. A little boy and a little red wagon. What’s not to love!? Callen LOVED the wagon, perhaps more than the cake. He just wanted to push the wagon all around. I loved when he dumped the cake out of the wagon. I loved watching how much fun he had during his cake smash.

The cake turned out perfect! I just love the little red wagon on the top and the chevron print on the side was the perfect touch.

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I mean, seriously. Could this be any more perfect?little red wagon cake smash. photo of cake complete with a little red wagon on top

Callen’s first taste of the cake. He wasn’t so sure what to think of it. boy tasting cake during little red wagon cake smash

Then he realized that it’s so much fun!smiling boy with little red wagon cake smash

THIS is my absolute favorite picture from his little red wagon cake smash. The look of enjoyment as he dumps his cake out of the wagon. This is fun!boy dumping cake out of wagon during little red wagon cake smash

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I was so happy to photograph these brothers for their Poughquag NY family photography session. I have known the oldest since he was 18 months and he was the ring bearer in my wedding! These little guys are my cousins! Although age wise it seems more like they should be our nephews ;). It was very fitting that it was a baseball themed photo session. Jordan has always loved baseball and as a gift we gave him a small baseball bat at the rehearsal dinner. Well he LOVED that thing and wouldn’t let go of it, so he walked down the aisle holding the pillow and his baseball bat! Luckily he didn’t swing it at anyone and the rings were safe and sound with the best man.

Poughquag NY: Baseball

This session was very special to me. Our cousins will soon be moving from Poughquag NY to sunny Florida. I know my kids will miss having their cousins to play with at family events. They all got along so well. It was also great that Jordan could help watch them so no one got into trouble! Not sure what we’ll do now.

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Family Photography

This photo session was primarily of the boys, but mom came in for a couple. I was so glad that she could get some pictures with her boys! She even coordinated with their uniforms.

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Brothers

While siblings fight… sometimes a lot… I love the bond these brothers have. Skyler looks up to Jordan and Jordan is so good and helping him. We will miss them a lot but excited for their new journey!

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Fall Family Sessions

It is crazy to think of fall as summer has just begun… but I will be announcing fall family session dates soon! Keep your eyes open and a great way to be the first to get the released dates is through our newsletter. My hope is to have the dates released by the end of this week, although with the way this week is going it could very well be next week!

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