abe~ newborn lifestyle session

a few weeks ago i shared with you what had to be a total professional high for me…the opportunity to shoot a live birth. there are many reasons why i absolutely loved that day. here are a few~

the mommy danielle & i basically met through social media and then formed a friendship. when she reached out and inquired about the possibility of me photographing her birth story i honestly had to google “birth photography”. of course i did this after i gave her a resounding YES!! of course i’ll come be there & photograph the birth story for you! (let me just check out what i’ll be doing first! ha!) it was a beautiful morning with an idyllic sunrise. she had a scheduled induction, which since she was delivering at a hospital over an hour away from me lessened the stressful “come now, it’s time” phone call. regardless, i slept with my phone on for weeks just in case.  in my other life i was an RN. i loved my role as a nurse. i know i have a nurturing side so being in a delivery room in a hospital was not a first for me and it’s a place i feel totally comfortable in as well. plus, well, i’ve had four babies of my own, so i got to play the “mature-mom, further down the road” presence card too!

i love a journalistic approach to photography. i love capturing moments as they unfold & looking for the little ones that might go unseen if it weren’t for a camera and a creative eye. i think most folks have a misconception of what birth photography is. not that i’m trying to sound like a “pro” at this, but the actual “birth” part is essentially ( sometimes)  only a matter of moments. for example, right when baby is delivered i capture a shot of the clock, daddy’s face , mama’s face AND the infamous picture of doctor holding up baby. talk about needing to be in the right place at the right moment. all those prime shots are within seconds of each other. i realized in the series of shots i did of abe’s birth there’s a picture where the delivery nurse is taking baby from mommy to check him out, do the apgar, etc.  i zoomed in on her watch. it was two minutes from the shot of the clock…birth time. the number of shots taken between those two was dozens. those moments mommy & daddy can’t truly remember on their own without photographs. baby looks so different and you can truly see the changes occur in front of you. dad’s face at the moment of birth is priceless! mommy’s face is usually true raw emotion at its finest. the miracle of life blows my mind &  it truly is the most beautiful moment in life. so to be trusted to capture those images is an incredible honor. being there in the birth room is truly a holy place. so i considered every moment a privilege.

i was with the family that day close to 12 hours so clearly i captured more around his birth story than the moments of the actual birth. i left that day exhausted & exhilarated. as i drove back to atlanta i caught my self both smiling & teary as i thought back over the wonder of the day.

so….about two weeks later madison & i drove out to abe’s home to photograph his newborn gallery. ( madison interned with danielle’s wedding planning/styling business so they were already sweet friends). we’re rapidly becoming empty nesters around here…sigh…so one day i think i’ll convert one of the bedrooms to a small studio space for newborns, but for now, when asked to come shoot newborns i am photographing more of a lifestyle, in home session for the family. i don’t know if the next comment is like professional suicide…but….essentially as with every other type of photography i’ve basically taught myself. i do NOT say that as a pat on my back, but more as a disclaimer! ha! and more to lay the groundwork for grace primarily from me to the parents. i’m not in a hurry when i arrive for these sessions. i try to be sensitive to the fact that mommy might be anywhere on the continuum of emotions. she may be exhausted or elated. so often when i’m shooting i can tell the mommy is worried about my time, especially if baby is a little on the fussy side. so again, these are very natural un-rushed organic sessions. there’s life going on in these sessions & that’s exactly what i’m aiming to capture.

i’ve recently had several requests for newborn sessions so i thought i’d take a little time & explain how an in-home lifestyle session will roll out.  i usually arrive at the family’s home in the morning when the baby is (ideally) between 7-10 days old.  the goal for these images is to have a sweet, natural gallery for mommy & daddy of how their lives look with their new little miracle…or miracles! since i do not use any artificial flash ideally the spaces should have the most natural light. i tell mommy please don’t worry if the entire home is spotless…that she’s just had a baby…but if she could have perhaps 2-3 spaces relatively picked up and ready to shoot that would be wonderful.  i try to capture mommy, daddy, siblings just loving on baby. i really take my time with these sessions & allow special moments just to unfold organically. i’m a tiny- details -play -into -the- big -story kinda person so i try to capture any special details that the family would love to have as well….even ones they might not think of.  when the weather is optimal, i’ve also taken some outdoors as well. i will also try to shoot a few “studio” style of baby. these are all natural poses of baby. i do not have a heavy technical hand so again, these will be very soft dreamy style images of baby in natural poses.  these sessions can take a few hours.

i’ve photographed several of these over the last several weeks and would love to share them with you here on the blog.so over the next few weeks you can come and get your baby fix via photos here!  if you’re interested in the investment aspect please email me. paigeknudsenimages {AT} comcast {DOT} net. ( there’s a little link in the top right hand corner of my website).  i pencil in the two weeks around baby’s arrival and then have someone contact me as soon as baby is born to get the final date on the calendar.

for now, enjoy a few of the images from sweet abe’s newborn gallery~ if you wish to view his birth story, please do so here.




welcome the world baby abe & congratulations sweet family!!

June 19, 2015 - 3:29 pm

Becky - Absolutely gorgeous images of an absolutely beautiful family. I took time to watch the video too and cried. What beautiful memories you have preserved for them.

June 19, 2015 - 3:39 pm

chrissi - beautiful family! your photos are heirlooms. what a gift. am i the only one who thinks y’all look like family? sisters♥

June 19, 2015 - 4:58 pm

Alecia - Oh myyyyy…those pictures are STUNNING! Do you shoot in Kelvin? What lens did you use for this? The lens that came with my 7d doesn’t let enough light in for indoor photos so the 50mm is what I would use but it’s so hard to get multiple people in focus when using the 50. Anyway…incredible shoot, your self taught self is ridiculously talented and I’ll glean anything I can from you. Beautiful family…the bigs were TOOOOO sweet with baby Abe & he is just too cute. I LOVE the pic with baby & dad on the couch…he looks like he just woke up & is soooo cuddly. The pics with bigs are adorable & could mom BE any more beautiful! Well done on these as well as the birth pics…all so very wonderful.

June 19, 2015 - 5:48 pm

Michellee - Those are amazing pictures!You are so talented. What a treasure for the family.

June 19, 2015 - 5:49 pm

kate - just beautiful paige!

June 20, 2015 - 7:46 am

Lisa Mothersead - You put a lot of thought, caring, and time into your photographs and it shows because they’re touching. BTW, her home looked immaculate. ;)!

June 20, 2015 - 8:37 am

Kittyluvr - I kept scrolling and scrolling…each picture I saw instantly became my favorite…the precious brother and sister look so beautiful and loving in each shot. This was an amazing shoot and I know the family is so pleased that you captured this time in their lives..Happy birth and happy graduation~so kind to capture both!

June 20, 2015 - 11:14 am

Lee Love - Every picture is absolutely beautiful, capturing the emotions of family members and the love they share with each other, and this little baby boy.

June 21, 2015 - 7:02 am

tara - wowza. what a sweet family.
mama is stunning.

June 22, 2015 - 2:50 pm

Kitty - Absolutely beautiful! Every. Single. One. You are truly gifted Paige!

June 24, 2015 - 1:11 pm

jane @ See Jane Learn - These are SO beautiful! What a darling family. I especially love the big wooden bowl~is that yours are there’s? Should I start searching antique shops or can you tell me where I can find a similar one?… Thank you for sharing! I might have to talk to you and the owner of the baby boutique where I work since I think one of these photos would be amazing hanging on our wall!

June 28, 2015 - 11:01 am

jackie - I think those are some of the most awesome baby photos I have ever seen! Love them all! I don’t know how they will even pick their favorite because they are all my favorite!

September 3, 2015 - 9:38 am

ford ~ newborn lifestyle session » simple thoughts from Paige Knudsen Photography - […] regarding these sessions please email inquiries to paigeknudsenimages@comcast.net as well as via this post featuring abe & his family. you may also view abe’s birth story that i absolutely LOVED […]