Newborn Photography: How To Choose Images for a Temporary Home

When a new family comes to us for newborn photography, we like to ask several questions about their interior design, personal style, and overall features of their home. We want to be sure the look and design of the images will complement the family’s home so these are always important questions to ask. We also love interior design (Julia is a Joanna Gaines and Restoration Hardware addict!) so it’s a fun process for us to go through too.

We often hear from parents that they’re not sure how to answer these questions because they’re not in their “forever home.” They may be renting, or moving in the near future, or simply not yet in that home where their true style is being expressed. This is so normal at this time of life, when mom and dad are still somewhat young and emphasis is on work and raising a family, sometimes we can even forget what our true style is because life is just too busy to think about it!

Whatever your “forever home” outlook is, we want you to know, we get it. And we love helping families realize that even if you’re in a somewhat temporary situation, quality family photography, newborn photography especially, is still just as important. And we’re always happy to help get you thinking about what your style might be like one day, when that forever home is realized.

So, we want to be sure you to know… Not in your permanent home? That’s okay! A home is not about where you are. A home is about expressing the love you share for one another. What better way to do that than hang a few photos showcasing new beginnings and the love of your life, your newborn baby.

Here are some tips for selecting the best newborn photography for your home design, even if you’re not in your forever home:

1. Choose a newborn photographer who uses neutral tones and has a simple, natural aesthetic. Bright colors and fancy props can be really fun, but they tend to go in and out of style. If you stick with classic, neutral styles and a very simple aesthetic for baby, your images will stand the test of time and wavering trends in photography. And will match any home décor, whether it’s your style now or in the future. Bonus? Your beautiful newborn baby will be the star of the show.


2. Think about what your design style truly is, even if it’s not being expressed in your current home. Are you a Pottery Barn type of person? Or does Anthropologie get you giddy? If you could have your dream home today, where would the furniture be from? What color would your couch be? What finishes and fabrics would you love the most? (These are really fun questions to ask by the way, as you get to dream and discover your true style!) Start a Pinterest board if it helps you organize your thoughts. Check out Julia’s “For the Home” Pinterest board to see her personal home style.

3. Think about where you want to hang your photos and canvases. Is it for the nursery, the master bedroom, the family room? Each room has a different feeling and use, and it’s important to think about where you’d like to display the images.


4. Send us photos of a few of your rooms. We can show you exactly how the images will look on your walls. Just ask and we’ll walk you through the process!

5. If you’re really stuck and feeling unsure, or don’t have any wall space to begin with, a custom album can help highlight the majority of images from your session and look good in any room. And your children will cherish it for the rest of their lives!

Don’t let finding your forever home determine how or if you capture this incredibly important time of life. Your newborn photography will likely last much longer than that home anyway.



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Alivia | 8 Months Old

We love it when baby planners come to visit. We forge such a strong bond with baby and family during their newborn photography session, we get so excited when they decide to sign up for a baby plan because then we know we will see them again soon and be able to watch them grow!

Case in point, little miss Alivia. She was actually here today for her 1-year cake smash session and so we thought it was the perfect day to look back and post a few photos from her 8-month appointment. As always, it’s wonderful to see their little personalities develop and this sweet girl is no exception! She has two big sisters that love her dearly, and they have so much fun watching her model for us. We hope these images of Alivia at 8-months-old will be the perfect addition to her family photography collection. We can’t wait to share the images from her cake smash today — coming soon!

Want to see Alivia in her newborn photos? Take a look at her newborn photography session taken almost one year ago. Time flies, it really does!





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Newborn Photography: How To Make Baby Smile

While we never guarantee a smile during a newborn photography session, sometimes we’re lucky enough to capture what we like to think is baby’s first photographed grin. Some might say it’s gas or a newborn reflex that is physical and in no way social or emotional, but we’re quite happy calling it a real, true smile. Because, what’s sweeter and more memorable than a newborn baby smiling at just a few days old?

We like to think we’ve mastered the art of capturing baby smiles. We’ve seen more than a few and after years of taking baby photos, there are a few tricks we have up our sleeve to help the grinning process move along. Of course, it often happens on a whim and with a great deal of patience and attention, but these 4 tricks sometimes result in the sweetest of baby smiles!

Family Photography How to Make Baby Smile in Newborn Photos

4 Ways to help encourage baby’s first “smile”

1. Gently blow light air around their face. Sometime the little tickle of air will encourage a little grin to appear!

2. Ever so slightly, tickle around the baby’s cheeks and very gently encourage one corner of the lip upwards. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, the rest of the mouth will smile along.

3. Gently whisper in baby’s ear – this seems to be most successful when it’s mom’s voice, so sometimes we invite the mother over to the shooting area for some sweet whispers in the ear. If the photo is of mom and baby, especially in Prayer Pose, it can work quite well!

4. Be patient and wait for the right cycle of sleep. Babies’ REM sleep cycle (the light, easily disturbed sleep) is relatively short and they tend to smile when they’re entering and exiting this stage of sleep. Pay attention and you can recognize some of the signs. Baby will start to breathe a bit heavier. Their eyes will move back and forth behind their closed eyelids. Often baby will frown, grimace, even pinch their lips a bit. All of these slight facial movements indicate baby is about to enter or exit that cycle of sleep and a smile may be very near!

Again, we never guarantee that baby will gift us with such a sweet grin, but when they do, well, we think it’s pretty magical. Here are some of our favorites. Want to see more Baby Smiles? Check out our Baby Smiles Pinterest board!

Newborn Photography How to Make Baby Smile in Newborn Photos
Newborn Photography How to Make a Baby Smile in Newborn Photos
A sweet newborn grin. | Jewel Images Bend, Oregon Newborn Photographer #newborn #photography #newbornphotographer #jewelimages

Hi there smiling baby! | Jewel Images Bend, Oregon Newborn Photographer #newborn #photography #newbornphotographer #jewelimages

And then, if you’re really lucky, this might happen. Wink, wink!

Baby Giving a Peace Sign Newborn Photography



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  • July 23, 2015 - 10:22 am

    Dawn - I came across this great little article on Pinterest! I think I need to try some of these tips and see if I can get some of my babies to smile during their newborn sessions. Thanks for sharing, Julia :-)

Emery | Newborn

Newborn baby photography. Every day is a fresh slate, a clean canvas, a new beginning. It’s joyful, rich and so rewarding. To meet a new family who has welcomed a brand new baby into the world, just days after mom has given birth taken new baby home, it’s an experience we can’t quite put into words. We’re so thankful for all of the families that visit us here in beautiful Bend, Oregon. Our photography studio is a place of peace, comfort and happy memories. We really are the luckiest kids on the block!

Baby Emery and her family recently came in for newborn photography and we’ve been so excited to share the final images with you. Emery was such a sweet, sleeping baby for us, and we had the best time capturing her new baby smile, her sweet little dimples and, because we believe the color is just as pretty on baby girls as it is on baby boys, a soft and beautiful photograph of her in baby blue. Mom and dad were wonderful too, and their excitement for welcoming this first new baby into their lives was so incredible to see!

Congratulations baby Emery and family! We hope you enjoy these newborn photographs for generations to come!


Hi there smiling baby! | Jewel Images Bend, Oregon Newborn Photographer #newborn #photography #newbornphotographer #jewelimages
A baby girl in blue. Nothing sweeter | Jewel Images Bend, Oregon Newborn Photographer #newborn #photography #newbornphotographer #jewelimages
Oh my! I’m too cute! | Jewel Images Bend, Oregon Newborn Photographer #newborn #photography #newbornphotographer #jewelimages
Baby wrapped gently, gorgeous simplicity | Jewel Images Bend, Oregon Newborn Photographer #newborn #photography #newbornphotographer #jewelimages
Baby bubbles | Jewel Images Bend, Oregon Newborn Photographer #newborn #photography #newbornphotographer #jewelimages



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