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Thanksgiving is a time when a lot of families decide to get their family portraits taken.  Usually the whole family is together and Christmas is right around the corner.  It’s perfect!  Unless you have failed to secure a photographer.  I do not exaggerate when I tell you that I turned away three families per day the week of Thanksgiving because I was already booked solid.  If you know you and your family are going to be getting together for Thanksgiving, I highly recommend booking your photographer weeks in advance.

I had the pleasure of photographing my amazing friend Dayna’s extended family over Thanksgiving weekend.  Dayna is hilarious and beautiful and now I see where she gets it.  Her family is amazing!  When we finished our session, Grandpa yelled, “Three a-oo-ga’s for Melissa!”  Then the entire group yelled, “Ah-OOO-ga!  Ah-OOO-ga!  Ah-OOOOOO-ga!”  That was a first for me, but now I demand it of all my clients at the end of every portrait session.  I love how the morning light at Nichols Park added to this family’s natural beauty.  So dreamy!

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The first two weeks after the birth of a baby can be the most exhausting/exhilarating days of your life.  Your world gets turned completely upside down, but it’s cool because you are now living with an adorable new citizen.  Yay!  I am not a “Let’s put the baby in a bucket!” kind of newborn photographer.  I like to capture your newborn in their natural environment so your pictures will always feel timeless.  An in home newborn lifestyle session means you don’t have to get everyone ready and then load up all your belongings in a diaper bag and head to a studio for an appointment time you can’t possibly keep because your life is now being ruled by a tiny, adorable dictator.  If you are interested in capturing the first few days of your newborn’s life with an in home lifestyle session, I have some tips for you.  Listen up!

Newborn photographed by Melissa Maxwell of Jubilee Family Photography in Gilbert, AZ.1.Book your session BEFORE the baby is born.

I know.  I know.  Due dates are just guesses and most people don’t have any idea when their baby will actually arrive.  Doesn’t matter.  Here’s the thing: It’s recommended that newborn portraits be taken within 10 days of birth because that is when babies are at their most sleepy and cute.  The problem is, you will also be at your most sleepy but feel like you are the least cute you have ever been.  I promise you that you will regret it if you don’t capture this moment in time, even if you feel gross.  SO . . . if you have booked a session way in advance of feeling tired and gross, you are more likely to stick to your plan and get your newborn photos and be super happy you went through with it.  I suggest booking a newborn session within 10 days of the baby’s due date and adjusting as necessary.

Newborn photographed by Melissa Maxwell of Jubilee Family Photography in Gilbert, AZ.

2.Watch the light.

If you have dreams of everyone snuggling up in the bedroom, make sure you choose a time for your session when the natural light in the room is at its peak.

Newborn photographed by Melissa Maxwell of Jubilee Family Photography in Gilbert, AZ.

3. Babies are bossy.  Be flexible.

Did you see the movie “Boss Baby”?  Well, I didn’t, but I’m assuming it’s about a newborn baby who doesn’t care about any appointment times its parents make.  Newborn babies are the bossiest humans on the planet.  They don’t care what plans you have, so it’s important to be flexible.  I usually give my clients a window of time for their session so we can be flexible with feedings, diaper changes, and naps.

Newborn photographed by Melissa Maxwell of Jubilee Family Photography in Gilbert, AZ.

 

4. Feed the baby right before the photo session.

Your baby will be sleepy and happy and easy to work with after he or she has been fed.  So will you.  So will I.Newborn photographed by Melissa Maxwell of Jubilee Family Photography in Gilbert, AZ.

5. De-clutter the portrait space.

Don’t feel like you have to deep clean your whole house before your portrait session, but it’s a good idea to de-clutter the actual portrait space.  These portraits should be all about the baby and his or her new family, so stash the knick knacks somewhere else for a couple of hours.

Newborn photographed by Melissa Maxwell of Jubilee Family Photography in Gilbert, AZ.

6. Have special blankets, swaddlers, and toys on hand.

I think it’s so sweet when babies receive family heirloom blankets or special toys from family and friends.  Have them on hand so they can be included in your session!

Newborn photographed by Melissa Maxwell of Jubilee Family Photography in Gilbert, AZ.

7. Get in the picture!

I have had three babies.  After each one I felt like I had been run over by a truck and I would never sleep or wear jeans again.  I know you don’t feel like getting your picture taken when you just had a baby.  Please benefit from my age and wisdom and trust me when I say that you will want to document the sweet relationship you have with your new baby.

Newborn photographed by Melissa Maxwell of Jubilee Family Photography in Gilbert, AZ.

8. Keep it simple.

As you can see from these portraits, simple white blankets and clothing creates a clean look and keeps the focus on the people.

family photographed by Arizona newborn photographer Melissa Maxwell of Jubilee Family Photography in Gilbert, AZ.

9. Turn your portraits into a keepsake album.

As your child grows up (way too quickly) you will be so happy to be able to turn the pages of an album filled with his or her first moments.  My kids love looking through their baby books and seeing how thin I was and how much hair their dad had.  Ah, memories!

Family photographed by Arizona newborn photographer Melissa Maxwell of Jubilee Family Photography in Gilbert, AZ.

For more newborn portrait session tips and inspiration, visit my Pinterest board!

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One of my favorite family sessions this past fall was at a family farm in Mesa.  What I loved most about it was that half of the pictures were taken out by an old shed, but they look lovely because the light is perfect.  I wish someone had been there to capture a behind the scenes shot because it’s proof that all you need for a great portrait is great light. . . and adorable children. . . and good looking parents. . . and a white picket fence and a swing set and a red tractor.  That’s all.  That’s it.  That’s everything you need.

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One of my very favorite places to shoot in Gilbert is the Farm at Agritopia behind Joe’s Farm Grill.  This location offers so much versatility and beauty!  I remember the first time I ate at Joe’s Farm Grill, sitting at a picnic table under a giant tree, looking back at the beautiful farm and hoping all those suckers up north were enjoying their snow.

I had the best time, ever, with this fun crew!  They were so silly and happy and made my job easy.  Then when it was all over, I got myself a milkshake.  It was pretty much a dream session.

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I’ve had the opportunity to photograph many families before and after their children leave for LDS missions.  I call them “last chance” photo shoots because that’s how the mother’s always put it when they call. (“It’s our last chance to get a family picture before they leave!”)  It’s often a very tender time for these families and I’m so honored that they would let me be a part of it.  I recently had the pleasure of photographing this beautiful family before their oldest son left to serve the church for two years in Seattle, Washington.  His mom said she’s always the photographer, so what she really wanted was pictures of her with her kids.  I can absolutely relate!  There are exactly 4 pictures of me in the world that I actually like.  I was happy to make that happen for her.

One of the many reasons I do in person sales at my home office is so that I can be sure my clients really and truly love their portraits.  There have been a few instances where I have just sent off galleries (because of time or distance) and it feels like I am sending them off into the wind.  I never know for sure if those clients liked their portraits, or if they wished I could make some edits.  I also find that the ordering process is much smoother when conducted in person.  Most people need a bit of guidance about which portraits will look best together on a wall and what sizes will work best for certain portraits.  I’m here to help!  I love when my clients get a chance to see their portraits for the first time.  When the mother of this beautiful family saw her portraits for the first time, she wept so much I had to restock my tissues.  It was incredibly sweet and I hope that she feels that way as the years go by and she remembers this special time in her family’s life.

Family photographed by Jubilee Family Photography in Queen Creek.Family photographed by Jubilee Family Photography in Queen Creek.Mother and son photographed by Melissa Maxwell of Jubilee Family Photography.Teen Siblings photographed by Jubilee Family Photography.Mother and children photographed by Melissa Maxwell of Jubilee Family Photography.Couple photographed in Queen Creek by Jubilee Family Photography.Parents and children photographed by Jubilee Family Photography in Queen Creek.Family photographed by Jubilee Family Photography.Teen siblings photographed by Melissa Maxwell of Jubilee Family Photography.Mother and children photographed by Melissa Maxwell of Jubilee Family Photography.Couple photographed in Queen Creek by Melissa Maxwell of jubilee Family Photography.Mother and children photographed in Queen Creek by Melissa Maxwell of Jubilee Family Photography.Family photographed in Queen Creek by Jubilee Family Photography.Family photographed by Melissa Maxwell of Jubilee Family Photography.

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