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Carmel Indiana Newborn Photography by KristeenMarie

Carmel Indiana Newborn Photography by KristeenMarie

KristeenMarie Photography offers Newborn Photography in Carmel, IN

KristeenMarie Photography offers Newborn Photography in Carmel, IN

Three little girls and one more on the way – Carmel, Indiana Maternity Photographer

I’ve been photographing this sweet family for years. In fact, I even photographed their wedding. It’s a joy to be able to watch this family grow year after year. They have three beautiful girls and one more on the way. I can’t wait to see what it will be – boy or girl. We did this lovely maternity session at sunset at a park in Carmel, Indiana. It was a perfect summer day with a lovely sunset. We danced, cuddled, and played the sun away.

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I’m counting down the days until this little one arrives!

If you are looking for a photographer in Carmel, IN don’t hesitate to reach out! I would love to photograph your family no matter what stage of life you are in!

10 Things to Know Before Your In-Home Lifestyle Newborn Photography Sessions – Indianapolis Newborn Photography

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Most of the time clients book me for in-studio newborn sessions. This is where clients will get the lovely posed images that I’m well known for. However, did you know that I also offer in-home newborn sessions? You can book an in-home session (cost is the same as an in-studio session) or you can book it as an add-on to a studio session at a discounted cost. For more info about pricing and packages shoot me an email.

Here is some additional info on in-home newborn photography sessions to help you decide if this type of session is right for your and your family. If you follow these tips your session will go a little more smoothly.

  1. Go With the Flow – In-home sessions are lifestyle sessions. This means that there are no studio lights, no naked posed babies, and no props. Instead we use your home as the backdrop for your session. If your baby is happy in your arms then we will get lots of cuddling pictures. If your baby loves his/her nursery then we will hang out in there. If big sibling(s) want to jump on the bed next to baby instead of cuddling baby then that is what we are going to capture. Hey – that is real life anyways! If baby is fussy and wants to eat then we can take a break and let baby eat! No stress or pressure. My goal is to capture your family in a flattering way but in a real, meaningful way.
  2. Consider Neutral Clothing – It’s important to pick clothing that complements your home. I typically recommend soft neutral colors for everyone – whites, pinks, creams, tan, peach, or any other soft color that matches your home. However, while color is important, it’s also important that you feel comfortable in whatever you are wearing. I know you just had a baby and I’ll shoot in flattering angles. But if you also feel comfortable in what you are wearing you are bound to love your images even more! Please try avoid wearing red or bright pink as these can create unflattering color casts on baby. All of my sessions include the use of a free styling tool. I’ll send you access to this after you book your session. You can use this tool to help pick out clothing that goes well together for the whole family. I would encourage you to consider what to wear for your session before baby arrives. It’s just one less thing to worry about after the craziness of baby’s arrival.
  3. Keep Baby’s Clothing Simple – A white onesie is my favorite outfit for baby. It’s that simple. You may also consider having a few swaddles on hand (and I’ll bring a few too). Swaddles are a great way to sooth a fussy baby and they are super cute to photograph baby in too. When babies are little they can get lost in busy clothing. Keep baby’s outfit as simple as possible.
  4. Who to Include in the Shoot – Normally I recommend immediate family for your in-home newborn session. This includes siblings and your fur babies (they are family too!). If you add too much extended family things can get a little crazy. That being said, if you do want to include extended family you totally can! If you (mom and dad) don’t want to be in the pictures then I would recommend doing an in-studio session where we can completely focus on baby.
  5. Session Scheduling – We don’t schedule your newborn session until after baby arrives. You can book your session at any point during your pregnancy to ensure availability. Then once baby arrives just shoot me an email and I’ll send you some dates/times I have open for your session. Sessions are typically scheduled on Monday/Wednesday/Friday mornings. Sessions are best when done within the first two weeks of baby’s life. If you are doing an in-home mini session (add-on to a studio session) you should expect the session to last an hour or less. If you are doing a full newborn session then you should expect the session to last 1-2 hours.
  6. Before I Arrive – Try to keep baby awake for at least an hour before your session start time. This will help us have a sleepy baby during the session. I also recommend turning the heat up in your home to 80 degrees before I arrive. Babies love it warm! About 15 minutes before I arrive please feed baby as full as he/she will allow you to. It’s okay if you are still feeding when I arrive. I do also ask that you open blinds/currants and turn overhead lights off before I arrive. You may also consider having an an activity planned for your session. Don’t go crazy! But if you want to give baby a sink bath, or have sibling(s) help you with a diaper change, or if it is nice we can snap a few pictures outside your house.
  7. After I Arrive – When I arrive I’ll probably ask for a quick tour of the rooms you were considering for the shoot. I’ll be looking for lots of natural light. Typically clients use the nursery, master bedroom, living room, and/or any other rooms with interesting architecture or lots of light. While we don’t typically use lots of props for these session if you have any family heirlooms or other items you would like to include in the session this is a great time to show me so I can plan out your session.
  8. During your Session – During your session you are encouraged to relax and be you. You don’t need to look at the camera the whole session. Instead share a moment with your significant other, new baby and siblings. Let me capture the real you. I’ll pose you but feel free to relax and make the “poses” comfortable for you. I’ll also get lots of pictures of baby alone. You will want to remember those tiny feet, hands, and dimples. If you have a nursery I’ll also capture the details in there. If baby needs a break at any time to feed then we will take a break. Baby is in charge for the newborn session!
  9. What to Expect After Your Session – About 2 weeks after your session I’ll send you your online gallery via email. You will have print rights to all your edited images and you can download your whole gallery with the click of a button. I do still recommend having your images professionally printed. I’ll send you those recommendations when I send you your gallery.
  10. What About Other Sessions? – I also offer in-studio newborn photography in Indianapolis where you will receive images that are more posed and styled. I offer Indianapolis Fresh 48 photography. These sessions are done in the hospital within 48 hours of baby’s birth. I also love doing Indianapolis birth photography too! If you are interested in doing a grow with me package to capture baby’s first year feel free to reach out for more info on that!
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Baby Elliott – Carmel Newborn Photographer

This little bundle of joy is Elliott, weighing in around 9.5 pounds at birth! I was so excited to meet him and his parents. Mom was a nanny for a former client of mine years ago. She saw the albums around the house of the images I took of the little girl she nannied. At that time she wasn’t expecting, but she knew that when her time came that she wanted the same pictures of her little one. Fast forward and we were able to have this photo shoot to celebrate Elliott’s birth! Elliott is just adorable- he has such a cute, squishy, round face! We were able to get a lot of great photos while he was sleeping and a few with his eyes open as well!

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Welcome to the world sweet baby boy! If you are getting ready to welcome your bundle of joy, I would love to capture this time for you as well. Let’s chat more about Carmel, Indiana newborn photography soon.

Baby Louie – Zionsville Newborn Photographer

Baby Louie Scott is here and it is very clear that he is very loved by his parents! Louie has the BEST lashes and almost red hair. He did a great job for his newborn photos and gave us lots of cute facial expressions. He seems like such a snuggly little baby baby and seems to have a calm and quiet demeanor. He was such a joy to have in the studio! Being a newborn photographer is seriously the best.

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So nice meeting you, Louie Scott! Hope to see you and your family again!

Newborn photography images last a lifetime. I would love to be the newborn photographer for your family and meet your new little one! My studio is located in Zionsville but is easily accessed from all parts of Indianapolis.

One More Makes 6 – Outdoor Indianapolis Newborn Photography

I adore this family. They have allowed me to capture their family since towards the beginning of my career as a photographer. They had me photograph their oldest son before I even had a studio and I brought a huge car load of stuff into their home, rearranged furniture, and photographed their oldest as a tiny nugget. It was an honor to be able to capture their 4th (and maybe last) little one. We had a perfect sunrise morning and a very happy baby. All three big brothers were in love with their new baby sister and it was so sweet to watch!

I also adore outdoor newborn sessions. So everything about this session made my heart happy. I can’t wait to photograph even more outdoor newborn sessions this summer. If you are expecting a summer baby please reach out and let me know!

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Welcome to the word, baby girl. You are one loved little baby!

Are you expecting a little bundle? If you are looking for an Indianapolis newborn photographer don’t hesitate to. shoot me an email to get your due date on my calendar! I would love to be able to document all the milestones in the lives of your family.

Little Eamon – Carmel Newborn Photographer

Little Eamon has made his arrival! Weighing in at 8 pounds, 6.6 ounces, he is just as perfect as could be! I was excited to see this family again as I have photographed both Eamon and his big brother as well. They are such a beautiful family! Big brother Arlen, who is 3, is such a great big brother and the photos of the two boys together are just adorable. I also love the Christmas flair in the photos and can’t wait to see their holiday card!

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It was so nice to meet you sweet boy!

If you are looking for a Carmel Newborn photographer, you have found your person! Reach out today and let’s get your due date on my calendar.

Sweet Little Lady – Carmel Indiana Newborn Photography

This sweet little lady was a joy to have in the studio.  I’ve had lots of little boys in the studio lately so it was fun mixing it up with a girl!  She slept well for the session and gave us cute little smiles as well.  She gave us some open eyed photos as well and they are just adorable!  She looked so cute in all of the different headbands and hair accessories.  She is definitely the apple of her parents eyes!

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Welcome to the world, sweet little lady!

If you are expecting a little one, I would love to get your due date on my calendar for a Indianapolis newborn photography session.  I offer single sessions as well as grow with me packages!  I look forward to hearing from you soon.

 

Behind the Scenes for a Newborn Photography Session – Indianapolis Newborn Photographer

You may have seen a while back (a LONG while back at this point – months before COVID was even a thing that we knew about) I did a model call for an Indianapolis newborn photography session. I was looking to update my website with some images of me working. So one of my local photographer friends came a took some pictures of me while I was shooting. It’s good for me to be on the other side of the camera once in a while. I prefer being behind the camera but at this shoot at least I got to be behind the camera and in front of the camera all at the same time!

This shoot was extra fun because I got to choose all the set-ups. Normally I ask the clients for input but since this was a model call all the decision making was up to me. So I tried a few new things – the heart bowl with a backdrop on  top of it and a St. Patrick’s Day set-up.

I hope you can see from the pictures how much I truly love my job. I love each and every little baby that comes into the studio. I adore capturing these tiny humans with all my heart. And I hope to make art that your family will treasure for a lifetime.

Please know that this session was done long before COVID hit – I’m just now getting around to sharing. Things do look a little different in the studio due to COVID. If you are interested in reading about our COVID practices in the studio you can do so here.

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Handsome Newborn Boy – Indianapolis Newborn Photography

Meet Luke.  This adorable, bright eyed cutie recently came to the studio with his parents for his newborn session and he is just the sweetest little baby. Luke fought sleep for his session, but we were lucky because we were able to get some great awake images with those big eyes and great eye contact.  Once he fell asleep, he was golden. He is a stunning little man with very loving parents.

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It was so nice to meet you and your parents, Luke!

If you are expecting a little bundle of joy and would love to capture some newborn photos, I would love to get your due date on my calendar.  I’m an Indianapolis newborn photographer with a studio in Carmel, IN. Be sure to send me a message today!

A Glowing Maternity Session Back Home in Indiana – Carmel Indiana Maternity Photography

This maternity session was absolutely stunning!  This is the sweetest couple who moved out of state but now fully embrace the state of Indiana so it was fitting that they came to get their maternity photos done here!  This session was done at Coxhall Gardens in Carmel and I just love the location.  This location is perfect for all types of family and couple photography!  This beautiful mommy to be got her makeup professionally done and it was on point!  Those lashes were just fantastic!  I cannot wait to meet their new little bundle of joy!

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I just know that you guys are going to be fantastic parents to your sweet little one!

If you are expecting and want to capture some maternity photos, I would love to chat! I’m an Indianapolis photographer and I would love to capture your baby bump! Feel free to send me a message and we can get a session on the calendar!