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Colleen + Matt's Maternity

When you're expecting your first baby, it's completely natural to spend most of your time dreaming about your next phase of life. 

Between the preparations to be made and the anticipation of meeting the little miracle growing in your belly, the future is an exciting time.

But right now, on the precipice of your life changing in this gigantic and wonderful way, is also just as amazing.

 

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Baby Noah | Albuquerque Newborn Photographer

Sometimes we hold off on a newborn photo session because we tell ourselves, "We didn't get professional photos of our first baby...and we don't want our oldest to feel left out."

I know I felt that way with our second, but like Kaytee, thankfully, I was over that guilt trip by my third. 

This newborn time is so short and so sweet, and it deserves to be documented in beautiful photographs. 

And that guilt trip - besides being a complete figment of our imagination - just doesn't stand up next to documentary newborn photography.

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Baby Joshua | Albuquerque Newborn Photographer

I headed back to Amanda's home when Baby Joshua was 2 weeks old for his newborn photo session. In the short time since his Fresh 48 Session, he had already grown so much, and was even more alert, which was so fun to see.

One of the wonderful benefits of in-home lifestyle newborn photo sessions is that your baby is free to be himself - awake or asleep, nursing or crying, in your arms or wrapped up tight.

There's no pressure to put your baby to sleep (and make sure he stays that way).

There are no rules to follow.

It's just you and your baby, exactly as you are, making memories you want to keep forever.

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Fresh 48 with Baby Joshua | Albuquerque Newborn Photographer

Amanda welcomed Baby Joshua in the early morning hours at Dar a Luz Birthing Center. Just a few short hours after he entered the world, he was able to come home with his family.

(I don't know about you, but that sounds heavenly to me!)

So instead of the traditional hospital setting that marks most Fresh 48 Sessions, I photographed a glimpse of Joshua's first few sweet hours and his brand-new, newborn features in the comfort of his parents' bedroom, right after his dad got home from work. 

Joshua was incredibly alert. He would gaze at his mama - and even into the camera - with such intensity, it took my breath away. 

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Baby Huck

With Baby Huck being their seventh baby, Krystal and Gabe know very well how quickly the newborn stage passes, and what a treasure this time is.

When we met, Krystal explained exactly why a documentary-style newborn session appealed to her. Instead of the stress of trying to convince her children to sit still, look at the camera, and smile at the exact same time, they could all relax and enjoy their photo session. In being themselves, they could capture the honest connections between each other and their beautiful baby boy - the moments she holds most dear.

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Megan + Robert's Family

When I think of the ways I love my family every day…

From making meals to reading stories,

From kissing away boo-boos to listening to hopes and dreams,

From dancing and singing to hugging and cuddling,

It breaks my heart to think, if I don’t make an effort to get in the frame, one day, the details of those memories will fade away – both for me and for my children.

Megan understands how important it is to have her family’s real life documented – and to be IN her family’s collective memory in photographs.

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Baby Luz | Albuquerque Newborn Photographer

Newborn sessions at home are so magical. There is something about the combination of parents' love for their long-awaited miracle and the brevity of this stage that shines so beautifully and longs to be documented in photographs. 

When I visited the sweet Baby Luz and her family to photograph a little of this time for them in their home, she was one week old. Her mother, Brooke, told me she loved the idea of having photos of her daughter at this stage, but she was a bit nervous about having photographs of herself one week postpartum. She knew, though, that five years from now and twenty-five years from now, she'll want to see her arms wrapped around her baby girl and her face smiling down on Luz's tiny one. 

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Jennifer + Ted's Family

"Stacey was able to capture the real us with her documentary-style photography. She saved a moment in our lives - although it’s more than a moment - it’s a story. She gave us something we will treasure forever in the photographs of our Sunday mornings together. These are moments that I know won’t last long, and it’s so wonderful to save them in the way she does." -Jennifer

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Kristen + Nathan's Family

Many of you know that in-home, documentary sessions are where my heart lies. I truly believe that the little moments are the most important moments, and that looking back at photographs of real memories bring us back in time in a way posed photos just can't.

Before Christmas, Kristen and Nathan took a big leap of faith and invited me to photograph them in their home in Albuquerque. This was their family's first experience with a documentary session, so I asked K to write a little bit about her experience.

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