Eliza’s Newborn Session | Austin Newborn Photographer

Newborn Session at Valerie Kay Photography’s Studio in Austin, TX

Hello and happy Sunday!  I’m here to share a little bit of one of my last newborn portrait sessions.  Little Miss Eliza came in for her newborn session when she was just about fourteen days new.  She was the cutest little blonde, just like her big brother and sister.  Mom was a little worried about her hair, but I think that blonde fluff is just adorable in her portraits.   We had a wonderful time hanging out in the studio and taking pictures, even though Eliza was a bit camera shy.  However, she loved to be swaddled and settled once she was wrapped up tight.  She especially liked the snuggle sack.  I think she looks like one of those little Russian Matryoshka nesting dolls when she is wearing the bonnet and snuggle sack.



Newborn Eliza Fourteen Days

Eliza with snuggle sack and basket fluff – by Valerie Steinkoenig


Eliza's Newborn Collage by Valerie Steinkoenig

Eliza’s Newborn Collage by Valerie Steinkoenig

As usual, I spent the week leading up to the session knitting and gathering props.  For this newborn session I made a bit of pink and purple fluff that is used in my favorite basket and a coordinating knit swaddle sack and bonnet set.   I found the fluffy yarn for the basket stuffer at Tuesday Morning and knew it would be perfect made into a boa to layer in the bottom of a basket.    When I got home I found that I had the perfect yarn to make a snuggle sack and bonnet to match the basket fluff.  I absolutely love making special little bits for each precious little baby that comes into the studio.   I think it is one of the best parts of preparing for my baby sessions.  Do you have any hobbies that play well with work?


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  • Elizabeth WilliamsFebruary 9, 2015 - 7:48 pm

    Beautiful Val, just beautiful! Reading your post, I just tell how much joy each and every one of your shoots brings you! And the dedication you put into it- from hand knitting the swaddle sack to the varnish you apply to the final prints.

    I guess since at times I have photographed just about anything, I will say all my hobbies play well with work! Certainly my love of travel works with my travel/editorial work, love of music photographing the Unplugged music series and then of course Agility with Cara lead to many a pet portrait!ReplyCancel

  • BethanyFebruary 10, 2015 - 1:38 pm

    Oh Val! I just love them all. Thank you so much for being so incredibly patient with her. (Val left out all the fussing, crying, and accidents my little princess did during the shoot.) You were so patient and understanding. I am so grateful for these portraits. I just know others would have given up, but you waited out her fussy periods and took the photos on her terms. I am so thankful and just thrilled with the photos you managed to get even with an uncooperative model!ReplyCancel

  • Casey CloughFebruary 15, 2015 - 4:46 pm

    Such beautiful photos! I’ve never seen one of those snuggle sacks before, what a cute idea.ReplyCancel

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