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3 Things I love about Newborn Sessions | Austin Newborn Photographer

Newborn sessions are my favorite.

I love working with babies, but the newborn sessions are really special.  They’ll only be this little for a short period of time and it will go by much, much faster than you can possibly imagine.  The images from your baby’s newborn session will be special to you and your child as they grow older.   I put a lot of thought and care into choosing backdrops and props for every newborn session.


1. Knitting

I am a crafter.  I love just about anything crafty.  It’s wonderful that I am able to combine my craftiness with my love of photography that is even better.   When I started doing newborn photographers I started knitting again.  I knit cute little beanies, bonnets, swaddle sacks, and pants.  The entire process from deciding on a pattern to finishing off the last stitch is fun to me.  My yarn stash just grows and grows, because I never have just the right yarn for the new piece I want to have for my upcoming session.  Sometimes I even find unusual yarns that I can make long chains out of to stuff in a basket as filler.


Sweet Newborn Portrait - Baby Eliza

Newborn portrait in hand knitted bonnet and snuggle sack. – by Valerie Steinkoenig


I just finished knitting a few pieces for a session I have coming up this week.  She’s going to be three month’s old.  I guess I love knitting for babies of all ages, because I’ve also done it for six and nine month-old babies.  I love knitting, babies, and yarn.  LOL


2.  Shopping

Yes, I love shopping.  It is one of my favorite ways to spend leisure time.  It doesn’t matter if I’m spending money or just window shopping I find it very relaxing.  When I’m preparing for a newborn session I find myself looking for new baskets, bowls, buckets, and various other baby containers.  I like to use different backdrops at each session and mix things up.  For newborns I use a variety of fabric backdrops and throws for my bean bag poses.  I have several faux fur rugs and Flokati rugs that coordinate with the props chosen for each session.


Noah at four weeks

© 2015 Valerie Steinkoenig

3.  Babies!

Working with babies makes me happy.  Even the fussiest baby will leave me feeling smiley for the rest of the day.  For as long as I can remember I have always enjoyed being around babies.   I love that my job allows me to hold, cuddle, and soothe sweet, little babies.   It’s the best part.  I love taking photographs, but I might love playing with babies more.  🙂


I’m looking forward to the baby session on Thursday.  Do you think I have time to knit a cute little pair of pants to match the bonnet I made last weekend?

“Sometimes,' said Pooh, 'the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”
- A.A. Milne-


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Valerie Kay Photography is a full-service portrait studio specializing in Maternity Photography and Newborn Photography Sessions and serves the Central Texas area including, but not limited to: Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park, Leander, Liberty Hill, Georgetown, Buda, San Antonio, Pflugerville, Waco, San Marcos, and Killeen.

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