Little miss Layla was such a cutie and just 3 days old! I couldn't believe how a little one who was born 2 weeks early and weighed only 7 lbs could have such sweet little rolls on her body already. I *heart* baby rolls.
Layla was quite the squirmy worm and very clear about what poses she would do and which ones she would not accept. And this is where the individuality of each newborn comes into play everytime I do a newborn shoot. I tend to not pre-visualize newborn shoots because so much is dependent on the baby's personality and what they like/don't like. Layla liked being a) warm and b) on her side and c) cuddled!
She was also very alert and aware as to sounds (like my shutter) and movement (even when her eyes were closed, she could sense when someone was getting close or moving away). Pretty remarkable. I think she is going to be very in tune with her environment and very clear on preferences later on! A smart little cookie that one :)
We were also fortunate enough to have big sister Aliyah be uber cooperative and helpful and so we were able to get the sweetest sibling shots (those tend to be the most challenging ones). Aliyah has the most gorgeous eyes and dreamy skin tones along with such a charming personality. So adorable!
This was another shoot set up by an incredible grandma. Other than the gift of your presence in your grandchildren's lives, this is the best gift ever to a new (or newly expanded) family. So thoughtful!
Ok, enough on that, onto the pictures!
Beth and Karim, enjoy these images!!!
I just really love this next one so much!
these next three make me melt not only because she is so darn cute but because I know the backstory about how happy she was to be snuggled up in daddy's arms, warm and secure and how her body totally relaxed and voila : magic