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History of Newborn Photography by Bri Sullivan

Before we discuss the history of newborn photography over the years and how it has evolved, it’s important to learn exactly what it is. Even if you’ve never known much about the world of photography, it’s likely that you’ve seen stylized images of newborns all over the Internet.

They’re swaddled in gauzy fabric, swaying across wooden swings and floating on clouds. It’s a far cry from the newborn photographs that used to circulate years ago. In those days, there might be one or two grainy photographs of the newborn in the hospital. In those photos, the swaddled newborn wore a generic pink and blue striped blanket while sleeping flat in a plexiglass crib. On their head would be the same generic cap with only their tiny face poking out as they slept.

Some parents brought the child home and took many badly-lit photographs in their dark homes. If there were studio photographs taken, it was with the entire family in a department store once a year.

When Did It Become Common for Parents to Capture Newborn Images?
In years past, parents had the option to take the photographs offered from the hospital. They would take the option depending on whether they were sending out baby announcements.

Those hospital images were some of the only photographs taken of newborns for many years. In 1990, a professional photographer changed the landscape of newborn photography. Anne Geddes became a pioneer taking newborn photography from the dark ages into a new era. That era included photos of adorable newborns sitting in flower pots or covered with cabbage leaves. For over 20 years, Geddes has given us delightful newborn photographs for books, calendars and novelty items.

Her first iconic image was a picture of two babies sitting in cabbages with leaves on their heads. Rhys and Grant were her first models in 1991. Since 1992, her philanthropic trust has donated over 5.7 million dollars to charities around the world. She’s still producing calendars with tiny subjects. She’s received many awards for her ground-breaking work too.

Geddes has said that “babies are the human face of beginnings, but all of nature is caught in this insistent stream of seasons, of aging and rebirth…” She has often said that she’s always aware of the miracles that the newborns represent as she unwraps them for photographing.

It’s the only field of photography where the photographer is responsible for the health and welfare of the little models in their charge. From the moment the parents hand over their little bundle of joy, the photographer has the safety of the newborn in their hands, which is an awesome responsibility.

It took years for parents and photographers to follow in Geddes’ footsteps, but that changed with the Internet and digital manipulation. Now, there are pictures of babies that wouldn’t be possible without the software and manipulations. Composites are the mainstay of the newborn photography world. They keep the newborn safe while giving parents adorable images they can share with family and friends.

Stylized Photography Sessions with a Professional
Whether it’s a newborn sitting in a wooden basket in a field of wildflowers or a baby snuggled in a cloud far above the world, stylized photographs of babies are the norm as parents want to share unique photographs that are worlds away from the generic hospital poses that some locations still offer.

With all the photographers now specializing in baby photography, parents are able to choose exactly the kind of images they’d like to have of their little miracle. In years past, the images would have included a generic backdrop that looked incredibly fake. While some images are set against a backdrop that is dreamy and post-worthy, many of them are plain where the photographer poses the newborn in a cute way that highlights their beauty and sweetness.

Celebrity Influence in Newborn Photography
Along with newborn photography, maternity photography is also on the rise. This can be laid directly at the feet of Vanity Fair magazine and Demi Moore who posed naked on the cover highlighting her pregnant belly. Angelina and Brad graced the cover of People with their new baby while other celebrities have started to share their children with the world too.

Once celebrities start to join in a trend or define a trend, it becomes more mainstream with non-celebrities wanting to feel like they’re famous within their circle of friends. They want to share pin-worthy images of their children and have others exclaim over their new miracles.

In a world that takes pictures of everything to share on social media, it’s no wonder that newborns in a cute froggy pose would be popular shares. On Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram, darling newborn images gain more likes and shares than many other topics.

Regrets from Those Who Wish They’d Taken Photographs
When newborns are tiny, the lives of parents are filled with sleepless nights, middle of the night feedings and crying at all hours for no reason. Instead of remembering this state of sleepless nights and diaper changes, parents want to capture the bliss of the baby and reason for the sleepless nights, which day-to-day living buries. The chaos of being a new parents is often the reason many of them want to capture newborn images.

There’s a small window of time when it’s possible to take pictures of your bundle of joy. Some parents miss this window because they didn’t schedule a session before the baby was born. They actually come to regret the fact that they missed out on baby photographs especially when they missed the window because they thought the business of newborn photography was too much of a fad.

While it’s only been in the last 5 to 10 years that newborn photography has become more popular, it’s a trend that is here to stay.

History of Newborn Photography by Bri Sullivan

Bri Sullivan is a Professional Houston Texas Newborn Photographer that specializes in maternity and newborn photography in Houston.

Bri performs over 200 newborn sessions a year and practices her art of photography in her stand-alone studio in the historic town of Old Town Spring and service the Houston and the surrounding areas including but not limited to Spring, Tomball, Cypress, Magnolia, Conroe, The Woodlands, Pearland, Sugarland, Montgomery County and Harris County. She has been ranked as one of the BEST Newborn Photographers in Houston for the years of 2016 and 2017 by https://www.expertise.com/tx/houston/newborn-photography

Contact us when you are pregnant, to ensure that you get an appointment for your newborn photography session. You don’t want to regret missing that small window for capturing your new miracle.

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      As a Houston Newborn Photographer, I love when families come back. Crue is the second little boy for this family. Mom and Dad, Covy and Candance, have 3 year old, Covy IV too. Crue was brought into my Houston Newborn Photography studio when he was 9 days new. The timing couldn’t be more perfect than that. As babies, they are so curly when they’re sleeping. The little ones allow me to pose them without a peep.

      Houston Photographer Newborn The couple has known each other since junior high. They were friends in high school but didn’t date until they were reintroduced in their late 20s. The best friends that introduced them are married to each other. That’s a fun love story to share with their boys when they get older.

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      The infant nursery was done in emerald green and bright navy while older brother’s room is white, navy and wood details. Since Mom commented on how much she loves my simple, soft neutrals, I couldn’t stray from my loves! It’s fantastic when parents come in and tell me they love what I do and allow me to work my magic.

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      Crue and Covy’s parents say that big brother absolutely loves his younger brother. He asked about him in the hospital, pets his head constantly and gives him kisses. Covy even tries to share his monster trucks with his baby brother! Let’s hope he’s that generous as they get older.

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      During the sibling portion of the session, I could see how much love Covy had for Crue. He followed all my directions exactly and was such a joy to have in the newborn studio.

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      These boys were so well-behaved. I can’t wait to see them in future sessions in my Houston Infant Photography studio. There are so many milestone and family portraits that I can take for them to remember the moments in their boys’ lives.

      Houston Photographer Newborn

      Our style of newborn photography is fresh, light and pure.

      We want to give my clients exactly what we would want on my own walls at home. We like to freeze time and photograph natural moments in a simple and organic way, to ensure that the entire focus of the image is on the baby and that the images won’t date, or go hugely out of fashion and give you memories that are freezing time.

      All our session are done in our Old Town Spring, Texas studio. We specialize in newborn photography performing over 300 newborn sessions each year. We always, put the safety of your little one first by always having a dedicated assistant/spotter at every newborn session. Who’s only job is to ensure your newborn is safe and secure during their session with us.

      We also offer professional prints, canvases, metal prints and custom wood photo blocks at competitive pricing with local department stores. We do this because we want all our clients to have affordable professional products at their fingertips.

      Also, if you book your newborn session with us, we will always give you a 10% discount on any future session with us!

      Bri Sullivan is a professional Houston newborn Photographer.

      Bri specializes in baby, maternity, family and newborn photography. She serves all of Houston and surrounding areas including but not limited to Spring, Old Town Spring, Tomball, Cypress, Magnolia, Conroe, The Woodlands, Pearland, Sugarland, Montgomery County and Harris County.

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          This isn’t the first time that Devan and Jason came to see me in my Houston Newborn studio. They were here previously for their maternity shoot, which we captured at the outdoor space near the studio. Devan borrowed a lovely gown from the studio wardrobe, and she looked like perfection.

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          Recently, the couple brought their little one into the studio for her newborn shots. Adeline was 6 days new at the time of her shoot. She was born on June 9, 2017 weighing 6 pounds and 11 ounces. The couple chose cream and white, gold, gray and light pink for the nursery. The couple chose a nursery set they loved and decorated around that set.

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          Adeline is a beautiful name that they chose because it’s a classic English name meaning noble. With a history degree with an English history emphasis for Mom, it does makes sense.

          Little Adeline was simply adorable in her photographs, but lately, in these Houston newborn sessions, I’m enamored by the parent portion. Mom chose a dress from the studio wardrobe for her pictures. I encourage all my clients to choose from the pieces I have at the studio since they were chosen with such care. The clothing makes a huge difference in these sessions.
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          The pictures with parents and baby were truly precious. The parents always glow around their little ones. All that love practically shines from them, and it’s become my favorite part of the sessions.

          My favorite props were the tiebacks on little Adeline during the session. About 90 percent of the props were from Edna Magdalene. I’m a huge fan of the tiebacks and use them constantly.

          It was such a joy to be able to capture these memories for Devan and Jason. I believe they’ll love how the photographs came out during this session. These moments are to be treasured and remembered forever. I’m thrilled to provide them with images they can look back on in the years ahead.

          Bri Sullivan is a Professional Houston Newborn Photographer

          She specializes in maternity, newborn, cake smash and baby photography in Houston and surrounding areas including but not limited to Old Town Spring, Spring, Tomball, Cypress, Magnolia, Conroe, The Woodlands, Pearland, Sugarland, Montgomery County and Harris County

          “Fine art newborn photography requires extensive study, practice, experience and investment.  I have chosen to specialize in newborn portraiture with this in mind. We want you to feel at ease that your precious little one will be in the hands of an experienced professional; Houston’s finest newborn artist. We do our best to keep our newborn photography pricing very competitive, but also to fit every type of budget. It is my vision to capture your newborn so you forever remember their delicate eyelashes, dewy skin, and curly womb poses”.

          Now in The Woodlands Texas! www.woodlandsnewborn.com

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              Houston NewbornJeff and Jennifer are returning clients to mu Houston Newborn photography studio. I met them when they brought in their 3-year-old daughter, Charleigh as a newborn. It’s always an honor when clients are so impressed with my work that they return with their new, precious family member. Time sure flies too. It seems like only yesterday that Charleigh was as tiny as her new sister.

              Houston NewbornThis time, they brought in little cutie, Lucy Olivia. I love the classic name they chose, and I’d be surprised if this little one isn’t full of personality like her older sister. Big sister, Charleigh, loves her baby sister. Her parents mentioned it, but I could see for myself. Big sister wanted to take care of Lucy every second. It’ll be fantastic to have these two growing up as best friends and sisters.

              It was easy to place Lucy in her sister’s arms and let the moment flow naturally. The images are truly heartwarming with these two little girls. Mom and Dad say that she’s always loving on her sister and never wants to share.

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              In my Houston newborn photography studio, images of mom and little one are incredibly precious, and I didn’t have to pose Jennifer with her little girl at all. There was no need for Mom to look into the camera either. The shots were natural, raw and truly breathtaking. A mother’s love for her newborn is awe-inspiring to glimpse. I was thrilled to catch these moments in time for them.

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              This baby session was a delight from start to finish. It’s great to see old clients become new parents again. The all-white of the session results in an image that will never go out of style. Her parents will be able to look back and remember this moment for the rest of their lives.

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              Our style of Houston newborn photography

              Is fresh, light and pure. We want to give my clients exactly what we would want on my own walls at home. We like to freeze time and photograph natural moments in a simple and organic way, to ensure that the entire focus of the image is on the baby and that the images won’t date, or go hugely out of fashion and give you memories that are freezing time.

              All our session are done in our Old Town Spring, Texas studio. We specialize in newborn photography performing over 300 newborn sessions each year. We always, put the safety of your little one first by always having a dedicated assistant/spotter at every newborn session. Who’s only job is to ensure your newborn is safe and secure during their session with us.

              We also offer professional prints, canvases, metal prints and custom wood photo blocks at competitive pricing with local department stores. We do this because we want all our clients to have affordable professional products at their fingertips.

              Also, if you book your newborn session with us, we will always give you a 10% discount on any future session with us!

              Bri Sullivan is a professional Houston newborn Photographer.

              Bri specializes in baby, maternity, family and newborn photography. She serves all of Houston and surrounding areas including but not limited to Spring, Old Town Spring, Tomball, Cypress, Magnolia, Conroe, The Woodlands, Pearland, Sugarland, Montgomery County and Harris County.

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                • CoriJuly 4, 2017 - 4:42 am

                  These are amazing!!!ReplyCancel

                • AngieJuly 4, 2017 - 11:47 am

                  These pictures turned out perfect! The Mitchell family is a beautiful family and you did an amazing job at capturing that. The pictures of Charleigh and Lucy together could not be any sweeter. you are a really great photographer Bri! ReplyCancel

                • kaitlyn ritzenJuly 4, 2017 - 12:17 pm

                  Beautiful pictures Jennifer ReplyCancel

                • Nikki cowartJuly 4, 2017 - 1:18 pm

                  These photos are amazing!!ReplyCancel

                • Nancy scearceJuly 4, 2017 - 1:54 pm

                  By far, this is the best I  ever seen.  You captured the tines detail of Lucy 10 precious fingers and toes that we can’t wait to see if all there.  Charleigh has so much personality it shows everywhere.  Well done ReplyCancel

                • Sandy J Mitchell (Nana to both 💕)July 4, 2017 - 2:33 pm

                  Your photographs are breathtaking! Clear, crisp and so natural, in the purest light. Awesome!! I live them all!♥️ReplyCancel

                • ElissaJuly 4, 2017 - 9:09 pm

                  Beautiful pictures and family 😍ReplyCancel

                • Chris VandermarkJuly 5, 2017 - 2:14 am

                  Beautiful picturesReplyCancel

                • Debbie ArdJuly 5, 2017 - 3:46 am

                  Thanks so much for such great pics. I love them. The family pics are lovely. The girls pics are so cute. Mimi can’t wait to get  some pics on her wall and desk at work. I remember being there when charleigh had her pics made. Wished I could have been there for Lucy’s but it was well worth the wait. Thsnks again!!ReplyCancel

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                • Jennifer cheathamJuly 5, 2017 - 5:05 pm

                  Absolutely stunning. You are so beautiful Jennifer! so happy for you four 💙ReplyCancel

                In my Spring Texas baby photographer studio, I offer all kinds of sessions from newborn to their first year! Some of our favorite sessions are the cake smash, but not every baby will dig into the cake. When Sutter came in for her one-year cake smash, she couldn’t be persuaded to touch the cake. We’re incredibly adaptable, and we were able to schedule another session for this family.

                Cake Smash Baby PhotographerFor Sutter’s One Year Portraits, her mother picked an adorable, little dress with a sweet sweater. The outfit photographed beautifully. While her parents said she’s a little wobbly on her feet, we were able to capture her standing on her own and walking a bit.
                Cake Smash Baby PhotographerHer parents say their girl is outgoing and loves to be photographed. I definitely wanted to capture that personality that Mom and Dad described. I believe her parents will be pleased with the images. Her sweet smile and engaging personality were evident during the session. She’s quite a little doll. Her parents certainly can’t get enough of their sweet one.
                Cake Smash Baby PhotographerIn My Spring Texas baby photographer studio, simple backgrounds and vintage toys are some of my favorite props. They lend a bit of whimsy without being overpowering. The star of the show is the little one with the big smiles, and I never want the background to overshadow the baby.

                Cake Smash Baby PhotographerMy favorite pose was when Sutter was standing on her own and put up her hands as if announcing she was in the room. That’s the kind of fun image I like to give parents so they can remember this time in their little one’s life.

                In my baby photographer studio, we love cake smashes because they are too much delicious fun. On the other hand, when some babies don’t like cake, we are happy to adapt for the needs of the little one.

                Bri Sullivan is a Professional Spring Texas Baby Photographer that specializes in maternity, newborn, cake smash and baby photography in Houston and Old Town Spring, Spring, Tomball, Cypress, Magnolia, Conroe, The Woodlands, Pearland, and Sugarland.

                “Fine art newborn photography requires extensive study, practice, experience and investment.  I have chosen to specialize in newborn portraiture with this in mind. I want you to feel at ease that your precious little one will be in the hands of an experienced professional. We do our best to keep our newborn photography pricing very competitive, but also to fit every type of budget. It is my vision to capture your newborn so you forever remember their delicate eyelashes, dewy skin, and curly womb poses. My style of photography is fresh, light and pure. I want to give my clients exactly what I would want on my own walls at home. To freeze time and photograph natural moments in a simple and organic way. I want to make sure that the to entire focus of the image is on the baby. So that the images won’t date, or go hugely out of fashion. I want to give you memories that are freezing time”.  Bri Sullivan, Master Photographer, Cherry Street Studios, LLC

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                  • TiffanyJune 17, 2017 - 6:31 pm

                    She is so precious-these are beautiful ReplyCancel

                  • StephanieJune 17, 2017 - 6:52 pm

                    Beautiful pictures that capture such a sweet little girl! ReplyCancel

                  • AngelaJune 17, 2017 - 7:16 pm

                    Oh I absolutely love these images of Sutter. Your set up is divine and dreamy!!ReplyCancel

                  • Kynsley davisJune 17, 2017 - 9:27 pm

                    Love my butter bean!! You captured her beautifully!ReplyCancel

                  • Sherry EllisJune 17, 2017 - 11:36 pm

                    Bri, it was wonderful watching you work with Sutter! Your studio is charming & impressive! I loved the newborn photos you took of Sutter & now a year later you definitely captured the happy, inquisitive 1year old she has become!  You are great at what you do💗 
                          Sutter’s grandma, sherry ellis ReplyCancel

                  • RebeccaJune 18, 2017 - 12:34 am

                    I hope my sweet niece wins this, she is a beautiful baby girl<3 ReplyCancel

                  • MelissaJune 18, 2017 - 3:40 pm

                    Beautiful pictures of a beautiful little girl!ReplyCancel

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