McKinley, 10 days new | Wilmington Newborn Photographer

I first met McKinley’s parents last fall when I photographed their pregnancy announcement (see the end of this post for those images!). I loved getting updates from mom and learning about the progression of their miracle, rainbow baby until her birth in June! They live in an adorable farmhouse out in the country, so we incorporated vintage and rustic elements into McKinley’s session (I was in love with her entire nursery!).

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Olivia, 9 days new | Wilmington Newborn Photographer

One of the best aspects of being a newborn photographer is being able to hold and snuggle tiny babies and then…give them back to their parents after a few hours! As a mama of three, it does give me baby fever quite often, but usually those snuggles hold me over for awhile.

Enter Olivia Anne. My best friend’s baby. Essentially my very own baby to play with and then give back! I held her at just a few hours old (hospital fresh 48 images at the end of this post) and then photographed her twice during the newborn days. I’m not lying when I say I had been planning this sweetheart’s newborn session(s) for months. And she was everything I dreamed she’d be.

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Kyler, 7 days new | Wilmington Newborn Photographer

Kyler’s newborn session was special to me because his mama and I have been friends since elementary school! It was so nice catching up and meeting her newest little love (and he has a gorgeous big sister as well!). We incorporated lots of blues and neutrals while styling his session, which I think perfectly complimented his adorable, tiny features ❤️

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Declan, 21 days new | Wilmington Newborn Photographer

Declan was the snuggliest little bear at 3 weeks old! His parents requested neutrals, blue tones, and a bit of a nautical feel. He was the happiest while all wrapped up, but he also enjoyed snoozing in a bucket for awhile. At the beginning of our session, we photographed some family moments of mom and dad with their sweet boy. Declan’s animal-themed nursery was absolutely gorgeous (I have to say, I think the toddler-sized giraffe will be a favorite of Declan’s in a couple of years). The family’s curious fur baby found himself in the middle of a few shots, which turned out to be perfect!

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Aubriella, 10 days new | Wilmington NC Newborn Photographer

This was such a fun newborn session because Aubriella is the FIFTH baby in her family and they're ALL girls! Her mom gave me free reign while styling her portraits, so we went with blues, purples, and floral. She immediately melted my heart with her head full of hair and sweet baby cheeks! Plus, she slept like a dream for me and barely made a peep! Here are some of my favorites from her session:

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