Meet the Marshall family! To say that new parents Shannon and Mike were excited for the arrival for their baby girl would be an understatement. When I first met them at the Walled Garden in Mellon Park, the excitement and love for the new little baby that they would be welcoming into the world was absolutely palpable! And they were so loving and comfortable with each other, I knew we were going to have a great session. Shannon had warned me before that both she and Mike did not always feel comfortable in front of the camera (to be fair, not many people do!) but I assured them that we would focus on them snuggling with each other and I would try to make it as easy as possible. The lighting for our sunset session was absolutely stunning and provided the best backdrop for their maternity photos. Shannon had requested a location with lots of texture - bricks, stone, gates - and Mellon Park is the best option for the type of the location they wanted.
Dressed casually in jeans and simple shirts, both Shannon and Mike stayed true to their laid back personalities. Their outfits really allowed the connection between them and the landscape of the park shine through their photos. I offered simple posing guidance and took a step back to let them interact with each other. I have found this is a great way to capture the true emotion and interaction between a couple or family. I always prefer the natural connections versus a posed photo where everyone is looking at the camera, although we do also get those images too. It was so lovely to spent the hour with the Marshall's and it made me even more excited to capture the arrival of their baby girl!
Emma arrived into the world during the COVID19 crisis and government shutdown. This meant that I would have to wait to photograph their new baby girl. When we finally got the go ahead to schedule our session, Emma was already 7 weeks. But this allowed Shannon and Mike to have extra time to adjust to being parents and Emma was starting to engage more with lots of eye contact. She slept comfortably wrapped up and snuggling in her parent's arms which was perfect for their family photos. We started with photos in their bedroom and then took additional photos in Emma's adorably decorated nursery. Decorated in gray and pink with lots of floral touches, it is the perfect nursery for Emma to grow. For Emma's posed photos, mom wanted to stick to the pink, neutral and gray color tones with little feminine details including florals, lace and soft fur blankets. In selecting the final items that we use in the posed newborn photos, I always try to create a cohesive look or theme that is consistent throughout each set up. I feel that this really create a full look to the final gallery and allows the photos to coordinate well if you were to hang them up on the wall together or put them in an album. I feel like we really accomplished this in creating Emma's gallery with carrying her chose colors and feminine details throughout each set up.
I feel so lucky to have gotten to meet Shannon and Mike. And I feel so happy that I was able to help them capture such sweet memories with their first born baby girl, both with maternity and newborn photos!
All images by Becca Baker Photography
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania newborn, maternity, child & family photographer
*Becca Baker Photography specializes in newborn, infant/child, maternity and family photography in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the surrounding areas.*
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I'm a natural light, on-location photographer in the Pittsburgh area specializing in newborn, maternity, child and family photography. I focus more on lifestyle and a contemporary style for my portrait sessions. Feel free to check out my site and leave comments!