Huntersville/Charlotte NC Newborn Family Photography | Baby N | Amanda McQuade

This has to be one of my all time favorite newborn sessions I’ve shot this year. I don’t even think I can pinpoint one specific reason why I loved it so much. Sometimes you just connect with people in this line of work. You gel with them. And the shoot (no matter how difficult or easy the baby may be) just flows so well.

It may be that this sweet family was transitioning into a family of five… and that soon my own little family would be growing, too. We recently welcomed little Henry and you can read about that adventure here. So I think I just had a lot of empathy for them. Their sleeplessness would soon be my sleeplessness. Her nursing anxiety would soon be mine. All while caring for and raising two other children.

The session took a little longer than most of mine take. There were two boys to wrangle – who were a dream… Really! No joke. So sweet and loving to their brother.

And the colors in the nursery were subtle, soft, calming. Some of my favorite tones at the moment.


And so I wanted their session to be as unposed as I could get it to be. Journalistic, calm, stress-free. Many times, I think people hesitate to hire a photographer because they dread the pressure of perfect family photos. Personally I hate perfect family photos, or at least what we have been told for years is the perfect family photo.


Certainly the above image is something that would not be considered the perfect picture of two brothers. But I love that about it. See the little guy isn’t smiling, but that’s really the point. I’m sure this little guy doesn’t smile all the time, even though he was super-happy during the session. Kids are pure, raw, and soulful. They don’t need any help conveying emotion in a picture. This is why I often tell my parents to not ask their little ones to smile during the session. My job isn’t to get a picture of them smiling. My job is to capture them. Their personality. Their movements. Little idiosyncrasies that make them unique and wonderful. The things you as parents want to remember.


I want you to feel what I feel when I look through the lens.

The camera never lies, does it? We can immediately tell what is a fake smile, yes? What is a forced pose. What separates the pictures you love from the pictures you could give or take.

Family and newborn photography is especially crucial in this area (and wedding photography, too).


These little guys. How sweet is this?!

If you connect with my style and you’d like to book your own newborn or family session, please fill out some info here. I’d love to pop over and document your little people. =)



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