Santa Ana Newborn Photos | Baby Alex


Perfect timing for a newborn session.

Parents Mike and Trang came to me when Trang was about 30 weeks pregnant.  I was 32 weeks pregnant at the time!  They had inquired about maternity and newborn photos and I explained that newborn probably wouldn’t work out with our due dates so close together.  My worry was that I would deliver late, they would deliver early, and I’d literally be in labor during their photo shoot.  Alas, we carefully set out a plan to photograph baby Alex sometime after he was born and they knew of the possibility for waiting a bit longer (or being rescheduled due to labor!)

Due dates and planning for newborn photos.

There is a reason I laugh at due dates, and it is because I’ve delivered two babies at 42 weeks.  This meant I had my baby 2 days before Trang’s due date.  And then she had her baby 3 days later!  By some miracle all the stars aligned and gave me a super smooth recovery, and a chill baby girl who allowed me to conduct Alex’s newborn session at 16 days old.  Looking back at it, it seems pretty crazy that I was out in the studio at less than 3 weeks postpartum, but in honesty, I had already done some of my own daughter’s photos by that point.

Holiday themes for babies.

I don’t often do super seasonally themed newborn photos because I want the images to be timeless, but I like using color as a nod to the holidays.  We opted for separate red and green sets, and I combined the colors for a few images.  I also used a light blue ensemble and added a tiny snowman to a few.

Session Details

baby’s age: 16 days
fluffy furs, blue, tan & red wraps: Mimosa House
green wrap: Custom Photo Props

Santa Ana newborn photos created by Jennifer McNeil Photography.

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