Ella Foster {Newborn-Family Photos}

Ella is finally here!! Eli was born two weeks early so Nicole was kind of expecting something similar with Ella, or at least prepared for that at least. Well, that came and went…then her due date came and went. Some babies just need some extra time before coming into the world. I can’t blame them, the womb is safe and the world can be scary. :) I was a month overdue and I will forever be grateful to my mom for sticking it out and not taking me before I was ready. :)

After the awesome maternity session’s with the Foster family and months of craft nights with Nicole working on Ella’s nursery, I have gotten pretty personally involved in this whole process and pictures are my gift to their family. This is actually my first FULL session I have shot by myself. I shot Eli with Nicole a couple weeks before Ella was born so I guess thats good practice for flying solo. So not only was I feeling some pressure to do something great because Nicole and I have been anticipating awesome photos for months now but also because Ryan wasn’t there to catch me. He likes the photos, so it feels good to have his approval of my solo work haha.

Since Andy has two weeks off of work we certainly wanted to get family photos done early with him. I feel like there are never enough great photos of newborns with the father, it’s always so much about the mom. So I made sure to get a lot of really cute photos of Ella and Andy together. They are actually some of my favorite photos of the whole day. I think doing family newborn photos is so incredibly important. Yes, beautiful newborn photos of just the baby are amazing to have, but there is just something special about a new part of a family. It’s not just the baby thats new, everybody in the family is new to a certain extent so I think it’s important to include everyone. This session is all about them as a new family of four. Ella’s official “newborn” photos of just her will be coming next. Yeah, if you thought this was the last you would see of her your very wrong. She is getting five star treatment, GAUPER style!

I honestly didn’t know this first photo happened. I tend to get really over excited when everything falls into place for photos so I just take tons of photos frantically because I don’t want to miss the moment. Weddings have made me this way, so it’s funny to have that translate into a session like this which is so different. Either way, I’m super happy this didn’t get missed because this moment is perfection.

Now a family of four. 8 feet, 40 toes. Thats a lot. 
Arms full of babies!
The following series of just Ella and Andy is my favorite. I’m just overwhelmed by the sweetness. I’m a bit of a daddy’s girl so that could be why. I would just give anything to have had photos like this taken of me and my dad when I was born. My only newborn photo (that I know of) is a Polaroid with my dad and I adore it.
Ball of baby! She is sooo so tiny.
It was a long shoot, and everybody was verrrry sleepy. :)

I hope you guys love the photos! I hope I did your family justice. :)

June 27, 2011 - 3:23 am

Steve Elmer - Awww, these are adorable. You defs did this awesome family justice :)

June 27, 2011 - 5:06 am

Nicole Foster - Oh my goodness, Holly. These are absolutely gorgeous! I want to get every single one of them blown up huge and hang them on all our walls!! You definitely captured us as a family perfectly. Wow. Thank you so much! I am so glad to have these to remind us of becoming a family of 4! And you’re so right about the daddy/daughter shots… heart melting :)

June 27, 2011 - 5:57 am

katie - beautiful pictures, beautiful editing! and you did it all on your own! i’m so proud!

June 27, 2011 - 6:18 am

Amanda Worrall - Crazy beautiful…every one of them!

June 27, 2011 - 6:51 am

Beth Maes - WOW! Gorgeous photos, Holly! They are breathtaking! Sooo awesome to capture these early family moments together. I love love love them!!

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