As a parent, you always receive the words of advice from onlookers to cherish the moments when they are little because they grow up so fast. Being a mother of two older children I can totally attest to that truth. That is part of the reason why I couldn’t resist Jayla taking professional newborn pictures. Sadly, neither of the boys took professional newborn photos, causing me to search high and low on Facebook for whatever newborn memories I could find. Since she is our last child and the only girl I couldn’t resist. My husband played photo assistant, holding up light reflectors, staging props and being the second eye. Gotta love a good man xoxo
After scouring Pinterest for hours, I finally settled on three backdrops and looks I wanted to go for Jayla’s newborn photo shoot. Check out my Pinterest board for the full inspiration. I discovered this popular cloth used for newborn photography called cheese cloth. It’s super stretchy and sheer so it gives a soft look that goes well with newborns’ pliable bodies.
While everyone will swear my favorite color is pink when it’s actually green 🙂
I opted for another feminine color purple that I also thought would compliment Jayla’s skin tone. We used a gray shag rug as the backdrop (thanks Shuana 😉 that went well with the purple. I think these shots are some of my favorite. Jayla was snug as a bug in the wrap and slept through the first portion of the photo shoot. Although I did get peed on twice!
Since leaders are readers and from birth reading to your children is encouraged, I wanted to try to pull off this pose I saw on Pinterest. Using her own growing library of books, we stacked titles like, “When God Made You“, “Feminist Baby” and some of Dr. Seuss favorites to do the trick. It didn’t come out exactly how I wanted because she doesn’t have much neck control at this age, but it was still cute though.
The photo above with the reef was very tricky. Try balancing a 6-pound baby on a reef without her getting poked, and the reef remaining upright? Thank God for photoshop, because the final shot was incredibly cute and one I will cherish for every!!
Lastly, it was an ode to the first and finest, the pretty girls wearing 20 pearls, my beloved sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Draped in pearls and ironically Jayla had two identical pink plush blankets that we were able to use as the backdrop. Let’s just say the legacy will continue…Skee-Wee!
In it all, we were happy we made the choice for Jayla to take photos. A major shout out to our photographer Leyla who was ultra patient, super creative, and timely with returning the finished products.
It’s still kinda surreal, I am a momma to two brilliant boys and one beautiful daughter! When I tell you that Jaylen and Darius are in love with their sister…if I had a dollar for every time I tell them to “get out her face!” I would be a millionaire. Darius calls her “Pookie mamma” and Jaylen “Jayla-Bayla”.
I shared in one of my prior post how special having a daughter this final go round is. Jayla, the world is your oyster baby girl!