Snips and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

Baby grips mother's finger

What are little newborn boys made of? As the classic nursery rhyme goes: “snips and snails and puppy dog tails.” And a whole lot of love, too.

These little piggies are almost a year old now and we’ll be gathering again soon to create some special milestone photos when this sweet bundle turns one! It makes me smile to look back and see how seemingly fragile he was in those first few newborn days. So precious; so new!

A few notes on newborns…

Newborn sessions are a once-in-a-lifetime experience for parents and their brand new little ones. Babies change so quickly that it’s important to try to schedule these sessions within the first 10 days if possible. Sometimes life intervenes, or there are overriding priorities, of course. So don’t worry! We can still create beautiful photos no matter what age. The biggest difference, though, is with the baby himself. After the first two weeks, newborns begin to grow and change rapidly. Very soon, a sense of alertness kicks in as they become more stimulated and respond to the world around them. They get squirmy, less sleepy, and often, more demanding! So our session times often need more time and patience.

If you’re expecting and considering a newborn session it’s a great idea to have a plan together before you and baby arrive home. For instance, we can chat about target session dates on either side of your due date. We can also determine whether you’d prefer a studio session like this one shown at my studio. Or you may prefer an in-home lifestyle session, perhaps along with other family members. There are pros and cons to each type. I’d be happy to chat anytime to create exactly the session style that will be the best fit for you and your family.

Color or black and white?

I usually embrace and love color in most of my photography. However, I chose to publish this series of photographs in black and white for a reason. When photographing newborns, there’s a feeling of both intimacy and simplicity that is quiet and beautiful. When viewed in black and white, the rest of the world appears to be stripped away. And what is left is the beautiful, raw authenticity of life. What could be more fitting?

newborn baby holds on to mothers finger
b/w image of baby foot
b/w image of mother holding baby in a white chair
mother nuzzles newborn baby in her arms
mother holds baby and smiles at camera
mother holds newborn baby at her shoulder
b/w images of newborn baby and mother standing at window
newborn baby yawns
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Deb Scally Photography

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Nashville / Franklin, Tennessee

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