A wonderland of a nursery filled with beautiful details hand picked by mom combines with a sunny day in the city of Alameda, CA to set the scene for this bright and airy newborn session by photographer Jennifer Jacobson. Alameda is on the East side of San Francisco Bay, and is a hidden gem of a community for young families, with easy access to the city via bridge or ferry. Jen’s client is an interior designer with a clean, bright aesthetic that make client and photographer the perfect match.
A super sleepy newborn allowed for some quality family cuddle time and getting to know one another that lends a quiet, peaceful feeling to the images. The neutral and white on white tones of the nursery showcase the new mom’s interior design skills and are a beautiful backdrop for the images of the baby and family. We love that the family’s dog made an appearance and has seemingly become acquainted and perhaps even friends with the newest member of the family. The affection within the family is palpable, and while Jen generally gives her clients some initial posing direction, she couldn’t help but capture some of the in between moments in this session:
“When I looked down the hall I saw the dad leaning over his wife giving her a kiss as she held the baby in the rocking chair. I always try to have my eyes and camera ready to capture those spontaneous, in-between gestures.”
Jen was fortunate to have a super sleepy subject on her hands who slept for almost two hours straight, but she hated to leave without at least one shot with baby boy’s eyes open, so she unwrapped him, tickled his feet, and gently tried to wake him up. Jen tells us that she loves a lot of things about photographing newborns–like the fact that it’s usually calm and slow-paced–but one thing she especially loves about it is documenting the magic that happens to a couple when they become parents, especially the mom. What moves her is telling the story of the baby coming home–what that home looks like, feels like, and the people who created it.
Jen photographs with both digital and film equipment, relying on her Nikon D810 and 50mm and 85mm lenses as well as her Contax 645 with Kodak Portra 400 being her film stock of preference. She thinks that film can work well for newborns because they aren’t moving super fast and you can use a slower shutter speed with the low light you tend to have indoors. Film has such a softness and texture to it that compliments the sweetness of a baby and we can fully agree on that!