We just moved to Chesapeake, VA from Springfield, VA this past January and it is the first time we have owned a home since 2013. There's always some stress that goes along with purchasing and owning a home but I was excited to have a place that we could make our own for the first time in a while. Our new place is gorgeous and spacious with lots of room to hang up all of my beautiful portraits of my own sweet babies. There were a lot of home improvement projects I had in mind when we bought it, which included repainting several rooms and refinishing the dark kitchen cabinets to create a lighter and brighter space. The previous owners were huge fans of burnt orange, brown, copper, and yellow and I prefer a lighter and brighter space that's a little more toned down. I drove down to the new place for a week with my four kids after we closed on the house in December to begin some of the painting projects. Trying to paint while caring for the children, homeschooling my girls, and supervising as they "helped" paint was not working...it took an entire day to paint our small laundry room. I quickly realized that I was going to need to hire some help to get everything done before the move! LaFountain Professional Finishes was recommended in the Chesapeake Moms group on Facebook. Brian did a fabulous job painting, refinishing our kitchen cabinets, removing the old and installing a new backsplash in our kitchen, and creating a magnetic metal wall in my photography studio for hanging backdrops. When we met he mentioned that he and his wife were expecting their second daughter in a few months. I was really happy with the work he had done already and had several other painting and refinishing projects in mind so we worked out a trade of his services for a newborn photo session for their upcoming addition. Little Daphne made her arrival on March 22nd and we got her in a few days later for her newborn portraits. Daphne and her 18 month old big sister Brinleigh did a great job for their photo shoot and I love how it all came together! Here's a peek into some of the home improvement projects we've been working on and a look at some of my favorites from Daphne's newborn session!
And now on to this sweet baby girl! Her mama requested soft colors but left the rest up to me so I had a lot of fun designing some super girly setups with sage green, soft yellow, mauve, and off-white. I was so impressed by how well her big sister cooperated. You just never know what you're going to get with toddlers. My own baby boy is 16 months old now and I can't imagine trying to get him to sit still and pose with a newborn. I struggle to photograph him solo because he can be quite the stinker and does not like to be contained for even a minute!
If you're looking to book a newborn or baby session in the Hampton Roads area, I'd love to meet with you to plan the session of your dreams and create some beautiful art to complete your space. Contact me today for more information: bellaroseportraits.com/contact