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I set out on my 3 hour drive to Virginia Beach for an in home newborn session for the sweetest family, the Robertson’s. Imagine 2 Venti Starbucks coffees and lots of snacks. That was my 6 hour roundtrip drive.



A few months back, we met at a beach in Virginia Beach for their maternity session. If you know me, you know I LOVE the beach so it was definitely an amazing and fun time. I don't remember the last time I saw a beach, but I'm from Long Island, New York and we had a lot of them!


I was so excited to see sweet little Julia and her family again.

Julia was so excited to take pictures of her new little baby sister, and her fur brother!


I saw something in their home I wanted to incorporate for a prop, and I also made a headband out of it complete with a bow made from fabric, right on the spot. The crafty side of me never fails.


Here are some images that were my FAVORITE!



Virginia Beach newborn Photography

Virginia Beach newborn Photography

Virginia Beach newborn Photography

Casandra Lorraine is a maternity, in home -mobile newborn and family photographer in the Northern Virginia area, servicing Northern Virginia, Washington D.C and beyond.

Towns include Sterling, Herndon, Fairfax, Annandale, Alexandria, Tysons Corner, Centreville, Ashburn, Reston, Arlington, Fort Belvoir, Woodbridge, Stafford, Quantico, Chantilly, Manassas, Georgetown, Vienna, Aldie and plenty more.

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Stepping out of my car upon arrival for Hudson’s in- home newborn photography session, I carefully took my prop bag and all of my equipment out of my car and went inside to meet little Hudson!

He was so sweet, and his family even sweeter.

This boy had supermodel hair, y’all. He looked like he was straight out of a a magazine and he slept like a rock. I was done with his session in 2.5hrs with set up and takedown and got so many good images of him, and his family. Here are some of my favorite images from his in home newborn photography session!


Newborn Photography Northern Virginia


Posed newborn photography studio, Northern Virginia

Baby Photographer Washington DC

Newborn Studio Stafford, VA

Casandra Lorraine is a maternity, in home -mobile newborn and family photographer in the Northern Virginia area, servicing Northern Virginia, Washington D.C and beyond.

Towns include Sterling, Herndon, Fairfax, Annandale, Alexandria, Tysons Corner, Centreville, Ashburn, Reston, Arlington, Fort Belvoir, Woodbridge, Stafford, Quantico, Chantilly, Manassas, Georgetown, Vienna, Aldie and plenty more.

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Hi, Im Casandra- the professional baby snuggler over here at Casandra Lorraine Photography.

I'm also the spit up cleaner, the baby-soother, baby whisperer, baby poop-clean-up-service and occasionally a wee-pad.




Oh, I also take the photos too! You know, all of those beautiful baby images you see over on my instagram.

Babies curled up and posed to seamlessly and effortlessly, right?



Wrong.

There is much more that goes into JUST posing babies. I have learned through years of studying, on site mentoring with other respected newborn photographers and learning, learning and more learning-- that it isn't just SO simple.


Being a mother, you'd think I can just handle and pose babies, but much more goes into it. You need to know to look for distress signs from newborns, not to obstruct their airways while posing and much, much more.


You can't just shove a baby into a bucket, and you cant JUST wrap them. You must know how to do it not too tight, and you must know the dimensions of your bucket or prop so they aren't hanging out of it.

You must know the proper sanitization procedures, and what cleaning products to use, IF any (Steaming works as well!)


Many newer photographers are looking to learn and practice with babies, but let me tell you-- if this is you, PLEASE do in-person mentoring and do safety training FIRST. Also make sure you are licensed and insured in your state/city if required.


Babies are NOT props, they are living, breathing human beings

(A piece of padding underneath their arm so circulation isnt cut off)

The above photo, even if you can't see it-- has 5 safety measures in place.

  1. A piece of padding underneath the arm to prevent circulation being cut off

  2. Limited time in this position

  3. A hand above baby

  4. Padding in the front and bottom for legs and chest plus support on both sides

  5. A SPACE for the neck so airway is clear

Cute newborn pictures and how they are done, are much more than they seem. A lot goes into a photograph, and much time and patience.

I personally am babe-led posed which is a term I dubbed for my business, which means I NEVER force a baby into a position they don't want o be in or continually show signs of distress in.

I will immediately move baby into another pose, or modify the pose for their comfort- while also snuggling and coddling them--some may also need time to be re-fed or soothed.




I can include so much more in this article, but I will keep it short and to the point.

I care so, so deeply about my little newborn clients and their safety & If you can take anything from this, please learn as much as you can before handling newborns.

A perfect photo is amazing, but safety is NUMBER ONE.

Casandra Lorraine is a maternity, in home -mobile newborn and family photographer in the Northern Virginia area, servicing Northern Virginia, Washington D.C and beyond.

Towns include Sterling, Herndon, Fairfax, Annandale, Alexandria, Tysons Corner, Centreville, Ashburn, Reston, Arlington, Woodbridge, Stafford, Quantico, Chantilly, Manassas, Georgetown, Vienna, Aldie and plenty more.

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