Posts categorized: Newborn & Baby Photography

how to: prep your home for a photo session

It’s no secret that I love photographing in the homes of my families. It’s so much fun to capture you in the place you’ve decorated and lived in and now call home. The backdrop might be a favorite piece of art, or a brand new kitchen, or the tail of the family pet. Any way you slice it, it’s too much fun!

Sometimes it can be intimidating to welcome a photographer into your home knowing that your it will be immortalized forever on film. But that’s the fun part guys! I promise.

Since I don’t do a whole lot of crazy editing, here are a few things that you can do around the house so it looks like the best version of itself.

In Home Photo Session Ideas with Maggie Winters

1. If there’s something you’ve been putting off, like hanging a new print or changing the blankets on the bed, the time is now! If you do it before the photos, you’ll have proof of the awesome. Doublewin.

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dylan’s newborn photo session | newborn lifestyle photography

Newborn Lifestyle Photographer Maggie Winters (16)This newborn lifestyle photography session with Dylan and his parents reminded me exactly what I adore about newborn photography. I walked into their beautiful house right near where I grew up and was immediately taken with their style–everything was modern and beautiful and their bedrooms are drenched in gorgeous sunlight! Oh yeah, and Dylan is THE cutest thing, which made the entire session a breeze!

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Presley’s Home | Arlington VA Newborn Photography

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There’s something absolutely magical about newborn photography. Seeing a new little human who has only lived a few days–sleepy and tiny but with so much personality already–it’s sort of totally crazy. I photographed Katie & Graham’s maternity session a few months ago (which I just realized I haven’t blogged yet and will get that one up soon!). After meeting those two I couldn’t wait to meet their daughter Presley (and their two cat kids).

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Thomas’s Adventures at Home | Alexandria Family Photography

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Thomas might just be one of the happiest babies I’ve met. He was excited for hugs and loved being thrown up in the air (because who doesn’t?!), and has the cutest little smile! Plus, I got to photograph the family dog too since our session was at Thomas’s house. I love when family pets wiggle their way into the photos–it’s so cute to see kid+pet friendships.

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2012 :: favorites & musings

I’ve been looking through this year’s images for the past few days but didn’t quite get to finish looking through them all. So, I’m sure I’m missing a few, but here are a bunch of my favorite shots from 2012. It’s been a really awesome year. My proofing site swears I delivered 24,501 images this year (which is crazy hard to believe). There has been so much driving, so much coffee, so little sleep, but overall way too much fun.

2013 should be interesting. I’ll be twenty-three. I’ll be graduating from the Corcoran with a BFA in graphic design in May. It’ll be the third year of Maggie Winters Photography. All of these adult things. I’ll be looking forward to hanging out and doing all kinds of fun-as-hell stuff even more this year, so I can forget that I’m supposed to be a grown up!

To everyone I’ve met this year in this crazy photographic endeavor: thank you for being awesome. Happy new year.

Here’s to an evenmoreawesome 2013!

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Jackets, Leaves, & Cookies | Alexandria Family Photographer

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Winter photo sessions are always an adventure–weather-wise, we never quite know! I met Hailey and her parents in Old Town, Alexandria last week; it was a bit chilly but we still had a great time exploring. Toddlers are always fun for photography, because they tend to have lots of opinions, which make the photos a total reflection of their little sizes and huge personalities. We watched planes take off, wandered around King Street, and Hailey ate a cookie almost as big as her face! We had way too much fun, and I can’t wait to see Hailey and her parents again!

Paige’s Too-Cute-Dog-Kisses Newborn Session | Arlington Baby Photographer

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I’ve met so many new parents this summer, and I can’t help but notice the role that their pets play in their new babies’ lives. At Reese’s newborn session a few weeks ago, Pickles the kitty was very interested in being a part of the session. Then, at Paige’s newborn photo session, she was cuddled by the cutest, most gentle dog! I also have dog envy–must. adopt. puppy.–so I always notice the cute little pets running around.

Paige was so happy and relaxed, and her parents were so excited to finally be able to hold her. Congratulations Lynn & Erin, she is beautiful!

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eleanor’s first birthday | dc family photographer

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Last year, right after August’s odd hurricane-like storm, I headed over to Capitol Hill for Eleanor’s newborn portraits. Last week, I met up with Amy, Eric, and Eleanor for her first birthday photo session! Craziness, if you ask me–kids grow so fast.

This post is a great example of what to wear to a family photo session. Baby Eleanor is in the brightest colored outfit, with Mom and Dad each wearing pops of color, and some patterns. Beautiful!

I met Eleanor and her parents at Eastern Market, where she got the star treatment in her awesome Radio Flyer wagon, and got to play with balloons. Eric & Amy are awesome! Then we headed over to a little local park for a few more photos. I’m having such a great time watching newborns grow into babies, and babies grow into kids. It’s way too much fun. Thanks for having me guys, and Eleanor–happy first birthday!

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Pickles & Reese | Arlington Baby Photographer

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I just finished these images and had to share them right away!

Reese is Kristin and Jeff’s new baby girl, one week old and way too cute. She was such a cooperative little one–but then again, who wouldn’t be if they were surrounded by all those stuffed animals?!

Pickles (the kitty) was very interested in our comings and goings–she and Reese are going to be a force to be reckoned with in a couple years!

Kristin and Jeff, congratulations on your beautiful baby girl!

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