I brought 10 hats and 10 headbands to the hospital because I just couldn't choose one. It was a miracle that I minimized my collection to 10 of each. Once we settled into the hospital room I was eager to try all the hats and headbands on her. I think she wore a new hat or headband for every guest that visited. Unfortunately our hospital stay was extra long due to the c-section and Ella's jaundice. By day 5 I was going absolutely stir crazy so the only logical thing to do was create our own newborn photo shoot. We had the props, the baby, a camera, huge bright windows and a lot of time to kill. It seemed perfect. We sent Bran home to play with the pups while my mom, sister and I had fun dressing Ella up and taking absolutely adorable photos. And the best part - they were free! They may not be perfect and totally professional but I still love them.
To start we gathered all the white sheets and blankets we could find in the room, which wasn't hard since it is a hospital. Then we made a nice comfy bed with pillows and draped the sheets over them for a nice white, seamless backdrop. The only problem was the baby didn't agree with the comfort part.
I didn't edit these photos but I adore them. Not that I like seeing her cry but this is Ella doing what newborns do - fortunately for us she doesn't do this too often.
In order to combat the crying I had my sister climb in the hospital bed, covered her in sheets and had her hold Ella while I took the photos. My mom acted as prop master, baby positioner and soother.
She may hate me for posting these photos. Sorry Kate!
But it worked. Here are the results - an over abundance of Ella photos.
The pictures aren't perfect but they are perfect to me. I used Lightroom to edit these photos but I don't really know how to use it very well. Regardless of whether you edit your photos or not they will still be a precious memory of your little one. And it is so easy to do!