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Philadelphia Newborn Photography

At Home and Around Philly with This Sweet Family

I caught up with this family in early December after their second little girl arrived. I originally met them a couple of years ago when their older daughter was just a tiny little newborn. It was so fun seeing how much she had grown and changed and getting to meet her sister. I also very much appreciate that their adorable pup is always included in the photos.

We started out the session in their home. I always begin at home with newborns and I love getting to know big kids at home too. Even kids who I’m told are shy seem to shine in front of the camera. They introduce me to their favorite toys and give me the tour of their space. By the time we headed outside, I think this little cutie had entirely forgotten that I was there to take her photos and thought I was her new playmate.

We walked around the quaint side streets in Philly and eventually ended up in Coxe Park. Now, any playground is great, but there is something so charming about an old school park – one that hasn’t been updated with all of the newest fancy plastic jungle gyms. This particular park has the most amazing retro metal slide that I was just a tiny bit obsessed with. Big sister went up and down the slide and had the best time swinging while her little sister just slept like an angel.

It really was a beautiful day. I had the best time documenting some of their first moments as a family of four. These are just some of my favorites.

Philly documentary photo of a little girl and her momPhiladelphia newborn photo of a baby swaddled on red blanketdocumentary family photo of little girl on bed with mom and dadnewborn baby pictured swaddled through the slats of her cribPhilly lifestyle photo of mom, dad, toddler and poodle on a bedPhiladelphia candid photograph of toddler laughing on a bed
black and white documentary photo of mom and dad cuddling and tickling a toddler girlPhoto of a toddler girl in a red dress looking at the ornaments on a Christmas treelifestyle photo of big sister cradling her baby sister with the help of her momImage of big sister holding newborn and gazing into her faceFamily photograph of mom, dad, toddler and newborn sitting next to a Christmas treeSweet black and white photograph of big sister snuggling with her baby sister's hand.Image of big sister and newborn laying on a green blanket backgroundPhotograph of family gathered on bed with newborn and toddler girlLifestyle photo of newborn girl with puppy kissing her dad in the background
Black and white image of mom and dad gazing down at newborn baby girlBlack and white image of hands of mom, dad, big sister and newborn baby girlDocumentary Photograph of toddler girl in red dress laying on a bed and gazing at cameraBlack and white image of toddler girl bouncing on a bed.Image of mom and dad kissing toddler girl sitting on their bedPortrait of newborn girl and poodleImage of newborn baby, wearing red and posed on her belly with her hand tucked under her cheekLifestyle image of mom laying down and cuddling newborn baby on her bedBlack and white photograph of mom holding newborn baby girl on her shoulder and kissing her headImage of newborn baby girl laying on her dad's chest and dad kissing her headblack and white photograph of dad snuggling baby girl on his chestPhotograph of family snuggling on the bed with mom looking at the cameraImage from above of family walking down steps with toddler girl looking back up at her dadPhoto of newborn being bundled up to go outside in WinterBlack and white image of newborn girl yawning while being dressed in winter clothesPhiladelphia Documentary Photograph of Toddler girl standing in doorway while her dad puts her hat onPhotograph of toddler girl and her dad cuddling in the doorway of their Philadelphia home before heading outsidePhoto of mom and dad holding toddler and newborn baby girls and walking down the street in PhiladelphiaTwo photographs of a family of four sitting on the steps of a home on Van Pelt Street in PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia Newborn Photography of family of four sitting on steps together outside on a winter dayPhiladelphia Lifestyle Image of family of four sitting on the front steps of a homeNewborn Photograph and family of four sitting on steps in Philly with ivy behind themLifestyle photograph of little girl sitting down next to her parents, pictured from the waist downPhiladelphia photo of mom and newborn in foreground and dad and toddler in background at Coxe ParkDocumentary Photograph of little girl on the swings with her dad in Coxe Park in PhiladelphiaPhoto of toddler girl being silly on the swings in Coxe Park in PhiladelphiaFamily photograph of family being silly together on the swings in Coxe ParkDocumentary photograph of toddler girl swinging with image flareImage of little girl at the top of the slide in Coxe Park in PhiladelphiaImage of a whole family going down the slide in Coxe Park in PhiladelphiaLittle girl going down the slide backwards in Coxe Park in Philadelphia with poodle looking on in background

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An In Home Family Session

I photographed this in home family session on a strangely warm and foggy day in early December. I had so much fun hanging out with them and documenting these girls’ sweet little personalities. There were princess dresses, a tea party, and driving in a play car through the living room. How fun is that?! Honestly though, my favorite part was just talking to the girls. Big sister told me some stories and oh my goodness, I almost died from the cuteness. I don’t know if I like anything more than hearing a story as told by a three year old.

I still have so much to share and I am on it! It makes me so happy to go back and reminisce about these sessions that I loved shooting. It’s funny to think about how much these little faces have probably changed in the few short months since I met them. Hopefully these photos will help them hold on to the memories – when dressing up in princess dresses and making up stories about monsters in the backyard were the best ways to spend a day. Time just goes too fast with kids, doesn’t it?

little girl standing in a kitchenchildren's artwork hung on doorstoddler sitting in a highchair smiling at the cameralittle girl laughing and smiling at the camera with big sister in the background playing with a dollhousetoddler's hand on her mother's shoulderLittle girl picking dressup clothes out of her closet with her mom holding her toddler sisterlifestyle photograph of two girls smiling at the cameragirl smiling and playing peekaboo with the cameradocumentary photo of girl smiling with her mom in the background smilingdocumentary detail photo of girl selecting a book from a bookshelfdocumentary photo of girl sitting on her mom's lap smiling, with little sister and dad in foregrounddocumentary photograph of mom sitting with her two daughters reading them a story with dad looking on in the foregrounddocumentary photograph of two girls sitting on a bed reading to each other with dad in backgrounddocumentary image of preschool age girl pointing to a page in a book she is readingdocumentary photo of toddler girl sitting in a toy car in house with big sister sitting on the roof of the carin home photograph of preschool age girl looking at camera and making silly faceTwo sisters being pushed on a toy car in their house by their dadlittle girl looking at the camera and laughing in a toy car while her sister looks down at her from rooflifestyle image of toddler age girl looking up at camera from inside of a play carIn home family photograph of girl in rocking chair and mom, dad and big sister gathered arounddocumentary photo of preschool age girl in rocking chair and big sister shushing towards camera with mom and dadblack and white documentary photo of little girl running down a hallwayblack and white image of mom and dad tickling daughter on bedin home family session portrait of girl laughing upside down while being tickledin home family session documentary photo of little girl on mom's legs flying up into the airtoddler girl laying on mom's legs with dad in the backgroundphoto of dad dressing daughter up in a princess dress and closeup of toddler girl's handslittle girl in princess dress looking at the camera with mom in the foregroundfamily on bed with two girls dressed in princess dressesgirls in princess dresses on their parents' bed while their parents watch in the backgrounddocumentary image of toddler girl making a silly face with her momblack and white documentary photo of a little girl on bed being tickled by her momdocumentary image of mom sitting with toddler girl on her lap at a table with fake foodmom sitting at a table while her toddler daughter serves her fake food with dad in backgroundin home family session photo of little girl dressed as elsa singing and dancing on the couchcloseup portrait of preschool girl looking at camerablack and white in home photo of toddler girl playing peekaboo in the curtainsin home family session candid black and white photograph of mom hugging toddler daughtermom helping toddler daughter walk on wall outsidefamily walking in their backyardlittle girl turning back and talking to her mom in foreground while walking outsidetwo images of preschool girl talking and motioning with her hands while telling a storylifestyle image of family in a grove fo leafless trees outsidetwo images of little girls hugging and little girl pointing with a stick with her mom and dadfamily walking near a hill in the foglifestyle portrait of preschool aged girllifestyle portrait of toddler girlblack and white image over mom's shoulder of mom kissing toddler

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Documentary In Home Family Fun

Have I mentioned that I love nothing more than a documentary family photo session? I think I have. I seriously think there is no better way to capture candid moments and kids’ genuine personalities. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good posed photo, but these are the sorts of photos that feel like true little treasures to me – day to day, mundane life, frozen in time. In ten years, when so much has changed, these photos will be like little windows into the past. How amazing is that?

I photographed this family of five on a rainy day in September. I arrived in the early morning hours, in time to photograph the kiddos getting out of bed. It felt warm and cozy in their house, eating breakfast, playing games, and cuddling under the covers. After everyone was dressed and fed, we ventured out into the rain to explore the woods surrounding their house and an awesome tree house! With our little Conshohocken backyard, I had major yard envy. It seemed like an incredible place to grow up. I’m so glad we braved the rain to capture a bit of that.

I have so many more wonderful sessions to share from a busy fall session, but this feels like a really good place to start.

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Philadelphia Extended Family Photography | The Whole Family

This extended family session, from a few months ago, is one of my favorites. We met up in Philadelphia at one of their homes and it felt so warm and relaxed from the start. Everyone sat around on the floor, with the kids of course being the center of attention. There was food, conversation, and lots and lots of laughter.

I love documentary sessions, and shooting in this style has really made me fall in love with multigenerational sessions. To be honest, I used to struggle with large family shoots like this. Making sure everyone was looking happy in the group shots, capturing enough of each family member; it felt overwhelming. But being able to capture an entire family candidly, changed that for me. Now I think there is something even more special when the whole extended family is included in a session.

On this day, there were so many wonderful moments to capture of everyone just being together. We headed outside into the city for a few more traditional posed photos, but my favorites are undoubtedly those that I captured in the in between moments. I loved seeing the grandparents play and cuddle on the floor with the grandkids, the excitement of cousins as they were reunited, and the raucous rounds of board games – from both the kids and adults. It was a joyful, happy day and hopefully these photographs will help them all to remember that day forever.


grandparents cuddling with grandkids

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extended family playing on the floor

Philadelphia extended family photography

philadelphia extended family photography

Philadelphia extended family photography

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My name is Katie! I love color and pretty light and happy faces and sessions that include all of those things. Photographing families like yours, capturing the essence of what makes you unique, is my passion. I want to get to know you and to tell a story that is authentically yours.