It's been three months since baby No.5 joined our family. This is us in the photos below, taken by my sweet husband who will oblige to jumping behind the camera whenever I ask. In the beginning of my third trimester with this last pregnancy, I decided not to take on anymore newborn sessions, due to my health. I felt it was best to take it easy for the remainder of the remainder of my pregnancy and of course, thru the recovery phase.
Six weeks postpartum rolled around and I began working from home again, working on collabs. A couple weeks ago, I went back to shooting families and maternity sessions again, but have not photographed a single newborn. I thought that as the weeks went by, I would slowly go back to the workload I was used to before. I now find myself in the same position I did when I had my first baby—with a desire to scale back from work and dedicate more of myself to motherhood.
If motherhood has taught me something, it's to adapt with the changes children bring. So here I am, announcing an early retirement from newborn photography. While I will surely continue to photograph babies and children during family sessions, newborns, baby milestones, and cake smashes will no longer be offered as stand alone sessions.
With this new change, maternity clients can return for a family portrait session any time once baby is one month or older. Parents wishing to have photos of baby's first birthday done by me must book a family session and can bring a cake for smashing toward the end. And as always, I will continue to include a few individual photos of every child during family shoots.
Current clients who have secured an upcoming newborn or cakesmash session with a deposit will remain on my calendar as scheduled, so no need to worry. I am ever so thankful for each and every family who has trusted me to capture their little babies these last few years. Childhood is so fleeting and I want to spend these days enjoying my own little ones to the fullest.
My fall calendar is now open for family sessions, with limited availability remaining for September and October. Reach out for more information on a session with Tender Nest Portraits. Session pricing can be found under the information tab. I would love to begin planning your customized session for you and your family.
Hey there! I'm Anel. Houston photographer, wife to my high school sweetheart, and mama to four wild kids who I homeschool. I love nature, capturing motherhood, and living a slow simple life. I also blog over at Tender Nest Blog