I’m so excited to share another Paint The Stars Photography newborn session with you all today. It’s all about baby Shae this time. This particular baby girl is very special to me because I’ve been photographing her parents for quite some time.
I met them back in 2015 for a surprise engagement session. Danny was so very sweet. He contacted me in 2015 saying that he wanted to do something epic for his girlfriend. He wanted to propose to her on top of Federal Hill in Baltimore, MD. It’s gorgeous there. From the top of the hill you can actually see Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. It’s quite the view!!!
The day of the engagement I positioned myself at the top of the hill and waited for Danny and Heather to walk up. Heather had never seen me before so she probably thought I was just some weirdo as I pretended to take pictures of flowers and trees while I waited for Danny to pop the question. I didn’t want her to know I was there to photograph them!
Then as Danny bent down on one knee I swung my camera around and started snapping away to capture one of the most memorable moments I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing. Here’s one of the photos from that day:
It looks like this photo was totally set up and posed but it was a real moment! Aren’t these two the cutest!?
Then just a few short months later Danny and Heather asked me to be their wedding photographer! What an honor! They were married on June 10th, 2016 at the Cork Factory in Lancaster, PA. Their wedding was such a blast. We rode a trolly all round Lancaster taking photos at some fun areas and then danced the rest of the night away. Take a look at some of the photos from their big day:
If all this excitement wasn’t enough, a few years later they contact me and tell me they are having their first child…and they want me to photograph her!!!
You guys know how I feel about baby stories so of course I had to get the lowdown on the pregnancy and delivery of sweet baby Shae. I asked Danny and Heather to spill the details!
Heather told me that the first trimester was kind of a mess. She was nauseous and throwing up a lot in the first few weeks. She said it was so hard because she is an ICU nurse. So you can imagine trying to deal with the interesting smells that come from that job while you’re feeling on the brink of puking all the time! Luckily though, the other two trimesters were easy. Lots of pigging out on donuts, gummy bears, swedish fish and twizzlers. Heather said baby Shae made her have the craziest sweet tooth cravings! I also must say that Danny and Heather told me about an amazing donut shop in Linthicum, MD. Apparently Paradise Donuts is the place to go for crazy yummy donuts. I haven’t been but I intend to check it out!!!
Then on May 24th at midnight Danny and Heather headed to the hospital. They thought it was time for their baby girl to arrive. The doctors had Heather walk around a bit but by next morning at 7am there was still no baby! They were getting ready to send Heather home when her water broke. Baby Shae said “No, no, no..I want to meet my mommy and daddy now!”
Heather received her epidural and was comfortable until about 7pm when Shae Shae was ready to come out. It was just 20 minutes later when their princess was here. May 24th at 7:22pm, baby Shae made her grand appearance.
Danny and Heather told me that right after she was born Shae was placed on Heather’s chest and both mommy and daddy had happy tears flowing!!! They had instant love for their princess that they never knew they could feel.
About a week after sweet baby Shae was born, the brand new Cullen family of 3 came to visit the Paint The Stars Photography studio in Glen Burnie, MD for their newborn photography session.
I was so excited to see that Heather brought a sentimental item for her baby to be photographed with. She brought the very veil she wore on her wedding day.
Look at this little sweetie sleeping peacefully on her momma’s wedding veil. I’m such a sucker for sentimental props!!! The veil looked great with baby Shae wearing a dainty pink tieback from Your Spot LLC.
I had the best time snuggling this little girl up in all the cute newborn photography props that I have. The color palette for this little one’s session was pink, cream and brown. I also just got a mint blue backdrop so I used that in one set up as well.
Baby Shae was very content and peaceful at her newborn session. She was more than happy to be posed on all the sweet blankets and buckets.
I really wanted to use this beautiful floral backdrop I have so I laid Shae on my grey bump blanket from K2C Blooms and placed it in a cute little wooden bucket. I placed that on top of my floral backdrop and voila, super cute! I loved the look of that pretty grey color paired with the peach color of her bonnet and pants set from Tiny Blessings Boutique.
In another photo I wanted to get her snuggled up with a teddy. I have an adorable blue teddy from Your Spot LLC so I grabbed that and paired it with my blue wood floordrop. I used my pink curly wool blanket from Ababa Baby Props to lay little Shae on. I love the color tone from that photo. You get the dark moody blues from the floordrop but then you have the soft pink from the blanket!
I usually always incorporate an all cream colored photo into each session and Shae’s shoot was no different. For this photo I wrapped Shae up in a cream colored stretch wrap and laid her on top of my cute little cream colored bump blanket from Blue Stone Sky. I used this same bump blanket for another little newborn photography session I did a few weeks ago. I love the soft touch it gives my photos!
Even though I kind of wanted to keep the color palette to just pink, cream and brown I had just purchased a mint blue backdrop that I was dying to use! So I ended up doing a mint blue themed photo. It looked so good with Shae wearing a cute mint blue headband from Alison Garden Boutique.
I’m thrilled with how the Cullen Newborn Photography photos turned out. Take a look for yourself:
Don’t you love how gorgeous Shae is? She was a dream to work with. I can’t wait to watch her grow and do more sessions with her and her sweet parents very soon!!!
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