Fine-art photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a family photographer specializing in stylized maternity and newborn portraits. Located in Wilmington, North Carolina, Leanne captures these photos on Kodak and Fuji film using a medium format Contax645 and Canon EOS 1V 35mm camera. All film is bought, processed, and scanned with Richard Photo Lab. This newborn baby girl is being held by her older sister. This is the blog banner for a post about my approach to firstborns at newborn sessions.

I feel a tad guilty telling my parents that I will treat their toddlers or older children as I would a dog at their newborn session. It’s funny which does elicit a giggle and an agreeing nod as we continue discussing the parallels of these sweet creatures who try as hard as then can to live out their days on their own terms.

Fine-art, lifestyle photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a maternity, newborn, and family photographer located in Wilmington, North Carolina. These portraits are caught on medium format Kodak Portra400 film using a Contax645. All film is bought, processed, and scanned with Richard Photo Lab. This was a newborn session shot at the client’s home in Wilmington. The baby girl is wrapped in a floral swaddle blanket with a cream colored floral headband. The family is playing on the parent’s bed in their blue and white master bedroom.

Depending on your child’s age, when you bring your newborn home, there’s either a feeling of excitement or apathy. For those first few days there may be a lot of interest and willingness to be involved in all things baby. The newness outshines the fact that they now share a spotlight with this new person.

Fine-art, lifestyle photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a maternity, newborn, and family photographer located in Wilmington, North Carolina. These portraits are caught on Kodak and Fuji film using a Contax645 and Canon EOS 1V 35mm camera. All film is bought, processed, and scanned with Richard Photo Lab. This image is from a newborn session at my client’s home in Wilmington, NC. Mom is holding both big sister and little sister. They are wearing pink dresses and white bows in their hair.

Fine-art, lifestyle photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a maternity, newborn, and family photographer located in Wilmington, North Carolina. These portraits are caught on Kodak and Fuji film using a Contax645 and Canon EOS 1V 35mm camera. All film is bought, processed, and scanned with Richard Photo Lab. This image is from a newborn session at my client’s home in Wilmington, NC. Mom is holding both big sister and little sister. Big sister is reading a book while mommy is breast feeding their newborn.

As soon as I walk in the door I give all my attention to your first born, getting on their level and letting them know how much fun we are going to have that day. I ask if they can show me their new little brother or sister which stirs up excitement about the baby and thus, the party begins!

Fine-art, lifestyle photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a maternity, newborn, and family photographer located in Wilmington, North Carolina. These portraits are caught on Kodak and Fuji film using a Contax645 and Canon EOS 1V 35mm camera. All film is bought, processed, and scanned with Richard Photo Lab. This image is from a newborn session at my client’s home in Wilmington, NC. Big sister is pointing to baby sister’s nose. The nursery is purple and teal with a wooden, teal crib and purple crib sheets. Baby girl is in a blue organic cotton swaddle from Cloth Apothecary and wearing a white bow on her head.

Once they’ve given me a proper tour of their home including their own room and all of their favorite toys, I let them know we are going to take pictures of their baby. Often times they will sit and watch for a short time and then off to the toy bin they go. They come and go as they please unless there’s a tantrum and easy peasy, I just ask one parent to take them to another room, giving them a break from all things photos and little snack.  Nothing cures the grumps like a handful of Goldfish. They return later, if they want, with a full belly and fresh excitement.

Fine-art, lifestyle photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a maternity, newborn, and family photographer located in Wilmington, North Carolina. These portraits are caught on Kodak and Fuji film using a Contax645 and Canon EOS 1V 35mm camera. All film is bought, processed, and scanned with Richard Photo Lab. This image is from a newborn session at my client’s home in Wilmington, NC. Big sister is jumping on her bed in her own own. She needed a break from photos and a little more attention.

When I’m photographing the baby on their own, I gladly allow older children to play in the room with us. As they entertain themselves they are also very aware of what is happening. They watch as mommy holds the baby in the rocking chair and will often mimic these actions when they are ready to hold the baby.

Fine-art, lifestyle photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a maternity, newborn, and family photographer located in Wilmington, North Carolina. These portraits are caught on Kodak and Fuji film using a Contax645 and Canon EOS 1V 35mm camera. All film is bought, processed, and scanned with Richard Photo Lab. This image is from a newborn session at my client’s home in Wilmington, NC. Big brother is playing in his playroom while mom is changing baby brother. He has long curly blonde hair and big blue eyes.

Fine-art, lifestyle photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a maternity, newborn, and family photographer located in Wilmington, North Carolina. These portraits are caught on Kodak and Fuji film using a Contax645 and Canon EOS 1V 35mm camera. All film is bought, processed, and scanned with Richard Photo Lab. This image is from a newborn session at my client’s home in Wilmington, NC. Big sister is playing in her baby sister’s wooden, teal crib. She is wearing a white dress with tiny blue flowers and a big blue bow in her red hair. The nursery is purple and teal.

I never force older kids to hold a baby for a photo. Have you seen a toddler push a baby off their lap? It’s terrifying. When they’re done, they. Are. Done. And that’s okay. I listen to what the child wants and let them know it’s okay if they don’t want to do something. There are other ways of getting beautiful shots of your babes together.

Fine-art, lifestyle photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a maternity, newborn, and family photographer located in Wilmington, North Carolina. These portraits are caught on Kodak and Fuji film using a Contax645 and Canon EOS 1V 35mm camera. All film is bought, processed, and scanned with Richard Photo Lab. This image is from a newborn session at my client’s home in Greenville, NC. The baby girl is wearing a diaper and has a head full of dark brown hair. Big sister is holding her little sister in her lap and cradling her head with her hand. She’s wearing a white and pink stripe long sleeve shirt.

I will often lay a newborn on a bed, swaddled-up nice and cozy, and ask the older child to show me where Baby’s nose is or if they can touch their nose to the baby’s nose. I make it a game. I make it about them. And they love it!

Fine-art, lifestyle photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a maternity, newborn, and family photographer located in Wilmington, North Carolina. These portraits are caught on Kodak and Fuji film using a Contax645 and Canon EOS 1V 35mm camera. All film is bought, processed, and scanned with Richard Photo Lab. This image is from a newborn session at my client’s home in Wilmington, NC. Big sister is touching her baby brother’s nose as he lays in his crib. The newborn boy is sleeping, swaddled in a grey, organic cotton blanket from Cloth Apothecary and laying on his crib sheets with sailer knots.

Fine art lifestyle photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a maternity, birth, newborn, and family photographer located in Wilmington, North Carolina. Portraits are caught on 35mm and medium format film. These are newborn portrait session in Wilmington, North Carolina. I used a Contax645 with Fuji400H and Kodak Portra400 medium format film and 35mm film. Film scans are from Richard Photo Lab. Organic swaddle blankets from Cloth Apothecary and knit pants from Lantern Hill Knits.

Photographing the entire family is probably one of the most fun parts of these sessions with older siblings. I’ve got all kinds of games and tricks up my sleeve that tend to go over really well, especially when one parent takes on the role of playmate. Attention, attention, attention! They are having the most fun without being forced to take a picture, which creates the best, most authentic family photos.

Fine-art, lifestyle photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a maternity, newborn, and family photographer located in Wilmington, North Carolina. These portraits are caught on Kodak and Fuji film using a Contax645 and Canon EOS 1V 35mm camera. All film is bought, processed, and scanned with Richard Photo Lab. This image is from a newborn session at my client’s home in Wilmington, NC. The entire family is sitting on the couch in their living room.

Fine-art, lifestyle photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a maternity, newborn, and family photographer located in Wilmington, North Carolina. These portraits are caught on Kodak and Fuji film using a Contax645 and Canon EOS 1V 35mm camera. All film is bought, processed, and scanned with Richard Photo Lab. This image is from a newborn session at my client’s home in Wilmington, NC. The entire family is sitting on mommy and daddy’s bed. Daddy is holding his newborn daughter and big sister is hugging their necks as she smiles and laughs. Mommy is wearing a peach colored top and jeans. Daddy is wearing a pink short sleeved button up shirt.

And when the only thing your child wants to do is roll around on the floor, we get down there and roll around with them. Again, we get on their level. And these photos are so much fun and so out of the box. They are some of my favorites to take!

Fine-art, lifestyle photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a maternity, newborn, and family photographer located in Wilmington, North Carolina. These portraits are caught on Kodak and Fuji film using a Contax645 and Canon EOS 1V 35mm camera. All film is bought, processed, and scanned with Richard Photo Lab. This image is from a newborn session at my client’s home in Wilmington, NC. Mommy is laying on the floor with her first born daughter and holding her newborn daughter on her chest. Baby girl is swaddled in a pink organic cotton blanket from Cloth Apothecary. Mom is wearing a white shirt and big sister is wearing a pink dress.

Fine-art, lifestyle photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a maternity, newborn, and family photographer located in Wilmington, North Carolina. These portraits are caught on Kodak and Fuji film using a Contax645 and Canon EOS 1V 35mm camera. All film is bought, processed, and scanned with Richard Photo Lab. This image is from a newborn session at my client’s home in Wilmington, NC. Mommy is laying on the floor with her first born daughter and holding her newborn daughter on her chest. Baby girl is swaddled in a pink organic cotton blanket from Cloth Apothecary. Mom is wearing a white shirt and big sister is wearing a pink dress.

So if you’re worried about your older kid or kiddos not cooperating during your upcoming newborn session, I have great news for you! You don’t have to manage your children at all. That’s my job! Kids don’t respond well to mom and dad forcing them to do everything I ask anyway. So the pressure’s off!  I just want you to love on your littles when they put their natural selves in front of my camera.

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