Medical situations and injuries seemed to be a common theme while planning for Eleanor’s newborn photography session! It all started when I received a call from a fellow newborn photographer, and due to a medical issue, she was unable to photograph Eleanor’s newborn portraits. She put me into contact with Eleanor’s mom, and after a great conversation we proceeded to get Eleanor’s newborn session scheduled right away.
With that, we started the wait for Eleanor to arrive. It wasn’t long! She wasn’t due until the end of January, but a medical situation brought her an early entrance into the world. After a healthy delivery, momma and baby ended up having to stay in the hospital for a little while longer, finally making it home just a day or so before the session was scheduled.
Exactly 10 days before she was due, and when she was exactly 10 days old, we were all set and ready for Eleanor’s newborn photography session. But guess what? THIS photographer sprained her ankle and ended up in an ankle brace and crutches that very morning. No worries though, I hobbled and crawled my way through the session, capturing a beautiful gallery of adorable newborn images!
Eleanor’s mom knew she wanted very neutral, simple, and organic looks…lots of creamy white and super girly. I think we were able to capture those looks perfectly, and Eleanor even gave us a few sweet smiles.
Read Eleanor’s story and view her beautiful gallery of newborn photos below…
Baby’s name: Eleanor Monroe
Due Date: 1/28/18
Birth Time: 2:47 pm
Weight: 6 lbs 6 oz
Length: 19 3/4 inches
On expecting Eleanor: “We shared our pregnancy via FaceTime with close family first. At 16 weeks, we shared on social media with an ultrasound pic next to our two dogs aka our other babies.” 😂
During pregnancy: “The pregnancy was luckily uneventful. I did have some cravings though. The first trimester I was super sick, but when I could eat, I craved nachos with sour cream. I tried to make it healthier by substituting Greek yogurt for sour cream though 😂. The second trimester and into the third I craved sweets! I had the worst sweet tooth….cupcakes, cookies, candy, ice cream, you name it. If it was a baked good or sweet treat, I had to have it.”
Naming Eleanor: “We had a hard time picking a name. The name Eleanor Monroe doesn’t have any family ties, but was the one her dad and I 100% agreed upon from the start. It was always at the top of our short list.”
The day Eleanor arrived: “Our delivery was quite stressful and we almost ended up with a c section after 3 hours of pushing due to the position she was in. Luckily right before they were going to call the c-section, I felt Eleanor turn and I was able to deliver vaginally. When I first saw her I was so flooded with emotions. I loved her immediately and just kept kissing her head and rubbing her back. I couldn’t believe That she was mine!”
The first thing we noticed: “Her beautiful lips!”
Favorite features: “Her perfect tiny hands and feet and her gorgeous, full lips. She also is so patient and I can tell has such a kind heart.”
Favorite moments: “My favorite moments are while breastfeeding. She cuddles so hard and holds my hand. It’s the sweetest! After breastfeeding, especially between 11pm-2am she becomes very alert. You can tell she is taking it all in and just stares so hard into your eyes. It melts my heart!”
Personality traits: “She loves to look around. She is so alert for her age and so aware. She loves when we talk to her and she stares back so intently.”