I’ve always loved babies. I love them so much that I’m pretty sure I even loved babies when I was just a baby myself. There are so many things about them to love. That precious newborn smell. All of their delicate, precious features. Their tiny little fingers and fingernails. Soft, fuzzy hair. Their expressions. Their newness. Little leg rolls. Itty bitty toes. Everything about them. And now that my kiddos aren’t babies anymore, I cherish my time with new parents and their babies during newborn photo sessions even more.

This beautiful baby girl was a little older than many of the newborns I photograph during in-home lifestyle sessions. Even at 10 weeks, she still did amazingly well during our time together.

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With her being a little bit older, I loved being able to create lots of images when she was awake and alert.new kansas city dad admires baby girl in crib during in home lifestyle photo sessiondad rocks with new baby girl in kansas city area homenew baby girl admired by parents in kansas city area home

I remember so fondly how sweet my husband was with our babies. He was so tender and loving with them both, just as a new dad should be. It always melts my heart now when I see new dads being the same way with their babies that my husband was with ours. It brings back so many feelings of falling in love with my husband all over again every time I witnessed him doing something so sweet with our babies.dad soothes new baby daughternew kansas city dad soothes baby girlnew kansas city mom and dad admire baby girlnew kansas city parents feed baby girl with bottlenew kansas city dad feeds baby girl with a bottle on couchnew kansas city dad feeds baby girl during in home lifestyle photo sessionkansas city in home lifestyle photo session

That bottle put her right back out…

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but not for long! After her feeding, I got the most precious little grin from baby girl… another one of those ‘so many things to love about them!’ new baby girl in kansas city area home

One of the things I love most about in-home lifestyle sessions with babies is how laid back they are. I document life as it happens. If baby doesn’t want to be swaddled, that’s fine. If baby isn’t tired enough to sleep, that’s no problem. There’s no stress and no pressure… just special time with your precious little one(s).

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Expecting a Baby?

If you or someone you know in the Kansas City area is expecting a baby, please contact me about scheduling an in-home lifestyle session! I would love to document one of the most precious times in your life! I can be reached by phone or text at 913-940-4121, by email at info@ashleyspaulding.com, or through the Contact link at the top of this page. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and taking the time to peek at my newborn lifestyle work!

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We finished decking our halls today when we decorated our Christmas tree for our day 10 ’25 Days of Christmas’ activity. To read more about our ’25 Days of Christmas’ project, check out this blog post from a couple years ago and this one from a few years back. It’s one of my absolute favorite things about the month of December. And now that we’ve done the project for so many years, it’s even more of a favorite thing, as I’ve finally learned how to make everything go really smoothly with the project and not have it be stressful (which – we can all agree, I’m sure – is key this time of year!!).

One of my favorite things that we do for the project is decorate our Christmas tree. Opening our boxes of ornaments just one time each year is so special. We have a tree full of memories, so almost every one of our ornaments has a special meaning behind it. Unwrapping each ornament one by one brings back a flood of happy memories… seeing the tree ornament our daughter made in preschool with popsicle sticks, running my hand across the clay imprints of the infant feet of both our babies, coming across the framed picture ornament of my beloved first kitty who we said goodbye to eight years ago. Each one has a unique story. Each one holds a special place in my heart. And with our Christmas tree as the canvas, I love watching our kids paint the most beautiful picture as they find the perfect places for each ornament to reside.

We had a bit of a photobombing incident this afternoon…

It’s Piper’s first Christmas at home with us since we adopted her this past February. And at the risk of completely jinxing things… she’s really been terrific with all the Christmas decor we have around our house. Speaking of Christmas decor… I shared a tour of our home at Christmas time last year if you’d like to see how we deck the rest of our halls.

As part of our ’25 Days’ project, I started a tradition of taking each one of our kids on individual outings to Hallmark to pick out an ornament every year. One of the very first ornaments he chose when I started this tradition with him was this house with Santa going down the chimney. He loved it the moment he saw it, and it’s still one of his favorites today.

As you prepare for the holidays in your home, I wish you a season of peace, happiness, and love. I hope the traditions and moments you share with your kids and families are magical and memorable in every way.

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Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year (well, actually, fall is probably tied with Christmastime, but the two both make me super excited!), so I absolutely love documenting families in fall photos. We may not see a ton of fall color variety in the Kansas City area, but there’s still a ton of beauty in the season wherever we look in this great area we call home.

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And there’s nothing like fall light, especially in the early evening when the sun gets ready to bid us farewell.

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This particular evening last fall was so beautiful. The temperature was crisp but still comfortable. The leaves were the perfect golden hues for this family’s fall photos. And this beautiful party of four was so much fun to be around. Mom and dad were easy going and laid back, which always makes my “job” (it’s hard to call something I love so much a “job”) so enjoyable. Their darling son was cute and kind and so funny with his little sister… and he put up with the 800 questions I asked him about school, girls, etc., which is always a bonus. And their adorable daughter showed me her equally adorable personality during our time together, which I loved. I love it when kids are comfortable enough around me to really let loose and be themselves during photos… because those moments truly make the best photo memories.

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Thank you, B family, for sharing your evening with me and for letting me document the love you all share as a family.

I recently shared a blog post about what to wear for family photos, so if you’ve got your fall photos scheduled or are thinking about scheduling them, this is a great post to check out! And if you’re looking for someone in the Kansas City area to create beautiful memories in fall photos for you, reach out to me today! You can call me or text me at 913-940-4121, email me at info@ashleyspaulding.com, or use the Contact form at the top of this page. I look forward to hearing from you!

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I was so excited when this sweet new mom contacted me about doing a newborn lifestyle session at their home. These sessions are some of my very favorites because I love documenting life in a natural way. I love seeing the sweet expressions on new parents’ faces as they gaze at their precious new baby. I love watching them provide love and comfort to their newborn when she’s upset. I love watching new moms and dads interact with each other, knowing how a new baby deepens the love and connection between the very people who created her. I love everything about newborn lifestyle sessions.

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Her parents were so adorable with her, so gentle with her, and so loving to one another. Now that my kids are a little older and my days of having a newborn in our house are behind me, I love spending time with new families and watching them adjust every moment to being a party of three or four or five.

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I love how newborn lifestyle sessions allow me to document all those moments that seem so routine and constant to new parents now but will one day be nothing more than a distant memory.

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And I’m super excited once again because this precious little sweetheart is now almost a year old, and mom contacted me again to do a family session for her first birthday. In addition to being excited to see how she’s grown in the past year, I’m so appreciative of clients who hire me for multiple sessions. It’s such a compliment to me to know that my clients love their images that much and that they put their trust in me again to create more images they’ll love and treasure always.

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Thank you for stopping by my blog! If you’re in the Kansas City area and are considering a newborn lifestyle session – or any other kind of lifestyle session – I’d love to chat with you! Contact me by phone or text at 913-940-4121, by email at info@ashleyspaulding.com, or through the Contact form at the top of this page.

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Most family photographers would tell you that we’re getting ready to enter our busiest time of year, so if you’re wanting to get fall family photos taken this year, book your spot now before calendars get filled up!

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This beautiful family was such a pleasure to create fall family photos for last year. And seeing these images again now makes me so excited for the crisp temperatures and the golden warm glow of autumn leaves that are right around the corner.

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As if this little girl isn’t adorable enough, we went and added her dog into the pic with her… cuteness overload from both of them!! That dog. Seriously the cutest dog ever (shhh… don’t tell my Piper puppy I said that!)!!

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And then there’s her brother. Sweet and handsome all wrapped into one awesome kiddo. He’s the kind of boy I’d like my daughter to marry someday. When she’s 3o. That’s not weird, is it?! I can’t be the only one who thinks about that kind of thing, right?? Just humor me if I am!

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I mean, those lashes!!!

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Two beautiful girls. It’s always so meaningful to me to be able to capture images like this of moms with their daughters. These images are particularly special since my own little girl is right about the same age.

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We rounded out our time together with one final image of mom and dad as husband and wife, a reminder of who they were before they became mom and dad.

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And because it’s always fun to end fall family photos on a high note…

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Contact me today to schedule your fall family photos!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I appreciate you being here and would love to chat if you’re looking for a photographer in the Kansas City area. Contact me today to talk more about photo sessions! I can be reached by phone or text at 913-940-4121, by email at info@ashleyspaulding.com, or through the contact link at the top of this page.

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