Newborn Photography

To Everything there is a Season

As some of you know, we have been home just over 3 months with our sweet son. We absolutely love and adore him and are so thankful for this adoption journey that brought him to us and us to him. He is beyond a joy!

Throughout these past 3 months it has become very clear that life has different seasons. I have always known this, but it is even more apparent now. If you know me, you know I don't sit down very often. I am a go-go-go kinda girl that enjoys juggling a lot. But right now, in this current season, I am [humbly] realizing that I juggling a lot would not be wise. I am learning that I need to set some things aside for the betterment of myself, my family, and also for my business.

Doing things halfhearted is not in my genes either. If I am going to do something, I am going to do it and do it to the best of my ability. And with that, I have been needing to take a hard look at what I am able to balance within my business. 


Over the past 10 years (going on 11) I have had the joy and privilege of photographing hundreds of newborns. And with that, grew a passion to educate and teach on the importance of newborn safety on many different platforms. 

If you have ever been in one of my newborn sessions, you will quickly know that these are not short and quick sessions. They take time, methodical movement, and patience to ensure the newborns utmost safety throughout the entire session. These sessions typically run between 2-3 hours in length, depending on the baby. Once the session is over, post production and editing of the images comes next. Each image is carefully edited in a way that reflects my artistic nature and is also another outlet for artistry, which isn't a quick process, but something I love doing.

Prior to leaving for China in November, I felt and knew that things were beginning to shift and change. That when we arrived home, I would need to take time to focus on our new son and allow time for transition in our new family unit. And throughout these 3 months post travel, I have been seeing more and more that something has to give and be placed on pause. And that something is Newborn Photography.

As difficult it is for me to not photograph these beautiful new babies, I know that this is the right decision. My career is not over as a professional photographer. I am still booking and photographing babies 6 months of age and up, along with portraits (family, individuals etc), and a small number of weddings. However, the amount of sessions I will be currently booking will be limited.

I couldn't be more grateful for the past 10+ years as a photographer and newborn photographer. I have had the honor and privilege of documenting so many beautiful babies and have loved doing it. I will greatly miss holding these sweet babes during this season. But know that I will have the opportunity to do it again in the future.

Thank you for all the love and support throughout our journey and road to welcoming our sweet son into our lives. We absolutely adore him and are so blessed beyond words that God has brought us all together. I would do it all over again...


Born From The Heart || Pacific Northwest Newborn Photographer

I didn't give you the gift of life,
But in my heart I know.
The love I feel is deep and real,
As if it had been so.

For us to have each other
Is like a dream come true!
No, I didn’t give you
The gift of life,
Life gave me the gift of you.

--- Unknown

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Meeting baby Daniel was incredible. He met his forever family on his birthday, the day he was welcomed into this world. He was welcomed into the most loving of arms who have been waiting and praying for him for years. Hearing the journey his parents have been on brought me to tears as we talked during his session. He tugged on my heartstrings even just at 10 days old. 

This little man is a world changer. You just wait and see. 

Daddy's Little Hunter || Pacific Northwest Newborn Photographer

I get a lot of prop requests for newborn sessions. But bringing in a rack was, believe it or not, a first in 10 years! I loved incorporating them into the session! 

Happy Hunting Lil' Dude! You're going to have some great bonding time with your Daddy!

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Meet Noah || Pacific Northwest Newborn Photographer

Meet Noah! He decided to surprise his Mommy & Daddy by coming 6 weeks early! He was such a cute little itty-bitty to photograph 1 day before his original due date. Barely made a peep and was such a joy to photograph!

Welcome to the world little one!

Newborn Photography by Michelle Newell Photography

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Winter || Pacific Northwest Portrait & Wedding Photographer

I'll be honest, I  love winter, but I hate being cold. I just shivered thinking about it.

I found myself thumbing through our gardening books last night looking forward to spring, wishing it was going to be warmer outside. But I had to make myself stop wishing for spring and enjoy this season for what it is. A time to rest, a time to plan and prepare. It's easy to want to move on to the next big thing or "season." Yet sadly, it doesn't allow us to enjoy the NOW. 

As much as I want to be warm... I am going to enjoy the cold, grab a blanket, and force myself to slow down and enjoy this time.

Spring will be here sooner than we know it... of which my calendar is already beginning to fill with maternity, newborn, and family portraits! Looking forward to meeting all of these wonderful families! 

Until then, stay warm!

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Newborn Session Behind the Scenes || Pacific Northwest Portrait Photographer

If you are new to newborn photography, it is easy to feel overwhelmed with the many moving parts. Or feel like a lot of time needs to be spent on one pose "perfecting" those little toes or getting the fingers "perfect." When I finally let go of "perfectionism" within newborn sessions is when I found freedom to create what I envisioned and finally relaxed. 

When I first started photographing babies almost 8 years ago, I would enter the session and think, "I'm going to do this pose, and this set up, and use that new prop, and use that wrap, and those headbands, and do this artistic thing here, and do this amazing pose there..." I had a laundry list of things I wanted to execute. Thus, setting myself up for feeling like a failure when my client arrived and the baby was having NONE of what I had planned. 

That's when the light went on. I was trying to conquer Mt Everest without a plan. Without first getting to know the little person I was getting ready to photograph. I talk about this in my newborn guide, The Art of Newborn Photography and how important it is to spend a little time at the beginning of the session learning what the baby likes and dislikes.

Image by  Arlene Chambers

For example, is the baby easy going? Does he/she let me mold them and move their arms and legs without flailing? Does he like his tummy? Does she like to lay on her back? All of these elements are important to know and recognize when photographing a newborn. It is also important learn your OWN techniques, tricks, and things that you are comfortable doing during a newborn session.

Image by Arlene Chambers

Image by Arlene Chambers

There are poses I will NOT do because I am not comfortable with them or because I know they are not good for the baby. It is okay to also say NO to a suggested pose that a client presents. While yes, we all want to please our client and give them what they have asked, it is also important to know your comfort level and also what you're capable of doing. For me, complicated composites don't scare me. I enjoy them. HOWEVER, if I know it will not work or that I am not comfortable with a suggested pose, I am ready to say no. Because why? I know my limitations.

Image by  Arlene Chambers

Incorporating parents and siblings is a must for me. In fact, if parents are on the fence on whether or not they want to be in photographs, I will always strongly encourage it. They images don't have to go on the wall and they don't even have to purchase the image. But 99.9% of the time, they thank me for encouraging them to participate in the shoot. It's always about "glamour" but about the connection and itty-bitty little baby resting in mommy and daddy's arms.

Image by Arlene Chambers

Image by Arlene Chambers

Here are a couple quick tips I recommend doing before your next newborn session:

1.) Plan and prepare, but ALWAYS have a backup plan. If baby doesn't like all of the props you've prepared that would have them on their tummy, make sure you have setups prepped and ready to go for something different.

2.) Go slow, don't feel rushed, and have SIMPLE poses prepared. Don't feel tempted or pressured to conquer to Mt Everest in your first newborn sessions. Have simple beautiful poses ready to go. If that means having lots of wraps ready, swaddling baby and doing beautiful poses where baby is in layers, do that.

3.) Don't forget the details! Filling a gallery doesn't mean have 20 different set-ups and props. It means planning and prepping and knowing what you need to get. For example, I love incorporating macro shots of baby's little details from their toes to the details of their lips and little fingers. If baby has a ton of hair, photograph the details. All of these images create an incredible wall collage for your client later and also adds images to their gallery.

I could keep going on all of the little simple tricks that I have learned over the years to create easy and smooth newborn sessions. For more information on my newborn mentoring opportunities, click here. Until then, happy shooting!

Image by  Arlene Chambers