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When To Book Your Newborn Session | Courtney Dorsey Photography | WV, OH, KY Newborn Photographer | Barboursville West Virginia

When To Book Your Newborn Session | Courtney Dorsey Photography | WV, OH, KY Newborn Photographer | Barboursville West Virginia

I get a lot of messages with the question “Courtney when is the best time to book my newborn session” and I feel like it deserves not just an answer but also an explanation so it made it to the blog ❤️. 

Newborn sessions are time sensitive and precious and and definitely can’t be replicated. That window where your brand new baby will sleep through being posed as though they are still all snuggled up inside of momma’s womb is short. And not to mention they change so quickly every.single.day right?!

I love to have your baby in the studio between 6-14 days after birth as a general rule. Now, there are lots of considerations that go into that rule: due date, birth weight, twins, early deliveries, circumcision for boys, etc. but that’s the general rule of thumb I like to give momma’s. 

I also photograph lots of little ones after that 14 days, just with some expectations that some poses might not be an option and we may have more wrapped shots than “nakey” ones.

With that being said, the best time to get you on the books is during your second trimester. I only take a certain number of newborn sessions per month to ensure I can give you the best possible experience and be able to work around your delivery date whether it be right on time, early, or late. 

I often get lots of messages from families after baby has already arrived and many times it’s just not possible to work you in around families I have been on call for that month. And let’s be honest I adore all of your tiny humans and do not want to turn anyone away, so shoot us a message or call and let’s get you on the schedule early! 

After we get you all squared away it’s just a matter of letting me know after your sweet bundle of joy has arrived and we will make a plan based on what’s best for you, baby, and myself for a specific day and time for your session. 

I hope this helps explain why it’s important to plan ahead for newborn sessions. If you have any questions at all, shoot me an email and let’s chat! 

Courtney <3

 

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McClellan | December 2019 Newborn Session | Courtney Dorsey Photography | Barboursville WV Newborn Photographer

McClellan | December 2019 Newborn Session | Courtney Dorsey Photography | Barboursville WV Newborn Photographer

Welcome Miss Molly <3

This one sure has been prayed for, you guys! I’d love to tell you the whole story but it’s not mine and you would need tissues 😉 Lets just suffice to say that I am so so glad she is here and so is her precious family who just so happens to be some of my very favorite humans.

Just like her brother before her, Molly loved being all swaddled up and warm instead of being nakey, which is just fine with us – she’s pretty cute either way <3

And, can we please talk about how she has the best big brother around? Its rare at his age; we usually have to talk them into snuggling new sibling this early on, but Beckett is a pro and I have no qualms he is going to take care of her for life!

Hope you guys enjoy Miss Molly as much as I did

Courtney <3

flokatis : luneberry

wrap and bonnet: Maple Cottage Prop Shop

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Lewis | Newborn Session | Courtney Dorsey Photography | Barboursville WV Newborn Photographer

Lewis | Newborn Session | Courtney Dorsey Photography | Barboursville WV Newborn Photographer

Welcome Miss Navy to the blog <3

This tiny ball of cuteness was born at Cabell Huntington Hospital in October and I guess it’s only fitting for family to have to wait behind everyone else. But finally in all of her glory she has finally hit the blog!!

Don’t take that to say we don’t absolutely adore her and her sweet little grin, she is my second great niece (I know, I know, I’m getting old) and I have sooo much fun snuggling her and sending her home with her momma to stay up all night 😉

With the studio in Barboursville nice and toasty as usually for our tiny humans, she slept like a dream and did everything Aunt Courtney asked of her. I hope you guys enjoy all my favorites of miss Navy’s session

Courtney <3

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Haynie | Lifestyle Newborn Session | Courtney Dorsey Photography | WV, OH, KY Newborn Photographer

Haynie | Lifestyle Newborn Session | Courtney Dorsey Photography | WV, OH, KY Newborn Photographer

After we got sweet Dax into the studio in Barboursville, West Virginia for his newborn studio session, momma decided that she really wanted to do her family session at home <3

I love lifestyle newborn sessions for so many reasons, but mostly because it allows me to capture your family at home in your natural element. You’re comfy and relaxed and we get to capture all those tiny memories and details of not only your family, but the nursery, siblings, and all the new things that come with bringing a new baby home.

Dax’s big brother is already great at his job as you can see below and I have no doubt he is going to be the best big brother in the future!

Can’t decide between a studio session and a lifestyle session? Some families decide to do both, just like this one! Check out their studio newborn session here.

If you’re in search of a West Virginia newborn photographer, I’d love to chat with you! Contact me to schedule your session <3

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Haynie | Newborn | Courtney Dorsey Photography | Barboursville, WV Newborn Photographer

Haynie | Newborn | Courtney Dorsey Photography | Barboursville, WV Newborn Photographer

This little guy happens to belong to one of my great friends and had a rough entry into this world. Funny story, but I actually got booted from the NICU trying to snuggle him in the first few days of life 😉 Who knew I wasn’t immediate family LOL.

By the time we got him into my Barboursville, West Virginia studio for his newborn photography session, he was about five weeks old and was sheer perfection. Momma loves neutrals and so we stuck with that for his session. Some of my very favorite vendors are used below and if you love capturing baby photography in your own home and haven’t checked out @hellolittleprops, @maddiesdivinedesigns, or @luneberry, do yourself a favor and check them out right away! You will not be disappointed <3

I hope you enjoy some of my favorites from sweet Dax’s session as much as i enjoyed sharing them with you <3 If you need of a West Virginia newborn photographer, contact me to chat about your vision for your sweet baby’s session!

backdrop: @hellolittleprops

flokati: @luneberry

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Birthday and Cake Smash Sessions | Courtney Dorsey Photography | Barboursville West Virginia |

Birthday and Cake Smash Sessions | Courtney Dorsey Photography | Barboursville West Virginia |

Updated: 02/27/2020

In case you haven’t noticed lately, I love cake smash sessions almost as much as I love newborn photography sessions! I love watching your little ones grow from their newborn sessions through their first year; from all the ways they change to all the ways I can still see that tiny newborn once they start running around my studio and you get those first glimpses of their big personalities.

I often get asked what themes, backdrops and props I have available for first birthday and/or cake smash sessions, so I thought this would be a perfect way to show you what some of your options are. We can always talk about creating something just for you, but just in case you have seen something you love, this is what we have available at the studio in Barboursville, West Virginia.

If you need to book a newborn session, contact us today – we would be happy to get you on the schedule <3

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McDaniel | Newborn Session | April 27, 2019 | Courtney Dorsey Photography | Barboursville WV

McDaniel | Newborn Session | April 27, 2019 | Courtney Dorsey Photography | Barboursville WV

As y’all know from my last blog, this year has been a year for the boys! Don’t get me wrong, I love my newborn boys and families, but newborn girls have been super rare this year! For this session, I was surprised with another girl! Woohoo! Two blogs about newborn girls back to back! 🙂

This sweet pea was such a delight to have at our Barboursville, West Virginia studio! I mean, would you just look at that head of hair?! Those beautiful headbands were made for this girl.

My favorite part about this session was how often we got to change her outfits and backdrops. When you scroll through this article, be sure to pay attention to the details of each photo!

We finished off by taking photos of the entire family. I’m not sure if I have ever seen a prouder big sister!

Thank you all for being such wonderful company! And to all my past, present and future clients out there, feel free to reach out to me if you are looking for your next photo session!

~Courtney <3

Fur/Bonnet/Wrap: Cwtchicoo

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Teams | Newborn Session | April 11, 2019 | Courtney Dorsey Photography | Barboursville WV

Teams | Newborn Session | April 11, 2019 | Courtney Dorsey Photography | Barboursville WV

Guys!! You know I love all my newborns, but if you have been following along this year, it really has been the year for boys here in Barboursville! So I really couldn’t contain my excitement when we booked this little girl! Momma was excited, too because with two little boys at home, she can finally buy some pink 😉

She was literally as sweet as the rest of her precious family and after getting her belly full and snuggling for a bit, she was an angel for her session.

Keep an eye out for her home session too, it’s coming soon to the blog. Her little brothers adore her and her nursery is adorable.

Feel free to reach out to me to book your session as well!

~Courtney <3

This new backdrop and wrap from hello little props is soooo soft

And I seriously couldn’t love all my new goodies from Maddie’s Divine Designs more, she is so talented <3

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Blackburn | Newborn Session | April 5, 2019 | Courtney Dorsey Photography | Barboursville WV

Blackburn | Newborn Session | April 5, 2019 | Courtney Dorsey Photography | Barboursville WV

This little cutie came to visit us at our Barboursville, West Virginia studio in April (I know I know i’m behind ;)) We had definitely been looking forward to his arrival for a couple months after we had the pleasure of photographing momma’s maternity session and he sure didn’t disappoint, his features are just precious!

If you have ever been to the studio before I usually start with newborns in their birthday suites and we work our way to wrapped shots towards the end 🙂

Not much different here! This little cutie just decided he wanted to be wrapped more than he wanted to be nakey (and he’s so cute all wrapped up who could say no to that). As a baby photography, I usually have a workflow in my head for newborn sessions based on what typically works best, we absolutely work around what makes your tiny human happy and comfortable. He even decided to give us a few awake shots so we could see those pretty eyes <3

Hope you enjoy this little guy and if you have any questions about newborn sessions shoot me a message 🙂

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Meeks | Newborn Session | January 11, 2019 | Courtney Dorsey Photography | WV Newborn Photographer

Meeks | Newborn Session | January 11, 2019 | Courtney Dorsey Photography | WV Newborn Photographer

This little love was literally the best newborn photography subject… However, I might be a little biased of this sweet little boy because he is family, but he seriously is the most snuggly baby <3 He might also have a pretty cute big sister and best momma and daddy that any little boy could ask for!

This photoshoot was at my studio in Barboursville. This little guy adjusted was such a sleepy baby, but how cute did his photos turn out?!

I hope you guys enjoy this session as much as I enjoyed shooting it. Sweet boy, I can’t wait to watch you grow and show you these photos one day <3

~Courtney

Flokati: Luneberry

One of my very favorite new drops from the amazing Hello Little Props

This is the difference in how I feel on Friday vs Mondays 🙂 Eli totally gets me LOL

Bonnet or no Bonnet?? I love them both!!

And who couldn’t love this bed from Rozzi Rayne Studio Props (her stuff is literally the BEST!

Are you in need of a newborn photographer? Shoot me a message so we can book your session! <3