Parker at One Month – Newborn Photo Session

First off, thank you for your comments and emails. I want you to know I appreciate each and every one and I apologize for such a delay in responding to them. With an infant in my arms, I find that I'm using my iPhone way more than the computer these days which makes it difficult to type lengthy messages. However, I recently discovered an app that will type what I say so hopefully that will help.

Parker hit his one month milestone this week.

I'm sad that it's going by so quickly and that he is getting so big (he is over 11 pounds) but his smiles have me looking forward to new milestones to come. We had his newborn pictures taken last week and he was awake for the entire session which made it challenging. It was hard to get him into those cute newborn positions I wanted because he was so wiggly and resistant. But we managed to get 3-4 photos we liked out of the hour and a half session.

We are still debating on what to call him. Right now he's called Parker, Townes, Parker Townes, Baby Townes and occasionally PT. Courtesy the sleep deprivation I've actually called him Mason (my nephew's name) and at his one month appointment, I was checking him in and said "I'm here to check in….(10-15 seconds later) Guyer baby…(5 more seconds pass)…Parker.

Proud parents!

We are enjoying having the other kids in summer camps/daycare so that we can focus on the baby and have this time with just him. With a mischevious older brother and a dramatic sister, it may be the only time in 16 years that it's all about him.

We were suckers and bought the CD even though there were only a few pictures we actually liked. We were ready to get out of there so I guess we succumbed to the pressure. We had buyer's remorse almost immediately so I'm trying to make the best of it and edit the photos. Below are pictures I've edited for fun.


I'm always looking for easier ways to do things or lessons learned from others experiences so I thought I'd share my biggest piece of advice about newborn photos.

Schedule your session when the baby is 1-2 weeks old. Some photographers will tell you 7-10 days in fact. I know that's hard because you are crazy tired and still adjusting to your new addition but the baby is in his/her "sleep all day" phase so they cooperate better.  If you wait much longer the baby is more alert and active and starts to look less like a newborn and more like an infant. Not to mention, all 3 of my children broke out with baby acne at 5 weeks which is not ideal for a photo shoot.

Photographers will tell you to schedule the session during a baby's nap (which is what our studio photographer told me I should have done) but I tend to think those photographers don't have kids because at such an early age they don't really have a routine so you don't know days or weeks in advance when they will eat. For us, our little one threw us for a loop the night before and slept a little longer than normal so our next day was a little off.

The last photo is mine. It's Parker at 5 weeks today.

Happy Friday!! Have a great weekend!

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  1. Melissa says:

    Hi Angela,
    Those are precious pictures!! I can't believe Parker is one month old!!! Crazy how fast the time has gone by. I realy love his middle name! We just had Rory's newborn shoot yesterday with my sister's mom-in-law (she a professional photographer: Annette Goodman Photography). Anywoo, she said the reason you need to shoot a newborn in the first 7-10 days is because their bodies still have relaxin in the bones and you are able to contort them into all those positions and it doesn't hurt them. Also, a way to make sure they sleep through their session is to give them a bath 30-60 minutes before you leave your house to keep them awake and then feed them right before getting into the car. Also bring a bottle and if you are breastfeeding, she suggest bringing a formula bottle so it will fill them up better and they sleep through it all. Also, the studio should be about 86 degrees (which will also help them sleep)! 
    Those were the directions I followed for Rory and she literally slept the entire session and Annette put her in some really cute but funky positions!
    Hope you all are getting enough rest. Would love to get our babies together one day. We can have some mommy time!! Maybe while the older ones are in camp.
    Talk soon. 

    • guyerfamily says:

      Melissa, these tips are great!! I wish I knew them earlier and booked a professional photographer! I can’t wait to see all of Rory’s pictures. Congrats on the paid photo shoot!! No surprise, she is adorable!

  2. Sue Deege says:

    Hi its ME….late respoinding.  A little under the weather so they say.  He is adorable regardless and thank you for sharing.  I call him Parker and anxious to see what color his hair will be and eyes and WHO will he look like?   More like Jacob or perhaps fair complexion like Lily or maybe a little of both.  Lots of fun times ahead…get some rest…hugs…Sue

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