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Party of 5 | Lehigh Valley Newborn Photographer

This documentary newborn session with one of my favorite Hellertown PA families was all about capturing life at home with three children 4 and under. Parenting at this stage is busy, tiring, silly, colorful and full of laughter. I love how this family embraced a truly documentary approach and dressed as they usually would for a Sunday morning at home. We did do a few simple newborn portraits as well like we did with their second child, and a few family bed snuggles because it's nice to be all be in the frame together. It's been such a joy watching the E family grow since their oldest was about a year old! I'm grateful they've trusted me with yet another milestone in their family life. 

Did you miss their birth photography session? Go back and have a look at this incredible mama's birth story. 

Are you expecting and considering newborn photography? I'd love to talk with you about a relaxed in-home session to capture your family's story! 

The sun rises and sets with you | Washington, DC Documentary Photographer
washington DC documentary photographer

Together we rise. 

This is a visual love story between a mother and child, of their bond that is as certain as the sun rising and setting day after day.

This truly was the kind of Life Story session that I dream about. It was authentic, full of raw emotions and universal expressions of motherhood. This storytelling session candidly portrays the daily rituals of a mother and babe at the end of the busy workday, running home from daycare to spend some quality time together before bedtime.

When Allison contacted me about doing a documentary session, she had a really special request: that it didn't end with bedtime so that we could capture the special time she shares with Enzo as they wake together each morning. We agreed for me to stay over so that I could be there come dawn to capture their waking moments, snuggled in bed, nursing and playing before beginning another hectic workday. 

If you would be interested in having a part of your daily life captured through my lens, please contact me to book. I am available for limited travel sessions. I am offering a discount on Life Story documentary sessions that are booked and shot during the month of August. 

Fair warning: If you get squeamish about the feminine figure, and mothers nursing their babes, then you might want to close right out of this post. This is a very intimate portrayal of motherhood- the daily rituals of caring for a baby, nursing to sleep, and nursing upon waking.   


What kind of life story would you like us to tell during our session?

These images are mainly for me. I want real snapshots of our life together.

AnneMarie Hamant Portraits + Stories Washington DC Documentary Photographer

We start with getting home, checking the mail together, changing into play clothes to go outside. 

AnneMarie Hamant Portraits + Stories Philadelphia PA Documentary Photographer
AnneMarie Hamant Portraits + Stories Philadelphia PA Documentary Photographer

We go sit at the pool, on the lawn, or sit on our porch and read a book. 

We take a bath, sing/dance, brush mommy's teeth and read before breast feeding and bed.

Why is it important to you to document this particular life story? What do these images of your everyday family life mean to you?

This is the hardest most amazing chapter of my life so far. When I'm not busy working, folding laundry and contemplating our life together, I'm trying to be incredibly present to him. I'm so in awe of this motherhood journey, but haven't documented it as well as I'd like to. I have very few images of us together, and sadly, most of them are selfies. Although I'm busying myself trying to build a life for us, I don't want to lose sight of the value of savoring the quiet, intimate moments of our life, too. I'm trying to capture this chapter before he's all grown up. 

I feel these images deep in my core. Allison and I chatted about where we're at in life, and she asked me a really good question: What does living the fullest life look like for me? I had no answer for that question at the moment but it's one to really sit with for a while. After spending the past few days working with this story, I realized I am already living it. I need to remember that :) Creating art out of the beauty of motherhood, childhood, and family life feels very much like living this life to the fullest. 

Would you like an authentic, documentary photography session with me?  Please contact me for details. I am available for travel for Life Story sessions. 

Now Booking Motherhood Mini Sessions | Lehigh Valley & Bucks County Portrait Photographer

I am so excited to offer these Motherhood Mini Sessions in Bethlehem, PA! I have been dreaming them up for a few months now as I have been longing to capture more intimate and emotive images of mothers and their little ones. While I usually shoot outdoors or in client's homes, I fell in love with the Fox and Finch natural-light studio. It is in an old textile factory and I love the rustic feel inside, it is abounding with northern exposure light, and we have their amazing selection of vintage furniture at our disposal.  

These sessions are meant to be candid, classic, and simple. Picture yourself snuggled up on a vintage setee with your babes as I capture your hands linked, your noses nuzzled, their little heads resting on your chest. I can't wait to bring this vision to life for mothers in our area! Perfect opportunity for capturing breastfeeding babies, or even babywearing or maternity portraits. 

To book your session just contact me through the CONTACT tab above and I will get you a contract and invoice right away!

Never be afraid that your child won't cooperate for a short session to cuddle you like this. This session was shot in this very busy 2-year olds playroom and he didn't want to sit still for a minute. We still managed to get a lot of amazing connection portraits. Patience and engaging your child in a story, or snuggling, or talking about their favorite activities can hold their attention for just long enough to capture their affection. They LONG for a mother's attention all day long. Think of this as an opportunity to sit with them, and talk with them, cuddle them, hold them close and forget all about me. I will gently guide you into the best light and let you connect with your child. 

Never be afraid that your child won't cooperate for a short session to cuddle you like this. This session was shot in this very busy 2-year olds playroom and he didn't want to sit still for a minute. We still managed to get a lot of amazing connection portraits. Patience and engaging your child in a story, or snuggling, or talking about their favorite activities can hold their attention for just long enough to capture their affection. They LONG for a mother's attention all day long. Think of this as an opportunity to sit with them, and talk with them, cuddle them, hold them close and forget all about me. I will gently guide you into the best light and let you connect with your child. 

I am in love with this moment. I love that her little guy was shirtless so we could really let the light highlight his arms and that skin-to-skin connection with mama. 

I am in love with this moment. I love that her little guy was shirtless so we could really let the light highlight his arms and that skin-to-skin connection with mama. 

Some examples of the Fox and Finch studio from a recent maternity session I did there. It is totally classy. 

Some examples of the Fox and Finch studio from a recent maternity session I did there. It is totally classy.