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Category Archives: Newborn

Baby turns 3 Months {St Charles Baby Photographer}

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Today I am sharing with you a very sweet little baby girl and her family.  You’ll get to see her again since she is another baby on the Baby Steps, First Year plan.  (Yes, pretty much all my babies are on the portrait plan.  It’s a GREAT deal)  First, is her 3 month photo session.  In my opinion, that session is the toughest one of all the ages and stages.  It really is rare to get smiles so I’m thrilled to have so many cute expressions from her.  The other thing that makes it so tough is the fact that they no longer sleep curled up like a newborn but they cannot yet sit unassisted.  Actually, it’s difficult for a 3 or 4 month baby to sit propped in a poser or basket!

So, here she is… showing off her strength.  Look how well she holds up her head!  Don’t you just love the purple and green together?

3 Month Portraits of little girl by St Charles Baby Photographer

And, since I have frequently not kept up with the blog, I’ll share a few favorites from both the maternity and newborn photo shoots.  I had a nice challenge photographing mom for the maternity since this is our second maternity session together.  I wanted to give her unique poses yet make it familiar enough to coordinate with the first pregnancy.   She’s such a beautiful mom and mom-to-be!  Here’s a few of the proud dad too (who by the way is GREAT with the kids!)

Maternity Newborn portraits by St Charles Baby Photographer

I hear clients tell me all the time, “I wish I had gotten maternity portraits done”, or “I wish I had done this with the first pregnancy”.  The thing is that you can never get those days back.  You try to remember what it was like and how you looked.  (Ok, some of the time, we try to forget), but for the most part, it is so important to have a memory of that special time.  Look how quickly the days and months pass by.  I’m preparing for that little girl’s 6 month session in the near future!

Call the studio today and schedule your baby’s appointment.  Thanks for allowing ME to document those special milestones in your family’s lives.  Time really does fly!

Karen Thaemert, CPP

St Charles Baby photographer at your service! (also newborn and family photographer)

St. Charles, St. Louis and the surrounding areas.

636-947-5956 (studio line)

Welcome Baby – 5 days old {St Charles Newborn Photographer}

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Newborn portraits are such a beautiful way to document a baby’s first days.  Today I am pleased to share with you a collection of studio portraits from this beautiful family.  At only 5 days old, she was a gem.  I have photographed this wonderful family for a number of years.  I met them when big sister was a newborn!  Here’s big sister’s NEWBORN portrait session (on the old blog).

Photography for newborn baby in St. Charles and St Louis

I get asked all the time, “How early should we have our baby photographed?”  My answer is always the same, “The SOONER the BETTER.”  If you are expecting and are planning newborn portraits, remember that the adorable, curled-up poses are rarely achieved after a baby is 10-14 days old.  Think about it.  When a baby is inside the mommy, it’s legs and arms are curled tightly against the body.  It’s a comfortable, familiar position.  After 10 days or so, baby begins to stretch out and feel comfortable in these new positions and it’s much more difficult for your photographer to achieve those beautiful tight poses.

I just love photographing newborn sessions.  I get to provide families with beautiful, professional portraits.  I get to capture those days/moments which only last a short time.  I know not all new mommies are ready to be photographed and that’s ok too.  Some are, some aren’t.  (We’ll just photograph dad and baby and use just your arms in an image or two).   You are more than welcome to catch a few z’s on the couch while I create precious poses of your new little sweetheart.

Expectant moms should call the studio as soon as you know that you are pregnant to assure that we can fit your newborn appointment in to our schedule.  Keep us informed as the big day nears!

Fun fact:  What happened 9-11 months ago?   The St. Louis area (and many other places around the country) experienced days of snow storms.  ‘Nuf said????  LOL  Baby boom is coming…

Call today to schedule your baby’s first portrait session!  636-947-5956

Karen Thaemert, CPP

Your favorite St. Charles newborn photographer!

Expecting Baby Girl {St Charles Newborn Photographer}

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I’m excited to share a series of two sessions.  It’s fun to meet an expecting couple, photograph, get to know them and then WAIT for the baby to arrive.   I think sometimes I have as much anticipation awaiting the big day as the couple’s own family members.  Today, I’m sharing a beautiful couple at the maternity portrait session and the arrival of their beautiful newborn, baby girl.

Purple was our color of choice for most of the two sessions and such an appropriate choice for baby girl photos.

St Charles Newborn Photographer Maternity Portrait in studio

We also pulled down the brown background for a very classy maternity portrait.  Maternity sessions have so many possibilities.   An expectant mother might bring all of her own clothes; she might bring anything from a beautiful dress to a man’s big white button down shirt or a favorite top.  I also have a variety of fabrics in the studio with which to wrap the mom.  Wraps can either cover the belly or leave it bare.  The lighting in the studio is set so as to show off the beauty of the growing belly while still keeping it modest and hiding areas of “concern”.    I have a number of wraps which cover bare arms and still allow the belly to show.

St Charles Newborn Photographer Maternity portrait with backlighting

This expectant dad was extremely fun at the maternity session.  We did have a few laughs and everything was all very relaxed!

St Charles Newborn Photographer expectant mom and husband portrait

Finally, for a clean, beautiful look, we photographed on the bright white background.  It’s hard to believe that soon after, a beautiful baby girl arrived!

St Charles Newborn Photographer maternity portrait of couple

And now, I introduce to you their beautiful first born!!  She was such a wonderful little doll.

St Charles Newborn Photographer, baby girl portrait in studio

St Charles Newborn Photographer Sleeping baby girl portrait

This next photos are special since the knitted baby cocoon was made specially for her!  I love the colors and as a knit and crochet crafter myself, I really appreciate the love that went into creating it.  As an added bonus, she was extremely content inside the cocoon and posed perfectly for photos!

St Charles Newborn Photographer, Baby girl sleeping in basket portrait

St Charles Newborn Photographer Baby sleeping in blanket

And here’s a full image of the cocoon:

Sleeping baby girl portrait by St Charles Newborn Photographer

Happy, new parents…

Portrait of new family by St. Charles Newborn photographer

St. Charles newborn baby photographer "Lion King" pose of baby girl

To schedule your own maternity and/or newborn portrait session, call the studio at 636-947-5956.  Maternity portraits are normally photographed around 8 months and newborn portraits are best photographed before 10-14 days old (the younger the better they stay asleep and pose).  It is a good idea to schedule both a few months prior to your due date.  I am always flexible with moving a newborn session, but cannot guarantee an opening if you are not already on the calendar.

Looking forward to many more baby portraits!

Karen Thaemert, CPP

St. Charles newborn photographer & Maternity Photographer

Serving St. Charles, St. Peters, O’Fallon, St. Louis, Florissant, Lake St. Louis, Wentzville and the surrounding areas

Growing Baby Newborn to 9 Months {Baby Plan Photographer, St. Charles, MO}

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When asked if I ever photograph babies, I often reply with the words, “That’s almost all I do”.  The majority of my subjects are under 2-feet tall!  May I introduce a sweet little member of the Baby Steps, first year plan.  Her big sister is a Baby Steps graduate too, so I’ve enjoyed this family for a number of years.  🙂

I am sharing images that go back to the newborn session since the blog was not updated last year.

The newborn session was wonderful.  She was sleepy and calm!  Her parents were great to work with and so photogenic.

Sleeping newborn baby girl on parent's hands

Portrait of baby girl in daddy's hands

Newborn portrait session of baby girl

And here are a couple from the 3 month session.

Portrait session, baby's first year photos

Portrait session, baby's first year photos

At 6 months, she was really starting to show her sweet personality.  She was happy to sit in any bowl, bucket or basket as well as directly on the floor.  There were so many sweet smiles and faces in these images from which to pick.

Baby's first year portrait, St. Charles, MO

Portrait session, baby's first year photos

And this leads us to the 9 month session.  Again, she was just so easy to photograph!  I love her smile and look how big she has gotten.  At 9 months, standing is the big milestone.  One of my favorite poses from her big sister’s 9 month session is one where she is standing at that same pink chair.

Baby Photography in St. Charles, MO

K Thaemert Photography baby plan portrait session

Baby Plan Portrait session for a baby girl

Don’t you just LOVE that purple tutu?

There are her first nine months…  be on the lookout for the 1 year old session in a couple of months.

Enjoying my job as St. Charles’ favorite baby photographer!!!

Karen Thaemert

1st 2011 Newborn! {St Charles Newborn Photographer}

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I get to share my first newborn of 2011.  I just adore these fresh babies!  This little girl was such a sweet and easy subject.  She slept like a rock up until near the end of the session.  Such a dream.

What did you miss in 2010 when my blog was MIA?  You missed seeing the maternity for this little one.  I’ll share those first.

Woman at her maternity portrait session by St Charles newborn photographer

Couple Maternity portrait by St Charles Newborn Photographer

Maternity portrait of couple by St Charles Newborn Photographer

And BABY makes three:

Newborn Baby sleeping in a basket by St Charles Newborn Photographer

Newborn Baby sleeping on pink chair by St Charles Newborn Photographer

Newborn Baby sleeping by St Charles Newborn Photographer

Newborn baby propped on her hands by St Charles Newborn Photographer

Newborn Baby with Daddy portrait by St Charles Newborn Photographer

Black & White Newborn Baby with Mom and Dad by St Charles newborn photographer

Newborn baby with parents by St Charles Newborn Photographer

Congratulations to you both!  She’s an absolute doll!!

I’m also thinking about two other dear clients,  Erica & Scott.  She is scheduled to be induced today.  I pray they were able to get to the hospital safely in this horrible winter weather and have an easy delivery.  It’s already lunch time…  maybe their new baby is already here!

I have many more newborns to share with you, dear blog readers.  I’ve already photographed a couple, one is being born today and a few more are still growing.  Makes me happy, thinking of all these upcoming newborn portrait sessions.  I love them!

Karen Thaemert – St Charles Newborn Photographer

Serving St. Charles, St. Louis and the surrounding areas.

Baby Turns 1 {St Charles baby Photography}

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Wondering what you missed in 2010 when my blog was MIA???This little sweetie at her newborn, 3 months, 6 months and 9 months sessions… that’s what!

Newborn Baby Girl Portrait Session by St Charles Newborn Photography

Photo of baby, age 3 Months by St Charles Baby Photography

3 Months Old

Photo of baby girl at 6 months, St Charles Baby Photography

6 Months Old

Photo of baby girl, standing St Charles Baby Photography

9 Months Old

So, now, it’s 2011 and she’s just turned 1 year old!!  I’ve had a terrific year with this family.  We smile and laugh quite a bit at each session.  I’m so thankful to know them and look forward to many more sessions in the future!

Happy birthday to you….

Photo of little 1 year old girl St Charles Baby Photography

1 Year Old

Photo of 1 year old girl on pink chair St Charles Baby Photography

1 Year Old

Photo of a 1 year old girl with her birthday cake St Charles Baby Photography

1 Year Old with cake!

Karen Thaemert, St Charles Baby Photography

St. Charles, MO