• Melanie Beddow

NICU Newborn Session || Houston, TX Newborn Photographer

This session was special on so many levels. I got to photograph for the first time back in a hospital since COVID shut everything down, AND I got to photograph for the first time in the NICU, AND I got to photograph a rainbow baby, AND I got to do it all on my 30th birthday. There was so much to celebrate about this little life, and I was so thankful to get to document it.

These sessions represent everything I love about getting to photograph babies and families. This session is exactly what life was like at that moment in time. There was no tidying up the room, no dressing up or extensive make-up. Just real life as I walked in and saw it. There were cords, monitors, and open packs of wipes. I loved every second of it.

This season of life carries a lot of emotions. There are beeping monitors, nurses coming in and out of the room at all hours of the night, next to no sleep, and constantly waiting for your child to be well enough to bust out of the hospital. Life in the NICU comes with stresses upon stresses. It's no joke, COVID aside. It makes it hard to want to remember. When I had my own NICU baby I just wanted to move on through the season where I felt like I was just surviving, and forget. Even though it might be hard to want to document the difficult seasons in life, just look at these images. You know they are cherished.

I'm not much for the idea of this whole "storytelling" trend. Seems a little too "head-in-the-clouds" for me. But oh my goodness, look at those cords. I could have edited them out, but NO. The cords in the photo tell half the story.

These are some of the same shots I would take at an in-home session. It's the little things like the hospital bracelets and the hospital chairs that really set the scene, and make these sessions stand out from home sessions.

Peep! Look at the mask mom is holding in her left hand. Are we all annoyed with masks? Sure, but it will be a distinct feature to remember years down the road as we move on from COVID.

Goodness, I just could not get enough of this little baby with all her cords. It just said something different to me. It was super sentimental. They reminded me of the NICU experience we had in our family. For all the good and all the difficult. I guess if you glean anything from this blog post is that its worth it to document every season of life, even if it's hard.

Want more inspiration for your newborn session?

Check out this Colorful Newborn Session

or this Eclectic Newborn Session.

Melanie B of Mel B Photo is a professional photographer based in Tomball, Cypress, and The Woodlands, TX. I specialize in Newborn, Family, and Maternity Photography. For more information on packages with me and/or opportunities to book, feel free to visit my website.

Specific Newborn Packages can be found HERE.

Have more questions about Newborn Session?

Check out my Lifestyle Newborn FAQ or Behind the Scenes at a Newborn Session

-Mel B.

Mel B Photo


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