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Ventura Newborn Photography | LoLo Spencer Photography

Updated: Mar 21, 2022

A super sweet in-home Newborn photo session

Newborn baby in a koala bear onesie sleeping

I’m so happy to share with you a little peek back at a Newborn photo session I did for baby Luca. I’ve had the honor of photographing his family since his Mom and Dad booked a Holiday Mini Session with me back in 2020. Since then, I’ve loved getting to know them and watch their lovely family grow.

Some of the final images from our session had a bit of a nature/wildlife theme, apropos since Luca's parents are literally quite involved with wildlife. Mom, Heather is a wildlife veterinarian with the PETA Foundation and is also involved with The Whale Sanctuary Project and dad Shayne, a New Zealand native, is a conservationist and documentary film-maker. In fact, they met in Indonesia when their respective work projects brought them to the island of Sumatra.

Preparation and planning are key for a successful photo session and all of my newborn sessions come with a Newborn Session Prep Guide that I designed especially to ensure that families get the most out of each session. As you can see from the pictures below, I had one of the best sessions with Luca and his family. Mom, Heather’s preparation efforts allowed us to have an especially awesome shoot together and everything flowed effortlessly.

Luca slept most of the way through the session, which allowed us to get those much sought after dreamy, sleepy baby photos (my Newborn Session Prep Guide covers how to achieve this). And when he wasn't sleeping, Luca was so calm and relaxed. He was the sweetest lil baby and couldn’t have been any better.

portrait of newborn baby wearing a white knit teddy beat onesie holding a matching teddy bear, nestled in a rustic basket.

Little 'Big' Bro

After photographing Luca, we brought big brother, Marlo in for some impromptu family portraits in their lovely back garden. How adorable is this little 'big' bro?!

Dad holding toddler son as they pick an orange off a tree.
Big brother Marlo helps Dad, Shayne gather oranges for the family's breakfast

outdoor family portait with Mom holding swaddled newborn baby and dad holding toddler boy on his lap.
Heather, Shayne, Luca and Marlo

a grandmother holding her newborn grandson stting next to her daugher who is holding her toddler son. They are all smiling., daughter
3 Generations: Newborn Luca with grandmother Tori, mom Heather, and big brother Marlo

I hope you enjoyed perusing the photos we captured during this Newborn session. As a portrait and lifestyle photographer I’m here to help you achieve your family portrait goals, whatever they may be. I’d love the opportunity to answer any questions you might have. Please contact me to learn more.


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COMING UP in the next blog post: Newlywed Couple Photo Session with pets in Los Gatos, California

About the Author

Laurie "LoLo" Spencer is a lifestyle and portrait photographer based in Southern California specializing in emotive photography for families, couples, maternity and newborns.


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