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Deborah Maxwell’s Newborn Photos

I had the joy of taking Deborah’s newborn photos when she was 9 days old. We scheduled it for late afternoon, and we again used the master bedroom which we also used for Benjamin’s.

Deborah definitely gave some challenges, but with newborn photos, one learns to adapt and stretch their creativity. She didn’t sleep much, and she didn’t naturally curl into a newborn position.

We know some of you love photography, and newborn photos are a way to bless families with lasting memories. To get ideas and tips, you can Google it. You’ll find ideas from what kinds of props (you really can do with just a few items) to lighting to posing. After that, practice, practice, and practice.

I used my Nikon D800 with two lenses: Tamron  f2.8 28-75mm lens and my Nikon f1.4 50mm. I didn’t use a flash.


To begin with, I used the little boys to see what my lighting was like and the background. I used a fleece reversible blanket–white on one side and black on the other.
Yes, Deborah was only 9 days, but she seemed so much older!
Mommy + Daughter
Those bright eyes!
Finally asleep.
What a happy sibling set of SIX!
She looks just like a little doll! So grateful for another opportunity to do a newborn photo session!

“That the generation to come might know them,
even the children which should be born;
who should arise and declare them to their children.”
Psalm 78:6

Baby Deborah Maxwell and the Story

Thank you all for your excitement over Deborah. She’s such a cutie! We stand in awe of the Lord’s grace in Nathan and Melanie’s lives over the years. They now are holding six children. This is from a couple who struggled with infertility, lost their firstborn, and also two babies through miscarriage. 

Melanie’s pregnancy with Deborah was her best yet! Her doctor is incredible, and they’ve used her since Andrew. Melanie is given progesterone to help keep her pre-term labor down. They gave the last shot right before 37 weeks. Even with progesterone, Melanie still has contractions but not labor. Everyone expected labor to kick in after the last shot wore off, but no! Baby Deborah must not have been ready.

Finally, Sunday night, Melanie knew the real thing had begun. She labored at home for awhile before they called Anna to come over to be with the kids. Then, a little before midnight, they left for the hospital, which is a good 45 minute drive. Three hours later, about 3:40 am, Deborah came very quickly. This also is Melanie’s best birth yet.

Deborah came so fast she had a lot of fluid in her lungs. They used oxygen on her for a short period. This sweet girl has a headful of dark hair and adorable, chubby cheeks. Although Nathan and Melanie did the first introduction via FaceTime, the real introduction came at the hospital.

All five siblings are over the moon, even big brother Benjamin, who relinquishes his baby spot. 

Background behind the name (from Nathan):
Deborah means a warrior, victor, fighter. It also means a bee—a creature that creates fruitfulness and beauty.

We have traditionally done character middle names for the girls. Carol is a song, a joy. Carol is also the middle name of a grandma and aunt, as well as a late great great grandma’s first name. Our desire is that she would create beauty and joy while being a fighter for Jesus Christ.

A strawberry concrete for Mommy! A well-deserved treat!
Benji and Drew, happy big brothers
The picture says it all!
Look at all Deborah’s dark hair.
Snuggles. Sister hearts are already knit!
Anna with Deborah
A happy grandma!

“I will be glad and rejoice in thee:
I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.”
Psalm 9:2