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Elliot Maxwell’s Newborn Photos

There’s something so special about newborn photos sessions. The miracle of the tiny human being created in God’s image—a bundle of intricate details.

When Elliot was 6 days old, I brought over my gear to do his newborn session.

We started with Elliot in the wrap and in the basket. He slept nicely, and even his little hands stayed in a good position.

We mixed in some family photos, some with Axton, and of course with Chelsy and John. The session start to finish was my fastest one yet (just over an hour).

Enjoy the photos, and there are a few behind the scenes near the end which Chelsy took.


I love that sequence. Axton gives the funniest looks after a kiss!
The John Maxwell Family
Elliot also happened to be with me while I worked on this blog post. 🙂

“But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not,
to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”
Matthew 19:14

Caleb’s Newborn Photos

Happy Monday! We wanted to share some of the photos from Caleb’s newborn photo session. It was a great afternoon filled with sweet times, capturing this adorable family.


The Joseph Maxwell family
Aren’t these three siblings so cute?
Lots of love for their little brother
Caleb Alexander Maxwell (natural light here)

“Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou
mayest observe to do according to all the law, which
Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it
to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest
prosper whithersoever thou goest.”
Joshua 1:7

Simon Peter’s Newborn Photos

When Simon Peter was 8 days old, we took newborn photos. Christopher set up studio lighting in his living room, and we went to work. I’d recently purchased some new props and was excited to try them out. We started with a quiet environment as the other five children were at Grandpa and Grandma’s.

We did our standard pose first, wrapping him, and then instead of a basket, we used the new crate. I loved how it turned out.

Simon Peter was such an easy baby to work with, sleeping most of the time. When we added the dynamics of an all-children photo, wow, that was a fun one to do. Then, capturing an entire family photo with some energetic (and tired!) littles–it was such a blast. Thankful for this amazing, happy family!


Simon Peter Maxwell
Mama and her baby
Anna Marie, Simon Peter, and Christopher
Pure, simple miracle
Christopher Maxwell children
Soooo sleepy!
A growing family who loves the Lord Jesus!
Christopher and Simon
To end with, a behind the scenes peek.

“Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ,
to them that have obtained like precious faith with us
through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ”
(2 Peter 1:1)

Axton Maxwell’s Newborn Pictures

Eight days after Axton was born, we decided spur of the moment to do his newborn session. I borrowed some props from Christopher and headed to John’s. Upon arrival, I literally Googled something about newborn baby photos natural light, had about two minutes to try to figure out what I wanted to start with, and set to work.

We started photos about 2:30 and ended two hours later. The day was pretty perfect for light, with a cloud cover quite a bit. Babies are so sweet to work with, and Axton did great. I’ll share through the post what I used for location and background.

I use a Nikon D800 and most of these pictures were with my Tamron f2.8 28-75mm lens. I took some with Nikon f1.4 50mm lens. I did not use a flash.

Oh, and John cranked the heat way up in the house, so it was pretty toasty warm: perfect for Axton and pretty warm for the rest of us.

Not quite a happy face yet, but we were just starting.

I began in the dining room, using pillows and a blanket for my background, and put him in a cute little sack. His bright eyes lent the perfect sparkle to the photos.

Next, we went to the nursery. The gray wall was an ideal backdrop. The south window let just enough light in through the curtains.

So I began experimenting. Doing some pictures with Baby and Mommy.

I used a chair or stool for height and worked to get some family pictures and stay with a clear focus in the tight space. Don’t you love how those teal greens worked together?

What a cute threesome!

Next, we needed some pictures of Daddy and Son.

I love those eyes: so trusting, looking to his daddy.

In the midst of that, I wanted a ring pose, and I tried a little different twist.

I originally wanted to try the black shirt so I could do the strong arm holding-baby-out photo. Although it didn’t turn out the way I had thought, the black shirt brought a dramatic look with the gray background, and I loved the result.

Next, we moved to the living room. As I set up for the basket photo, Dad and Mom went by on a walk, and John flagged them down and invited them in. It was great to have some company for the last part of our photo session.

For the black backdrop, I used two dining room chairs and clipped a black blanket on it. We swaddled Axton in the wrap, and then I put the gray blanket on the ground. We had a perfect amount of light coming in from the windows. For the family picture (see the last one), Dad and Mom held the blanket out because I needed the extra width to keep the background black.

An adorable package
Axton Maxwell
Axton Maxwell
The John Maxwell Family

I hope you enjoyed a peek into the newborn baby session!


“By thee have I been holden up from the womb:
thou art he that took me out of my mother’s bowels:
my praise shall be continually of thee.”
Psalm 71:6

Newborn Maxwell Photos

The two youngest Maxwells each got their own photo session. We often try for the 1-week mark for pictures. For Elizabeth’s photos, Christopher transformed his living room into a mini studio. Christopher and Anna Marie’s family has really grown, so when it came time to pictures with all five children, wow! Trying to arrange all five, get them to look at the camera, and keep the photo framed properly, whew! It’s an exercise.

Elizabeth Grace

Christopher took this one–she was so content.

This is arranging them all.

I loved this picture of Danny.

I guess we told them to look at the baby. The boys got the memo but the girls did not.


Christopher and Anna Marie Maxwell and family

Now, on to Kyle’s. I did his with natural light. Definitely challenging, as Christopher is a pro with setups and light and poses, but it was great to push myself and work on creative shots.

This was taken with a black blanket as the background and using natural light from the window.

The sweet siblings.

I love this photo. So very sweet. Mommy and Baby.

This was a feat to get! 🙂

Sweet Kyle.

Happy little guy

“We will not hide them from their children,
shewing to the generation to come
the praises of the Lord, and his strength,
and his wonderful works that he hath done.”
Psalm 78:4