How to make maternity leave unforgettable | Northern Virginia Newborn Photographer

I'm so excited to share this Northern Virginia maternity leave family session this week. No matter how long you're able to take off for maternity leave, it's safe to say it goes by too fast. But for such a fleeting time, it makes a permanent impression on your heart.

 New mom and dad smiling at newborn in Springfield, VA by Newborn Photographer Nicole Sanchez
 New mother smiling at baby by Northern Virginia Family Photographer Nicole Sanchez
 Mother kissing baby by Northern Virginia Family Photographer Nicole Sanchez

Those first weeks and months getting to know your baby are unlike any other and are some of the sweetest of all motherhood memories (even with the insanity of little sleep and constant feeding and diaper changes).

 New parents smiling at baby during diaper change by Newborn Photographer Nicole Sanchez
 Baby making funny face while parents hold him by Northern Virginia Family Photographer Nicole Sanchez
 Mom burping baby on shoulder with dad watching by Northern Virginia Newborn Photographer Nicole Sanchez

That's why I find this time so special to document with photographs. Time somehow passes differently during those newborn weeks. There's less pressure, less to do. Or at least, caring for a new little person takes up so much time and brain capacity, that nothing else is possible. But all that's important is really right there in front of you. 

 Looking over mom's shoulder at nursing baby by Northern Virginia Newborn Photographer Nicole Sanchez
 Mother doting on nursing baby by Northern Virginia Family Photographer Nicole Sanchez
 Milk drunk newborn baby by Northern Virginia Family Photographer Nicole Sanchez

I have such a wonderful time getting to know the families I work with. I love reminiscing and sharing about my own kiddos and my own maternity leave and newborn experiences. Most of all, I love watching new parents and the wonder they have for their new little one. 

 Looking over Dad's shoulder looking at new baby by Northern Virginia Family Photographer Nicole Sanchez
 New Dad holding baby son by Northern Virginia Family Photographer Nicole Sanchez
 Dad kissing newborn son by Northern Virginia Family Photographer Nicole Sanchez

Especially for first-time parents with just one child, there's really nothing but time to just stare in amazement at this new little person you created. Well, stare and test the boundaries of their milk drunkenness. Parenting does come with some perks. ;-)

 Dad kissing mom holding baby by Northern Virginia Family Photographer Nicole Sanchez
 Mom and dad snuggling new baby on couch by Northern Virginia Family Photographer Nicole Sanchez
 Baby sleeping in mom's lap with dad on couch by Northern Virginia Family Photographer Nicole Sanchez
 Mom looking at dad while holding newborn by Northern Virginia Family Photographer Nicole Sanchez

Nicole Sanchez Photography works with busy parents in Northern Virginia, Washington, DC, and Maryland to create stress-free photo sessions that take all the loving, fun, and chaotic moments of family life to make beautiful photos and films that families will love looking at year after year. Contact me today to start planning a custom photography experience that's perfect for your family.