oklahoma city newborn photography

Owen | Oklahoma City Newborn Photographer

Baby boy wrapped on taupe backdrop
Baby boy with toes out of wrap
Newborn boy wrapped in basket
Closeup of newborn face
Baby boy in bamboo basket
Baby wrapped on flokati
Newborn wrapped in potato sack pose
Newborn potato sacked on flokati
Newborn boy on aqua/teal backdrop
Baby boy wearing bonnet
Closeup of newborn in taco pose
Baby boy sleeping on tummy wearing blue bonnet

Sara Masters-Blacksten is an Oklahoma City based newborn photographer, specializing in on-location newborn portraits across the Greater Oklahoma City Metro. Travel rates are available for client's outside the Oklahoma City Metro. To book your newborn session or for more information please e-mail sara@smbphotographyokc.com

Ada | Perfectly Peachy Oklahoma City Newborn Session

I got to snuggle adorable Ada earlier this week for her Oklahoma City newborn session. She has what I can only describe as the best cheeks ever! She really didn't want to sleep to have her picture taken, but eventually I won, and we got some great images. Her Mom requested peach, pink, and white colors for her newborn session. I love how the peach photographed, sometimes colors don't quite photograph the way they look, and this was just perfect! I mean look how gorgeous her skin tone looks on the peach.

Ada was a tiny bit older than the newborns I typically photograph, as she was in the NICU. I was a a little concerned that baby acne would have popped up something awful, but her skin was gorgeous just like the rest of her. I was able to get her entire newborn session edited in 1 day, and get it sent to Mom & Dad.

 

Newborn girl sleeping on peach blanket wearing peach bonnet
Newborn girl on peach blanket closeup
Newborn girl on peach blanket
Newborn girl wrapped on peach blanket
Newborn girl in wood box wearing pink
Newborn girl wearing white headband on white flokati
Newborn girl sleeping on white flokati
Newborn girl wrapped in pink on cream wood floor
Newborn girl in wood box closeup of face
Newborn girl wrapped on white flokati
Newborn girl wrapped on pale peach blanket with eyes open
Closeup of newborn girl face and toes
Newborn girl on fuzzy white blanket
Newborn girl wrapped on fuzzy blanket, wearing pearl headband

Sara Masters-Blacksten is an Oklahoma City based newborn photographer, specializing in on-location newborn portraits across the Greater Oklahoma City Metro. Travel rates are available for client's outside the Oklahoma City Metro. To book your newborn session or for more information please e-mail sara@smbphotographyokc.com

Edmond, Oklahoma Newborn Photographer | Baby Jackson Drew

Say Hello to adorable little Jackson Drew!!! He was an absolute dream baby at his newborn session last week. I honestly don't think I have ever had a better time at a session; his Mom & Dad were absolutely lovely and so, so sweet and his Big Sis was adorable! I mean they're like every photographer's dream family; super nice and easy to talk to and photogenic to boot!

I absolutely love it when Mamas request neutrals for their newborn session, they're my favorite colors to photograph, and keep the images timeless. No matter what colors you have around your home now or in the future, these kinds of images will go beautifully all over your home. Neutral color palettes are also great because they're beautiful with any skin tone. Photographing a newborn on bright colors like pink can be an editing nightmare since newborns tend to have a lot of pink in their skin tone already. 

Huge Congratulations to Mom, Dad & Big Sis!

Edmond, Oklahoma Newborn Photographer | Baby Jackson Drew
Edmond, Oklahoma Newborn Photographer | Baby Jackson Drew
Edmond, Oklahoma Newborn Photographer | Baby Jackson Drew
Edmond, Oklahoma Newborn Photographer | Baby Jackson Drew
Edmond, Oklahoma Newborn Photographer | Baby Jackson Drew
Edmond, Oklahoma Newborn Photographer | Baby Jackson Drew
Edmond, Oklahoma Newborn Photographer | Baby Jackson Drew
Edmond, Oklahoma Newborn Photographer | Baby Jackson Drew
Edmond, Oklahoma Newborn Photographer | Baby Jackson Drew
Edmond, Oklahoma Newborn Photographer | Baby Jackson Drew
Edmond, Oklahoma Newborn Photographer | Baby Jackson Drew
Edmond, Oklahoma Newborn Photographer | Baby Jackson Drew
Edmond, Oklahoma Newborn Photographer | Baby Jackson Drew
Edmond, Oklahoma Newborn Photographer | Baby Jackson Drew

Sara Masters-Blacksten is an Oklahoma City based newborn photographer, specializing in on-location newborn portraits across the Greater Oklahoma City Metro. Travel rates are available for client's outside the Oklahoma City Metro. To book your newborn session or for more information please e-mail sara@smbphotographyokc.com

Piedmont, Oklahoma Newborn Photographer | Baby Avery

Sara Masters-Blacksten is an Oklahoma City based newborn photographer, specializing in on-location newborn portraits across the Greater Oklahoma City Metro. Travel rates are available for client's outside the Oklahoma City Metro. To book your newborn session or for more information please e-mail sara@smbphotographyokc.com

Why should you hire a professional newborn photographer? | Oklahoma City Newborn Photographer

Why should you hire a professional newborn photographer?
Why should you hire a professional newborn photographer?

Almost 3 years ago my best friend was pregnant with her second baby girl, and as a photographer I asked her if she would let me photograph her new baby. Of course she said yes, the image on the right above is that session. I had never photographed a newborn before, but I honestly thought “How hard can it be?” Well, that session took about 8 hours and two days to get a full gallery, and afterwards I really never thought I would photograph a newborn again; it was way harder than I could have possibly imagined. I had read tips on forums for photographers, so I knew some of what goes into a newborn session, but it was still incredibly difficult to put it mildly.

For most of my clients that have never had a newborn session, they really aren’t aware of the work that goes into one, and the patience and determination it takes to create the kind of images like the one on the left. Almost every Mama I get to meet, comments on how patient I am, and that they can’t believe I can get their new baby to do this or that, and how I can do all of this while keeping their newborn calm and asleep. The dramatic difference between the image on the left and the image on the right, besides 3 years, is all the training and education and practice that I’ve dedicated to learning this craft. That first newborn session, I honestly cringe when I look at it; the image isn’t properly exposed, the blanket was just an all-around terrible choice, the posing is sub-par, I could go on. I have joked to my friend that she should have another baby so I can provide her with the kinds of images that fill my portfolio now.

I firmly believe in the importance of documenting our children’s lives, even before I was a photographer I took tons and tons of photos of my little boy. I think the importance of documenting your newborn is even greater, because they’re only tiny, and sleepy, and new for such a small time. With every day that passes those first weeks and months of a baby’s life, they change and they grow.  And the truth is, those first weeks become a blur of diaper changing, feeding, trying to sleep whenever you get the chance because you may be up all night, and before you know it you can’t remember how tiny their hands were, or their squishy little cheeks, and all the other little details.

I know it seems like it should be easy enough to photograph your own newborn, or have your friend who has the fancy camera do it, but what it ultimately comes down to is in 5 years would you rather have the image on the right or the image on the left hanging in your home? Because the honest truth of it is that it isn’t the fancy camera I have that takes beautiful images of my clients newborns, it’s me, and the skill set I have worked very hard to develop. And lastly, I know if you’ve read my blog before I tend to go on and on about it, but the safety of your new baby should be the most important aspect of why you should hire a professional, with the proper training and knowledge of posing and working with newborns. 

Sara Masters-Blacksten is an Oklahoma City based newborn photographer, specializing in on-location newborn portraits across the Greater Oklahoma City Metro. Travel rates are available for client's outside the Oklahoma City Metro. To book your newborn session or for more information please e-mail sara@smbphotographyokc.com

When Should You Book Your Newborn Photography Session? | SMB Photography

If you’re pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant in the near future, I would recommend you start looking for a photographer now. It really is never too early to start looking, and deciding on what style of images you’d like to have. Finding a newborn photographer that will be perfect for what you want isn’t always as easy as it sounds.

I recommend booking your newborn photographer, whether that’s me or someone else, when you’re at the end of your second trimester, or the beginning of your third. Why so early? Well, a lot of reasons, but most importantly so you can be sure you’re going to be able to book with the newborn photographer that you really want. 

I know most newborn photographers, including myself only take a limited number of babies/due dates per month. Now while I can’t speak for all of us, as to why we only book so many newborns, I am happy to explain why I limit how many of your beautiful little babies I cuddle per month. On average I spend 10-15 hours on each and every newborn session, this includes everything from planning/styling your session, the actual session itself, the many loads of laundry after a session, the editing of your images, and the delivery of your gallery. I also limit the number of newborn sessions I do per month for physical reasons; soreness/pain after a session. During a newborn session I spend most of my time hunched over, and in all sorts of strange/unnatural positions to make sure I’m delivering beautiful images of your new baby. Couple all those strange/unnatural positions and hunching with the 85+ degree temperature in the room we shoot in, and the truth is, I am in pain/physically sore for at least 2 days after every session, Epsom salt soaks have become a regular part of my post-session routine at home. Between the time I have invested in each session, and the physical toll a session takes on my body, I can only do so many each month, and still be a present and active Mama to a very energetic 10 year old.

If you’re a pregnant Mama currently looking for a newborn photographer, stay tuned my next blog post is all about what to look for and ask when trying to find the perfect photographer for your new baby…

Sara Masters-Blacksten is an Oklahoma City based newborn photographer, specializing in on-location newborn portraits across the Greater Oklahoma City Metro. Travel rates are available for client's outside the Oklahoma City Metro. To book your newborn session or for more information please e-mail sara@smbphotographyokc.com