Erika Kao Photography  |  Northern NJ Newborn Photographer  |  Bergen County, New Jersey

I have two children, and I can remember those first few hazy moments with each new baby. The overwhelming love. The soul-filling joy I felt from looking at their tiny little fingers and toes, their soft skin, and their sweet facial features. I remember thinking, "Wow. You're here, in front of me. You're really here." It was almost to much for my heart to bear.

And then, I remember the exhaustion. I was tired. Just. So. Tired. If it weren't for the sun rising and setting every day, I probably wouldn't be able to tell you what time of day it was.

When we hired a newborn photographer, we opted to hire someone who would come to our home. Because honestly, while some women can get it all together, I just knew that I wouldn't be able to gather myself together and get out of the house, let alone doing so while looking even remotely photogenic. And with a baby? Forget it. Not happening.

We also decided we wanted someone to take unposed photos. Posed photos are stunning and posed newborn photographers are incredibly talented, and I know they work their behinds off to create absolutely perfect photos of babies. But there were so many things happening in my house that would be missed if we opted for a photography session in a studio. I didn't want the photographer to miss anything that I really wanted captured. Like that first bath, or how I carried her so carefully down the stairs, or a diaper change. Or us napping on my bed together, or my looking at her through the slats of her crib as she slept.

These are the reasons why we opted for an in-home newborn photography session, and these are the reasons why I, as a photographer, have opted to offer these sessions.

My home is the scenery to our lives. It's the setting where my children's lives have been unfolding, beginning the day we brought them home until today, and every single day in between.

If you're interested in posed newborn photos, the general rule of thumb is to get yourself to a newborn photographer who specializes in posed photography within the first two weeks of life. The reason is that this is the period during which your baby will sleep most of the time, and that means a photographer can easily put her or him into those amazing and surreal positions. If that's what you're looking for, send me a note and I'll gladly put you in touch with some brilliant professionals who specialize in posed newborn photography.

However, if you're looking for a more photojournalistic approach, like the photos you see in my portfolio and among my family stories, then your time frame will be more flexible. Those photos can be completed at a time that's most convenient for you.

If you'd like to learn more, please get in touch with me. I'd love to talk to you about how we can work together to memorialize this important step in your j

In the meantime, whether you're pregnant or awaiting word on your adoption, enjoy this exciting time! Life is about to get wonderfully awesome and real.