I originally met Jen Barlev and her husband Gili, along with baby Samuel, when they were attending a baby massage class. I happened to be there to photograph the class for the Breastfeeding Center, and I’m so glad I was called in. Jen and Gili loved the images I took of their family during the class. They even ordered a couple of prints, which are now hanging in their house.  Jen contacted me a few months later, inquiring about doing a custom session with her and her little guy.


Little boy in crib for Babywearing Photo Ideas

The Photo Session

As a first time client, it was so much fun to talk with Jen and listen to her vision for the session. In fact, it inspired how I approached shooting the photos of her with Samuel. Jen’s overall vision was to capture some mother/son moments to symbolize the bond that has grown between the two of them. She has a few beautiful wraps to carry Samuel around in and wanted to capture the memories of baby-wearing with him, especially since he’s growing so fast and time is passing so quickly. Capturing these images was a beautiful visual representation of the closeness between them. In the end, it was a fun, collaborative experience that we both really enjoyed.

Mom and Son playing for Babywearing Photo Ideas

We had to postpone the shoot a couple of times due to illness. Coincidentally, both of the cancelled dates had been gloomy and rainy. When we did finally manage to get together, it was warm (albeit a bit humid), but clear. More importantly, everyone was happy and healthy!

The session itself took place at the Barlev’s home and around their neighborhood. We started out with some playtime and reading together inside. I love the photo of the two of them sitting on the floor, engrossed in their story together. Then, we proceeded outside to burn off some energy.

Mom reads to her son in her lap for Babywearing Photo IdeasLittle boy out for a walk for Babywearing Photo Ideas

When it was naptime, we headed out for a stroll until Samuel settled in for a snooze. Then we made our way over to a lovely local coffee shop called Swings that Jen frequents with Samuel. As any new mom knows, being at home alone with a baby can sometimes feel isolating; Swings provided a welcome respite for Jen during those early days. While Samuel lay fast asleep in Jen’s arms, I was able to document mother and son at the place that holds some special memories of a time that is quickly passing. The scene perfectly epitomized the emotion Jen had envisioned capturing on film that day. Heart=melted.

Mom and Son out for a walk for Babywearing Photo Ideas

Artwork On Display

During the viewing session, Jen and I brainstormed together to come up with the best way to display her favorite images. This resulted in a plan to hang a large framed print in the living room. In addition, we worked on creating a beautiful arrangement for a series of three gallery wraps to be hung together at the top of the stairs on the second floor. The images all compliment each other and are a touching expression of the mother/son bond.
Mom cradles sleeping son in her lap for Babywearing Photo Ideas

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Julie Kubal is a child and family portrait artist and photographer serving Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. She is passionate about creating warm and meaningful artwork through modern portraits and lifestyle photography at a location of your choice!