A lot of thought goes into beautiful family photos. Capturing special moments in a newborn session often takes patience. Especially when there’s a big sibling in the mix. Sometimes, it works best to hold back, waiting for the new little one to be deep asleep before trying to capture the older child’s attention. This was the plan for the Gilligan family newborn family session. Erica and Joe Gilligan contacted me, wanting to capture newborn photos of their son. They also wanted to capture family photos with the four of them together. As with most of my newborn sessions, we met at their home. This helps to capture the essence of the family and keep the children comfortable by being their natural environment.

Newborn boy wrapped in a blue knit baby blanket for Beautiful Family Photos

Their newest addition, Joseph was born this past August. Their older daughter, Caroline, is still a little girl herself, at just over two years old. I knew in order to hold her attention and get some sweet shots, we’d have to bring her in at the right moment and work quickly. So I waited until Joseph was asleep on the bed to pull Caroline into the mix to check him out. Her curiosity and wonderment were captured perfectly, before she had enough and zipped off.

Big sister hovers over her new brother for beautiful family photos

Tiny baby feet for Beautiful Family Photos

The Selection

Erica and Joe selected images to turn into gallery wraps to be displayed in their bedroom, as well as in the children’s bedroom. The images they settled on commemorate the early days of each child and the two of them together as new siblings. They’re beautiful portraits which they’ll all be able to enjoy as the kids get older. The Gilligan’s also have a variety of tabletop frames for displaying smaller prints around their home, which they plan to update over time.

Newborn boy on a rug for beautiful family photos

Newborn boy on a bed for beautiful family photos

Newborn boy held in hands for beautiful family photos

The whole session with this family was a breeze. Little Joseph slept throughout much of the session and Caroline’s participation was perfect. I look forward to working with them again and hope they’re as pleased with how the images came out as I am.

Newborn son held by mother for beautiful family photos

Beautiful Family Photos with Mom, Dad, older sister & newborn brother on a bed


Julie Kubal family portraits Washington D.C.About the Photographer and Author:

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!