A little about us...
Bella Baby is the face of hospital newborn portraiture.
We bring our experienced and professional photographers into hospitals around the country to capture your baby's first moments with a natural, artistic style.
Our photographs encompass a wide variety of safe and creative poses that can include siblings and parents while creating a beautiful experience for the whole family to remember.
Bella Baby photographers capture this beauty by using props like special wraps, hats or other items families bring from home, natural window light, along with professional-grade digital cameras.
However, newborns aren't the only subject we love to photograph.
Using a photojournalistic/magazine-style approach to photography, our photographers can come to your home
(or an approved setting of your choice) to capture your family’s milestones, special events or simply to freeze a wonderful moment in time.
Please visit our Bella Life page for additional information, and view our sample gallery for inspiration!
My road to motherhood was what I would describe as a rough one.
We had tried just about everything to get pregnant and had just experienced the difficult loss of another pregnancy a few months before.
What started as joy quickly changed. At 5 weeks along, I was told that my baby had passed away.
To hear those words…
How do we cope with the loss of another baby? Heartbreaking does not begin to describe it. Feeling all of the emotions that happen with this incredible loss we went to the next appointment for an ultrasound before the removal of our baby. We were filled with both sadness and anxiety.
However, all of this sadness turned to joy when they found our baby’s heartbeat! What did you say? We have a healthy, thriving baby! Our baby is alive. Tears of sadness replaced by tears of joy and love!
Moving forward … was a rough one, however.
Fast forward to when we were ready to deliver our baby. Induced with Pitocin I tried for 3 days to give birth vaginally, only reaching 5 cm, my cervix swelled. After all that time in labor, we had to do an emergency c-section.
To say this pregnancy was filled with extreme anxiety is an understatement. It was both a physically and mentally challenging period of our lives. With the help of my husband, I overcame so much in my journey into motherhood.
To all the moms out there who may be experiencing difficult times like these, my advice to you is to keep moving forward. No matter what we went through, no matter how difficult, the end result is/was amazing. Holding in our arms, our beautiful baby boy.
Taylor, Jesse, and their beautiful healthy baby Jeremy reside in Virginia. They delivered at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond.
Erin Metcalf, their photographer, loved their blanket and used their gifts as props for the backdrop. She went on to say this family was very sweet. It was an honor to capture their first photos.
Erin has been with Bella Baby since 2015. In her words… “I have had the privilege of photographing more than 2800 babies in the hospital! Getting to meet all these families and capture these special moments is the best job ever!”
So, you’ve come home with your new baby and the holidays are right around the corner. If you are a planner, you may have already done all of your shopping. To those women, the super organized, be sure to help a friend because you rock! We are in awe!
However, you may be like many of us and haven’t started to think about how you will get it all done. And, panic may even set in when you add your complete change of life with a new baby at home.
We want to help make this season what it should be. Perhaps consider starting a new tradition rather than stressing about what to cook, where to shop, or what to get grandma.
Here are a few tips and ideas that can make this holiday season more about family, time together, and true holiday cheer:
Remember it is OKAY to say no. Saying no to things you don’t want to do is saying yes to yourself. It’s hard, we know. We get that feeling of guilt, but it’s time to let that go! Give yourself permission to miss one year of traveling and curl up by a fire at home instead, if that is what you want to do. Sounds wonderful, right?
Don’t feel like you have to cook! We all know food is important at the holidays; it’s the center of your gatherings. Thankfully, it still can be but without all the fuss. You can order everything you need for a holiday meal and even do it online! Late-night feedings can be the perfect time to order online. The house is quiet, the baby is feeding, and our iPad is our new best friend! Grocery stores, bakeries, and restaurants can all be great places to get your family feast.
For those of you who still need to shop for presents, no worries! The Amazon gift finder is amazing and you can have the gifts wrapped and delivered right to their doorstep. You can easily get the best gift ideas for everyone. Amazon Prime is king of the world for all of us, procrastinators!
Here are some fun ideas for staying in with your family throughout your holidays.
Have a holiday movie night – or maybe a movie night for each family member
Make a video of your family to send to relatives who live far away
Buy matching pajamas and schedule a fun photoshoot
Read a favorite holiday story or two
Have a house decorating day with extended family or friends
Take a drive through a local holiday light show
Write or record a year in review
Have a cookie baking day and do an exchange with other moms
Write a letter to your child about what you wish for them in the coming year
Donate to a charity or family in need through a local church
We hope you enjoy some of these ideas and start a family tradition to last for years!
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