Babies Archives - Kdarling Photography
Newborn baby with parents mom in floral dress

I have always wanted to look forward to the new adventure that is on its way. That is how I approach each new phase and stage of my children’s lives.

The Best is Yet to Come | Champaign, IL

Recently, my film images were featured in a blog on the Happy Tog’s website.  My friend Holly writes about a truly epic night when we were reminded to slow down and pay attention.  That is exactly what film does for me.

I’ve got a new love | Film Photography | Central Illinois

Often people ask me what my favorite age or genre is to photograph.  That is an almost impossibly question for me to answer.  If I’ve just photographed a newborn, I say, “Newborn!”  If it’s a wedding, my answer is, “Weddings, I love LOVE!”  So if you had asked me after Gibson’s 1 year photo session, the answer would have been, “One year old sessions with a cake smash – hands down!”

Gibson | One Year Cake Smash | Champaign, IL

My neighbor and friend Kristina and her hubby Ricky are getting ready to welcome their third baby any day now!  Kristina was so kind to model these dresses for me the other night – doesn’t she look gorgeous?!

Kristina | Summer Maternity Session | Fisher, IL

When my lifelong best friend, Heather asked me to photograph her family on the front porch of their new home in Cissna Park, I was over the moon excited!  Being invited to photograph families in places that are so special to them makes our time spent together even more meaningful.

The Morrical Family | Our Happy Place | Cissna Park, IL

Sweet little Olivia slept peacefully as she was cradled on the bed for photos with her proud big sister Brooklyn.  She flashed us her sweet double dimples and gave us some adorable baby smiles.

Olivia | Newborn Baby Girl | Decatur, IL

There is no doubt this lucky baby boy is surrounded by and abundance of love!  His mommy and daddy were so attentive to his every need, and grandma and grandpa couldn’t get enough of their sweet new grandson!

Gianluca | Newborn Baby Boy | Savoy, IL

Babies are only little for so long and the newborn stage is over so quickly!!  Photographing babies during their first few weeks of life is so magical to me.  It can be daunting for new parents to head out of the house for quick trip to the doctor, the store to purchase diapers or to pick up a pizza – but none ever regret venturing out for an hour or 2 to have their baby photographed.

Eli | Simply Baby Newborn Session | Champaign, IL

Kaine was an amazing sleeper, and slept through most of his session, stopping to eat a couple of times.  A full belly makes us all happy and sleepy – right?  While he was asleep, I was able to grab some lovely macro images of all of his little features – eyelashes, lips, fingers, toes, etc…He graced us with some awesome open eyed opportunities too – love it when newborns seem to be looking right at the camera!

Newborn Session | Baby Boy | Kaine, 9 days | Champaign, IL

 Newborn sessions should be all about baby with simple, timeless images that will always remind you how your baby slept with his hand by his mouth, or how tiny those little sweet features were. There is not much to say about it other than babies are beautiful just as they are!  I love to let the light and shadows tell a story that captures the innocence of your newborn child. 

NEWBORN SESSION | BABY BOY | OWEN, 9 DAYS | CENTRAL ILLINOIS