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  • Welcome!

    *Please note that I am no longer accepting new clients.*

    Thank you so much for visiting! I am Nicole, a custom newborn photographer and owner of Nicole Renée Newborns. I specialize in Newborn Portraiture in Baltimore County, Maryland and surrounding areas. I am a studio-only photographer working with natural light. I would describe my style as creative, fun and modern. I like natural poses, interesting textures and fun props. I am one of the only 100% digital newborn photographers in the Baltimore area and am thrilled to offer high-resolution digital files to my clients.

    You can view my recent work by scrolling down, or visit my portfolio by clicking on one of the "portfolio" links at the top. Also, I truly enjoy donating my photography services to new adoptive families through my non-profit organization, Red Thread Sessions. I am no longer accepting new clients to focus on my family and do not have intentions of returning to work soon. It has been such a pleasure to work with so many families through the years, and I truly cherish every single one! May God bless your day!

Happy birthday babies! {Baltimore Baby Photographer}

Do you remember these adorable babes? I photographed them a year ago when they were fresh newborns. Well they’re back and they are no longer itty bitty … It has truly been an honor to capture these two cuties through their first year! I’ve gotten to know this family and have had so much fun watching them grow from just 2 to 4 … and then watching these precious babes grow into little people. The personalities that were blooming during our newborn session were in full force for their birthday session, oh how fun it was to watch them!

Mom & Dad, thank you for such a special privilege … for inviting me into your life and allowing me to capture it through my lens! Just for fun, here’s the year in review:

Pretty baby girl {Perry Hall Newborn Photographer}

I had the super-duper big pleasure of spending Saturday morning with this preciously adorable babe. Such a tiny, sweet little thing, she also had quite a bit of feisty in her too … reminded me of my Sunshine 🙂 I got to work alongside Mel of Mel’s Crocheted Creations for this session again, what an awesome gift that is … having 4 hands that all know what I want to do at the exact same moment. Just perfect. I’m still working through this gorgeous session, but these were a few of my favorites thus far.
This baby girl was actually photographed in my home studio where I have more props and accessories available. Unfortunately due to the extreme amount of *stuff* required for newborn sessions in my clients’ homes, I just don’t have the capabilities to bring everything with me. But in my home studio, I had access to several bigger props that I really enjoyed working with. If you have a newborn session coming up and would prefer a few more options, email me to discuss shooting the session in my home studio!
Likewise, if your home is dark or you are worried about not having enough window light, I have complete control over the light in my home studio and know that I can get consistent results with ample light!

Introducing Red Thread Sessions

Several fellow photographers and I have been working tirelessly on a new organization that I am so super-proud to help “found” and be a part of.

Red Thread Sessions is a group of volunteer photographers that have graciously agreed to donate their time to offer complimentary photography sessions to adoptive families. The idea for RTS was born in 2011 by myself and a fellow photographer, Nicole Bradley. With both of us being adoptive mommas and photographers, we really felt the need in our communities to celebrate the beauty of adoption through photography. Over the past year, so many ideas, thoughts and emails have gone back and forth, and there have been countless hours worth of work involved. We brought on two more photographers to help as well – Jenna Stoll and Amy Vecchio, both also touched personally by adoption. We know the need to create new portraits for adoptive families is great, but we also all understand the importance of capturing the precious, happy, confusing, exciting, exhausting, traumatic, life-changing time that is so often brief and fleeting in the life of an adoptive family. And with so many fellow photographers expressing an interest in adoption photography, we are so thrilled to introduce Red Thread Sessions!

The name “Red Thread Sessions” comes from the commonly-used Ancient Chinese Proverb that is well-known in the adoption community. It symbolizes the bond that all adoptive children have with their adoptive parents, even before they meet. An invisible “red thread” connects them to the people they are destined to meet. Although this Proverb truly relates to all people, it has a particularly strong connection to adoptive families and seemed like the perfect name for our organization.

A Red Thread Session is a complimentary photography session held during an adoptive family’s homecoming or shortly after they have become an adoptive family. Participating photographers have agreed to celebrate adoption by completely waiving their session fee and offering edited proofs from these sessions at no cost to the families. Red Thread Session photographers offer three different types of sessions:

  1. a family portrait session within the first 3 months of a finalized adoption to capture family portraits of the new family,
  2. a homecoming session where the volunteering photographer meets the adoptive family at the airport upon arrival home to capture the first moments as a new family
  3. a birth photography session to capture the birth of the adoptive child in an open adoption

We are excited to offer so many options to adoptive families – adoption means different things to families and we wanted to make sure that all needs for photography are met! But, we need your help! Red Thread Sessions will only be successful if people know about it! We need as many photographers and adoptive families to hear about Red Thread Sessions as possible so that these adoption sessions can be offered and experienced in every city, all over the US. Will you please help by telling other photographers and families about our new organization? You can blog about RTS, grab our button (with the code at the bottom) to display on your blog, and Facebook about it by linking to our Facebook Page.

We are especially in need of volunteer photographers right now – there won’t be any Red Thread Sessions if we don’t have volunteer photographers! If you are an adoptive family looking to receive a Red Thread Session, please tell your local photographers about RTS and ask them to consider joining us! Or if you are a photographer, please head over to our website and find out if Red Thread Sessions might be a good fit for you. Photographers choose how many Red Thread Sessions they want to photograph each year and are only asked to waive their session fee and offer a set of proofs to adoptive families. Please visit our website for more details using the button at the bottom of this post.

Thank you for helping us spread the word about Red Thread Sessions – passing this information on to others will allow more photographers to use their gifts and talents to help new adoptive families celebrate through photography!

Before/After {Baltimore County Newborn Photography}

I thought it would be fun (and hopefully helpful) to share a SOOC (straight-out-of-camera) file versus the final portrait after editing. My goal as a photographer is to get close-to-perfect images in-camera, as much as possible. In this situation, I cropped slightly, boosted the contrast and exposure a tad, warmed up the color balance and ran a skin smoothing action. Ta-da, done!
And yes of course, I do have capabilities to do much more in-depth editing and sometimes need to, especially with family session when working with multiple subjects. I also sometimes have to work with newborn skin a bit more, but this little guy had creamy skin to start! I do try to minimize editing time by doing most of my work in-camera, at the session. This pays off especially for newborns!