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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 RenΓ©e 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!

Sweet Beginnings Graduate!

This little beauty graduated from the Sweet Beginnings Collections today with the celebration of her first birthday. It’s bittersweet … I’m a little sad that she has grown up so quickly right in front of my eyes. But at the same time, I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to capture her first year of life AND to watch her turn into such a gorgeous little lady (I adore her fluffy hair too!!)!
I’m really super-thrilled with our results today – in fact, I couldn’t pick just a few favorites, so I included all of them! I love that we caught so many different facial expressions – Miss Zoe is definitely a character! πŸ™‚ I also just love the last one – it’s a traditional Korean dress called a Hanbok that one-year-olds get to wear on their birthday – how cool is that?! The colors are so vibrant and bright, right up my alley!
To Zoe’s Mommy & Daddy – it’s been such a privilege to capture all of your baby girl’s milestones, thank you!!

My personal top 30 of 2010

I already shared this post on my personal blog but thought it would be fun to post it here too so you can see a few snippets of my life πŸ™‚ A lot of these are just snapshots, but I think oftentimes they mean the most!
I tried really, really, really hard to get this “Top” list down to 20 images but it just wasn’t even coming close to happening. I got the list down to 40 and the was somehow able to shave off 10 more … hence my favorite top 30. These are in order from January – December to kind of “tell the story” of the 2010. So without further adieu … #1 – one of my absolute favorites of Peyton – we were showing off her new hair cut and somehow ended up with one of the best. shots. ever. (especially in sepia).

#2 – another favorite – it was an amazingly warm day for January, so we headed outside to the swing set. I wanted to try out a new b&w action I had bought, so this beautiful image was born πŸ™‚

#3 – I don’t think anyone will be forgetting THIS blizzard anytime soon.

#4 – just another average day at home – we were playing with moonsand and it was *everywhere* but the kids had a blast.

#5 – my pink boots! These are kind of a symbol for a lot of things and remind me of my Dad, so they had to be included.

#6 – Peyton in this gorgeous red velvet dress that my very-talented mom made (seriously – she is VERY talented and I feel so very blessed to have her in my life for more reasons than 1!)

#7 – my new self-portrait at 30, the wrinkles and all πŸ™‚ I guess 30 isn’t so bad … lots of really amazing blessings this year so it’s impossible to complain.

#8 – my little lovebug doing what he does – he has an obsession with hats AND trains … so this just fits him perfectly.

#9 – Ok, this one is for my Dad – Ryan unfortunately isn’t a huge fan of this hat (go figure) but it’s adorable anyway.

#10 – Ryan again – my attempt at some Easter portraits didn’t yield a ton, but at least I got this beautiful shot of him. Looking back at this, he has grown up a lot over this year!

#11 – another new favorite of Peyton. Believe it or not, this was my test shot to make sure my settings were correct before I handed the camera over to my Dad to take our dossier pictures, which leads us to #12!

#12 – the storyboard I made out of our dossier portraits. My Dad took these for us and our really (there aren’t words for) awesome neighbor, Suzi, made the kids laugh perfectly. These were the *easiest* family portraits we have ever done!

#13 – this pretty much sums up the first 5-6 months of the year – paper-chasing for our dossier.

#14 – Peyton’s “Big Sister” charm from Jiayin Designs was her 5th birthday present (added information here – I just got my charm with Sunshine’s Chinese name and it’s just beautiful).

#15 – Peyton’s 5-year pictures on the beach. We surprised the kids with a trip to OC the morning we left – we were already packed and ready to go. It was really awesome.

#16 – when I took this, Zach and I knew instantly that this shot would become “let’s sit down and show your boyfriend all of your childhood photos” bribery material. I still totally think that. LOL. Poor thing took a really nasty fall in OC and had a busted lip for about a week!

#17 – My gorgeous son holding a zucchini from our garden this year! It’s a shame he won’t actually *eat* any of the veggies we grew but at least I got several really cute pictures of him anyway!

#18 – one of my all-time favorites from 2010. Zach was smart enough to take the camera from me and shoot a few pictures. I’m so grateful he did that because I just adore this shot.

#19 – bedhead – this sums up my goofy, “funny guy” son.

#20 – this one is also a perfect summary of Peyton. When she’s home during the day with Ryan, she is ALWAYS getting into something – she has quite the imagination and Ryan is happy to oblige her by joining in. I think they were headed off to school or something. I’m not sure why she wanted to “go” to school in the summer though.

#21 – actually GOING to school on the first day of Kindergarten. This breaks my heart but makes me so proud all at the exact same time. Being a parent is so weird sometimes.

#22 – another shot I really love! We were heading out for Zach’s birthday and I actually had makeup on and looked nice, so I asked my Dad to snap a few of me and Zach. So glad he did!

#23 – just another day home with my Ry Guy. At first I really didn’t like having Peyton gone everyday, but it’s grown on me. It gives me some 1-on-1 time with just Ryan … and even that time is fleeting!

#24 – another attempt at a family picture for the dossier. We were at Clark’s Elioak Farm and had such a fun time. Of course you wouldn’t know it by Angel’s face but that’s kind of typical for her with family shots so really it’s just perfect.

#25 – another new favorite of Peyton, gosh she’s beautiful! This was a product shot for the very-talented Melanie Pizzini of Mel’s Crocheted Creations.

#26 – best friends. This is Johnny, our neighbor, and he’s pretty much the coolest. We can’t wait to see how their friendship grows as they get older.

#27 – the Aquarium! We had such a great day – no school, no work, just us. Zach had taken off for our I-800 fingerprinting and we spent the whole day hanging out. It rocked and we need many more days like this.

#28 – the last family picture we needed for our dossier! Finally! Our awesome neighbor, Suzi was behind the camera again on this one – she really rocks! The kids always smile with her!

#29 – Ryan’s 3rd birthday. I mentioned earlier that my Mom was super-talented. Now you can see another one of her talents – check out this cake!

#30 – probably the best photo to sum up all of 2010. Although we had so much fun as a family and saw so many blessings throughout the year, we were constantly working toward our daughter in China. We didn’t know who she was, but we knew God was leading us. Amazingly, we got to “meet” our daughter through pictures right before Christmas this year. And here is our final 2010 portrait – of our beautiful family of 5.

So there you have it … a year in my life πŸ™‚ And what a really wonderful year. I mean really wonderful. So, so, so many blessings. So much to be thankful for. So many reasons to praise God. Thank you again to all of my clients – each and every one of you has a special place in my heart. I am so grateful to be able to have a “job” that I truly love. Thank you for giving me that opportunity.

Some really exciting family news!

Many of my readers may already know that my family has been in the process of adopting from China for most of 2010 (you can read my original personal blog post HERE). Christmas was really, REALLY special for us this year – we got to see the face of our new daughter, Sunshine!! A few days before Christmas, we accepted a referral for a beautiful 7-month-old baby girl with cleft lip/cleft palate. Although she wasn’t technically *with* us to celebrate our excitement, she was definitely with us in spirit! She is already very loved and very much a part of our family! If you’re interested, you can read the whole story HERE on my personal blog … it’s my attempt at explaining our family’s perspective on the adoption πŸ™‚
My husband and I will be traveling to China in April or May to adopt Sunshine and bring her home! We will be gone for 2-3 weeks and are not sure of the exact travel dates yet. We are thrilled to be adding to our family this way … but because we don’t have specific travel details yet, I will be taking a small hiatus from work in April, May and June to allow for our travel time and then several weeks at home to adjust to being a new family of 5.
I will know our travel dates a few weeks beforehand and depending on when they are, I would like to work in as many sessions as possible before I leave. (Or, if we travel earlier in April, I may have availability in June instead). I have started a small wait list for last minute sessions before I leave – if you’d like a Spring session (April or June), please get in contact with me as soon as possible. I have already added my Sweet Beginnings Collection families to this list, but get in touch with me anyway if you fall in that category just so I can be sure I have everyone accounted for!
I have already received so much support from my family, friends and CLIENTS during such a special time … THANK YOU for your continued support, it really means more that I can express in words. I am so excited (and a teeny weeny bit nervous) to meet Sunshine and make her a part of our family.
HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!
Kristin Staples Photography - January 11, 2011 - 3:03 am

so excited for you and your family nicole!

Merry Christmas!

This baby girl was *such* a smiler! She was a total joy to work with … I don’t think I really ever heard her cry … such a pleasant and well-dispositioned little one. Both baby and mama are natural beauties – that sure makes my job super-easy!
Baby girl made her debut several weeks earlier than expected – she was supposed to be a New Year’s Day baby! I’m sure mom is thrilled to have her home for Christmas and I am so happy we were able to schedule the session before Christmas too!
Thank you, thank you, thank you for the opportunity to capture such a precious time in your life – your baby girl is such a pretty little miracle! Merry Christmas!
Anonymous - January 1, 2011 - 9:24 pm

Congratulations Dr. Oliver and Welcome Indigo! She is absolutely beautiful and the mother/daughter photos are stunning! We hope you are both doing well. Have a very blessed new year!
Pat, Lindsey, and Katie

He’s back and so happy!

What a wonderfully pleasant little guy – it was such a pleasure to photograph him again! I last saw Mr. C. at his newborn session HERE. He was much more excited about his session today compared to last time – we had a TON of fun today! He has a fantastic wardrobe and such a beautiful little grin – a little GQ model in the making πŸ™‚
Mom, Dad, Auntie and Mr. C. – thank you for such a great visit today – I had a terrific time and am SO excited about our results! I will let you know as soon as I am wrapped up with your session!