MetroBabyCards. That's where I got mine and I was very happy with the quality, unlike some of the mainstream services I've used before (won't name names).It's been 2 months and I cannot believe that I have finally gotten around to working on the newborn photos of Alexis. All the annoucements have been delivered so I am free to post these without spoiling the surprise. Btw, for those looking to get baby announcements/thank you cards, etc, check out
When Alexis was born, I knew that newborn shots should be done in the first 10 days for easy positioning and cooperation from the newborn. The problem occurred when Alexis decided that newborn photos didn't really matter and that she will NOT sleep for the first two weeks of her life. AT ALL! (well, not really but you get my point). She wouldn't nap and wouldn't sleep at night, unless she was on our chests and was a very alert newborn. You see the issue there when it comes to photographing a SLEEPING newborn? So I waited a week hoping that she would start sleeping soon. Nada! Finally I said, I'm just going to try the very next time she falls asleep on my chest. I figured if it's too hard, I'll get a professional photographer, since I have never photographed newborns. Hard to photograph was underestimating what Alexis presented us with. We would dress her, rock her to sleep, pose her, take 2-3 photos and she'd wake up. That continued for an hour or so, until I didn't want to torture my poor baby anymore for the sake of her newborn shots. I took a few pictures of her awake with an adorable owl hat from Melondipity (and sucking her fist on most of them) and called it a day. In the next few days I attempted to take a few more but the girl would wake up THE second she was put down. We didn't even have time to pose her. We had the heater up, a comfy place for her to lie on and yet the second she was off our chests, her eyes would pop open. So I gave up on the whole thing and didn't call a newborn photographer, because with the way Alexis slept, there was not much that could have been done even if you have mad skills. However, to this day I see cute newborn photos on our people's blogs and their account of how easy it was to pose him/her while sleeping ( yes, Melissa, I'm talking about your adorable boy), I smile and wish I could have had the same. The most important thing is that I have a few posed shots of her as a little baby and a million others taken every day since they day she was born. So the memories will always be there. And it'll be so much fun to show her the outtakes (they are HILARIOUS!).
Alexis at 10 days old
owl hat is from Melondipity