Lifestyle Newborn Photos: The Ottosons

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January 27, 2022

I am so excited to begin a new blog series to highlight some of the amazing families (and beautifully styled homes) that I get to meet as a Castle Rock family photographer! First up is lifestyle newborn photos of a wonderful family from Parker, CO! I’ve had the pleasure of photographing these Colorado natives as a couple expecting their first baby all the way through welcoming their second baby home just this past Christmas.

husband and wife sitting on a log expecting their new baby
Sunset session in Highlands Ranch, CO, 2019.

Darcy and Mitch love to enjoy life with their children, Ellie and Beckham. Ellie is a bright shining light that brings joy to every situation and Beckham is their calm in all the chaos!

three lifestyle newborn photos in bedroom

Beckham is so chill and happy and smiles the biggest when Ellie is playing with him. He slept during their lifestyle newborn session, so I can’t wait to see these two beautiful children interact together next time!

sister excited for her new brother

The Ottoson’s home is beautifully light and bright, and it is such a welcoming place. It’s clean and simple while also being cozy and homey.

family snuggles during lifestyle newborn photos

They’ve made it a priority to create a home that people feel welcome and comfortable in. “We have put a lot of work into the feature walls in our home (shiplap in family room, board and batten in Beckham’s room, and wainscoting in Ellie’s room) and I love the custom look they provide. Doing these ourselves is so rewarding!” says Darcy.

lifestyle newborn photos showcasing feature walls in home

Whether they are in their beautiful Parker, CO, home or adventuring together in the mountains or at the beach, their favorite place to be is “together.” As a young adult, Darcy lost her own mother, her best friend, to cancer. She explains, “I work toward being that parent that provides the structure and guidance they need while also being their best friend. We try to enjoy every moment and make lasting memories because we never know how long we will have together.”

Family photos at Christmastime

Get their style: Mama’s dress is by Leith from Nordstrom. Ellie is wearing a dress from Target and a bow from Little Poppy Co. Beckham’s white newborn swaddle and outfit are by Lou Lou and Company. Two piece white newborn set is courtesy of my client closet!

Family photos in front of Christmas tree

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FOODS FOR NURSING MOMS TO AVOID
48 HOURS BEFORE NEWBORN SESSION:

Acidic food/drinks such as:

Cranberries     Pineapple     Grapefruit
Oranges     Lemons     Berries
Tomatos     Chocolate     Nuts
Pizza     Chili     Mexican food     Ketchup

Gassy vegetables such as:

Asparagus     Onions     Pickles
Cucumbers     Broccoli     Cauliflower
Brussels Sprouts     Cabbage

Restrict soda, coffee, tea, wine, and beer.

Sometimes dairy, depending on the baby.

I know this seems like a long list, but you only have your newborn's portraits taken once! It's not worth it to risk having a gassy or fussy baby who just can't settle. And in the event that your baby is still gassy, I always recommend keeping Gripe Water on hand. I know it was a lifesaver for me when my two were babies.