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8 Jan

Alessandra Marie Santiago



Good morning babes!! Hope everyone is off to an amazing 2018!

Today I want to share our favorite photos from Alessandra’s newborn shoot with the amazingly talented, @pattyothonphotography! I’m so in awe of what she and @rosesandruffles (who creates these beautiful custom backdrops) were able to accomplish when she was only 9 days old! I absolutely love how these photos turned out and can’t stop looking at them!

To be honest..it was a huge challenge to make it to this shoot between recovering from a long labor and delivery and going on no sleep for days after her birth, to trying to get the hang of breastfeeding! All I could think about was feeding her every 2 hours around the clock, so being photo-ready was the last thing on my agenda. But we really wanted to capture these precious moments before it was too late! For newborn photography, the ideal age is 5-12 days because that’s when they are most sleepy and can curl up in these sweet poses! For my mamas-to-be, I’ve included some tips for getting through a successful newborn shoot and how we made it through to the finish line ha!

Jessi Malay newborn baby family

Feed, feed, feed!

  • Make sure your baby is freshly “milk drunk” as we like to call it ;) Trust me, everyone will be much happier including the baby! And the more “milk drunk,” the sleepier the baby!


  • Patience is key, especially in this case. It’s hard to predict what your newborn will be feeling like the day of the shoot, but just hope that they are calm and sleepy! These shoots can last for hours depending on what the baby’s temperament is like that day. And of course, the #1 priority is catering to your baby’s needs, so you may have to pause to feed, burp, change their diaper or rock the baby to sleep before capturing that perfect shot! I felt like we spent a majority of  the shoot making sure Alessandra was comfortable and only about 10% taking the actual photos! 

Getting photo-shoot ready

  • Let’s be honest..the first week after birth isn’t the prettiest..living in sweatpants, unwashed hair, spit stains..mama’s out there, you know what I’m talking about here! It’s hard to get back into the groove of things right after birth and doing your hair and makeup is the last thing on your mind. But if you want to be in your baby’s newborn shoot, this is the perfect time to give yourself a much-needed pampering session! Take a couple hours to go get your hair and makeup done or get an in-home service (like the Glamapp) to come straight to you! When it comes to clothing for the shoot, the more simple, the better. I wore a classic, loose white blouse and leggings, we only shot from the waist up so I didn’t have to worry about my bottoms.

Have your essentials packed and ready!

  • Soothie pacifiers and the Baby Shusher will save you!! Even if your baby is well-fed, burped and freshly changed, she or he will more than likely go into a crying spell at some point and you want to come prepared! The Baby Shusher is a little travel sized object that literally makes a shushing sound which is very calming to the baby, and the Soothie pacifiers will mimic your nipple and not leave any marks on the baby’s face that would be hard to remove from the photos. 

Snacks, snacks, snacks!

  • Make sure you have a ton of snacks for yourself for shoot day. It’s hard to anticipate just how long you’ll be there, could be hours, and after not sleeping much, you’ll need little energy boosts to help you get through! The shoot is usually more tiring stressful for the parents than it is for the baby! 

Power Through

  • A newborn shoot is challenging enough to go through just days after giving birth, so the last thing you want is to put more stress on yourself. As much as I wanted to get the perfect shots, I was getting really stressed out seeing her cry, having to feed in front of everyone, her pooping on the photographer lol, and at points, just wanted to take her home! But just keep in mind, babies can also feel stress from their mamas, so the more calm you are, the better it is for everyone. The photographer reassured us to stay relaxed and stay positive. And together, we powered through! 

Jessi Malay baby Alessandra

My little angel girl  ♥

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Jessi Malay newborn photoshoot baby

Hope you loves enjoy these photos as much as I do!! And if you’re a mama-to-be or are planning to have a baby in the future, I hope you enjoy these photos and can use them for inspo! As semi-stressful as the day was, we will love and cherish these photos forever and get to remember what a sweet little peanut she was!

XO, Jessi

  • La Bijoux Bella | by mia

    Awwwww, little Gorgeous Principessa … those beautiful eyes and peaceful lips are definitely signs from her Pretty Mama. She is defitely a bundle of joy. Which makes this whole new year something more special to look forward to! Just beautiful! 💗👍🏼😇💗

    🌸🍃LA BIJOUX BELLA 🌸🍃| By Mia | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

    January 8, 2018 at 12:59 pm Reply
  • Elegant Duchess

    She is just so cute! I was such a great idea to get these photos done when she was still all sleepy and curly! Fantastic photography. I cant wait to see more cute photos xx


    January 8, 2018 at 1:37 pm Reply
  • alya

    OMG this is the cutest thing ever!!! Congratulations lovely xx

    Alya / moorizzla xx

    January 8, 2018 at 2:33 pm Reply
  • Tasha Juli

    Such adorable photos! Congrats and happy new year!
    Tasha Juli

    January 8, 2018 at 2:56 pm Reply
  • Briana

    So sweet! She’s adorable!


    January 8, 2018 at 3:22 pm Reply
  • Tamara Chloé

    Hi Jesse,

    What a beautiful little muffin. Allessandra looks just like you guys. Only a few days old and already a show stopper. Congrats and enjoy this amazing time. It goes by so fast, before you know it, she is two years old.

    xx Tamara Chloé


    January 8, 2018 at 3:58 pm Reply
    • Tamara Chloé

      Sorry for my typo, it’s Jessi of course lol xx

      January 8, 2018 at 4:00 pm Reply
  • Nina

    Congratulation on becoming a mom, your little princes is adorable. Beautiful photos.

    Nina’s Style Blog

    January 8, 2018 at 6:43 pm Reply
  • Docdivatraveller

    This is such a dreamy shoot! Absolutely adorable!

    January 8, 2018 at 9:45 pm Reply
  • Linda Tran

    She is the absolute cutest! I’m so happy for you and your bundle of joy! Such a cute family.


    January 9, 2018 at 5:47 am Reply
  • kileen

    omg these are seriously so beyond cute and I love how beautifully everything was captured. congratulations again on your sweet little bundle!

    cute & little

    January 9, 2018 at 8:25 am Reply
  • Andreea Birsan

    Congrats on your babygirl! These photos are just too sweet! She’s an angel. Wishing you a great day! xx


    January 9, 2018 at 8:54 am Reply
  • Ashley

    She is just too perfect! Love this shoot!

    Le Stylo Rouge

    January 9, 2018 at 9:01 am Reply
  • Ewa Macherowska

    She’s amazing <3


    January 9, 2018 at 9:20 am Reply
  • Nina

    Omg ! These photos are sooo adorable ! Such a cute family !

    Sending you much love!

    January 9, 2018 at 10:27 am Reply
  • Amy Arnold

    Oh my, she is precious! You all look great and so happy. Good tips!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    January 9, 2018 at 12:08 pm Reply
  • Maryam

    You have such a beautiful family! Congratulations!

    xx, Maryam

    January 9, 2018 at 3:41 pm Reply
  • Radi

    Alessandra is adorable and so beautiful. I especially love the shot of her curled up with her toy.
    This photoshoot turned out wonderful!!! I’m sure it’ll be such a pleasure to look back at the memories once she grows up!


    January 9, 2018 at 5:09 pm Reply
  • Amy

    Oh my goodness… she is just such an angel!! Beyond precious!!! The photos turned out so amazing!

    xx, Amy

    January 9, 2018 at 7:10 pm Reply
  • Carmen

    Omg how adorable! Those photos are so cute and I am sure you will love them forever. A wonderful and precious experience for sure :)
    xx, Carmen – http://carmitive.com

    January 10, 2018 at 1:19 am Reply
  • Lisa Autumn

    Oh such beautiful pictures! Love this little princess

    xx Lisa | lisaautumn.com

    January 10, 2018 at 5:57 am Reply
  • Yahaira Holland

    OMG Jess i was literally thinking to myself how much i wanted pro pics taken but how tired and exhausted i was… When i saw Alessandras pictures i said “this is AMAZING! Buy how did she Do It! Why is Jess not tired!? How can she look so pretty in less than a week of having the baby! Where did she get he Energy to Do her hair and make up!” And knowing you were exhausted and stressed and in SWEATS Among other things, is (as messed up as It might sound) SOOOOO COOL!!! Lol we moms are all in the same team. Team no sleep, team painful boobies, team sweatPants!!! I cant thank you enough for sharing these personal precious moments. Let me tell you that these pictures ARE AMAZING and you both are the cutest parents! Xoxo

    January 10, 2018 at 7:15 am Reply
  • Glory of the Snow

    Awww Alessandrais sooo cute! Love these photos! :)


    January 10, 2018 at 9:25 am Reply
  • Sahra

    oh my goshhh! this is the most darling!!

    XO Sahra
    Que Sera Sahra

    January 11, 2018 at 5:29 pm Reply
  • Jessica

    She’s as gorgeous as her mother!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    January 11, 2018 at 5:32 pm Reply
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  • Taylor

    Omg she is STUNNING!
    These photos are too cute! Also, great tips for new mamas!

    February 12, 2018 at 11:36 pm Reply
  • Chrisine

    OH MY GOD! What an angel !!!!!! :-)

    June 30, 2018 at 2:16 am Reply
  • Edouard

    Very cute photos. Thank you for sharing!

    June 30, 2018 at 2:20 am Reply

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