what to expect at your newborn session

what happens at your newborn session

I remember when I was expecting my first child, I was totally overwhelmed with endless options. It was terrifying to think that I had to decide on so many important issues like where to deliver, the baby’s name and what sort of birth plan to attempt to execute.  And let’s not discuss the endless insignificant decisions like how to decorate the nursery or what sort of stroller to buy. Totally overwhelmed! Well, trust me, if I can help make your newborn session go smoothly with a little education, I’m  happy to oblige.

So what happens at your newborn session?

I am in the camp that the baby runs the show. If the baby is “ready” when I arrive, I will start photographing the baby. I bring with me a posing bag along with a few simple, neutral-colored wraps. I don’t force the baby into any unnatural poses, but rather, lightly guide the baby. The result is timeless and organic images of your little one.


Once mom is ready, we will get plenty of photos of the two of them together. This is a great chance to show off that nursery.


If there is a sibling, and the baby is still happy, we may move to the master to take photos of the siblings. Anytime during these periods, dad is welcome to join. As long as the baby is happy, we will continue shooting in various combinations and environments.

Typically, the baby will need a feeding break. This will allow me to take some detailed shots of the baby’s room or just the sibling by himself. I know that the older sibling’s life has just been dramatically changed, so I like to spend some one on one time with them.

Lastly, sometimes grandparents are at the home and I am happy to incorporate them in the photos as well.

After about 60-90 minutes, usually the baby (and mom) are ready to be done.

I hope this little blurb was helpful. I completely understand how up in the air everything is when having a newborn. My goal is that you will now know what to expect at your newborn session.


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giving back:: the gold hope project

giving back

When I initially heard about the Gold Hope Project a few years ago and loved the idea of photographing these special families. I felt drawn to the mission of gifting sessions to cancer warriors and their families. I  immediately applied to become a photographer for the organization. The Gold Hope Project has very high standards (rightly so) for the photographers and I was not accepted then.

Earlier in this year though, I applied again and was thrilled to be accepted as an official Gold Hope Photographer.
Shortly after, I was contacted by the organization to fill the need to photograph a fighter session. Getting this call resulted in a mix of emotions. I am happy to use my talents for an important cause, but it also meant that a family is struggling with a horrific situation.

I had the privilege to  learn a bit about JJ and his wonderful family when we spent time together that brisk October day.  JJ is just 4 years old and is currently fighting acute lymphoblastic leukemia. But there is so much more to this special boy that this disease he is fighting. Like most four year olds, JJ loved running around, being silly, chatting about sports and legos. It is hard to imagine what this family has gone through, but sharing time with them briefly showed me their enormous amount of strength and love for each other. It was truly and honor. 



Posted in Denver Family photography, Giving Back, The more you know

Nikon D40

This DSLR camera is lightweight, has the ability to change lenses, and has just enough features to take your photography to the next level.

You can read more about the camera here

For sale:

Nikon D40 (13745 actuations)

One battery

One Charger

Nikon Dx Lens 18-55mm 3.5-5.6G

Nikon Dx lens 35mm 1.8G w lens hood

Nikon D40 Digital Field Guide

$200 for the bundle (not selling items separately) cash only

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Update on Denver fall sessions

Update on Denver Fall Sessions

Hi There! I just wanted to give a quick update on denver fall sessions. I am excited to be offering mini sessions this year and they are filling up fast.
Currently, two out of the three dates for my Denver mini sessions are booked.  However, that doesn’t mean you are out of luck. I have two spots for the September 24th date available.

Are you wondering what a mini session looks like? It will be brief, but fun! A mini session will be fast-paced- perfect for families who have kids older than toddle age. And a mini session with me is a bit silly. I will likely tell a few jokes or make a fool out of myself. It is ideal for a family looking for a few images to update their archives or for a holiday card.

Structure for your mini session

We will have had a chance to speak on the phone prior to our meeting. This allows us to get right down to business. We will together find a great spot that fits your needs. Our time together will allow plenty of shots together of the family. I will direct a bit with posing, but will keep it light. If time allows, I also like to take photos of children individually then together with their siblings. And just like that- our session is over.

When to book your session

Now! The prime fall spots fill up fast! Email me at molly@mollygargphotography.com

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Denver fall mini sessions

Though I am really sad summer is coming to an end, I am looking forward to fall. Especially now that I will be offering Denver fall mini sessions. Fall mini sessions are perfect if you need few images to update your wall gallery or for holiday cards. The fall mini sessions are also shorter on time which perfect for kids that get tired of me following them around. But don’t worry, we will still have plenty of wonderful shots of your family snuggling, giggling and loving on each other. I have learned over the past few years how to work efficiently and to work with clients to put them at ease relatively quickly. I’m looking forward to seeing my old clients as well as a few new families.

The sessions are (hopefully) during the fall time in which the leaves will be changing colors. I have a few great spots in mind, but the location will be decided as it gets closer. I expect these to sell out quickly so please reach out if you have any interest in booking.  Please note your first and second choice when emailing me and I will do my best to fit you in.


Fall sessions are ideal for:

  • immediate families looking to update their family photos


  • families that have children over the age of 6 months


  • families that have a relaxed attitude and up for a little fun

Each session is a bit different. Below are some photos from last year during the fall season to give you an idea of what you can expect at your session.

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