Babies are Beautiful just as they are

When I see a newborn I see a tiny person, perfect just the way they are. I don't want anything to distract my eye from their face. I like to use neutral colors and plain blankets and wraps so the newborn is the focus, not the decorations. I love closeups of the baby’s hands, feet, hair, and face.

Babies are most comfortable at home

Babies are most comfortable at your home rather than a new studio and it's easier for you to have your newborn's photos where you have plenty of diapers, milk, blankets, and a change of clothes. I take photos of newborns mostly in your arms where they feel the most safe. My favorite baby photos are those with the baby in a parent's arms. I love to include the whole family in the photos. If you have other kids you can really see how tiny they are side by side. It's special for the older sibling to have their photo with the baby and know they are the big sister or big brother. I want to show the love you have for each other, the connection and emotion.

sally in Layton utah with new newborn baby by Michelle Deppe Photography.
sally kisses her newborn baby as she sits on her bed in Layton, Utah.
Sally and Sam with their newborn baby at home sitting on their bed in Kaysville Utah.
Dad with his son and newborn baby on the bed at his home in Syracuse, Utah.
Black and white image of newborn baby boy on mom's bed in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Close up of a newborn baby boy at home in Layton, Utah Davis County.
Family with a newborn sitting on the bed in Layton, Utah with Michelle Deppe Photography.
Salt Lake City newborn with his brother on the bed at home.
mom, dad, and newborn baby on their bed in Farmington, Utah Davis County.

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Safety is my top priority for your newborn

I know some photographers dress up babies in baskets and shape them into tacos and frogs, but it can be unsafe for the baby to be in unnatural positions. The "froggy" pose is actually dangerous for a newborn that can't hold her head on her own and has her hands trying to support her head. Your baby’s safety is my first concern. I wear a mask in your home and keep all of my gear germ free. I have some white blankets and 3 wraps I can use and they are washed after each shoot.

all the kids together!

Newborn baby yawning at his home in Layton, Utah with Michelle Deppe.

Love the big yawns!

The alternative to overly posed family newborn photos


I have a more minimalistic approach to newborn photography. It’s considered “lifestyle newborn photography” where I will give directions and some natural, timeless posing. You won’t have to wonder what to do. It’s easiest with the baby asleep, but I can take photos of you feeding the baby, and cuddling her too. I like to keep it simple. Your newborn baby is the star of the photo session just as she is.

Instead of unnatural newborn posing with all those unnecessary props, what I love is organic, natural family newborn photos that tell your family’s story of a new baby at your home. All you really need is your baby lying down on a bed (a white bedsheet preferred), a white onesie, just a diapers, or nothing on at all. You can include a favorite little hat or headband if you want. I’ll use natural window light and that’s it. 

Simple. Honest. And truly beautiful.

Enjoy Images that will stand the test of time.

About Michelle Deppe

family and newborn photographer

Hi, there! I’m Michelle. I am so glad you are looking at my work on my website and blog. As a fine art maternity, baby, and family photographer, I specialize in families with young children. I am an award winning newborn photographer in Salt Lake City, Utah.

If you love my work, I would love for us to start planning your session.

Together, we will create a collection of fine art love-filled images through a stress-free experience. My approach to photography includes a mix of very natural posing and natural family moments. This allows for an experience where your whole family feels comfortable and relaxed. So all you really have to do is to enjoy being with each other.

To see more of my family and baby photography work, please check my portfolio here. 

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