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Braden | Alexandria VA | Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

Ever been to a newborn session where the baby doesn’t cry once? Me either, at least I hadn’t until earlier this week when I shot Braden’s lifestyle newborn session. One of the reasons I love lifestyle photography, especially for newborns is because its much more laid back, and Braden was the poster baby for his session. I didn’t hear him make one peep. His big brother Liam was as sweet as could be sitting with me, sharing his cheese and smiling when he was reminded he would get a cookie! Who wouldn’t smile for a cookie, right? It was so hard for me to narrow down my favorites, but here they are! 

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  1. Steve Ewell says:

    Great shots! I look forward to meeting Braden!

  2. chris mcdermott says:

    I love all of the pictures!Beautiful family!!!!!!!!!

  3. Matt says:


  4. Kaitlin says:

    what a beautiful family, and amazing photos!

  5. Mandy says:

    Great pictures!

  6. Gleora says:

    Beautiful touching photographs. Many memorable times to come with the rest of the family. Loved the brotherly love. No squabbles yet!

  7. Marilyn Healy-McDermott says:

    These are precious and capture the love

  8. Marty says:

    Beautiful Pics!!

  9. Emily McDermott says:

    So excited to welcome the newest member of our family! These pictures are gorgeous!!

  10. Emily McDermott says:

    (And I think Braden has the McDermott nose!!)

  11. Wilfrid thibodeau says:

    I think these pictures are great love all of them

  12. Ken Ewell says:

    Great pictures of Braden and the family!

  13. Wilfrid thibodeau says:

    Claire and I love the pictures he did a great job

  14. Lauren George says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE these!!!!!! Wonderful pictures of a wonderful family!

  15. Nancy Costello says:

    Absolutely lovely photos – they capture the happiness of the arrival of Braden .

  16. Sarah Holland says:

    I love the fun family shots! I can just hear Liam giggling!

  17. Gina Coscina says:

    Gorgeous photos of a beautiful family!!!

  18. Mary Schwab says:

    Welcome little Braden. Great pictures. They rival with the latest from England’s royal family.

  19. kristin regan says:

    What beautiful photos of a beautiful family ! Congratulations again! Braden is so adorable !!

  20. Megan Bowers says:

    Love everything about these – can’t wait to meet the little dude <3

  21. Paul says:

    Super cutie! And no, Andy, not talking about you 🙂

  22. Doris McDermott says:

    I LOVE THEM!!! Beautiful baby, beautiful big brother, and beautiful parents. I want them all.

    love you all.


  23. Kristen says:

    Love these!! Can’t wait to meet the little guy!

  24. matt george says:

    Love these! Liam’s such a good big bro. You guys look awesome!

  25. Pop Pop says:

    I knew Doris would want THEM ALL!! (Can’t blame her. They are GREAT!)

  26. Pop Pop says:

    I agree with Matt. Liam’s the best big bro. I love the brotherly love shots!

  27. Big gay uncle says:

    Great shots! Liam looks like Andy’s baby shot in the yearbook but with less ice cream on his shirt.

  28. Julia says:

    Just beautiful. Your family makes me smile! Love you guys

  29. Terry & Ray says:

    What beautiful photos of a beautiful family!

  30. Jane A says:

    Beautiful baby, beautiful big brother, beautiful family! Enjoy every minute!

  31. Beverly says:

    Beautiful family! Congratulations! Very touching pictures. 🙂

  32. Kim Gioia says:

    These pictures really capture the greatness of babies and family. Absolutely beautiful!

  33. Cathy gelcich says:

    Such a beautiful family! Congratulations to all!

  34. Julia MacMillan says:

    So beautiful! Captures the wonder of infancy and parenthood!

  35. Pat Curran says:

    What a beautiful family! Blessings to you all xo

  36. Ellen says:

    I can see why Emily had such a hard time choosing her favorites (and I’ve only seen her favorites)!

  37. Ellen says:

    These really are beautiful pictures of a beautiful family. xo

  38. Andrew says:

    I like my smile really ties these pictures together. Emily is a photo wizard for real though.

  39. Lindsey says:

    beautiful baby and family! & talented photographer!

  40. Eric C says:

    Andy, congrats man! He’s a handsome baby!

  41. Eric C says:

    And big brother looks so proud! Happy for you and yours, man..

  42. Amanda F says:

    Love these! Such a beautiful family!! Going to miss you guys!

  43. Sam says:

    Such beautiful pictures!

  44. Lauren says:

    Thanks everyone for the wonderful comments. Emily did such an awesome job with our newborn session.

  45. Lauren says:

    Liam only tried to drop Braden like 5 times…but thankfully those photos didn’t make the blog 😉

  46. Olivia says:

    Beautiful, special memories captured forever! Great photos, lovely family!

  47. Eric says:

    Great pictures, thanks for sharing! Can’t wait to meet the little guy and see all of you!

  48. Eric says:

    Also I love that Sasha made an appearance!

  49. Ray Metz says:

    Great Pics! Congratulations McDermott family!

  50. Doris McDermott says:

    I don’t get tired of looking at these. They are just beautiful. Thank you for sharing them.
    Great job, Emily.


  51. Martha Schultz says:

    These are incredibly beautiful! Thanks for sharing. Congratulations!!

  52. Derrick says:


  53. Jan Obarowski says:

    Amazing pictures! What a beautiful family!!

  54. Jen Saraiva-Galloway says:

    The little hands! LOVE <3 Truly a beautiful family.