Newborn Baby Ted | Photography by Emily Payne

I am so honored to share this session with you that is near and dear to my heart. Laura contacted me a few days after her son was born here in San Francisco. Sweet baby boy debuted a bit early … okay, that’s an understatement. He decided to completely surprise mom with his arrival, before she could even gather a bag!


He made it safely earthside. Alive. Healthy. Perfect.

Laura hadn’t completed the optimistic tasks of collecting baby items or packing a “go” bag because, following the birth of her daughter 10 years ago, Laura experienced 9 pregnancies that were not carried to term. She was never quite sure that this pregnancy would be successful until precious Ted was actually in her arms. The strength of mind, spirit, and will that this mother carries within her is nothing short of breathtaking.


There may not be a word in the English language that properly exemplifies the wave of feelings that washed over Laura but she was, simply said, relieved.



I felt a deep and immediate connection to this family, and the need to photograph dearest Ted and his big sister. I could sense how much these images would mean to Laura. When I arrived at their home and saw mama nursing baby, I was absolutely blown away by the intense, almost palpable love in the room. During our session, Laura mentioned to me that she didn’t even want to find a babysitter for Ted because she doesn’t want to miss a single fleeting moment.


I feel privileged to have photographed Laura’s family at such an extraordinary and heavenly time in their lives. Jackie helped me downstairs after I packed up to leave their home, and I received this message from Laura: “Lucky number Ted, as I like to call him, just wanted to let you know you’re the best and that he fell asleep before you guys reached the elevators. Can we stop time? Please! Thank you again for your time, patience, and kindness.”


Laura, I did my very best to stop time for you with these photos. Thank you for sharing your family with me.




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San Francisco

Newborn Photographer