“The love of a family is life’s greatest blessing”.  – author unknown

The message Cathy and Josh were hoping to convey through their images was “the importance of family”. Their oldest daughter Sienna (16 months) received a photo session from her Aunt and Uncle as a birthday gift. When her mother Cathy let me know she was expecting we decided to hold off until Kiera (2 1/2 weeks) was born. We were hoping to catch the new sisters together, and while that proved to be a challenge, we were able to capture this great family image.

Sienna’s parents described her as “spirited” and “very sociable”, but we just couldn’t seem to bring that out of her during our time together ;). She is however very fond of her teddy.

Kiera’s personality is still in the early stages, but she is certainly content to snuggle and offer up these adorable little happy smiles. Too sweet!

I made her newborn crown specifically for this session and I think it turned out pretty great.

If you would like to make one (or five) of your own please hop over to my DIY tutorial here.

I am a huge fan of natural posing. For me, it is the only way to capture true personality and emotion. I love that we could capture such a special and precious moment between daddy and his little girl.

This young family will be extra busy with 2 girls under two at home,  but the bond and closeness these sisters will share just might be the importance Josh and Cathy were hoping for.

If  you know someone who appreciates the “Art of Portraiture” and would love the gift of a photo session, please email me at stephanie@stephaniepasutto.com for more information on gift certificates.


Rebecca and Ben stopped by the studio for a mini Valentine session, and wow did they rock it!

Can you guess which one usually doesn’t like to have their picture taken? I’ll never tell!

This was my first time styling a little girl and it was so much fun. As the mother of two boys, I have always envied the abundance of gorgeous clothes available for girls, and did some good work online shopping with J Crew. I plan to add to my collection of styling and wardrobe for kids and always make this available to my models. It really doesn’t get any sweeter than this!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Rebecca is such a natural in front of the camera. Love those boots :)

Can you believe Ben is only 2?! Too cute and too cool!!

There’s just something about sunglasses that brings out the rocker in everyone!


DIY Lace Newborn Crowns

I love to create custom sessions for my clients when I can. I get inspiration for my shoots from many different outlets, and this one came from an image I came across on pinterest. I didn’t exactly know what they were, was but was able to find these adorable lace newborn crowns on Etsy (go figure! :)) I LOVE Etsy, but at the same time, I needed/wanted this crown for a family session this weekend. They have a new baby daughter and I thought this would be perfect. As time was not on my side, I had to go to my other love, DIY. There are many different DIY Lace Newborn Crown projects out there. You can visit here and here for other tutorials. I didn’t take a lot of the prep shots for these crowns, but here is how I made mine.

What you will need for this project:

Parchment or Wax paper
Fabric Stiffener
Acrylic Paint
Glue Gun

I was able to find all of the above at Michaels. And it was an easy trip to my local Fabricland for the lace.

Next you will need to decide how big you are making your crowns. Mine were for a newborn, so I really only needed 8in of lace. However, these would be perfect for every day dress up, and can you imagine the faces on little girls if they showed up to a princess themed birthday party and got to take one of these home as a thank you for coming?

I purchased three different types of lace as I wasn’t sure how the final look would show in my black and white images. Once your lace is cut, lay it out on parchment or wax paper and drizzle the fabric stiffener on top. I ran my fingers along the lace and then tapped it my my finger so the stiffener would come free from the detail areas. Make sure to flip the lace over and get the other side. Depending on the type and thickness of the lace, you may need to repeat this step 2-4 times. Allow to dry until your lace is stiff enough that it will curve into your crown shape.

Here is what one of the unpainted, unglued, stiffened crowns looks like

Now the sky is the limit when it comes to color. I choose to go with Martha Stewart- Gray Wolf, FolkArt – Pure Gold + Metallic Silver Sterling. The process for painting these is very similar to the application of the stiffener. Drizzle the paint along the lace and run your finger along the lace so it gets even coverage. Tap your finger against the lace on the parchment to remove excess and allow the detail to show through. This should only take one application. Each type of lace will absorb the paint color differently. Both of these crowns were painted using the same paint color.

Once the paint has dried, you are ready to glue them together. I used a measuring tape as I wanted the diameter to be 2 inches across. You want the lace to line up with the pattern, however, I found if the lace overlapped too much it looked quite thick and the detail was lost a little where it came together. As these were made for a newborn shoot, they didn’t have to be too durable. I was able to dab just a little hot glue on the ends to keep them together nicely. If these are for everyday play you will want to make sure they are glued well, and the overlap may be needed.

DIY Lace Newborn Crowns Gold Silver

And there, you’re done! How easy was that? If you wanted to get a little more crafty you could embellish these further with small flowers, jewels, etc.

I am really looking forward to putting these to good use this weekend and will post a sneak peek soon.

**Update** Here is a image of one of my crowns on this adorable newborn baby girl.

DIY Lace Newborn Crown





  • February 1, 2012 - 3:46 pm

    Anna - I want to do this. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • February 23, 2012 - 1:22 pm

    G Family » Stephanie Pasutto - […] If you would like to make one (or five) of your own please hop over to my DIY tutorial here. […]ReplyCancel

  • March 6, 2013 - 10:45 am

    Megan - Just curious how 8cm of lace actually make it look as big as it does on the baby’s head? I made one and the diameter is so time, it looks ridiculous.ReplyCancel

    • March 6, 2013 - 11:50 am

      admin - My apologies Megan, it should read 8in not 8cm. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. Happy crafting!ReplyCancel

Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” – Mother Theresa

Sweet Emmett slept through our entire session. He was an “older” newborn at 27 days, but he was perfectly sleepy and allowed me to capture some images without so much as a peep. He even went so far to give me a sweet, sleepy smile. His mother says he has been a dream baby which is wonderful as he has two older brothers at home under 5 years old. Now that is one busy household! I have had the oppoortunity to spend time with this family on several occasions and Emmett is very lucky to be born into such a special and loving family.

Welome to the world little man.

On January 17, 2012 The National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) awarded the above image as their Weekly Favorite! Who could resist a sweet smile like that?

In good company.