{Lucas James}--Lifestyle Newborn--In Home Session--Colorado Springs Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

Technically these guys live in Denver (yes, I travel for an additional small fee), but when you take their engagement photos, wedding photos & first child’s newborn photos…of course you are willing to go ANYWHERE to capture their second child’s newborn photos. To say I love this family would be an understatement; they are AMAZING & I feel like I’ve known them forever. =)

When I arrived for Luca’s newborn photos…it was a gorgeous warm summer morning & everything just felt at ease. =) I adore In-Home sessions because they are so unique to each family. Check out a few more favorites from their session…


{Hayden Geordge}--Lifestyle Newborn--In Home Session

This family was expecting their first child & found me on NSM…it’s nice to know Social Media is working for me.;) We ended up being neighbors. #truestory. They live just on the other side of Highway 105 in the newest development…small world, I think YES. =) Which also made it super convenient when baby arrived for me to pop on over for their in-home session. So much fun to watch new parents. They were so excited to have me, they welcomed me into their new home, as did their big doggies.;) Needless to say they were head over heels for their new little addition; their son, Hayden George. Can’t say I blame them…he was certainly delicious.

Although I typically have clients send me a few quick snap-shots of their home before the actual session…I always do a brief walk-through in the rooms we talked about (usually the nursery, master bedroom, family room & occasional kitchen/dining/office) to see where the best light is pouring in. I am a sucker for natural light & even though you may not think your home has good natural light…trust me, I can find it. Every home does; it is just that some have more than others. That’s ok. I am confident I can make just about any circumstance work.;) I have had a few challenging doozies in my first years starting out my business. Ha!

This was another baseball loving family from the East Coast & so we had fun dressing Hayden up in a mini-jersey for a few shots. And of course mom has been dreaming of this day forever, so she has a few favorite purchased newbie outfits she may want to show off. I’m good with just about anything, but I always think a swaddled baby is & will forever be my favorite look. Obviously I want to make sure & capture tiny toes & fingers too…so sometimes during the outfit changes is when I sneak those in.

Feeling overly wordy today…(sorry!) Have a glimpse into their home & meet Hayden…


{Finley June}--Lifestyle Newborn In-Home Session--Colorado Springs Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

I’m telling you guys, it ALMOST makes me want to have another baby because of all of the adorable baby names out there. I mean come on??!!! Finley June, Quinn Harper, Scarlett, Sloan, Sedona. Ummm…YEAH!!! But don’t worry, I’m totally kidding…I don’t really think a 14 yr. gap between kids would be much fun.;)

I met this family in June of 2017 & fell in love with all of them, in particular, the sweet little strawberry blonde oozing personality! =) We had so much fun just hiking the trails, playing games in the evening spring sun. I was thrilled when Jen contacted me about capturing daughter #2’s arrival. This family is just so darn adorable & down to earth; they are a real treat to work with.

Nursery details…lush, lavender heaven. I don’t typically like purple all that much, but this nursery is so tasteful it’s truly a delight to the eyes. Jen’s mom hand sewed the nursery bedding, skirt, etc. It’s just gorgeous so of course we had to get a few shots with grandma while she was in town visiting.=)

Watch out for the “sister” pics…they’ll just melt your heart!!!<3<3<3

{Quinn Harper}--Lifestyle Newborn In-Home Session--Castle Rock Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

Aaaaahhhh…I was sooo sooo excited when Cassie contacted me to tell me she was expecting & ask if I would capture their newborn? I met Cassie & Brandon at least 5 years ago & we did a couple’s session inside the Garden of the Gods & on Mesa Rd. I remember how adorable they were & thought to myself…”they would make such cute babies.” Turns out, I was right!;) While catching up on their lives during their session, I learned it was anything short of exciting & busy... they recently switched jobs, built a house & moved & had a baby. Ha!

Little Quinn was one of the sweetest babies I laid eyes on this past season & I can hardly wait as they just asked me to photograph her 1 yr. Birthday coming up in February. There is no greater honor than being invited back again. I love when young families ask me to capture milestones for them…not only do I get to see their little ones grow, but I get to see their new additions & really build rapport with them (which is one of the things I love the very MOST about my job).

I was obsessed with the nursery they decorated for little Quinn Harper…from top to bottom they had wood signs, mountain décor & even a fabulous rug that read, “Adventure Awaits.” Which to me seems so perfectly fitting…so many wonderful adventures await both Quinn & her parents. Oh what fun!!!


{Natalie Ray}--Lifestyle Newborn In-Home Session--Colorado Springs Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

I remember distinctly being nervous about this particular session as soon as I learned that these new clients lived in an apartment building. Most of my clients live in homes with big windows…so per usual, I lifted it up to the Lord & He delivered. Their apartment unit happened to be on a corner with gorgeous morning light pouring into their master bedroom & I knew immediately where I would be doing the majority of their session at upon arrival. Thank you God…you are sooo GOOD!!! I could probably write a book on all of the times God has answered my prayers about weather, lighting, clients, situations, etc. during my course of 10 years doing Photography.

This young couple also had a 2 yr. old daughter who just happened to steal the show & melted my heart. She was too cute for words & so interested in showing me all of her toys. Sometimes I use this tactic of “go get your favorite book" & show me” to sneak a few alone shots with just Mom & Baby or sometimes I end up using the book they bring me as part of my next set with the entire family sitting on the bed & reading a book. Simple ways to create “lifestyle” without having to work very hard for the shot. I remember she had a pretend camera & was taking pictures of her baby sister (whom she adored) & I like to think that maybe someday she’ll be a photographer too. =)

Some of my favorite Mother-Baby shots were taken in this tiny master bedroom…maybe it was the gorgeous light shining in, maybe it was that this new mother was radiating beauty from the inside out, or maybe it was that God answers prayers & totally showed up for me during this session in more ways than one. All I know is, these pictures speak for themselves. This family’s love for one another was so evident, it came shining through in every frame.

I say it a LOT, but it’s true…I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE capturing newborns at in-home sessions…something so personal, so intimate, so beautiful.


{Lucas Michael Nordstrom}--Lifestyle Newborn In Home Session--Colorado Springs Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

As I begin journaling sessions from almost 1 year ago I may not remember ALL of the tiny details (like exactly how old this newborn was during his photoshoot), but I DO remember how completely smitten his parents were. So completely in love from head to toe; it was beyond precious!!! From the time I entered their beautiful home, they began to boast of his grand entrance into the world, continued to ooh & aah over him while showing me his adorable nursery. They had not forgotten one little detail of décor & made sure to include all of his precious stats on a message board for me to photograph. I just adore seeing brand new parents with their new bundle of joy!!! It is simply a fleeting phase & one that goes by far too quickly if you ask me. But I love that I am their to capture these moments for people so that they can look back & remember all of the little things they may have otherwise forgotten.

{Newborn Baby Dakota Grace} Colorado Springs Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

Hands down my favorite lifestyle newborn session to date. Not only was this couple so welcoming as I spent the morning in their amazing home with TONS of awesome windows & natural light, but it was different than any other in home session I've ever experienced. Of course I got their sweet pets, captured a yawn shot or two, but my absolute favorite part was when dad asked if I could capture bath time. Ummm...hello? YES!!!! I've always wanted to photograph this with a newborn & these images are perfection to me!!! I love the process, expressions & how real and raw it is. Everyday real life. This is EXACTLY why I love lifestyle newborn sessions in comparison to staged propped photos with baby always sleeping & looking "Perfect." Yes, they are sweet, do not get me wrong. I just love capturing what goes on in the first few weeks as a new family with baby...diaper changes, crying, bath time, rocking, swaddling, pets getting acquainted, learning to parent together, cuddles with grandma & grandpa, etc. These are the moments you will forget unless captured by someone (like me.;)). Telling a story with pictures. This is a gift that God gave me & I love that I can use this gift to capture forever memories for other families. If you are interested in a lifestyle newborn session for yourself or someone you know...contact me at CourtneyKae@msn.com to get on my calendar. I would LOVE to meet you & your sweet little bundle of joy!

P.S. Forgive me as I will be posting an excessive amount of images from this unique session.;)

{Newborn Baby Samuel} Colorado Springs Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

This was my first time meeting Beth & Paul and of course baby boy, Samuel. They received a gift certificate from a family member for pictures after Samuel's arrival...what a great idea (of course I'm slightly biased.;)) It was so lovely getting to know this new family...hearing about their love for travel & seeing fabulous pictures in print all around their home. Beth is a photographer herself...cameras were lying around everywhere...LOVED it!!! Due to their passion for international travel Samuel's Nursery was decorated to the "t" with giraffe & elephant décor...you could see the love & thought that went into every detail...down to their picture frames actually filled (which was a first for me). Considering he was just 2 weeks & 2 days old when I was there...I was impressed to say the least. One of my favorite stories they shared with me was the sentimental value to the stuffed animals: lion, giraffe & elephant...which were all passed down in their family. From grandparents to Beth's parents & her parent's to her as a baby & now Beth is passing them on to Samuel as a baby & I can only imagine the tradition will continue. So special. Also they all have a love for travel, animals & photography...how cool is that?! Take a peek at our sweet time spent together...

{Benjamin--6 days NEW} Colorado Springs Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

I just adore the Rosin Family! I met Kristin through another mutual friend/client & they have been loyal return clients/friends ever since. They just welcomed their third baby boy into the world on March 1st at 5:38am. Benjamin Jack weighed in at 7lbs. 13 oz. & 20 inches long. I happen to think he looks JUST like his brothers (already)!!!

I know I say this every time I do a lifestyle newborn session, but I really mean it. It's such a special honor to have families welcome me into their homes when their baby is so fresh & new and then just let me document their lives...especially during the early, crazy days or weeks when everyone is sleep-deprived zombies. Ha! But I so love it & honestly, I think they love it too. Why do I think they love it? Because the pressure is off them to have everyone look perfect, make-up on, house cleaned, smile (look at the camera), etc. Instead, its' more like...pour yourself ANOTHER cup of coffee, nurse the baby, play games with the older children, do what ya gotta do & I'll photograph it. The good, the bad, the ugly.;) Of course my favorite is sleeping baby, but do I always get that...NO. Is that ok? YES. Every session is unique & different and that's what is so special about these sessions. They tell a story & not just any story...YOUR STORY!!! Thanks for letting me into a snippet of your life Rosins...until next time. Get some sleep & everyone else, enjoy a peek at our time together... 

{Sebastian--2 weeks NEW} Denver Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

Oh my my...what a wonderful way to start out the New Year!!! I just LOVE babies & Lifestyle Sessions are my fave!!! There is nothing quite like entering the home of brand new parents who's world has been flipped upside down in the best way possible.=) I had the privilege of meeting sweet baby Sebastian Mendes this last Friday in Denver. What a little peanut!!! Born at 6lbs. 8.6oz. (My daughter was almost this exact weight at birth & I must say...it's hard to recall her ever that small.) So tiny, so fresh, so innocent. God's perfect blessing. He was quite the little angel during his session...mom swaddled him & rocked him for a short while & he dozed right off for the remainder of my shooting.

I just love when I have an instant connection with my clients. Allison & Eric were no exception. From the moment Allison and I began correspondence a few months back to the moment I arrived at their beautiful home; it was as if we had all known each other forever. First off...let me just say I was obsessed with their charming little 1950's home which they completely renovated themselves. Yep...they are my kind of people!!! This place was A-mazing from ceiling to floor. I asked for a tour. Ha! Of course.;) You'll get to see bits/pieces in some of my pull back shots, but I was able to see their Shutterfly Book of BEFORE photos...hello, brilliant! Why have my hubby & I not thought of that yet???

Ok, one more story...as Eric & I were talking he began sharing how he had already actually met me years ago! I was like...say what?! He went on to say that he was a groomsmen in a wedding I shot of their very good friends about 5 years ago!!! No way?! Small world. I love it!!! There is simply no bigger compliment than a word of mouth referral. Afterall; that's how I stay in business. So, thanks Jensens for passing along my name. It truly means the world to me!!!

I am apparently extra wordy on this Monday morning. Ha! Without further blabbering from me...take a peek at this sweet lifestyle newborn session & enjoy! =)

{Kylem--3 weeks old} Colorado Springs Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

Loved this new little fam...loved getting to have an inside view of their sweet thoughtful nursery. Loved how involved this police officer daddy is & so hands on!!! He is clearly over the moon in love with his precious new baby boy!!! I loved chatting with both mom and dad about how something so little can rock your world & turn it upside down. Even though you are smitten, you are also completely & utterly exhausted from sleep deprivation and the change of your routine. Their is a "new norm" & baby rules all.;) It's truly the act of selflessness when baby enters a home. But the love shown in this family was so evident...it was oozing & I loved watching them partake as a new family. So sweet! I have the best job in the world. Enjoy a peek into Kylem's lifestyle session...

{Keegan Levi--8 days NEW} Colorado Springs Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

I was so excited & anxious to meet little Keegan. You see I have been photographing his big sister, Kendyl, since she was a newborn...so welcoming a new family member was a special treat!!! I just adore this family!!! They make me feel comfortable & I certainly hope the feeling is mutual. As I was editing these photos, it occurred to me that one of my favorite parts of shooting a newborn lifestyle session (for those that have more than 1 child) is photographing the older(est) sibling with dad while mom gets ready. Yes, it's true...this happens a lot. Mainly because I shoot so early, but hey...at least I am shooting within the convenience of their homes, right?!;) It gives me opportunity to get the older sibling to warm up to me again, since shortly he/she will be in the spotlight with baby brother/sister!!! Every scene looks different...some dad's are still getting older siblings dressed, some are reading books, some are feeding them breakfast. That's what makes shooting lifestyle so fun for me...the real, the raw, the candid life moments that happen day to day. Now add the chaos of adding a new baby to the family, sleep deprived parents, etc. It's always an adventure!!! =) Keeps me on my toes & ready for anything. I seriously loved every single image from this sweet session & (obviously) had a hard time narrowing it down to which ones I wanted to highlight...so with that said, here is a whole slew of pics from Keegan's session. =)

{Welcome Nathan} Colorado SpringsExtended Family/Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

This family has been through so much in the last year...from pregnancy, to the loss of a child, to the blessing of an adoption (finalized next month). I was honored when Donna (Alisa's mother) contacted me to take their pictures to welcome sweet 2, almost 3 month old, Nathan to their family. I took older brother, Henry's 1yr. pictures a few years back...now I was able to capture these two siblings together...such a precious thing. Henry is a wonderful big brother to Nathan, so sweet & doting. I loved watching him give kisses & caring for him when he cried.

I was so thankful to wake up to beautiful blue skies & sunshine on Saturday, as we had to postpone this session several times due to weather & other unforeseen reasons in previous weeks. Also, Dave, (aka: dad) had his parents in town visiting for the week, so we included both sets of grandparents as well as Uncle Andy.

It was so apparent in every image the love this family has for one another & I loved getting to capture it for them. Here is a peek at our morning at Bear Creek Regional Park together...

{Grant Michael--2 wks. NEW} Monument Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

Their story was beyond touching...brought me to tears while editing their session a few times!!! Let's just say after 5 years of trying to conceive...this little guy is more than a precious blessing; he's truly a MIRACLE BABY!!! Lisa & Chris received a gift certificate at their baby shower to a lifestyle newborn session with me. I was honored to meet them & be invited into their beautiful home. Grant Michael Psomas was just two weeks old when I had the privilege of taking his photos...what a little cutie!!! The first thing I noticed about him was all his gorgeous, thick dark hair, the second thing was his acute alertness for just 2 weeks old. He was awake for most of the session, but didn't fuss unless hungry. Like always, I was aching to have another baby by the end of my time with him. What a sweetie. Mom & Dad were clearly swooned by him & his presence. Like I said, SUCH a gift!!! Oh...& cannot forget to mention "big brother" Ben (their sweet, sensitive & mild-mannered Yellow Lab). He was so aware of my every move...watching over the new addition to the fam. Loved him!!! But my favorite part of this session was when Lisa shared their story & this book with me at the end (last picture). If you are struggling to get pregnant or know someone who is...you MUST go purchase this book. A real tear-jerker!!!<3 I hope you enjoy peeking at these images as much as I enjoyed taking them. =)

{Owen Thomas---4 days NEW} Colorado Springs Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

Seeing this family COMPLETE after baby #4 (third boy) was so amazing!!! Dani, Brad (aka: Mom & Dad) & I kept joking throughout the session, "Man, you have a LOT of kids!!!" LOL!!! To me, anyone that has more than two has a lot of kids. (I am a mama of two). ;) They didn't find out the gender of this baby until HE arrived & they were pretty surprised to be honest. It was fun to hear Dani retell the story from her perspective on his arrival!!! What a sweet precious blessing Owen is to his family & it's apparent mama is soaking up every second with him...as she knows how fast this baby thing goes (4th time around). Kyle...who is just a little over a year & a half old is really adjusting well to baby Owen & being a "BIG" brother. Some of my favorite candid moments from this session were watching him love on him when he was crying. His hugs involved putting his cheek close to his brothers. Ugh...be still my beating heart!!! I just adore these real life moments & it really brings me back every time to my own experiences of when my kiddos were babies/toddlers. Nostalgia!!! Here is a snippet of THEIR new life as a family of 6...


{Lilah & Nina--TWINS} Colorado Springs Lifestyle Newborn Session

This was a first for me...photographing twins!!! All I kept thinking the entire time was, "This mom is AMAZING!!!" Not only did she just have twin girls, but she also has a very active 3yr. old daughter named Bella. I had the honor of taking Bella's 2yr. pics last Spring. Before I arrived I was worried about having just two sets of adult hands on deck since her husband flew out for a family emergency last minute, but when I got there I was relieved to find grandma was in town helping. Phew!!! She was such a great help & this enabled me to be able to photograph one baby at a time as well as get some cute candids of Bella with all of her costume changes throughout the morning. I loved standing back & documenting all of the crying, diaper changes & feedings during the 2hrs. I spent at their home. What sweet baby girls...& a beautifully blessed family.


{Jackson} Castle Rock Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

I was so anxious to meet 10 day old, Jackson Christopher...as I had taken Cynthia & Chris' Maternity Pictures a few months prior (see session HERE:https://courtney-ernst-vvox.squarespace.com/blog/cynthiachrismaternitysession ). I just fell in love with these people...sweet, genuine, real & with a story to be remembered. This baby is nothing short of a miracle, so it was definitely an honor to meet him in person & capture these first beginnings with this precious family. As soon as I stepped through the front doors I was in love...from their simple, streamline décor to the clean lines to the amazing nursery they had put so much thought & love into for little Jackson. It was the perfect session...everyone including Cujo (their adorable dog) did great!!! We even were able to get a few in their beautiful backyard that overlooks the golf course & the ROCK in Castle Rock. Enjoy a peek at our morning together...


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{Maverick} Colorado Springs Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

I could hardly wait for baby Maverick to arrive after meeting his awesome parents for their maternity session back in March. He was just as adorable as I imagined & to no surprise given his good genes.;) Check out Lauren & Marc's Maternity Session HERE. For starters Maverick was asleep when I arrived & slept 95% of the session (this almost NEVER happens...at least for me.;)). I seriously love every single image from this session. Why you ask? Maybe because I had previously worked with Lauren & Marc, so they knew how I work & what to expect during a session. Or maybe because they truly know how to ROCK a lifestyle session. They were comfortable; therefore baby was comfortable, therefore I was comfortable. Catch the theme here?;) Yes...it's true, if everyone is relaxed during a lifestyle session...real, raw life unfolds & it's beautiful. Every doting act of emotion was conveyed through these images. Their love for their brand new son was so precious it's hard to put into words...from stroking his sweet cheeks, to kissing his tiny nose to patting his tiny tush. I adored watching them as brand new parents & getting to be a part of these beautiful first few moments of Maverick at just 10 days new. Simply priceless. Enjoy a peek at our time together...

{Shea} Colorado Springs Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

This was another last-minute session to bring back my week from Cali. Another photographer cancelled on this dear poor woman last minute & I had an opening, so...

Sweet sweet baby girl, Shea. She was three almost four weeks old on the morning we took her pictures & I was fearful that she may not sleep for us, but wow, did she surprise me. Once she was swaddled & warm...she was as happy & peaceful as could be. I loved every little girly thing about this sweetie, from her luscious locks to her feminine lips to her fabulous long lashes. What a doll. I took so many more posed pics than I usually do...I just couldn't help myself. In fact...I really only shoot lifestyle unless requested otherwise & ironically the last two newborn sessions I have done have had special requests. Cannot say I blame them...sleeping is my favorite.;) Anyways...loved this darling family of now five. They were gracious, kind, loving & I felt honored to be able to capture their newest addition. Here is a glimpse of some of my all time favorites...


{Jase} Colorado Springs Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

I had the honor of taking this sweet family's maternity pictures at the Garden of the Gods a few months back & now their newest addition, Jase, has arrived. Seriously...one of the sweetest newborns to date. I wanted to keep him. Then again, I say that about ALL of the newborns I work with. They are so little & sweet & perfect...I just miss that stage so much! My babies are BIG now & time goes way too quickly!!! Being a military family, they live on the AFA base & I had never seen AFA housing before...it's way nice. They had the coolest layout with great big windows lining the east side of the family room. Since Jase had just eaten & was in sleepy mode, we started out our morning with pictures of just him. I have never been able to move so rapidly between set-ups as I did with this little guy. He was such an angel, we just whisked him from one prop set-up to the next. Easy-Peesy. We then ended with a few quick family lifestyle shots back in the master bedroom while dad rushed home during his lunch hour. Here are a few of my favorites...