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InMenlo contributing photographer Laura Hamilton has been photographing newborn babies in her Willows neighborhood home daylight studio for a couple years now — and she’s found her passion.

After the birth of her daughter, nicknamed “Lulu Jane,” she started photographing other babies in her moms group. She quickly realized that photographing babies was something she really enjoyed doing.

Laura Hamilton portrait of baby

“When new parents come in with their brand new baby, they are still in awe of their new little bundle, and I love being able to document that,” she says. “Parents are usually in a euphoric state, and the babies are still in the ‘womb coma’ so they are more poseable.”

Laura Hamilton portrait of baby_vertLaura only does newborn session when the baby is less than 10 days old, explaining “I’ve mastered the recipe and am sticking to it.” Her daylight studio is light-filled, giving her lots of clean simple newborn shots.

“Moms usually contact me when they are pregnant, and I pencil them in two weeks before and a week after their due date,” Laura says. “Then the mom calls me to tell me that the baby is here to schedule the actual date.”

Her clients call her the baby whisperer!

Note: Laura also offer family portrait sessions. Her website is LuluJanePhotography.

Top photo courtesy of Laura Hamilton (photographed in her home studio); second photo by Laura Hamilton

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Photographing kids makes Laura Hamilton happy

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Laura Hamilton loves taking pictures of children. “When I leave a photo shoot with kids,” she says, “I’m just happier.” Kids weren’t always Laura’s subjects. She studied commercial photography at Columbia in Chicago, and, like many others in her field, was hired as an assistant, or as she says, “a schlepper.” Her boss noticed she […]

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Hello there from one Hamilton to another!

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Ladera resident Linden Hamilton went with her mom, Laura (a long-time InMenlo contributing photographer), to see the musical Hamilton in San Francisco over the weekend. And who did she run into but the star of the show, Michael Luwoye. Writes Laura: “Linden (Hamilton) after the show asked Hamilton for a selfie! He was so kind. Thank you @shnsf […]

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How to take great photos – not just snapshots – of your children or grandchildren

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Editor’s note: Menlo Park-based photographer Laura Hamilton, a frequent contributor to InMenlo, has specialized in taking children’s and family portraits for the past 10 years. The owner of LuLu Jane Photography, here she shares some of her tips for getting the best results when photographing your children or grandchildren, as well as a few of […]

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Celebration of InMenlo photographers at Scott Kline’s photo exhibit at Café Zoë

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It was “all hands on deck” as InMenlo’s very talented photographers gathered at Café Zoë in Menlo Park this evening to salute photographer Scott Kline, whose photographs are on exhibit  through the end of May. In addition to solo portraits, Scott did a collage (of sorts) of the hundred or so photos he’s taken for InMenlo […]

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And a good time was had by all: InMenlo photo exhibit reception at Cafe Zoe

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A hearty thanks from the InMenlo team to all the people who stopped by tonight to say hello and take a peak at the InMenlo photo exhibit, which will be on display through August 12 at Cafe Zoe in the Willows neighborhood of Menlo Park. A tip of the hat to Jessa Sharkey and colleagues […]

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You’re invited: InMenlo photo exhibit at Cafe Zoe

Join us in celebrating InMenlo’s one-year anniversary at a reception on Thursday, Aug. 5 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at Cafe Zoe. We’ve gathered some of our favorite faces and places – a highly arbitrary selection process! – and turned them into a photography exhibit that will run from Aug. 2 t0 Aug. 12. InMenlo […]

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Photographs on InMenlo

We want to thank our great group of contributing photographers who include Laura Hamilton, Frances Freyberg, Scott R. Kline, and Irene Searles. InMenlo photographs are protected by copyright. Photographs published on InMenlo — or are taken as part of an InMenlo assignment/photo shoot — can not be used in any form without permission. Our contributing photographers negotiate […]

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Camp Menlo Mom offers summer projects and field trips for local parents and kids

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Jessica Rancourt and Hillary Avis first met when they were both planning do-it-yourself weddings. Today, Jessica is the mother of three and Hillary has one child with another on the way. With summer here, they’re teaming up together to present Camp Menlo Mom that offers projects and field trips for kids three to eight and […]

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Spotted: Mama Duck on her nest at Laurel School

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Why a duck would build a nest at a busy school, we aren’t sure. But that’s what one mother duck-to-be has done at Laurel School between the office and the library. A cardboard “fence” has been put up to shield the duck, and students are being asked to keep a respectful distance, which Laurel mom […]

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Tasty treats for sale at Laurel School’s Sweetheart Bake Sale on Feb. 9

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Laurel Elementary School’s Annual Sweetheart Bake Sale is Thursday, Feb. 9, from 1:30-3:00 pm and the wider community is invited! There’s a super selection of yummy treats being home baked by Laurel families. We also have local bakers showcasing their local treats — Bluechild, Studio Cake, Butterscotch On The Go, Festive Table and more! In addition, […]

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