Photoshoot portrays newborns as beautiful princesses

- A photographer in California created an adorable portrait collection of newborn girls outfitted like teeny, tiny princesses.

Karen Marie, 36, of Roseville, specializes in maternity and newborn photography. Indeed, her business is called Belly Beautiful Portraits. In the photos, the precious girls are wearing stunning princess costumes designed by Valerie Best, the owner of Sew Trendy Accessories. Best created the Baby Princess Collection, which is available for purchase.

Her studio is always busy with new moms so finding the models for the dresses wasn't hard. Marie sent out a model call and cast six babies for the project. All the girls were only about 2 to 3 weeks old, Marie said. She added that the shoot lasted a full eight-hour day, "when the babies would allow it."

"I felt compelled to work with babies since I was young and started my career as a labor and delivery nurse and child birth educator," Marie said. "I luckily was able to blend that passion with my passion for art and photography to create the business I have now. It's always been about babies!"

Marie posed the babies with felt animals, a flower, and a genie lamp by Wooley Dreams.

The photos have been a big hit on social media, of course. How can they not be when you couple babies and princess outfits?

Marie said she loves Disney princesses in particular and finds their stories to be inspirational.

"Disney has always been a big part of my life," Marie said. "The amazing tales of love and heroism have always been an inspiration to me and now I see them inspiring my girls."

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