The days, weeks and seriously, the first few months following the birth of a child are such an incredible blur. Sleepless nights, endless feedings, and most often, living minute by minute as you try to figure out a tiny human. It's hard, it's taxing and time consuming and it's wonderful. It's also really hard sometimes to remember.
I wish I could bottle up those moments. I long to remember the smell, the soft newborn skin and those little noises that only a fresh baby makes. It all swiftly passes by and more often than not, it's a haze for a mommy and daddy.
All of these reasons are the very purpose and drive behind my newborn lifestyle sessions. It's so easy to forget those first moments as a family and of life with a new addition. I love to bottle up those emotions and freeze them.
I get contacted quite a bit asking how I photograph newborn sessions and typically clients are looking for newborn photography that includes perfectly placed babies (I'm sure you know of the images I am talking about- perfect sleeping babies, with perfectly smooth skin, wrapped in gauze) While I don't think there is anything wrong with a newborn session that looks like that, it isn't my passion. It's not my style. It's not me.
I'm not sure if you've ever experienced a session like that but I've heard they can take hours and patience beyond measure to even get one shot. Newborn photographers, I salute you.
This is what I love...
I adore a squishy baby that is just BEING. I love a natural environment with natural lighting. I love the fact that mom and dad can pick baby up to soothe or feed AND I am ready to photograph that interaction. I love newborn lifestyle sessions and sometimes, if you're patient, a photo like this just happens
When I first started out in newborn and family sessions I tried very hard to be the photographer that I thought clients wanted. I was so wrapped up in following what so many others were doing and I wasn't enjoying it. I felt stressed and pressured during sessions. When I finally let go and began just letting the baby be free, to let siblings just be and to let parents pick up their baby and interact, I felt like I struck gold. I would pour through images following sessions and fall in love with documenting precious first family moments.
If you're just starting out in photography OR you're a parent trying to figure out how to wrangle your kids for pictures please take this one piece of advice- Let it go. Let go of the control and just let your kids be, prompt them and encourage them but try not to force moments to happen. I guarantee that they will happen and be genuine if you let kids take the lead.
Welcome! I am a Wife, Mother & Photographer that loves simplicity and taking time to cherish beauty. This is my corner to write what's on my heart and share what's going on in my momma brain. My hope is to inspire, encourage and connect.