I want to start by saying how grateful I am, for having received such an overwhelmingly positive response to these images. I posted a select few to my Facebook page about 3 weeks ago. The comments ranged from "This photo makes me happy," to "omg this is giving me baby fever." And for that, I sincerely apologize if any husbands were talked into conceiving once more. Actually, you're welcome.
Being one of my first newborn shoots, I may or may not have been plagued by nerves. Fortunately, I have the privilege of keeping the friendship of a wonderful photographer by the name of Amanda Noelle. For weeks, we prepared, we made trips to Home Goods (where the best props are to be bought), we cut Fabrics from Joanne's, and we spent endless nights watching YouTube videos about how to wrap a baby, how to safely handle a newborn, and tricks&tips for keeping the little ones sleepy and comfortable. I even learned how to handle being peed on (occupational hazard).
I'd like to think that all of our preparation paid off! We feared for a while that watching too many videos or seeing too many of other people's work, would have influenced my style too much and resulted in photos that didn't have that certain Sage to them. But from the moment we started choosing fabrics and especially once we started seeing the results, Amanda said to me, "this is definitely YOU."
The above photo is one of my favorites from the session because of the organic feel to it. Coming from wedding photography, I'm inclined to stay away from the blatantly contrived. But since newborn photography IS portraiture and IS posed by its nature, I tried experimenting with themes instead. The brown tones and texture of the basket lent themselves to something akin to a Geddes photo (or so I tell myself). I certainly hope to play with more themes in my future newborn shoots.
"I'm his big sister."
"When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child." -Sophia Loren