I haven’t done a session post in a long time. This one is well deserved….. One of the best parts of my job is getting to cuddle and photograph newborns on a regular basis. Babies are in and out of my studio weekly and each one is so different. But in the end, most sessions end exactly as planned- a few classic shots with baby sleeping, a few artsy / creative shots with props and then we wrap the session up with family shots. This little man had a plan of his own. Don’t let this first shot fool you, Baby T took only about a 2 minute snooze. Just enough to let me get about 3 sleeping shots. (Thank goodness I snapped when I did otherwise I wouldn’t have captured this first picture!)
Now on to the lesson here…. when babies are having a hard time passing out, usually a quick feeding from mom will push them into dream land. Well NOT this one. Mom would feed, baby would settle down, we would try a few shots, baby would cry. This continued on for about 3 hours. He just couldn’t settle in. Instead of getting the shots I had planned, we just went ahead and captured some in-the-moment shots with mom and dad. DUH! Why didn’t I see this amazing opportunity in the first place!? Why was I not recognizing the beautiful memories I was capturing!? I was so afraid the shoot was not successful until I loaded the pictures on my computer. Baby T reminded me what so many of these newborn sessions need to be about. They don’t always have to be about the perfectly posed, perfectly planned shots. They don’t always have to be about the perfect lighting and the perfect angle. They so often need to be about the moment of a new family. About the amazing first few days of life. About the incredible love that new parents exude when they look at their baby. Thank you mom, dad and Baby T for teaching me this again. Thank you for allowing me to be apart of your life for this short time.
okay well I had to at least give a creative shot a chance….