About three years ago something about my newborn photography became very clear to me. It felt fake. It felt contrived. A far cry from the sweet newborn pureness I saw before me. I was trying to pose babies in baskets all the while thinking ‘why the heck would you ever put a baby in a basket with a gigantic bow on her head?’ This isn’t what having a baby is about.
I am lucky enough to have brought 5 of my own little miracles into the world. And each time, it’s the photos that someone else took of my baby and me that I treasure most. There’s just something about the glow of a new mother. Yes, she’s completely sleep deprived but she’s also completely fallen in love with this new little life.
When I arrived at Zach and Annie’s home for their newborn session, they were so warm and wholly trusted my approach. Jackson was just a week old and so, so precious! Though Annie and I had never met in person before, as mothers we speak the same language. I could have talked to her all day about her pregnancy, the delivery, and the surprise baby shower her friends threw for her at the hospital because he was born 3 weeks early. And as we swaddled Jackson, Annie so charmingly said, “I just love him so much! I mean…I knew I would love him. But wow…I just love him…it’s like nothing else.” And it was that feeling that inspired the images in their session.