I have a confession:
Historically, I haven't loved Newborn photography. I don't shoot the usual super posed newborn stuff: babies curled up perfectly in baby-sized nests while wearing fuzzy bonnets and matching booties. Don't get me wrong-- there is real value in that sort of work, and I as a mother I 100% get the appeal. It's simply not who I am as an artist. My style is more gritty, real-life, and 'documentary'. I would rather see & capture what life with that particular newborn feels like.
Because of this, I haven't been certain that there was a place for my approach to newborns and families and have generally shied away from these sorts of sessions. Happy instead to stick with weddings, while other local photographers handle the newborn babes (and handled them beautifully).
That is, until recently.
Over the last couple of months I have had the pleasure of shooting a few in-home, 'lifestyle' newborn sessions, which have left me absolutely swooning. I am realizing that perhaps my issue is not that there's no market for 'my style' in newborn portraiture, but rather that I just need to find my Client. People who get what I am trying to do and see the same beauty in their every day moments that I see. Perhaps I can shoot newborns and also create art that I love and feel genuine to me after all.
I want to introduce you to Baby L, Big sister E, and their wonderful parents. When Momma K emailed me when Baby L was 5 days old she apologized (apologized!) for "not setting something up sooner", and was wondering if I could make an in-home session happen ASAP. I was happy to oblige. When babies are this small they grow and change significantly from one day to the next, and capturing those itty bitty toes, tiny curled up fists, and squishy faces while they are still fresh is so important.
I look back at newborn photos of my own son, and am in awe of just how far he's come in his 15 short months of life. Those newborn days feel like a lifetime ago but also (somehow) like only yesterday.