When I first started my business I knew I wanted to photograph children and families. Anything beyond that and I wasn’t quite sure. I knew that I could keep up with kids and act totally silly with them, so in the grand scheme of photography, I knew it would be something in my wheelhouse. But then I realized that there was a need to photograph newborns. I mean, I had one of my own and I loved photographing him every second of my maternity leave, but it wasn’t the traditional newborn photography that we’ve all grown to know. So I freaked out. I tried to pose my 11 day old son on blankets and a boppy and no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t get the beloved newborn shot. Fast forward to a few months later…I received a twin newborn session request. To say that I was panicked is putting it mildly. If memory serves, I recall nights of cold sweats and panic attacks. I emailed two photographer friends for advice immediately. Both were incredibly supportive and completely honest. They told me that I’d do a great job, but if I wasn’t comfortable doing it, I should kindly pass on the offer. By some miracle of God, I got sick a few days prior to the session and just couldn’t run the risk of infecting those babies so I kindly backed out.
That was a year ago.
Since that scary day in December of 2011 many things have changed. I no longer fear newborns. I actually truly love them. There are so many amazingly talented newborn photographers out there who work well with props, but I had to admit to myself that I just wasn’t one of them. It wasn’t me. It wasn’t my style. And once I admitted that and accepted it I realized how wonderful those precious little babies were to photograph.
Newborns are perfect. Their fingers, their toes, their fuzzy hair….and their button noses. I die for that. But what gets me is watching that baby with his new mom and dad. Seeing this overwhelming love they have for their child. That’s what I want to capture. That’s what I want families to see. Because those are the priceless moments that you cherish- always.