I remember when I was a toddler, sometime in the late 80s, I had a baby doll that my aunt had given me. The doll was named “Billy” after the man who mowed the lawn LOL (don’t ask!). I would wrap Billy up in my blankey and pretend that she was my little newborn baby. I think for many of us the urge to mother gets built in from when we are very young, maybe even from birth.
Since my husband and I settled down and bought our house in Leominster that urge grows deeper in me. And being a newborn photographer helps a bit with the baby fever too! LOL.
Seeing this sweet photo reminds me of how long I’ve wanted to be a mother.
I see myself mothering already in so many ways. With the plants in my garden, with our little fur baby Cleo. The instinct to allow other beings to grow and be nurtured has always been there and always will be.
The timing isn’t quite right for us to be bringing a child into the world but I know it will be soon. I look forward to those days. Just like the little girl in this picture.
PS. I still have Billy and my old blankey stashed away. Although I admit that Billy kind of looks like she might be friends with the Chucky Doll at this point hahaha!
It’s finally here! My free tutorial, “How to Take Better Baby Photos at Home With Any Camera”
I hope this helps you out. It’s my strong belief that all families should have access to creating beautiful photographic heirlooms. Professional photos are amazing, yes. But you’re going to want to take photos on a much more consistent basis than most people could ever afford to do professionally so my hope is this helps you achieve just that.
Recently I had the pleasure of doing an in-home newborn lifestyle photography session with a really sweet family right here in my neck of the woods in Central Mass. Zoey was just about 3 weeks old on the day that I came over to take her photos. Zoey was the sweetest little peanut and loves being held by her mommy and daddy <3
She loves kisses too!
When I do newborn photography sessions I ALWAYS make sure to get these sweet little details. Especially little fingers and little toes.
Seriously, why are they so CUTE?!
I took a big documentary style approach to this session getting lots of bonding moments.
I was so happy to capture this moment below. Her parents call this her “little ohs” face. Every baby has a unique face they make or position they get into and it is so important to capture those quirks on camera!
This newborn moment was so sweet. However, if you have ever had a very hungry baby you know the real story behind the photo!
And we ended with some adorable family photos. of mom and dad giving plenty of love to their little bundle of joy.
I had little Freya come in to be my model for my upcoming training “How to Take Better Baby Photos at Home With Any Camera”. After we filmed the video I took some photos of her.
I loved her little spring newborn outfit with flowering peonies and a headband to match. TOO CUTE!
These photos were really only taken in a matter of minutes. I made sure to get all the details: eyelashes, little toes and little hands. And we got a bunch of really nice newborn portrait shots as well.
As I’ve said before, one thing I love is getting follow up calls. Why? Because I am always so amazed seeing these kids grow up. I can’t explain it but it just feels like a precious surprise each time.
The last time I saw Kelley he was 10 days old. And really he was more like -20 days old because he was born prematurely. He was super tiny. And there was no way to tell what kind of a person he would become.
Now, seeing him again at 9 months you can start to see where he is headed in life. The first thing I noticed was his red hair! Yay for recessive genes :)
But what I noticed most as we hung out for a couple of hours was how happy he was and how much he loves his parents. And how much they love him in return.
So of course, like any sane person would, I didn’t stop working on xmas! Haha well, sort of.
Here’s the thing. I LOVE taking photos. There is nothing else like it. Capturing that one special moment can mean more than anything to a parent. And eventually years later, it will mean even more to the child and their children, and their children’s children. It becomes a family heirloom. A memory cast in stone. A portal into the past that gives us a loving sense of who we are and where we came from.
I knew I had brought my camera down to my Dad’s for a reason. And yes, I did make us stop multiple times on country roads to take landscape photos, but when little Ella walked in the door I knew why my camera was in hand. So I asked her Dad if he wanted some Christmas photos and he was so grateful.
So to all the parents who survived Christmas 2018, Congratulations! One day you will look back and won’t remember how tired you are :D