When I started photography, I shot all kinds of things. Most photographers do. The best way to find your specialty is to try everything and narrow it down to what you love most.
It didn’t take long for me to figure out that I really had a passion for photographing families. Our families are what shape us as people. We are who we are because of them, and we strive to become better versions of ourselves for them. Family is, without a doubt, the most valuable and impactful part of our lives.
So I chose to focus my photography on families and the connections they share. I consider newborn photography to be an extension of family portraiture.
But in the beginning, I didn't want to photograph newborns.
I’d heard from other photographers that photographing newborns took a lot of time and patience. You needed to be skilled at posing and lighting them. And you needed to have a bunch of safety precautions in place when dealing with such tiny, fragile babies. It was a little intimidating.
But then, a previous family portrait client reached out to me saying she was expecting and asked if I photographed newborns. I really enjoyed working with her and her family and I was so happy she asked me to work with them again. So I agreed to it. I studied everything I could about newborn photography and photographed her baby girl a few months later.
On that day, I fell in love with newborn photography. There I was with this little baby girl, just a few days old. She was so precious! I was captivated by the way her parents looked at her as if they had just fallen in love. I was so honored that they trusted me with their little one and allowed me into their home to photograph such an important time in their lives. The same can be said for every newborn portrait session I’ve had since then
What Newborn Portraits Mean To A Family
In a baby’s first few days and weeks, they are so tiny and squishy. But they don’t stay that way for long. Within a few short weeks, they grow bigger and stronger, they become more aware and alert, and their features start to change.
It’s truly amazing how quickly it all happens! When I present the final newborn portraits to parents, about 2 weeks after photographing their baby, I often hear comments like, “Wow, she looks so different!” or “He was so tiny!”
When a baby is born, whether it is your first child or your fifth, it’s the beginning of a new chapter in your family’s story. My goal as a newborn photographer is to give you portraits that remind you of how wonderfully new and special your baby is in his or her first few days.
But your newborn’s portraits aren’t just for you!
They’re also a very special gift for your little one. Years from now, you’ll snuggle up with your son or daughter and flip through their newborn album. You’ll watch their eyes light up in amazement when they see how tiny they were. They’ll see the love on Mommy and Daddy’s faces as they hold their sweet new baby. And they’ll know how much they are loved and cherished.
I want to let you in on something personal
When my husband Chris and I were dating, like most couples, we talked about how many children we wanted to have. We both dreamed of having a big family. I had a daughter from a previous relationship and we knew she’d make a great big sister.
“I’m thinking 3” he’d say. “How about 6?” I’d say. And he’d respond with something like “4 or 5 tops!”
We never really thought about what if we couldn’t have children. We just thought when we were ready, we’d get pregnant, and we’d have a baby. Simple.
Now, it’s been almost 5 years since we started trying. We have seen doctors and gone through cycles of treatment. We’ve taken vitamins and medications. We’ve tried charting and timing it out. And we’ve even searched all the TTC (trying to conceive) forums for advice. But after it all started to take a toll on us emotionally, we took a step back.
We haven’t given up hope, but we know if it’s meant for us to have a child, we will. And if it isn’t, we will be OK with that.
I won’t lie to you, it’s been difficult at times. It isn’t always easy when family and friends ask over and over, “So when are you two having a baby?” Or when it seems like everyone we know is pregnant. There have been 8 pregnancies in our family just this year! But instead of letting it get us down, we choose to count our blessings every day and remind ourselves of how lucky we are to have Sydney and the family the 3 of us have built together (and we’re so excited to welcome our new niece, nephews, and little cousins into our family!).
Recently, Chris said to me, “Before we met, I never thought I would date someone with a child. It might not be meant for me to have a biological child of my own, and I thank God for bringing Sydney into my life.” (and that is just one of the many reasons I love him so much!)
I think his sentiment sums up how we both feel perfectly.
We may or may not ever have the big family we thought we’d have, but we are blessed to have each other and our daughter.
So why would I still want to photograph newborns?
You might be wondering why someone who is dealing with infertility issues would want to photograph other people’s babies. Wouldn’t that make me sad or jealous?
Nothing could be further from the truth.
What my own struggle with infertility taught me is that every new little baby is a miracle.
I understand how special and precious they are. And it brings me a little bit of joy every time I see proud parents overcome with love for their new baby.
When I see a mother holding her little newborn against her chest or a father cupping his tiny little one in his hands, it melts my heart. Whether they struggle to have their baby or they conceived on their first try, their baby girl or boy is just as much of a blessing.
I want to celebrate their new little one with them. And I want to give them photographs that capture how sweet and tiny and precious their little miracle is.
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