I often tell the story of how my mom doesn’t like dogs so I didn’t grow up with one – and so any time someone wants to incorporate the dog they love into their newborn session, I LOVE IT. This special family brought me their sweet Luna, who was also present and a participant at their newborn session. I just love how she is looking at the baby here. So sweet. Such a great look at the heart of a dog. She was so darling during the session – she was attentive, she listened, she sat quietly. Her life is clearly changing, but what a darling dog she is.
I love this one – so simple. But such a great reminder of what he was like when he was so small. All those little wrinkles, toes, furrowed brow, little bottom, baby fingers, wrists, rolls. Little wispy, baby hair and scrunchy lips. It’s hard not to just watch a baby BE. Like, the amazingness and perfectness of this new life – hard not to be in awe of them. I’m such a fortunate person to have this experience weekly, if not more frequently, but it really doesn’t take away from the awe-struck feeling. It’s a privilege. Ok, digressing here… back to baby photos.
Frequently, I deal with the mom-to-be in the scheduling of the newborn sessions, and thus am just meeting him for the first time at the newborn session. It used to be that the new dad was just sort of there and not as excited as the moms about the newborn photos. But, more and more, the new dads excited about the photos, which I LOVE! They are also now coming with their own ideas to the planning table before the sessions, and I LOVE IT. We are incorporating their ideas, and it’s so cool having them as creative partners. It was this way with this guy’s dad – and, really, he’s a brilliant creative mind in his own right, so it was actually super exciting to have him with whom to collaborate. Check out his shop, Art Machine Productions, in Fishtown.
I’m not sure if/how he saw my little desk, but he had such cool ideas for it! He wanted to incorporate his profession into the session, and brought his tattoo machines along, as well as the nubs of the pencils he uses to draw when he designs his tattoos. I was so inspired and wanted to make sure we were able to bring these into the session and bring Dad’s ideas to life. I superdupercrazylove this one, where you see the pencils, the machine, and baby’s beautiful face. Behind the scenes, we worked SO HARD to make this shot work – Dad was instrumental in getting this shot, and making sure it was done safely.
Oh, hi, Cheeks! <3 I love those little cheekies and his peeking-out little fingers. Plus, a baby in a little itty bitty hoodie wrap? Come on, even the Grinchiest out there has got to give a little squeal for this one.
Y’all, did you really think I was going to forget the mama? Like, I’d write all that glowy stuff about a dad and just leave the mom out? Oh, hells no. This is the person who grew this baby, who fretted, stretched, itched, craved, swelled, ached and ultimately labored to bring this boy into the world. It is not an easy task, becoming a mother. The birth pains we endure are both physical and emotional, as we grow and birth both a baby and a new self. Now, before I start to make myself cry, I will just say that this is the lovely mama.
I’m honored to have been able to capture these photos for you all.