Katie and Adam found me through some friends of theirs that I have done a couple of rounds of baby photography with and wanted the same style of images created with their first born daughter, Morgan. It is honestly preferable for me to photograph newborns (and babies at any age) in their homes. I think it helps keep everyone calm to be in their own space. Since I’m rarely doing anything too contrived with my baby portraits, there isn’t much that I need besides happy and calm subjects. Having photographed weddings in every possible lighting scenario you can imagine over the last 10 years, I can say with confidence that I am able to walk into any space and work with the natural and available light. I do compliment the available light with an icelight, which is a portable daylight balanced soft-box in a stick. I have found that this one little lighting tool works perfectly for shooting portraits of all kinds, but especially babies.
Little Morgan was born 12 days early and we photographed her on what was actually her due date. She was so tiny that none of her newborn clothes even fit her yet, so we went for the all natural look in her birthday suite. :-) I will never get tired of meeting new babies. No matter how many newborns I see, I am still amazed at how tiny and perfect their little hands and feet are. Really and truly, everything about a newborn makes me melt a little inside… The softness of their skin; their tiny ears; the itsy-bitsy finger and toenails; the powdery soft smell of their heads; the cute baby noises the make…Mmmmm. So precious!
I know that having a newborn isn’t always as glamorous as it looks. I realize that it is hard work and that it can be exhausting both physically and mentally. But when I see the looks of love in the parents’ smiles and eyes; when I see and capture their joy in my lens, I know that it is one of the most wonderful experiences we have available as human beings: The gift of life. The gift of family. The gift of love.
Thank you so much to Adam and Katie and congratulations on your beautiful baby girl! I hope to see you all again soon and capture more images for you as Morgan continues to grow and change.