Our precious little newborns

A baby boy or girl filled your heart with pride,
What a joy you feel inside.
With tiny little hands and tiny little feet,
Every time you look him or her the heart skips a beat.
I can say this without any doubt at all,
You will always be there to catch him or her from the fall.
And another wish I make to you from me,
Mummy’s little angel he or she will always be.
When a baby feels a hand rest upon a Mum,
And hears the sound of a low deep hum,
I hope he knows, and to himself  or herself thinks gladly,
This touch and voice is of his or her loving Mummy or Daddy.

I loved this little poem when I read it. I have been meaning to get caught up with some of my blogging but with shooting each day, weddings and my trip to Italy, there just never seemed to be enough time in any day. I am thankful for my new office assistant Mary who has helped me considerably in the last month. I can finally take a bit of time to get some of my favorite images posted from the last month or so. I wanted to feature a newborn blog since I absolutely adore working with all the little babies. It really doesn’t seem so long ago that mine were this small. I am so excited to report that this part of my business keeps growing & growing. That thought just makes me feel all warm and tingly and humbled in so many ways. I am thankful for everyone’s vote of confidence in my ability to capture their precious little bundles throughout the first year with my Grow with me Baby Plan.

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The Newborn Portrait: our precious little ones.

“Footprints”

Someday I’ll jump in puddles, take a stroll or race
Someday I’ll walk across the street or maybe walk in space
Someday I’ll scale a mountain to watch the eagles soar
Someday I’ll walk a tight rope or explore the ocean floor
Someday these feet will do some things that only Heaven knows
But for today they are happy just to wiggle all their toes.

 Author: Unknown

I have had such a ball growing the newborn & children area of my business.  I began as a family photographer then added weddings to the mix.  Over the past ten years I was so busy with weddings I had little time to breathe. Now with the fluctuations in the market, I have had the opportunity to expand the precious little ones area.  Oh my, this is another area of photography that has changed considerably over the years.  But, I have to say, many things remain the same.  The love that is evident on a new parents face is priceless. I love seeing the tiny little toes, the precious scrunched up faces when they really don’t like the buff pictures, the beautiful tiny eyelashes, the sleepy little yawns, and of course the many smiles, giggles & laughter that I so humbly get to enjoy in each child’s first year images.  What a fabulous job I have.  I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Please enjoy a small sampling of the many joys I have had the opportunity to photograph over the past year.

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Photographing Children

I can still remember my first experience having professional pictures taken for my oldest son. I was exhausted.  Exhausted from trying to make him smile and act like, what?  Not a child? I can look back now and smile knowing I was no different than any new parent wanting lovely, perfect pictures of my child. I still to this day have an image of each of my children from when they were a child hanging in my hallway.  Are they perfect pictures?  They are absolutely not perfect. But they are perfect of each child.  Individually they capture the nature and quirks of each one of them when they were the tiny little people I remember. Sean with his I dare you look, Colin with his dirty little feet and constant pout and Caitlin, with the twinkle in her eye knowing she was up to something. Those images captured the children that they once were.  My children now 21, 18 & 16 have evolved into unique individuals with those same…tiny little traits…that were first snapped on film so many moons ago. When planning to photograph your child, don’t be so concerned with what you consider perfect.  Perfect lighting, clothing, location, perfect everything. Try and concern yourself with the photographer being able to capture the unique and special qualities of each of your children and the relationships they have with their siblings and parents.  Now these images are what you may treasure more when your children are older rather than the forced smiles that say…My mom is going to give me a treat if I smile for this person with the camera.  I’ve done the same.  I understand the motives.  I am just giving you some thought in what can make an experience more pleasurable for both you and your children. Your child may or may not react well on the scheduled day of your portraits.  It is best to be prepared for the worst and hope for the best. And of course, with a little luck, as shown in the images above capture the beauty and simplicity of an affectionate kiss, playing with mom and dad and a really cool fence to hang onto and look through.