I am just a lowly Kent newborn photographer. But I’m about to get philosophical. What makes a woman a woman? The answer is her nature. From the very beginning women are nurturers. That does not mean that some are not. And that some men are not. It just means that as a whole, women have a market on the whole business of nurturing. As a Kent newborn photographer I see proof time and time again with every sibling shot I do. Brothers are curious, sisters are almost always little mothers. Even at a tender age herself, Maisey’s big sister has already started mothering her baby sister. This series of shots is one of my favorites EVER. It is 100% natural. I sat Maisey on the bed and put her big sister in her lap. I asked her parents to let her be and do her thing. Quietly I stepped back and brought the camera up to my face to record these tender moments between two sisters. I about dies of cuteness overload when Ava started shushing Maisey when she started to fuss. This is a woman (all be it she is tiny) doing her thing instinctively. What makes a woman beautiful? Love. Love is what makes a woman radiate beauty. And Ava is a beauty. She loves her sister. In those quiet moments as we watched her sitting there she stroked her baby sister’s toes, patted her head, smiled huge happy smiles and glowed with love. This is what baby photography is all about. It isn’t about dressing your baby up in a turtle outfit or as a character from a Disney movie. It is about the bliss of newborn perfection. Baby’s should be the stars of their own newborn portraits. There could not be a more perfect newborn portrait in the world to this family (I hope) than these two sisters. This is love. This is nurture. This is the beginnings of a very beautiful young woman.
Well, I was going to try and write a clever little poem. But apparently I have writers block, so I won’t try because I know I will butcher the attempt. I am so happy that I got to be Lily’s Gig Harbor baby photographer. Can’t quite believe that it has been six or so months since I took her newborn portraits, but you know how time flies. I love little people. It is such a pleasure that they let me into their lives for short little glimpses so that I can take their portraits. I like to think that I am their friend for that short little hour that I get to see them. Lily was such a joy that her happiness lit up the studio. She was full of smiles and twinkly eyes. Her mommy wanted to be sure that as her Gig Harbor baby photographer I captured her beautiful blue eyes and her toothy little grin. Both of which are difficult to photograph at home because you need lots of light. What do you think? Did I come through for her? I could have photographed this baby girl all day long. Image like these melt my heart. This is why 6 months, or when your baby is sitting it is the perfect time for portraits.
Would you like to see how much little Lily has changed? She came in to see me for newborn portraits last year in the Fall. We couldn’t resist taking advantage of her being a Fall baby, so we put her in a pumpkin. I love doing this shot. It always looks so pretty. If you want to take a quick peek, here she is freshly born and looking perfectly sweet.
As a Puyallup baby photographer I take newborn portraits and pictures of Baby’s first year milestones. I recommend that all of my clients come back to see me when their baby is sitting and at their birthday for portraits. Newborn, sitting and birthday are the best milestones for baby photography. With these three stages you get a a great look at your infant’s first year without breaking the bank by having to hire a Puyallup baby photographer every month, 2 months or 3 months. These three stages will give you great variety in your portraits. You are capturing the big changes, newborn, sitting and standing. Instead of investing hundreds of dollars with a Puyallup baby photographer for several sessions and getting more of the same each time.
Birthday session are lots of fun. I was so glad that Luke’s mom chose to make the drive up from her new home in Portland to come see me for Luke’s baby photography portraits. It was so much fun to see him again. I was super surprised at his head full of curly locks! He was adorable. And very active! Definitely a very busy little boy! His favorite set was the blocks. Those were lots of fun to throw! I could hardly get a picture taken before blocks were flying in my direction. Luckily he isn’t an ace pitcher yet. The fun was pumped up a notch when we brought out the cake. Luke was all about the mess and not interested in the slightest in eating the delicious cake. He demolished the whole cake down to crumbs without even putting one bite of cake in his mouth. There was cake EVERYWHERE. I have never seen such a mess. He gets the award for being the best cake smasher at my studio yet.
I am super excited to share all of these images with his mom and dad!
I hope one day these sweet girls will feel this way about their special bond…
Being Your Twin Sister
I’m just going to tell you because it’s what I really believe,
That being your twin sister is the greatest thing I’ll ever achieve.
Every single moment with you is one I’ll forever treasure,
The bond we have with each other is one that nobody can measure.
Knowing someone like you is special and very rare,
You are my only constant, the one that’s always been there.
you held my hand when I was scared,
You got me ready when I wasn’t prepared.
You carried me when the journey was long,
you fought my corner, even when i was wrong.
You brought me back and helped me land,
you held me up when I couldn’t stand.
You really amaze me, everyday,
With your tender heart and loving way.
I regret the way I treated you, you deserved so much more,
I really hope you’ve forgiven me, It shames me to the core.
There is so much more that i could say if I could only find the sentence.
Right now all i can do is offer you my repentance.
You are my rock, my everything, with you I’m safe and sound,
You’re the guy i can always lean on, the force that keeps me on the ground.
You’ve been here all my life and i know we’ll never part,
I guess i just wrote this to tell you that i love you with all my heart.
It was so fun to see these two sweeties again. They have changed so much from the day I saw them months ago when they came to see me for Seattle baby portraits. Each little lady is growing into her own beautiful personality. They were so much fun to photograph. I can’t wait to see them come back for cake smash portraits!
“Once there were two women who never knew each other
One you do not remember, the other you call Mother
Two different lives shaped to make you one
One became your guiding star, the other became your sun
The first one gave you life, and the second taught you to live it
The first gave you a need for love, the second was there to give it
One gave you a nationality, the other gave you a name
One gave you a talent, the other gave you aim
One gave you emotions, the other calmed your fears
One saw your first sweet smile, the other dried you tears
One made an adoption plan, that was all that she could do
The other prayed for a child, and God led her straight to you.
Now, which of these two women, Are you the product of?
Both, my darling, Both, Just two different types of love.”
My clients this past week were celebrating the adoption of their brand new baby girl. Their story was so wonderful to hear. How they waited, how they were told a baby was waiting for them, the miracle of naming their baby all the details were so wonderful to hear about. I love that being a Seattle baby photographer means that I get to meet so many wonderful families and hear the stories of how their babies came into the world, whether that be through bearing a baby themselves or through adoption. Each and every story is a miracle!
Adoption is such a beautiful thing. That a woman choose to give a life instead of ending one is just the first of many difficult decisions that a birth mom makes. I have often thought about the first moments of reaction that an adopting mother has when she first hears the news that another woman has decided to make her a mother. After months, years of waiting to have a situation totally out of your control end with such a perfect beginning. There must just be a tidal wave of emotions. I am so happy for this baby girl. She will have be so very loved. It was such an honor to be her Seattle baby photographer and to capture her innocent and perfect beginnings!