1. I worked so hard this year to learn to become a better photographer. I wanted to offer my clients premium quality portraits of their new little babies. I signed on for the best workshops available and poured over any kind of learning material I could get my hands on, working to develop my skills enough to set myself apart from the scores of other newborn photographers. It wasn’t until Abby’s session that I had that aha moment where I felt I had broken through to another level. I have always loved this picture because it brings back that feeling of success.
2. I was so excited this year to become skilled enough that I felt like my services had great value. I have enjoyed being able to give back with my new found talents. This little angel is the daughter of my daughter’s 6th grade teacher. I gifted this session to her as a thank you for the wonderful job she has done with teaching my children (she taught my son as well). It felt so good to give back.
3. In order to distinguish my self a bit from my competition I have sought diligently to find unique props. I hand carried this basket, much to the chagrin of every airport and airline employee along the way, home from France. I saw it is the window of a quaint little shop in Provence and knew that no matter how much it cost I had to bring it home. I absolutely love it and feel like being careful with purchasing just the right props has helped me to create a style for my work.
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On another note…
As I photographed Mya I learned that she has Italian heritage. For the rest of her session as we rocked her and soothed her between poses and props I wondered if she will come to love her heritage. Having just spent the last few weeks preparing for the Christmas Holiday and focusing on all of my family’s traditions for celebration, my own pride for my heritage is perhaps on the edge of my sleeve today. What a gift we give our children when we are able to help them learn to love their heritage and their ancestry. It brings a richness to life. My love for nativities, my favorite Christmas caroles, our menu for Christmas dinner all come from the love I have for my Italian heritage. I feel like I am rambling more than usual and not effectively connecting my thoughts. I guess having this “picollo Stelletta” in my studio stirred in me my love for my own Italian heritage. Throughout her session several Italian nursery rhymes ran in and out of my thoughts. I can only remember a phrase or two of each song and none in their entirety. So I had to look this one up to post it here. But here is a favorite that I remember singing with my little sisters at home.
La notte si avvicina.
La fiamma traballa.
La mucca nella stalla.
La mucca e il vitello,
La pecora e l’agnello,
La chioccia con il pulcino,
Ognuno ha il suo bambino,
Ognuno ha il sua mamma,
E tutti fanno la nanna.