As a newborn photographer it is important that I be able to soothe babies into a peaceful slumber. Sleepiness is a prerequisite to achieving the curled up poses I love to provide for all the families that come to see me. Most the time though babies are still bright eyed and bushy tailed when they first arrive at the studio. I like to take that opportunity and take a few portraits of them awake. This is my favorite “awake” shot. I love this portrait because to me it recreates that swoon worthy moment for mothers when their doctor / midwife hands them their swaddled brand new baby and with love and total adoration they finally meet eye to eye. The look of those newborn’s eyes radiate one thing and one thing only. Pure, absolute, true love. Look into a brand new mother’s eyes and you will find that same sentiment echoed one thousand fold. There is just something about those first swoon worthy, looking into her eyes moments, that make life beautiful.
I love being a maternity photographer. It brings me so much joy to be with women in this most important phase of life. Pregnancy is such a miracle. I had a dear friend who put it perfectly. When asked what she had done all day by her husband who had just returned home from work, she replied, “I’ve been making a person”. Roxanne your beautiful body is making a person. That is one of those thoughts that makes my head hurt it is so profound and eternal. A woman’s body, without any conscious direction from her can create a perfect little person. I know Roxanne’s due date has come and gone. And I am sure she and her family are anxiously awaiting the arrival of that perfect baby. Here is something to hold you over until that quintessential moment in time when you are holding your child with soft dewy skin, kissing the tenderest of lips and listening to the most perfect sound you have ever heard. The coos of your own child.
As a baby photographer I have a few tricks up my sleeve to help bring out shy smiles. Some babies like my little toys, some babies respond to tickles, a few like silly sounds, some like playing peek-a-boo. All babies respond to song. Sometimes it takes me a moment to find the right tune. I start out slow and soft and sometimes I need to go all the way up to a high energy tune. But there is always a sweet spot. Audrey’s Mom and Grandma helped me find the perfect song to bring out her little smile.
I think singing to your child is a dying art. If your mother didn’t sing to you. If you don’t know a handful of lullabys and silly songs, go to the book store. By a book or a CD and learn a few. Your baby doesn’t care that you don’t sound like Adele or Pink. Your voice is tailor made just for her! I wish I had sang more to my children.
Here is a good place to start!
Don’t let this little China Doll fool you. I know she looks like she is sitting here demurely like a little regal princess. But it was a brief moment caught on camera by her photographer. She is a whirling Dervish of activity. Constantly on the move and changing course in the wink of an eye.
There is so much intelligence in those beautiful blue eyes. She reminds me on one of my favorite Disney Princesses, Beauty, from Beauty and the Beast. Like Beauty she is a lovely girl. Her blond wisps perfectly frame piercing crystal blue eyes and her skin is literally flawless. But she isn’t just a “pretty girl”. I love that Disney created a princess that loves books, inventions and adventure. She has her feet firmly planted on the group and is willing to work hard. I can see Penelope being like that. Beautiful, smart and witty. I am so excited for the bright and wonderful future she has ahead of her. Happy Birthday Penelope!