I have been anticipating this session for months. Almost nine months to be exact. Since before I knew there would even be a session. When I found out that one of my dearest friends here in New York was pregnant, I was so excited for her. Truly, our move here would have been a completely different experience without the friendship of this family–they just took us under their wing and helped us to find a little sense of belonging after a cross-country move. I have felt blessed every day to know them.
Most of the newborns I have the privilege to photograph are first or second babies. Darling Mary Katherine is baby #5 for this family. She is absolutely adored by her big brother and big sisters. Getting a photograph of 4 children with their new baby sister is always a challenge, but these guys did just great. And their parents knew just what to do, as we planned the sibling shots for the beginning of the session and then Dad took them home to play. Three hours can be a long time when you are 2, or 4, or 7, or pretty much any age. And I’d just like to point out, I am capable of shooting clothed subjects, even at a newborn session;).
Aren’t mom and dad so blessed?
This one, I just fell in love with before I even pushed the shutter. Love it with all my heart!
One with her gorgeous mom, and my dear friend:
And since the session started out backwards (with family images first), we decided to keep the trend going and use my new antique buggy (yep, that’s an oxymoron right there) rather than go to the bean bag poses. Why not? I had the perfect model.
Finally, on to the bean bag. As we were shooting mom was telling me how excited she was for her portraits so she could really see what Mary Kate looks like. At first I was surprised, and then I realized she made perfect sense. You spend so much of your time as a new mother with a kind of up-close tunnel-vision. You see the side of her face as she nurses or his cute little belly while you’re changing him, but you’re always right there. It’s nice to take a step back and really see a baby. Moms are so smart.
Oh, and did I mention mom made this beautiful blessing gown? Yeah, she is pretty much amazing.
Here she is, Mom. A knock-out, I’d say.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for a beautiful day. Baby girl, I can’t wait to come snuggle you again sometime very soon.