At 16 days, sweet baby Tomi was pushing the limits of guaranteed newborn-ness. He didn’t really settle into a deep sleep as easily as a younger baby might have, and he was touchier than most of my newborns. But he was still perfect. I think 4 years ago, a session like this might have stressed me out. There was a much higher feeding/soothing/snuggling/shushing/settling to shooting ratio during this session. Four years ago, I would have been sitting there wondering. Wondering if he would ever settle down. Wondering if I would be able to get the poses I wanted. Wondering if I would be able to capture enough images for his mama. Four years ago I would have worried and felt impatient and discouraged. But that was four years ago.
Instead, I drank in his newness. I stared at his long lashes and full lips and darling curls. I snuggled him. I enjoyed every minute with Tomi and his big brother and his beautiful mama. Because I knew. I knew he was perfect and the session was going perfectly for him. We didn’t get to everything his mama and I would have liked to, but it didn’t matter, because what we got was perfect.
I am so grateful for those four years of experience. And I am so grateful to have been able to shoot this session.
Tomi, 16 days:
This one just takes my breath away.
Thank you for coming to see me, sweet boy. You are truly perfect.