I always find this time of year a time where I naturally reflect on the past year, and make plans for the year ahead. I’m not sure if it’s just the changing seasons, or that the chaos of summer has left and I find clarity in the crisp air of fall. It’s certainly not a quiet time of year, but a good time for reflection none the less.
As I await the arrival of my baby, I have spent a lot of time reflecting on how I would like to capture my own baby’s first few weeks. Of course I wonder how can I give that same love and emotion when another mother trusts me to document the arrival of her baby. I’m a pretty emotional person, and it’s definitely my motivating factor when it comes to growing as an artist. Over the past year I have photographed many babies in a number of different ways. From right at the hospital, to full studio sets with lighting and props, to simple natural light images in baby’s home. It’s been amazing, and I am so grateful for the families who trust me to capture such an important life event. Babies change so rapidly in the first few weeks of life, so like a wedding day, there are no retakes. Everything must be perfect. So, like I said, as a mother myself I feel a connection to newborn photography, and it’s (of course) an emotional one.
So…. I have decided the only way I can truly make natural, emotional and authentic images that will satisfy my soul, is to only offer lifestyle and documentary style newborn photography. While I absolutely love beautiful images of babies wrapped so sweetly into tiny bundles and curled up on soft bean bags, I don’t feel the connection to studio style newborn photography. It is an incredible art, that takes a great deal of experience and skill, it’s just not where I find inspiration. So I will specialize and grow into a style that hopefully will give the mothers that trust me with their memories, the same thing that I am looking for.
Here are a few of my favourites from a recent newborn session. It was a pretty dark and gloomy day, and I am in love with the moody lighting in these images. Thank you so much for trusting me with your little one’s first memories!