Perfect little Blaise. So fresh and new, he just wanted to be curled up back inside his mom’s belly. This little man loved being swaddled and held, and was already sucking his thumb and fingers all by himself. Mom, dad, grandma, best friend, photographer — we all took turns passing him around, getting our “baby fix.”
Spending a few days living with friends and their new baby is a wonderful way to capture newborn portraits. From diaper changes to cuddles on the patio to best friends making pot roast to grandma napping with big brother and sister. This is life with a baby: real, raw, exhausting, exhilarating, thrilling, and full of love and wonder. This is the story of Blaise’s welcome into his family, days one through four.
This particular family knows how to have fun together. I first photographed brother and sister two years ago when I was just starting out. This time, the whole family showed up, including a new little sister.
The kids played, romped, twirled, swung, laughed and cuddled their way through the session. And near the end of the session, with their encouragement, I tasted a “fiddlehead” — the brand new curled bud at the tip of a fern’s new-growth. It tasted like spinach. Earthy and green. Except it was crunchy. (And then this week at Trader Joe’s, I actually saw of bag of fiddleheads in the produce section!)
This family will soon be leaving Rochester for new adventures out west. Together. Because that’s what matters.
Jada and I were pregnant together, part of the same Centering Pregnancy group at a local hospital here in Rochester. Her youngest son and my Miss B are just weeks apart in age, and it was great getting to see them again.
Southern Minnesota had such a long, lingering, colorful autumn, so I was a little disappointed when the last of the bright leaves seem to disappear just days before our session. But. The light. Oh my, the light! While we may have missed that rich, leafy color, we were given some delicious golden light at the end of our session. And her two boys? AWESOME. Her oldest was comfortable with the camera, and her almost-one-year-old made the best faces for me. Such a beautiful family …
When Amy first contacted me about doing this session, I sat back and thought, “Do I really want to do this session? EIGHT kids? EIGHT kids running around outside, playing, screaming, jumping?” I called her back and told her I’d do it. (I’ll try anything once!)
Amy and her son only make it back to visit family in Minnesota every few years, so she wanted to make this trip special and document what an afternoon in this extended family looks like. She spent lots of time planning, so we had plenty of props and toys to keep the kids busy. She supplied a parachute, a lawn sprinkler, a golf cart, watermelon and a slightly cranky dog that chased a few of the toddlers. I brought bubbles, umbrellas, kid-sized chairs and a couple of blankets. And the kids tossed in lots of smiles, a few tears and some funny faces.
It was actually kind of fun.
And at the end, we pulled the flag off the house and let the youngest hold it during the last few minutes of daylight before sunset. He and his sister’s daddy is deployed to Kuwait, and the family wanted a special patriotic photo of this little man to send overseas. I didn’t realize it at the time, but this little guy was holding a Buzz Lightyear superhero toy. So he holds a superhero while waiting for one to come home. Keep the faith, little man.
I knew this would be a great maternity session when Kristin asked if she could bring Stormy, their first baby. Now, Stormy is a little Pomeranian who travels around in a fancy red soft-sided dog carrier and has gorgeous brown eyes. She tired of posing for portraits after a few minutes, so mom and dad tucked her into her carrier with a chewy bone, and the rest of us trampled through high grass and braved grasshoppers and other strange bugs, just to bring you the images I’m sharing below.
I still can’t believe she was only 10 days out from her due date when we did this session. Truly beautiful!