Chloe was my first client after a 4-month hiatus I started last fall before Thanksgiving. She is a beautiful little scrap of a baby girl, just the right size in every way. Her mom wanted dainty, lady-like images with touches of femininity, so we kept it simple with bits of lace and flowers and a touch of pink. Lovely, lacy and little, Chloe was just perfect. And I’d forgotten how much I love doing newborn sessions on location; there’s something about mom and baby being comfortable in their own home, not being rushed, and sitting comfy on the couch to chat with mom while she feeds baby.
This little man is just one week younger than my Miss B. Right about a year old, learning to walk, wanting to do things by himself, but still needing so much help and love from mom and dad.
I really love capturing families in their homes. Babies are more comfortable, happy and active when they know they’re someplace safe with the people they love. This little man let me follow him around while he stayed busy reading, playing, crawling, climbing, cuddling and just being.
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 …
I really, really wanted to run off with this little man, but since his mom and I are good friends, she’d know where to look for me. Which meant I had to behave myself and not steal the baby.
For those of you who have never snuggled a newborn, you won’t understand this, but newborns are downright addictive. There’s a reason women keep having babies, no matter how painful or long their births are: there is just something so magical, amazing and attaching about these brand new beings — they need you, they demand you, they crave you, they can do nothing for themselves except ask for more, more, more. More warmth, more love, more milk, more holding, more bouncing, more rocking, more, more, more. In fact, the more I think about it, the more I’m sure that newborns are really some of the most selfish people on earth. And that’s probably why we love them so much. Because they need us so much.
Mr. Ian, you were blessed to be born into an AMAZING family, who loved you before you were born and who waited and waited and waited for you to arrive, you late little stinker.
World, meet Ian.
I knew when this little man ran into my arms as soon as I stepped inside his home that this session was going to be special. What better way to begin a portrait session than with a squeezy hug from a toddler with a mop of red curls? This little man and his parents are special to me. I know I say that about a lot of my clients, but I was there when mom and dad *became* mom and dad. I supported this family through pregnancy and birth as their doula, then documented their precious newborn (it took me two tries).
18 months is such a fun and trying age. So independent, yet dependent. Running, but still falling. Talking, but thumb-sucking. Cuddling, then escaping.
Mr. BJ, keep your parents on their toes. Always make them guess what you’re going to do next. And never, ever, ever forget how much they love you and what they went through to bring you here.
Love and kisses, sweet boy!