When I was
huge and pregnant with Will, it never occured to me to hire a photographer before he was born so that I could have beautiful photos of him as a curled up newborn. I guess I was thinking about the fact that I had turned into one giant cankle. I was also thinking about my shoes…and how three quarters of my foot was actually pouring out the sides of them.
Then, as I lay in a hospital bed next to the plastic cart that held all 9 pounds, 11 ounces of him, it struck me that I would very much like to take his photo every waking moment for the rest of my life. You think I am being dramatic. Let me assure you. I am not.
If the heavens parted and rays of light shined down, and a James Earl Jones voice from above told me that I would be permanently appendaged to my camera and my main mission in life was to take baby photos….well, I wouldn’t cry. I think I would party. I’m kind of a home body anyway—I love the stillness, the quiet patience, and the intense satisfaction of holding and photographing new babies. They are just so darn fresh and perfect.
Of course nobody sees my baby the way I see my baby, so when he was three weeks old, I ended up setting up my very first newborn shoot with my own son. It was not exactly what I expected. Pee and pooh were flying through the air. I had two space heaters and a hair dryer running at full speed. I was trying desperatly to manipulate his wee little body while not letting him roll off the chair cushion or cry (because we all know what happens to nursing moms when they hear that baby squeal). It was kinda like a prison scene but at a very, very juvenile level.
In the end, I did end up with some very cherished images…
But more importantly, I learned a lot that day:
1. I wanted to be a photographer
2. I could use items that are around the house to create images that are not only cherished but beautiful
3. Having things we live with and love in photos is how we remember our lives. They are tangible reminders of the past
4. You can wrap yourself in the newborn photoshoot fur blanket and feel that beautiful moment all over again.
Thanks for reading!