In my last post, I discussed how important it is in my photography to capture images that evoke emotion through connection. In this last post I wrote about why some parents choose to do their newborn photo shoots right away. However, there also many people that prefer to wait.
The Case for Waiting to Take Pictures
As beautiful as those first breaths of life are, newborns are no less cute or miraculous one month, two months, or even three months later! I had the privilege of doing a recent photo shoot where the family waited a couple of months before having me to the house. Mom, dad, and big bro had given themselves time to get comfortable with their new little creature, and mom had even managed to get some sleep before the photo shoot! The house was clean and the nursery was done, allowing for a cozy and homey backdrop.
Best of all, we had time to plan the wardrobe and arrange for my make-up artist and hair-stylist to come to the house. This was a game. Changer. When you’ve been in the newborn fog for weeks, worrying about feedings and changings and sleeping, you are barely noticing whether your hair is washed or your shirt is clean. To press pause and take some time for yourself, to have a moment of feeling beautiful, is priceless.
As with most any choice you make as a parent, what you believe is best, safest, and sanest is the correct answer. That connection between you and your baby is there, whether s/he is 30 hours or 30 days old.
I purposefully chose the words "Before they fly away" to appear on the first page of my site because I want everyone who visits to understand why I do and love this work. While my business and photography style has evolved, my mission has stayed the same since I first started in 2009: to save the fleeting and glittering moments that make our lives worth living.