On the hottest day of the summer I decided to do a little throwback to a chillier and snowier day. This past winter I had the pleasure of meeting this gorgeous family and their newest addition. I talk about this session often because it was particularly special for me...
I always say I feel profoundly honored to have this job as a newborn photographer. Parents invite me into their homes only days after giving birth to their babies. For many of my clients, this is their first baby which means they are still cozying up to their new titles as "mom" and "dad". It can be an intense time. An unbelievably exciting time but, let's be real. There's a lot going on!
There are tons of people around including grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. Everyone is so thrilled and excited to meet the newest addition to their family. They want to kiss and hold the new baby, take their own photos, and offer help to the new parents any way they can - changing diapers, buying diapers, running washes, preparing meals.
But when I arrive at my client's home, the entourage begins to leave so we can focus on photographing the nuclear family. So now, the hustling and busting home is filled with just Mom, Dad, Baby, and me. The home is now quiet. The energy of new parenthood is still pulsating throughout, but it's now a gentler energy. A more reflective energy.
I seat Mom and Dad on the bed, with one of them holding their baby. I ask them to sneak a kiss. I snap a photo. I ask them to look down at their baby. I snap a photo. And then I ask them to look at each other.
Dad looks at Mom. Mom looks at Dad. And there's this exhale. A drop of the shoulders and a slow grin that begins to grow across both of their faces.
"We did it", he whispers to her. "We did it".
My heart melts. I snap a photo.