Why I Do In Home Newborn Sessions
I think when you start off in photography the first big dream is to be busy/successful enough to be able to do it full time. The next big dream is to own your own studio. And for many of my colleagues that is either a dream and an exciting realization! Never say never, but it is not something I plan to do.
Sure it would be convenient for me to have all of my props in one place, to have consistency of the setting and studio lighting, to have ample, clean and quiet space. But for newborns especially, I'm willing to sacrifice these things to bring my craft to you.
6 years ago a dear friend (and sought after photographer) gifted us a newborn session. And she offered to come to us but since she had gifted us the session I felt it was right to go to her. This was of course my choice but I will tell you it stressed me out! I was a brand new mom, about a week post c-section, and I had a tiny little 5lb baby. Except for our first pediatrician appointment we hadn't ventured out the house. I called my mom in tears the night before. How could we possibly all get packed up, dressed presentably for photos, and out of the house the next morning? I could barely shower, never mind do my hair and make up and wear real clothes. I was a first time mom and the 3 hour routine of breastfeeding a premie was brand new to me. Per usual, my mom put on her angel wings and came to help us get out of the house and the photos turned out amazing and I'll be forever grateful. It was worth all the hard work obviously. But I won't forget that feeling the night before.
So I come to you. In your space, where all of baby's things are. Where you can shower, dress, do your make up in the comfort of your home often while I'm taking baby's individual photos. Where big siblings can eat their cereal and watch their cartoons until it's their turn. Often, it's where grandma is to lend a hand.
I've been in all kinds of home with all kinds of light. I've worked in dining rooms, offices, living rooms, kitchens, foyers, family rooms and even garages and patios on a hot day. I bring enough in from my car it appears I'm moving in permanently. I rearrange and return furniture and personal belongings and work amongst sibling toys or life in general. Usually I have an ever vigilant four legged supporter and curious and adorable siblings look on too.
I know the transition of a new baby is enough all on it's own. That you've planned ahead and value photographing these early days means the world to me. I have so much gratitude to the families who trust me with their littlest blessing and welcome me warmly into their homes. I'm grateful to the countless dads who offer water or coffee and help me with the car load full of props and equipment. And to the moms, tired and sore, who make all of it possible, you have my heart! I am even more blessed by you and your family as I hope you are by me.
Congratulations! And God bless!