One of the things I love most about my job is none of my clients are ever exactly the same, and something new is always happening. Different locations, different people, different props, different ways products are designed to fit my client’s lifestyle; there is always something different or new and I love it! And this session with baby Ella had a lot of new things in it for me.
When Jessica contacted me, she had asked if I would photograph her first “baby”, her dog Halley, with her new baby Ella. And while photographing a dog or a newborn is a challenge all on its own, being a pup mom myself, I had to say yes! I would want to do the exact same thing if Austin ever had a baby “brother” or “sister”.
And Halley was a rock star! We gave her plenty of time in the studio to get used to her surroundings, and then used a team approach to keep everyone safe and get her looking at the camera. I was only trying for one good image, and think my first combination newborn/pup session was a success.
The boat prop was another new element. Jessica mentioned she had a mermaid outfit she wanted to use in the session. Now normally I don’t go building or making props for everyone just because they have something they would like in their picture, but I really didn’t have anything I thought was going to go well with a mermaid outfit, and I had seen and really liked a boat prop just like this one. Since I love crafting, and this didn’t look too complicated, I decided it would make a good DIY project. I can’t take all the credit. My hubby screwed it together and drilled the hole for the mast, and my mom sewed the sail. I am very lucky those two are always willing to help me out with whatever my latest project happens to be! After all that, the mermaid outfit was WAY too big for Ella, so she will have to have her picture taken in it when she is bigger, but the boat project was still worth it because I love how it, and this image, turned out.
Using macro photography for newborns was another one of the firsts in this session. I LOVE detail shots and have been wanting to try out a macro lens for awhile. Since my amazing mentor and friend Harmony from Harmony Lynn Photography was kind enough to lend me her macro lens, I finally got my chance. (You can check her out here if you are looking for an amazing wedding photographer.) Detail shots are great as part of a wall display or in an album because they help tell the story of this brand new tiny person. I am hooked! If you normally read my blog, you can expect to see a lot more of these down the road.
And in case that wasn’t enough newness, it was also the first time I had a baby’s grandma take part in a newborn session. I am seriously so emotional about my job. I constantly think about how special the children I photograph will feel when they are older, and can see and understand through the pictures on the wall, and the albums they have, how much their parents loved them. How awesome will it be for Ella to be able to see this image of herself with her mom and her grandma? How incredible will it be for Ella’s future babies to see this image of the past generations? Ok, so I’m a little (LOT) sappy. But that won’t stop me from inviting more grandparents to my sessions in the future.
Well, I think that’s all the newness I can stuff into one very long blog post. Be sure to contact me early in your pregnancy to reserve your session spot on the calendar. I would love to work with you…and your brand new baby…and your pup…and your mom. LOL!