Oh Baby Giselle!!! Such a memorable session for me!!! This gorgeous baby was the sweetest, most calmly alert newborn I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing!! :) Giselle was WIDE awake for almost TWO HOURS before I could finally lull her to sleep. I didn’t let 2 hours go by wasted though. I was determined to utilize that time while she mellowed out and grab a few beautiful open eyed portraits. I couldn’t believe the amount of eye contact she was gracing me with! She never made a peep! Just a sweet soft stare here and there and she kept looking around at her surroundings.
We tried EVERYTHING! I had all of the 5 S’s going (if you’ve never read the book Happiest Baby On The Block – I highly recommend it!). I pulled out all of my tricks. Made sure she was full, no bubbles/gas, and my clients had followed my pre-session instructions so she should have been sleepy. But alas, not every baby is the same. And I am so thankful that instead of having a fussy or inconsolable baby, we had Giselle – who was perfectly content just to hang out with us and be curious about what we were doing.
We had many laughs as I progressed the photos to see how much she would give us being wide awake. You can see in the 1st photo, she is totally and completely wide awake and by the 2nd…I had been able to unswaddle her and see if she would fall asleep in the belly position. Her eyes give away that she is getting sleepy but she is still awake for the camera! Finally, I was able to coax her to sleep and perfect the pose.
As challenging as Giselle was for the first 2 hours, after she did finally fall asleep…I whipped this session out as fast as possible so that my clients would have plenty of variety in their gallery. After going through my posing flow on the blanket (Giselle even awarded us a few smiles!), I had 4 props set up and ready to go. I went through the props fairly quickly, changing things up slightly as I moved along…and then we went in for the parent and family photos and kept Giselle swaddled in case she was at the end of her sleep cycle and ready to wake up. :)
And O.M.G. that HAIR!!!! Hands down the most beautiful hair I’ve ever photographed on a newborn baby!! <3
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