Well I have definitely been MIA for a little while now and as most of my readers know, I was busy having a baby boy of my own and have spent the last 6 weeks bonding with Grayson and getting to know our “new normal” as a family of 4. As far as my own newborn photography goes, I know a long time ago that I would probably have trouble photographing my own baby. I have heard of many photographers talking about this “phenomenon” and I didn’t believe it at first but it’s true…haha…at least for me! I am breastfeeding my little one and that is part of the problem. Babies can sense or even smell mom. So Grayson would just not settle for me. Part of it is also me as a mom going through the postpartum period. There’s the exhausting (oh yeah!), the recovery and then the juggling of everything else to even find time to setup and run my own session. So because I knew all of this in advance, I didn’t take any chances. I hired the best out there to come photography my new baby so that I could cherish these memories in photographs the way they should be…and I must say, I totally loved getting to sit back, relax and just be the client! It gave me a whole different perspective.
Brittany Woodall of Little Bloom Studio (and co-owner of Baby As Art – which are pretty much one of the most influential pioneers of our industry) who is located near Lake Lure, NC traveled when Grayson was two weeks old to come photograph his newborn portraits for me. She mainly serves the Charlotte and Asheville areas, but also travels across the country for sessions as well.
I love love love all of our photos from our session which I just got back. Britt did such a beautiful job and was sooo good with my little boy. Grayson was even a little fuss pot for her but she was so extremely gentle and patient with him. She was fully dedicated to giving us amazing portraits and I didn’t expect anything less. The outdoor image was taken in my backyard by the way!! Excited to maybe try this with some of my summer babies. I have lots of little areas in my backyard and neighborhood that would be gorgeous.
So Grayson at 4 weeks, finally let me photograph him but he was STILL a tough cookie. I had to wrap him up and do some photoshop work to make the image complete. I wish I could have posed and photographed my own baby but I would rather enjoy this time then struggle getting any more photos. It was also a balance between “should I set up the studio and try again?”…or “take a nap WITH the baby” (best advice ever by the way) and nap time ALWAYS trumped me sweating it out in the studio lol. I knew that I would get absolutely stunning images of my little one from Britt, so I knew I had nothing else to achieve or worry about. It was the whole point of hiring her in the first place so that I didn’t have to feel that pressure to get my own photos. Here is the one photo that I did capture of Grayson. 10 minutes in the studio and I was done!!! ;)
So tomorrow night is my FIRST session back in the studio and I get to welcome Erika who is expecting her 2nd child. I am super excited about it!!! June has a few openings but August is almost booked so make sure to contact me as soon as possible if you would like to schedule your own maternity, baby and newborn session!