Before I dive into the details of Mr. AJ, I wanted to talk about some of the behind the scenes details of a newborn session. There’s quite a bit of preparation and planning that go into each one of these precious shoots.
Obviously the first thing to tackle is scheduling the shoot, which is impossible to do before the baby’s been born. Those babies have plans of their own, so trying to pin them down to a certain date ain’t happening! Once baby enters the world, I like to shoot with them as soon as possible, preferably within their first 10 days of life. Sure, this doesn’t happen 100% of the time, but that’s life! Newborn sessions are among the lengthiest of shoots; mainly to facilitate feeding, changing, shushing, getting warm and cozy. One way I try to make new mama’s, daddy’s, and baby’s feel comfortable and relaxed is to shoot in their home. An added bonus for in home newborn sessions is getting that beautiful nursery mama’s worked so hard on photographed.
Besides the day and location of the shoot, what else really needs to go into a newborn session? It’s a sleeping baby after all! Getting that baby to sleep is what else! The night before a newborn shoot, I’m washing blankets, picking our preferred colors and hats, packing my car to the roof with equipment and props, and of course choosing which shirt and pants I have that I won’t mind getting pee on. Let’s face it, snuggling with sleeping newborns guarantees a few accidents! After spending a few hours in a clients home, I pack my car back up and head home with some serious baby fever. Newborns continue to be my favorite subjects to photograph and my privilege to document and handle (with much care) brand new babies.
Now, onto giving YOU baby fever! Precious, little A.J. was nothing but a pleasure to photograph. His big sister was a huge help, too! I’ve had the great honor of documenting Lillian’s first year and as their family grows, we are moving on to A.J. We’ll be checking in with A.J. later this year, but for now let’s sit back marvel and baby boy A.J.
If you’re wanting to see how Lillian’s 1st year went, here ya go:
Guys, yesterday was amazing! The Michael house has crawled into the 21st century with our very first iPhone’s! Yep, we’ve been walking this Earth with flip phones and texting has been particularly hilarious. Needless to say, Kent and I are super pumped! With all this excitement, I thought we’d take a look back at last fall’s mini sessions. I’ll be announcing the Easter/Spring mini sessions very soon, and this year they’ll be styled! Woohoo, let’s all get pumped about iPhone’s and styled mini sessions!
A couple of days after Christmas, I met up with this amazing family for some late afternoon portraits. The light was perfection, everyone was up for anything, and I had an awesome time working with them. Can we talk about how photogenic this group is? The children were pros in from of the camera, totally comfortable and had some great ideas.
Shooting family portraits around a holiday or big family gathering is the best idea. I’ve noticed family portraits tend to fall by the wayside as children grow older. But, believe me, chronicling your family’s growth is just as important as those early years. These are the photos that will make the rehearsal dinner slideshow, the yearbook, generations of photo albums, and everything in between. So, let’s marvel at this sweet family and their 2013 chronicling of portraits!
Sweet Gracie is making her debut on the blog and oh my goodness did I enjoy shooting with her! Let’s rewind for a moment to August 2001 at UA, where I was a little bitty freshmen in the dorms. Quickly making friends with my neighbors down the hall, I tagged along to their friends apartment. I made some awesome friends that night and that’s where I met Gracie’s dad, Josh! I’ve got many memories of epic pranks stored away, but that’s for another blog entry! Let’s get back to Gracie!
I’ve actually combined two shoots that I had with Gracie since they were both too cute not to share. For the holidays we headed over to Railroad Park , and she was such a funny little thing. Babies love early mornings and sticking out their tongues! My love for a baby in a bubble outfit has hit an all time high, and I’m restraining myself with the idea of Walt in one. For Gracie’s 1st birthday portraits, we headed inside the warm and dry studio. Newly christened 1 year old’s are always a funny challenge, as they’ve usually learned how to walk. There’s lots of chasing, laughing, and catching of the breath.
Happy 1st birthday Gracie! You and your sweet parents were a joy to photograph and spend time with!