My second photo shoot after returning from my own maternity leave was with this adorable little girl, by the name of Avery. She's just a little bit younger than my own daughter, so I knew that I could expect her to be more wakeful than a newborn, but not quite able to stay happily awake for our entire shoot like an older infant might. Therein lay my challenge: to photograph this little sweetheart without making her so overtired and crabby that her mommy would have a little terror for the rest of the day. ;)
Thankfully, Avery gave me three great chunks of prime portrait time, and I took advantage of every moment I could! She also got a brief visit from her older brother toward the end of our session, so I was glad to capture that as well.
But before I let you look at the highlights from my time with this adorable little girlie, I want to impart something I think all first-time newborn/ infant portrait session parents ought to know: Over half of each session is spent just setting up the shots, getting the baby settled, feeding and/or changing the baby, or just waiting for that sweet little cherub to fall asleep. And you know what? I totally expect this. It is normal, and that's why I set aside 2 hours (and sometimes more) for sessions with little ones. I think people see these session wrap posts with all the clear-eyed, smiley, sleeping, angelic babies and they imagine that the entire shoot was a blissful series of perfectly-posed shot after shot. Well, not so, folks. And now you know.
So, with that in mind... take a look! :)
|Little known fact: This was my first time using a letter in a shot. I liked it!|
|Babies have the corner on the market when it comes to wide-eyed wonder. It never gets old.|
|Looks like she's fallen asleep on her way to a concert. I love the pouty little lip, too.|
|This one has a particularly lovely vintage quality. Like the timeless 1950's baby portrait.|
|Babies at this age are just discovering all the ways they can move their faces, and I am happy to capture as much of that as I can!|
Well, thanks for looking once again, my friends! I hope this session reminded you of the precious beauty of childhood, and - of course- I hope it made you smile a little, too!