Hospital to Home
That's the word that comes to mind when I think about this "hobby" turned side profession.
What a privilege it is to capture the special moments in your lives.
>the laughter in the eyes of a one year old, smashing that cake to pieces
>the love ((felt)) in the image of two sweethearts
>the bashful smile of a brand new bride
>the giggles produced by the tickle monster at a family shoot
>the tears of joy on the faces of a new mom and dad
I get to experience all of this. Repeatedly. Yes, privilege is the best word to describe my "job."
And what a privilege it was to help welcome baby Tate into the world last week. Although his mom and dad are not "new" to parenting, they are experiencing a whole different world with the birth of their first baby boy. A baby boy they've dreamed about. A baby boy who is loved beyond measure, who has made their family complete.
I was lucky enough to experience that new baby smell when I met Tate at his "Fresh Baby" shoot. This type of shoot is typically done within 24 hours of birth to capture those special moments shared as a family, while still at the hospital. While these shoots are trending right now, I think it's important to recognize why... because you'll never get those moments back.
For the rest of your life, you will reflect on those first moments with your sweet baby. Those days are ((typically)) spent at the hospital. Those drab colored walls, uncomfortable cot for dad, and sterilized bathroom are going to be burned into your memory for the rest.of.your.life. What a gift it is to have images of those days that you can cherish forever. Here are some of my favorites from Tate's Fresh Baby shoot.
Tate is so beautiful. He was wide awake throughout our hospital shoot and a perfect little model...until Mommy had to change that poopy ((see first image in above set)). Even crying, this baby boy will quickly steal your heart. I am so fortunate to know his parents personally. I grew up with Brittany, attending school together from K-12, with her hubby leading the way a couple of grades above us.
We now attend church together, Brittany being the one who brought my family to Century Church of Christ over two years ago. Words cannot express how dear this family is to me. I'm not sure if I ever verbalized how grateful I am to both Brittany and Travis for "holding our hands" ((saving us a seat)) for those first few visits we made to their church...so I'm saying it now, thank you. Because now it's ((MY)) church, and my family's >>>>which I could write a whole book about because I love it so.
But- this blog is about their family, so I'll do my best to stay on course. :) I followed up with this little sweetie for an "At Home" shoot within his first week of birth. Again, this is sort of the trend right now...and for good reason. It's so much easier for the parents and baby. There's a lot to be said about studio photography, but there's something beyond special about capturing those first days when baby is welcomed to his new home, at his new home.
This Smith family has a beautiful home + two gorgeous girls who made this shoot a piece of cake. Here are more than a few of my favorite images from their home shoot.
Priceless right? Especially those toes! They will NEVER be that small again...which can be a little sad for mommy and daddy. But not when you think about the years they'll spend watching Tate, Leah, and Lexie grow up together. That same word comes to mind yet again. Privilege.
Brittany, Travis, Leah, Lexie, and Tate- thank you so much for welcoming me into your hospital room + your home. I love you all so much and feel blessed to call you friends.
To all the other new and old parents-to-be out there, I just might have found my favorite thing to photograph. If you're on the fence about newborn photography, at the hospital or at home, just remember that you will never get these moments back. I've put together a little package that I'll share with you all now. Fresh Baby and At Home sessions can be booked separately, but I wanted to create a sweet little deal for those cherished first moments with your sweet little baby.
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