Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Claire - A Newborn Session

As I mentioned in a previous post, I am no longer booking any future "Posed Newborn" sessions. I will, however, offer in-home family sessions to families who just had new babies! This means that instead of bringing my bean bag, my space heater, millions of blankets, bows, hats, and other super adorable props to a newborn session, I will just be bringing myself and my camera to your home and capturing the essence and freshness of a newborn in its purest and most raw form. I am super excited to be transitioning my newborn sessions into something much more organic and real. Don't get me wrong, I have some serious respect for all newborn photographers because I am fully aware of how much patience and expertise it takes to safely and lovingly photograph them in their adorable outfits, props, and poses. I love seeing others' images in my newsfeed and truly recognize their talent. But for me, it just felt like I was trying to force a puzzle piece into my work that just wasn't meant to fit. The forced posing and backdrops covering up the natural state of a home went against the grain for me - none of it matched the rest of my work and it was starting to frustrate me without me even realizing it! It wasn't until Claire's session that it all finally clicked in my brain!

I decided her session was going to be my last newborn session to include props, but I would also do a few lifestyle ones to make sure that was really the direction I wanted to go in. She was such a sweet newborn to "end" on, truly an easy little angel who both slept and stared at me with big wondering brown eyes. But it wasn't until I got home, loaded all my images on my computer, and started to edit where the answer came to me. I was dragging my feet through the images that were posed...and as soon as I got to the shots with Claire and her mom interacting, it was like my heart stepped on the gas pedal and I was happily speeding through those images. I was smiling and my heart was exploding with passion and joy over my job. I knew then that I was making the right choice in moving away from Posed Newborn sessions.

I have compiled a gallery to show any future clients inquiring about a newborn session with me so that they could get a better idea of what to expect from a "Lifestyle Newborn" session. I would love for you to check out the gallery here....that is, of course, after you stay around to see just how precious Claire is, enjoy my last "posed" newborn, and celebrate many more beautiful, un-posed newborn images to come!

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