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:
Maternity Session << Newborn Session << 6 Months << 1 Year
Hop on over here to check out what happens with Baby’s First Year Plans! It’s the perfect way to celebrate and conserve baby’s first year and covers that baby book you’re hoping to fill out!
A.J. in his nursery (left) and Lillian in her nursery (right).