Baby Finn couldn’t wait to make his appearance … and surprised everyone by arriving weeks ahead of when the calendar said he would arrive! And he is pure perfection at a little over 6lbs! I was so excited to meet up with Eamon and Christine again as they enter into this exciting transformative phase of parenthood. And I could think of no couple I would rather work with as I relax into the influence of birthing again myself. I warned Christine that she’d be in some pictures and I was so relieved that she didn’t immediately refuse. It’s not easy to have the camera focused on you right after you’ve experienced birth – but I promised her she’d be thankful for these images later.
I’ve always always resisted having a studio. It’s tempting for newborn work, but I always come back to the huge advantage (in my mind) of meeting families in their homes. This means families aren’t being asked to bring out a new new baby when the world is kind of overwhelming (all the extra “just in case” items to pack, weather to contend with, unknown routines, etc). The other advantage, in my mind, is that shoots can be very individualized – the hat mom knitted while pregnant, or the blanket that has been passed down generations – or even just that huge stuffed animal that would have been too cumbersome to transport along with all the baby paraphernalia. So I’ve always come back to the advantages of doing in-home newborn shoots outweigh the advantages of Kalory photo studio. And after the birth of our third baby (I told you it would be a while before I got back to blogging!), the individualizing of newborn shoots has become all the more important to me. Kicking this up a notch, I realized, means really capturing newborns in their own space. Sure, I can still bring along studio-type equipment that allows for that look – but the pictures I’m really loving creating, are the ones that are so clearly special because they could only be captured in this moment, with this family, in this place. It’s not a studio – I can’t just change different people out on the same background. And this is what makes the work I do with Brown Eyed Photography so exciting for me. It’s authentic photography.
So I’m easing back into blogging and I’m excited to share some of the work I’ve been doing in the last few months as I ease back into photography more fully.
And now on with the images of Finn’s baby shoot!