Monthly Archives: March 2011
It meant I almost didn’t get to meet and photograph these two little superstars. E broke her wrist on the day of our scheduled shoot and would be in a cast for several weeks. I called E’s mom in between shoots that day to see how she was doing and sure enough, as kids tend to be, she was resilient and bouncing back already. So I got to see her and her baby sister a few weeks later for our mini session after all. And I am so glad I didn’t miss out on these two beauties.
By now you can tell that these girls have uh… been in front of a camera once or twice before. Their mama loves photos so they are naturals… they pose, they smile and bat their eyelashes on cue… a photographer’s dream. And then it’s time to capture the real deal. Oh, don’t think I don’t know it when I see it. I have kids too and I can spot the cheese smiles a mile away. But I snap away anyway… and I wait. I wait until I can find and draw out (if necessary) the genuine look. Sometimes I get real quiet during a session and I don’t say much at all. I imagine some parents might be thinking “uh-oh, something’s wrong! Is it not going well?”
That’s not it at all. Silence can work wonders sometimes. Sometimes you (well, I) just need to shut up and listen. We were wrapping it all up and I knew I didn’t have her yet. Not the her I knew I could capture anyway. Mom was busy packing up little sister and we spoke very softly, almost whispering. Then we had a quiet moment. And then…I snapped the last frame of our session.
Look at that beautiful, luscious head of hair! What else is there to say… Seriously, I was mesmorized by her hair… I’ve never seen that much hair on a little tiny baby. So thick and luxurious. Lucky girl. Beautiful hair and biteable chubbiness.
I have to admit – I’ve been very lucky lately with some older newborns. This little 18 day old girl was awake for awhile but she was so content and alert that she was practically posing for me. I couldn’t get over it. She was staring right at me. Practically smiling… she was smiling with her eyes, I could tell Eventually she gave in and fell into a blissful sleep for some snuggly poses.
When I first walk into a client’s home for a newborn session, there’s just one thing I’m interested in. The “IT” factor. Nope, not the furniture, not the decor. I’m looking for IT – the light. That beautifully soft, filtered natural light coming in at just the right angle in the just the right quantity. Quite honestly, not every house has IT. You’d be surprised – I’ve been in big beautiful LI homes that didn’t have much of IT and in small NYC apartments that had just the right amount of IT. Sometimes, it’s just a grey day and even the biggest window will let you down. But sometimes, all the elements come together and everything bounces and diffuses just right. On this day, the layers upon layers of snow on the ground combined with just the right amount of cloud cover made a South facing window a joy to work with. On this day, I didn’t curse the snow.
This is baby W, bathed in beautiful natural light, just 6 days old.
And this one – easily one of my favorite recent newborn images. Not just because it’s a departure from the usual beanbag/blanket stuff and the way the light falls over them. It’s the way his mommy is holding him…so natural, so relaxed… the look of pure content on this face, the tilt of Mom’s head as she looks down at her new baby… and then you notice her right thumb and that’s where you get a sense of just how tiny he is here. It more than beautiful light and a beautiful baby – it’s a sweet moment captured.