So, about 7-8 years ago I started photography and I thought I was going to waltz in and be this amazing newborn photographer. I spent all the money I didn’t have to turn my living room into a home studio on Fort Carson in Colorado Springs. I had just found out I was expecting my 2nd baby, my sweet Addie, and I just knew it would be the perfect opportunity to really get the hands on experience I had lacked. What I didn’t realize was how complex newborns actually are.
They are not easy. Not by any means.
They take a lot of time and patience and most importantly KNOWLEDGE!!!! I had know idea that some of the poses were actually composite images (two images merged into one). I had no idea of any of the safety precautions I should be taking. Having no clue about what I was doing meant I was learning as I went. And yeah, I learned some but I didn’t have the appropriate resources, or didn’t know how to access them or where to find them. I wasn’t part of the photography community like I am now. I didn’t know of any amazing photographer’s then. I just lacked resource and knowledge for a complex thing. So, at the end of the day, I never really progressed. Maybe had I stuck with it longer than the few months I did, there was a potential I could have turned into one of those amazing baby photographer’s but I didn’t and I quit.
I eventually found my niche’ being weddings. But after so many years, I’m slowly taking the back seat on weddings because my family has grown, and being away from my family for 8-10 hours PER DAY every weekend (generally the only time we have together as a whole family) is becoming less desirable. Please don’t get me wrong, especially if you are one of my brides. I LOVE LOVE LOVE weddings. I LOVE my couples. I’ve met some of the most amazing people I’ve ever encountered via the wedding industry but as I’ve grown and changed so have my priorities and I’ve only got so much time with this perfect little souls I call mine. I mean, my son (my oldest) is 9.5. He is a little more than half way to adult hood and to be honest, I don’t know where time has gone! I blinked and bam, he was a boy who didn’t like to spend as much time with his momma as he did when he was two. And I want to absorb all of the moments I have with them.
That brings me to this beautiful session. Due to covid I haven’t actually shot a wedding in…Uhmmmm…. MONTHS! I did one in January and before that it was September I think but I literally haven’t had any wedding work in forever and so I need to pass the time somehow. Sooooo I’ve been taking it back to all the stuff I CAN do while COVID is happening – social distancing, outdoor sessions now that the stay at home orders are lifted. I’ve been doing mostly time sensitive things just to limit the amount of people I come into contact with, which means LOTS AND LOTS of baby bumps. And holy sweet baby Jesus. I am simply obsessed. I forgot how much I loved maternity (I mean, I love everything haha) but I mean, those glowing mommas! So dang beautiful.
Hayley & I were actually suppose to get together and shoot her maternity photos in early April. That was what she originally hired me to do but then stay at home orders were put into place and we couldn’t accomplish them which saddens me because she was glowing over the moon with baby Harper, I can just imagine what she was like while growing that beautiful life. Thankfully, she was so sweet and so understanding and we just kinda went with it and ended up doing newborn. Now, I let her know, I had no idea what I was doing. I couldn’t offer her those beautiful posey newborns but we could do something outside and she simply agreed. We met up and ya’ll. I can’t even begin to express how beautiful it was. It was sunny & warm. The sunlight dappled through the trees and just made everything so magical. Hayley came with her sister and they were both two people who were so fun and so laid back – the type of people I could see myself hanging out with on a regular basis! Everything about this session was hands down perfection!
Now, I may not be skilled or have any idea how to create beautiful posed newborn images but I can create something beautiful outdoors with your precious baby. So won’t you join me?! Let’s create magic.