Introducing Ava. Sweet, sweet Ava. I love all of 'my' newborns. And sometimes I secretly hope for newborns that need extra cuddling to get to sleep (even though that adds stress, that I am going to run out of time before I get enough pictures for mom and dad... but it means, well, it means more baby cuddles for me!).
Unfortunately for me, Ava needed no cuddling. Zip. Zero. Zilch. I came in and set up while her dad fed her. He burped her and handed her to me (already pretty much asleep). I laid her down on the beanbag, prepared to do my normal patting and shushing... Nope. She curled up and was fast asleep. I snapped away. Moved her around. Added headbands. Took headbands off. Repositioned her. Changed blankets. Had mom and dad pick her up....lay her back down. Put her in a box. Put her on a rolled up towel. Swaddled. Un-swaddled...
NOT A PEEP from Ava! I mean, it was almost TOO easy! For those of you who might be reading this and wanting to get into newborn photography, let me be clear: THIS is NOT normal! I have sometimes (often!) spent over half of a newborn session just getting the baby to sleep. I have had others where the baby will sleep, but when you try to reposition the slightest thing, they startle, and flail their arms and legs out of the position you have painstakingly put them in... and you are back to square one. Bottom line, newborn photography requires a lot of time and a lot of patience. But then, every once in a while, you get a newborn like Ava. (who, by the way, is beyond a doubt the smile-iest baby I have ever had. And it wasn't even newborn gas smiles either. She was dreaming. No wonder she likes to sleep so much. She was having awesome dreams, apparently.)
Those of you who are fans on facebook, might remember this next photo. These two were so comfortable with each other, and could completely pretend I wasn't in the room. All I asked them to do was sit on the bed with their feet out towards me. I was focused on their feet, and realized they were snuggling in the background. I loved it! They were so cute together. Totally in love. ♥
Then there was this picture. My sister, who is a friend of the mom, and was helping me out the day of the session, started crying during this series. It was a really sweet moment between mom and daughter. Being in the room and feeling the love (I know it sounds cheesy, but I guess it is one of those 'you had to be there' moments), I don't feel like my photograph does it justice. My goal is that when the mom looks at it, I hope it will take her back to that moment in time. When there was nothing more important in the world than laying on a bed and staring at her brand, spankin' new little miracle. If that can happen, then I have done my job.
I love my job.