So here’s the truth. I’ve been struggling with our newborn shoots for a while now. I love connecting with new mothers, it’s such a privilege to capture some of the precious first moments, the tiny details of the little one that won’t fit in your arms forever. When a baby is born so too is a mother and I love honouring that transformation through pictures.
But spending hours settling a baby on its own on a beanbag or in a basket left me feeling deflated and dissatisfied. Yes, I am making pretty pictures but something felt wrong and until recently I couldn’t put my finger on it. Then my sister happened to mention that she came across some photos I had taken of her a few years ago, nursing her newborn baby. Looking at the images she could feel again the weight of her daughter’s small warm body against her chest and she remembered the way her fist used to reach up to grab her hair as she fed. The pictures brought her straight back into those special intimate moments.
Immediately I had this “Aha!” moment!! I realised that what was wrong in my work was that the pictures I was making were not in line with who I am – I was always a baby wearing co-sleeping mama! Those hours spent settling a baby on its own in a pretty basket simply don’t fit with that. For me, the place for these precious new and vulnerable babies is in their parents arms.
And so I’m following my heart more now and I have re-designed my newborn photoshoots to be more in line with who I am and how I mother. My images are more about how they make you feel, drawing you back into the moment they were taken. These sessions are all about capturing the emotion of this special time, marking these glorious and intense moments. This is the most important job you will ever do and I want to help you remember where it all began.
I know that when you look at your images in years to come you will feel something and be transported back to these precious, intense and vulnerable moments. The time will come when the house will be quiet again, the nest will empty out and these images will remind you of where you started and how far you have come.