When a current client calls me to let me know that a new baby will be joining the family, I get as excited as I do when a close friend or family member tells me they’re expecting! I’ve had the fortune of photographing big brother D at 6 months and one year, so to get to watch little sister grow in front of my lens is a ton of fun! We planned her session to be fairly laid back since we weren’t sure how big brother was going to adjust to his new role in life. Simple backdrops, a few small props with sentimental value, and hopefully, we could encourage Mr D to hang around and get some sweet photos. What we weren’t anticipating was that he would jump feet first into his role as big brother, and LOVE the new baby. It was fairly easy to get him to take photos (well, as easy as anything is with a toddler), and helped that he already knew me from our previous sessions. We started with family photos outside, and then moved inside for the blanket setups. Miss E is a curious little one and was reluctant to sleep for photos; she preferred to get to know me and check out the action. Since she was awake, we captured less posed photos, and moved to a lifestyle approach with snuggles, books and nursery photos. Flexibility is always key when babies and toddlers are involved.
While baby was on a snack break, I chased Mr D around the upstairs, and have fallen in love with the black & white photos of his sweet & sneaky face. By far, though, the best shot of the day came after he and I played a game of Simon Says with his teddy bear. Since we were already in the silly mode, I laid baby on the furry rug, and we continued our game so that I could snap a photo of the two of them. The resulting image is priceless. Mr D & Miss E’s parents selected it as a canvas to add to their growing gallery wall of photos! I can’t wait to see how that wall develops over the coming years. (And of course, when I delivered the canvas, I had to take a quick iPhone photo because Miss E is life-size on it!) We also created some beautiful storyboards to add to the nursery decor!