Baby Joe… pronounced ‘Doe’ by his sweet older brother… was absolutely adorable. He slept so well for me that I almost ran out of ideas for poses. Joe is the youngest of 3 boys, and the middle boy what just a hoot! He was sitting quietly, watching my every move. I put him in charge of guarding my hat collection, and he was very diligent about it. When mum tried to convince him to go upstairs with her he shouted “MOM! I’m HELPING the LADY!!!!” It was so funny! I can’t remember the last time I was referred to as ‘the lady’. At the end of the session he also asked “are you coming back lady?”… really, I could listen to him call me lady all day, the tone of his voice was so adorable.
I love setting up my newborn photo studio in a client’s home. On location newborn portraits are great for families that have multiple children. Mum got to spend some alone time upstairs with baby #2 who was ready for a little extra attention, and I got to spend time with baby #3 capturing memories of that first special time in his life with newborn photos. Baby Joe also went to Guelph Wee Piggies and Paws and got a beautiful shadow box made. Lifecasts of his hands and feet, along with a photo from our session are now beautifully showcased in their home. What a great way to cherish the memory of how small he was and how quickly kids grow.
Michael House Guelph is a wonderful organization. It is a crisis pregnancy home that is dedicated to providing housing and services to young women who need support during their pregnancy or early parenting years. I have offered to take newborn baby photos for all of the new moms at Michael House. The moms are all so sweet and they are always peeking around the corner to see what I’m doing. At this particular baby photo shoot, one of the other moms was quite excited to show me how she had framed the photos I gave to her. It was so sweet to see how much she was enjoying the photos!
My connection to places like Michael House goes way back into my family history. My grandfather grew up in a rural area, and his mother used to take in pregnant girls from the city. They would be able to ‘go visit an aunt’ before they started showing, and then come home after the baby was born and given to a loving family. My grandpa used to be teased at school for living with all the unwed mothers, but we have maintained my great grandmother’s values in lessening the burden of choosing life.
Anyhow, onto the newborn pictures- 2 little lovers, both photographed in the same week.
Eleanor is my neighbour, so I got the luxury of hosting her portrait session in my own home. She was a month old, and really preferred not to be posed. Babies really don’t mind being posed as newborns, most actually kinda like it. The more curled up in a ball they are, the more at home they feel. This was not the case for Miss Eleanor. I had to pull out all my best strategies to get her to sleep. She eventually decided to bend to my will, and slept nicely for a small portion of the session. I can’t imagine what kind of pictures I would have captured of her if it was a 1 hour or 2 hour session. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to take the time to get babies into their sleepy place before I start shooting.
First, a shout out to my Godmother, who is incredibly supportive of everything I do. Logan and Sophia’s mom worked with my Godmother, and my Godmother purchased the session for them as a gift. What an awesome way to (a) show she stands behind my work and (b) be an amazing coworker.
Not everyone knows this but in my past life I was actually a nanny specializing in multiples. It all started with my younger triplet cousins who I watched Winnie The Pooh with when my aunt went out to get groceries when I was 12, and then became 10 years of newborns and babies and kids that came in pairs and triples! I’ve even been a live-in night nanny for newborn twins. It was a tiring but fun summer living in Montreal with a delightful set of colic stricken twins. Mum and I would both be starved for dinner, trying desperately to get something into our mouths while maintaining the right combination of bounces and jiggles to keep the twins at ease. This means that when I get newborn twins to photography, I feel at home. I still know the right bounces and jiggles to keep babies calm and happy, and that is really the secret to my work, and a large part of why I specialize in newborn portraits.
Logan and Sophia were wonderful multiples to photograph. They slept nicely and were, of course, gorgeous babies. I really enjoyed the opportunity to provide custom portraiture to their family.
If you are looking for support for twins and triplets in the area, please contact Multiple Births Guelph-Wellington at http://www.guelphmultiples.ca/