2018 Year in Review: Boston Newborn Photographer
The new year is always a time for reflection. With kids, I find the year flies by and I can’t remember everything I did or accomplished. The same thing happens with my business. For the first time in awhile, I went through all of my newborn sessions from the year and pulled out some of my favorites. (I’m hoping to do the same thing for my family sessions when I have time.) Culling is not one of my strengths so I couldn’t just pull one image from every session. I went through quickly and grabbed the photos that stood out to me the most. I love each one for a different reason. I can’t help but look at them and be so thankful that my job is go into people’s homes and hang out with them and their newborn, and take photographs.
In photography, there is not true definition of lifestyle, at least not that I know of. I use the term to describe my photography but to me, in newborn photography, I feel like I have succeeded if I have documented a situation where you wouldn’t have thought a camera was there. During sessions, almost all of these photos were set up and posed in some way. But basically this just means I gave some minimal instructions and told you where to sit or stand and used the guidelines below.
There are three things that I always tell families to help bring out their personalities but they are also a reminder to me.
- First, be close and touch someone. These create points of connections and ensure you are close to the person next to you.
- Second, look at each other and look at the baby and/or kids. I think this helps people relax and my favorite photos are never the images of people looking at me unless it is a baby or kid. Most adults I’ve met do not enjoy looking at the camera but love looking at their partner or children. Below, I’m not even sure I selected a camera aware image.
- Third, it is okay to move. It sounds strange but most people aren’t used to having their photos taken and need to hear this.
- And, lastly, be patient. During a session we are on baby time. One of the first things I tell parents is to take care of themselves and not worry about the time. If you need a break take it. If the baby needs to eat, take your time feeding him or her. If the baby is crying, comfort the newborn. The photos will happen. It is also a reminder to me not to rush. When you just watch and observe things – movements, gestures – happen. That is the magic. This is what really makes these individual moments more personal.
So, if you have made it this far sit back, relax, scroll and enjoy. These photos are in no particular order.