A dear friend came to visit after I brought my first son home from the hospital. She thanked me for letting her come and said, “It’s not every day that you get to meet a brand new person.”
That moment pops into my head any time I get the privilege to photograph a newborn. It is special. It is an honor. These photos will be forever in a new family’s history. Parents will someday look at the pictures and whisper to their grandchildren, “Can you believe your dad was ever that tiny?”
Meeting this little guy was extra special. He’s the first in his family. He is loved, loved, loved. And, his mommy is special, too. She is a kind and brilliant teacher that made my son’s 5th grade year one of his best. And she’s an Oregon Duck fan. “Birds of a feather flock together” couldn’t be more true.
So much anticipation.
I’d been waiting for this little doll to arrive FOREVER. I could not wait to meet this lil one and be in charge of her first photo shoot.
Turns out she was in charge…
I had all sorts of ideas involving a hat box and a blanket and some crumpled up, sleepy baby poses. Ha.
Turns out this one is a creature of comfort. At 7-days-old she knew which blanket she wanted and exactly what positions suited her best.
So, of course, we said, “Anything you want, baby.” We embraced the baby and all of her demands. And, we got some amazing photos.
Sooo sweet. It is such a privilege to be the one who captured her lil self, in her room, with her blankies.
The whole experience reminded me of a day long ago (15 years ago, sigh). A friend of mine came for a visit when my first baby born was fresh from the hospital. She thanked me for letting her stop by and gushed that, “It just wasn’t everyday that you get to meet a ‘new’ person.”
So true, so true. It is a moment to cherish. My friend’s words pop into my head whenever I’ve been lucky enough to hold a baby…I take a deep breath and soak in the moment.