UPDATE: This post was made as Shinn Shots Photography and does not represent the style or goals of Blue Space Photography. Because I believe in knowing where you’ve come from, I’ve left this here as a reminder of the journey that led me to where I am today. I now only shoot storytelling sessions, so be sure to check out my current work in more recent posts! – Lauren
It doesn’t matter how many times I hold a newborn, there is still a feeling of awe that overcomes me when I stare at their tiny features that somehow formed out of almost nothingness.
I met Elisabeth Claire 16 days after her birth. And she’s perfect. She’s calm, content (except when hungry), and absolutely gorgeous. (As a photographer, I often have to do extensive editing on newborn skin that is typically splotchy or bumpy…not Elisabeth! I barely touched these pictures.) I always have to remind myself to watch the time when I’m taking pictures of newborns, because I could spend all day with them and barely notice. The serenity of a photographing a sleeping newborn is compelling and hard to pull away from.
Elisabeth has taken it easy on her parents, sleeping most of the time and just generally being a laid back little one.
But little ones still have rough nights, like the one Sally and Yanick had before I got there. Despite the lack of sleep, they decided to get gussied up so they could appear in a few shots. Although it’s so hard to do, I try to get parents to be a part of the newborn pictures because those sweet little moments are so, so fleeting.
While I enjoyed photographing Elisabeth who was calm and serene, I equally enjoyed hanging out with Genevieve who was boisterous and wonderfully two. (I am also especially grateful to Sally’s mom who entertained Genevieve while we were working with Elisabeth!)
You may remember from previous posts that Genevieve used to be shy around me. Not any more. She immediately started talking my ear off and running up and down the hallway. I got to see her new big girl room, hear about school, and listen to what it was like to be a big sister. Clearly Sally and Yannick have nurtured and loved on Genevieve so well that, not only has she come out of her shell, but she’s dancing on top of it.
Congratulations Sally and Yannick on your new family of four. I absolutely adore watching your children grow up through my lens.