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
I think I’ve lost my mojo.
Usually I can get babies to smile for me easy-peasy…especially the typically happy babies! But last week it was happy Baby Sam holding out and this week it was sweet Elisabeth. We had to work pretty hard to get a smile, but eventually her daddy’s charm won out.
I typically think of ‘three months’ as the awkward age of infancy…especially for a photo session. Babies aren’t sleepy and squishy anymore (newborn), but they aren’t as interactive or able to sit up yet (6 months). And because they don’t sleep as much as newborns and are often still working the “kinks” out with their bodies, babies this age are often cranky, spit-uppy, or drooly. I’ve learned that the key to photographing this age is to be flexible with your plan, have a burp cloth handy, and let the baby be in a position that makes them happy. Turns out that Elisabeth is most happy in her mother’s arms, looking out at the world. And boy, does that sweet girl favor her mother. Sally, she looks just like you!
Before our session, I was looking back at my three-month pictures of big sister Genevieve. Genevieve gave me lots of smiles that session…until she got tired. I shot the last portion of that session in her parents’ bathroom because, after lots of crying with reflux, Sally and Yanick had learned that the sound of water soothed her. Any location that keeps the baby calm and happy is a good location!
And look at her now. My, does the time fly.
Genevieve and I have developed a special bond. According to Sally, she even remembers me when I’m not around. I’m so glad I worked so hard to earn her trust over the past couple years because Genevieve is awesome. (I really did try to come up with a better adjective there, but as I sit here with a stupid grin on my face thinking about her, it’s really the most fitting.) She is full of life and full of laughter. We talked about how her blue eyes made her special since everyone else in her family has brown. She laughed when I told her about how my son Patrick likes it when I get the boogies out of his nose with a q-tip. She told me about being a big sister…a role she’s seems to be enjoying.
I can’t wait to get to know Elisabeth as she grows up. With such a wonderful big sister, there’s no doubt that she’ll be awesome too.
Sally and Yannick, thank you again for letting me play such a special part in your family. I adore your sweet girls.