**Quick note to those who may be visiting for the first time: this blog rarely showcases my own family but since I am on maternity leave that is about all I am photographing these days. And well, I don’t want to blog to be totally void of new pictures while I am off. As spring arrives things will get back to “normal” around here with sessions and studio info.**
Last month while taking a few pics of baby sister at 6 weeks old I had two little girls who wanted to join in as well. Being the child of a photographer, your picture is taken way more than “usual” and way more than you probably want. Cooperation is not always a part of the “session” (no matter how short the session may be) and it is often like pulling teeth to get natural and candid expressions from them. So when they actually say “when is it my turn?” I jump at the chance to photograph them.
*Side note: some clients may wonder why I don’t photograph babies between 2 weeks and 3 months old–well, there just isn’t much you can do with them! For example, a 6 week old baby will still sleep but you can’t really move them around much or they wake up and they don’t squish up and fold into fun and cozy positions. These two pictures below are a perfect example. While a 2 month old can stay awake a little more and smile, it is usually a fleeting smile and eye contact is not consistent and they just don’t really have control of their arms/hands, that makes it pretty hard to have a full amazing gallery of a good variety of images. See the previous post for some pics of our baby girl at 2 months for an example. So for the client, it is a much better idea to wait until the baby is at least 3 months (ideally older) and they can move around, hold their head up, maintain eye contact, laugh and if possible, sit up. This will give you a large complete gallery with a variety of expressions!
Baby Sister, 6 weeks old (January 18, 2012)
Middle Sister, 2 years old
Big Sister, 4 years old