Oh I love this 'job'! Meeting lovely, proud parents and photographing their brand new mini-people is such a happy experience. I love the gentle atmosphere in a family's home when a new baby has arrived, even if it feels chaotic to them!
This week was no exception when I went to photograph beautiful little Harris. It was the last day of Dad Kenny's paternity leave and the new family had obviously been doing really well adjusting to the feeding and sleeping needs of their new bundle.
As usual with my newborn shoots, we went at Harris's pace, stopping for feeds, changes and breathers when he needed to. I usually include a section when we wrap the baby and they love this! Harris wasn't too sure to begin with but once we adjusted the wrap to let his little arms out, he was happy as Larry and very calm for the rest of the shoot. Sophie and Kenny commented that it was actually the calmest he had been so far - hooray!
It's funny that newborns are often super-chilled out during their shoots, especially when they are wrapped. They love the lens and will often stare right into it, even though their little eyes haven't adjusted to the world yet. It's amazing. Of course, babies do cry and that's fine too! The it's time to stop for a feed and a cuddle, and I love to capture all those moments too.
Wishing Sophie, Kenny and Harris every happiness in their new life in York and as a family of 3. I'm sure they will have many adventures ahead.
Enjoy some of their highlights below! For more newborn loveliness, see my 'Baby Love' gallery.