When my youngest was born in 2005, I took him to Kmart where Olan Mills had a tiny studio set up in the front of the store. The middle-aged photographer kept urging me to nurse my son so he would be “happy”. Not only was Nathan perfectly content, I was really struggling with nursing still and very anxious about trying to breastfeed in public. I told the photographer as much, but he did not back off. I remember being super uncomfortable when I finally gave in; I covered up as the photographer loomed over me. I ended up just buying one pose for the deal advertised and went home disappointed. A few weeks later, I received a package in the mail apologizing to the customers who were subjected to this photographer’s inappropriate behaviors. At least I got more pictures out of it! Still, it was a terrible experience.
Newborn Photography has come an awfully long way since the days of drive by studio shootings. The progress since my third baby was born in 2012 is pretty amazing! When I first started taking newborn pictures, it was for my birth clients in my home studio. I have since learned that the best way to capture those itty bitties is in the comfort of their new home. No rushing around to get everyone out the door, no hyperactive toddlers tearing through the studio and gobbling down Smarties for every attempted picture, no bright lights or fancy equipment to get toppled over. When I get to my client’s home, we can straighten up the areas with the best light, but I can do an entire session with just one small window if that is what you have to work with.
Enjoy this beautiful in home newborn session for baby Arthur. It is a perfect example of the type of experience I offer my newborn clients and what has become my very favorite genre to photograph.
This is also the very first session that includes a full video compilation!