It does my soul so, so good to shoot newborn sessions. There are the obvious details that no longer grace my life–baby rolls, toes, snuggles, smells, gummy smiles, bright eyes, constant physical connection. But more than that, it’s a reminder that those forever days that seemed to stretch into infinity when I was in them were, in fact, so fleeting. That night that never ended . . . did. Those feedings that took forever . . . didn’t. Those days that stretched interminably out before me, demanding that I entertain an infant and myself are no longer. My kids are big(ger). They entertain themselves (for the most part . . . haha). They bathe themselves (again . . . mostly . . . ). I am in the phase where I can shift to the edges of the peripheral. Still a key player, but adjusting to a supporting role. And sometimes I find myself taking this stage for granted. So these baby sessions are so good for me. I get a dose of baby sweetness and of perspective, too.
I know I’ve said this before, but this is a favorite newborn session of all time. So many gummy smiles (yes! A wonderful benefit of lifestyle photography is that we don’t have to hit that “first 10 days” window for the posed kind of newborn pictures!), so much laughter, so much fun. You can just look at this and feel the joy that radiates from this family. And it’s that very ability to find laughter and joy in the forever days that aren’t that will carry them through.
Love these more than words. Enjoy those forever, fleeting days. <3