In the days since my precious son was born, I have gained a new appreciation for photography. I look back on the portraits that I took when he was just 5 days old and then I look at him now, 3 months later, and think, "where did my newborn go?" The jaundice is long gone and he's so alert and expressive now. I can't believe how quickly children grown and change. I know that I will cherish his newborn portraits in years to come, but I didn't know that I would cherish them already!
I have also been humbled to realize that I am the WORST when it comes to making the time to take portraits of my own son. I always think, "oh, I'll take some portraits when he goes down for his next nap." But then I realize that I'm exhausted or hungry OR it took so long to get him to fall asleep that I'm not going to risk waking him up! But these moments are fleeting and precious, so I'm forcing myself to be really diligent about taking his portrait whenever is convenient (and sometimes even if it's inconvenient).
I look back on sessions with families who have invited me into their homes when their children and newborns. It's such a sweet and special time, but it's also an exhausting and challenging time. I appreciate even more how hard it is for a mom with a newborn to put herself together for a photo shoot. I'm so grateful to have been witness to that time for each and every one of those families. Newborns may be one of my absolute favorite subjects to photograph and I do not take the responsibility and the honor lightly.