What can I say about Little Miss Maeve?
Her name is oh-so-sweet but MAN (maaaaaan) she was one tough cookie to photograph. Newborn baby photography isn’t always easy. In fact, it is rarely “easy”. Each pose and set up is carefully constructed. It takes someone who is experienced in handling, shushing, rocking, soothing, and posing babies to get those poses. They look so easy. How hard can it be?! Well, with newborn baby photography, for starters, your subjects are incredibly unpredictable. I mean, no two babies are alike….everyone is unique, right?! That is ESPECIALLY true for these sweet little bundles. I have had a six-day old baby fuss the whole time and a six-week old baby sleep soundly the entire time. Some babies don’t like their bellies, some babies don’t like their backs. Some babies love the swaddle, others fight it. I’ve had some babies who, I swear, are allergic to hats (lol…they SCREAM when a hat even goes near their head…it has happened, I promise!)
Yes, newborn babies are precious. They are gorgeous. Their skin is so smooth and lovely. They are amazing.
But, with newborn baby photography, you play with fire. The babies are usually naked. Those gorgeous props get peed and pooped on (as do I!!). Did I mention it is about 30 degrees in the studio? Heaters pumping, white noise pumping. It is a serious production.
Miss Maeve ALMOST had my number.
Her mom and I used to work together. She took the train from Toronto then hitched a ride with one of her friends just to get here. Maeve slept the whole way on the train, and then wanted to party with me the whole time. She gave me a serious run this day. She pooped on everything….absolutely everything. Her mom took an epic photo of all of the blankets we went through. I can only laugh, because, well, it’s funny. It was a whole load of laundry…or two 😉
But, when you are just about to call it quits, and mom feeds one more time and we rock and sooth and try so hard for that shot…it doesn’t matter about all of the laundry, the poop and the serious buckets of sweat happening on us. The photos are so worth it. When we can get that SHOT…the one mom really wanted in the bowl with the wrap (although she did have to settle for the cream wrap because Maeve pooped on my pink one as soon as she was in it), it makes my job totally amazingly worth while.
Thank you for your patience, Maeve, Maeve’s mom and her friend who tagged along and witnessed this amazing session (oh, and who babysat my children for a short period of time…I’m serious….during our five hour session…yes, five), and for her extreme courage in just getting here on the train with a wee baby! I hope you tell her the story of her newborn session all the time when she gets older (haha). I hope it was all worth it!!
This sweet little girl loved to be bundled. Adorable headband by Dear Felicity.
This photo was taken just as she gave an adorable sneeze!
This pose took forever to get. At almost six weeks old, Maeve was not fond of having me try to arrange her hands and feet in very specific ways…but we did it!!
This little smile can melt a heart!
This is it. This is the pose we tried for. It took so long, but this photo was “the money shot” as her mama said! I love it. Mom loves it. This image made the whole five-hours totally worth while!
Rug by Custom Photo Props | Wrap & headband by Dear Felicity
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