Every now and then I come across stylised newborn photos – you know the ones, with all the adorable props, cute baby poses, and very posed family shots.
We also went down the studio-photo route when my daughter was 3-months old – grabbing sleep where I could had unfortunately been winning out over my desire to take more photos. At the time, I was thrilled to get some ‘naked baby in a tulle skirt’ photos; I mean, how cute is that??! But my absolute favourite images are one where she’s stretching out her arms above her head, and one of her ‘koala-bear’ cuddling into me. Because those naturally occurring poses remind me of her personality and what life was like at that age. And I don’t want to forgot those fleeting details.
I have had several clients who took their firstborn to a studio for photos, but contact me to photograph their second baby. Why? The comments I hear are “they were all a bit the same”, “we want more casual shots showing us as a family“. When I hear this my heart sings and I get excited, because I love nothing more than giving families images which portray the connections and stories so precious to them.