If you can believe it, this was one of the very first sessions I ever shot, what now seems like decades ago (though not quite!). My friends had just had a baby, and I basically muscled my way into his nursery to sate my desire to photograph a newborn. And I was lucky for it.
It’s amazing how much I still love these images even all this time later — not to mention how much Micah has changed! The first few weeks of a new baby’s life are so precious, and so fleeting. Everyone will tell you how quickly they change; in the minutes, hours and days after birth, they begin to unfold — both physically, and in their tiny personalities. I am always so honored to spend a warm morning documenting this sweet and gentle stage, because it’s over before you know it, and it’s a joy to look back at.
On the other hand, my editing style at the time was not something I enjoyed seeing again. In fact I don’t even want to make you suffer them — talk about high contrast! Yikes. But I think it’s important to be able to admit to falling short, and to embrace personal and professional growth, so I decided these photos deserved an update more befitting of their softness and of my current style (and, let’s face it, increased vision and photoshop competence!). I like the result so much that I thought I would post the new and improved versions. I’m sure Mom Hillary + Dad Travis will get a kick out of seeing them again, too — y’know, since Micah is about to go away to college (or at least it seems like it!). :)
Maybe, just maybe, my most favorite newborn shot ever. :)
Always on the hunt for new babies to photograph! ;)