It was one of those things that just sort of happened. My husband decided to match clothes with our son yesterday morning, and by the evening it became a spur-of-the-moment photo shoot.
We’ve had a big empty room sitting unused in the front of our new house — having a baby means buying new furniture is an unnecessary expense and low priority. My sights have been set on other things, such as gradually accumulating the parts for an in-home photo studio. After our son was born, I became employed as a newborn photographer at the hospital, and my passion for photography has been climbing. It is my dream now to have my own family photography business.
So when my flash speedlight arrived at my door yesterday, I got my lights and umbrellas all set up in that unused empty room — a.k.a. — my new home studio. When hubby got home from work, he and the baby were still in their matchy-matchy getup. I was messing around with my camera, taking pictures of them on the couch, and the lighting was terrible.
“Step into my studio,” I told my husband, and that’s when a casual evening turned into a fifteen-minute casual family photo shoot. The dog even stepped into the room, curious about what we were doing, and inserted herself into a couple of photos. The whole thing was spontaneous and fun, and the controlled lighting was so great that the photos maybe required 5-10 minutes of simple edits. I think I may have finally found my calling.
Autumn is my favorite!
The best thing about autumn this year is that it’s Baby’s first autumn… so all of those fun seasonal things that make the fall so great — crisp air, falling leaves, pumpkin spice flavored everything, cozy comfy clothes, hay rides, treats, and everything else I love — I get to experience with the baby for the first time.
He’s still a little young to make memories, but I imagine these fun experiences are shaping his personality. Exploration is good for little ones so that they can start learning about the big wide world out there.
This weekend we visited a place in Middle Tennessee called Walden Farm, and we had so much fun! It is a wonderful place for families and I can’t wait to go back next year and make it an autumn tradition.
Being a new mom has been the most difficult, yet most rewarding thing I’ve ever endured. For the first two months after my son was born, I struggled with severe sleep deprivation, a healing body, newborn jaundice, breastfeeding, a family emergency, homesickness, and feeling like I was doing everything utterly wrong. I underestimated just how hard being a new parent was, and I don’t think anything could have prepared me — I just had to experience it to understand it. There were days I broke down and cried because I was so overwhelmed and felt I would never be myself again.
After two months, I started to notice a shift. I was still exhausted, but I had adapted to the sleep schedule. Everything regarding the baby began to feel like second nature…
…and I finally had the mental energy to do a photo shoot with my son! I really wish I had thought of it when he was a newborn, but my brain had been barely functioning. The only thing I could focus on for a while was taking care of the baby.
Better late than never!
10 Week Old Photo Shoot Featuring Rye Rye:
The advantage to a 10 week old over a newborn?
He’s so alert and expressive now, it is so much fun!
(Behind the scenes):