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.
When one of the most wonderful couples I know asked me to do an engagement photo shoot for them in California… I was honored. It is such a privilege to capture the happiest moments of people’s lives.
Oh how I miss my beautiful home state. There is no greater natural backdrop than a beautiful ocean! This photo shoot took place at Crystal Cove State Park in Newport Beach, California. It is a fantastic state park with breathtaking cliffside views.
Although the weather was gloomy first thing in the morning, the sun began to peek out from the clouds and gave me some glimmering shots in the sunshine. I truly enjoyed this photo shoot and hope I get to do more photos for them someday soon (maternity photos would be good *wink*)
(Engagement Photo Shoot with Lex + Aren)
After our photo session, we visited Huntington Beach, and I took one last shot at the pier (see bottom right photo). That one was mostly just for fun.
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):