I love photographing newborns, in case you hadn’t noticed. The technical aspects of newborn photography are, of course, incredibly fun. I love designing the sets, posing, and working with the babies, because who doesn’t love babies? But one of the best parts about being a newborn photographer is hearing their stories.
Newborns (and their parents) always have a story. For every newborn, I hear a different story about their start to life. Some of these stories are harrowing, some are incredibly joyful, some are unorthodox, but there is always an interesting story. And that’s the real draw of newborn photography – meeting amazing people and learning about these seminal stories in their lives.
As a mom, my pregnancy and birth stories are such an important part of my own journey of motherhood, and those stories were the start of these amazing lives that somehow I created. Those stories were so important at the time and needed to be told, probably too much to the people immediately around me, as I adjusted to the craziness that is being a mom. When I sit with parents in the warm, calming studio settling a baby down for their session, it is only natural that we start to talk about how that baby came into the world.
That’s what I love most, those stories of people doing something crazy impressive. Because, really, how is it possible that over the course of nine months we are able to create a whole, entire person? There have to be a few stories that go along with that.
I was at a conference in January and one of the speakers was talking about the unique ability for photographers to tell a compelling story through images and how powerful that is. I started thinking about this… that portraiture is about telling an individual person (or family)’s story, created for that person and their family. That person or group would treasure that story forever.
Sitting there, listening to this lecture, Our Community Stories was born. I decided I wanted to start telling stories about children, parents, professionals, and more. Everyone has a story to tell, and photography is such a great way to tell a story. It’s been a great experience so far. I’ve connected with old friends and made new ones. I’ve been entrusted with the telling of their stories, which are so meaningful to each person, and for that I’m so happy, and so grateful.
Thank you for reading these stories. I can’t wait to see what the year brings in the way of stories and friendships and children and babies.