…Instead of maternity pictures or other newborn photos…
There seem to be a million things to plan and hope for and a million and one decisions to make when you are expecting a baby and strong opinions coming from all directions on the million and one said decisions. I’m not here to tell you this way is better or worse, I’m just sharing why this is the route we took (let’s be serious this was an I decision, if it was up to my hubby there wouldn’t have been any pictures ever that he needed to participate in, including wedding photos – ha!).
My baby had been born! Duh. Although I felt great pregnant and confident about how I looked while pregnant I had been documenting my pregnancy with plenty of selfies and didn’t think I would do anything with professional maternity photos. I mean I’m sure I would look back and enjoy seeing and there are so many beautifully styled maternity shoots out there, but I couldn’t picture hanging any of these photos up once there were photos of that little bundle outside my belly so I couldn’t really justify handing over the cash for them.
I knew it would be a blur after he was born and I wanted that blur of the first day to be documented. I’m glad I guessed right on this, I had arranged with the photographer that if he was born in the morning she’d come later in the day and if he was born late in the day she would come the next day – either way it would be early in his life! It turned out although my water broke at 3am he wasn’t born until nearly 11pm that day so we didn’t contact her until the next morning and she came around 2 which was perfect, all the IVs and catheters were gone, I had showered, and I didn’t know it till later but that spinal tap was still doing it’s job so I was feeling great! (Word to the wise and totally off topic – but if you get a C-section take it easy that first day, I was oblivious to the fact I wasn’t feeling even a fraction of the pain that I would be very soon!). There are many things I don’t remember in detail from that day but the photos bring the feelings of that day flooding back.
Sleep deprivation had not yet set in, we were still flying high on the wings of adrenaline, joy, and excitement and the perma-black-circles had not yet made their place on our faces. Really in those first few weeks between the troubles with breastfeeding and milk supply and having family and friends over to share in our joy and meet the little one, I couldn’t really imagine having any more appointments to have photos taken. Not to mention down time with our precious new family of three, and finding our groove. I mean I know people do it all the time and we could have too but it was nice to know it was already done and taken care of plus we were taking a ton of our own photos too!
Our bun couldn’t have been more freshly removed from the oven (unless we had done labour and delivery photos but that wasn’t what we wanted this time). Babies change a ton even in the first few days and I’m glad we have some great photos of our sweet dented head little cutie-pie before many changes had occurred.
This next point is part luck and part location – we are lucky in our little town that our hospital has a brand new maternity ward (with a whopping 4 rooms!) so the rooms have huge windows and are bright, fresh and pretty plus it happened to be a beautiful sunny fall day that we were doing the photos on. All of those benefits aside even in older hospitals it seems to be rare to not have windows in the rooms and any good photographer can take great photos with some decent natural light.
Call me a grinch or whatever and I’m not looking down on anyone who does this because with a newborn the result can’t help but be adorable, but the newborn photos with a bunch of props are just not that appealing to me (sorry!), I love the rustic ones with babies in little crates and swaddled up in sweet cozy little things but I didn’t have any desire to dress my little guy up in any costume type things (I know, I know, the ‘costumes’ are soft and very baby friendly but still just not my bag).
One little disclosure, these photos are with our first so I know things will be totally different next time around and we probably will want to do the pictures at home later on because we will want all our monkeys in the pictures and I bet at home after the fact will feel easier. So there’s that.
One more thing – a tip photographer wise, meet up before hand so you are comfortable with them which will help the photos be more natural and make sure you are familiar with their style and it is what you are after. We grabbed a quick coffee, she told me about her adorable kids and family and what brought them to the coast and I told her a bit about my pregnancy and how excited I was, and just having the ice broken made a world of difference in how comfy we were on game day. Kaylyn was working on building her portfolio for these sort of pictures so we got a great deal, but I only knew what a great deal it was because I had noticed her other work on Facebook and it was exactly the type of photography I love. You can find her on Facebook, and see even more on her website here! All photos were taken by Kaylyn from Mclachlan Studios here on the Sunshine Coast.
I hope you enjoyed!