I had connected really strongly to this couple during their first session, so I was looking forward to seeing them again. I was also curious because of my interest in behavior and people in general, to find out if I could sense any changes in them after being parents for such a short time. I think there is always a subtle shift in men and women after they become father and mother, and it is just an interesting thing to watch transpire. A beautiful thing.
I walked in and Mom told me she was nervous, that the baby girl had been fussy and out of sorts all morning. I gestured to take her and she handed the bundle over to me. I looked down into this TEENY tiny little face, with big dark wide eyes taking me in. She was alive and kicking behind those eyes. And I just completely melted. She tried throughout our session to remain feisty, but I knew all her tricks. Baby boy was chubbier, more content, sleepy. His watchful gaze was a sweet surprise once he finally woke up enough to see what was going on.
They took me upstairs to their room, with white bedding and a huge sliding glass door. We all agreed that we loved the natural, quirky movements of newborns and wanted to capture those along with the little details that would soon be gone. So we did our thing. Stripped them down to diapers, warmed up the room, fed them, calmed them, changed them, photographed them, marveled over them.
I could have stayed for days.