the most precious thing

(These babies.)

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.


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  1. Just having my first little bundle 11 weeks ago, these photos made me cry! These babies are so beautiful and you did a wonderful job capturing them as new little people in this world. Love, love, love! Thank you for sharing. :)

  2. absolutely beautiful photos tara! love how you captured all the perfect little details of each of these little ones. i also really loved the light in the maternity shots you took of this couple. it was awesome that the beach was so empty, too. can you tell me if this was sunrise or sunset? i was thinking sunrise??

  3. These are the sweetest and truest newborn images I have ever seen! The parents must be so grateful for your presence and magical vision. You are a gift!!

  4. This session really moved me. Thanks for sharing. I always love your fresh insight, perspective and peace. These babies made my insides hurt from their adorableness. Is that a word? :) ps. that bakset organizing system was OOC. Out of control. LOVE.

  5. I don’t love newborn shoots categorically. But you? Your photos? Freaking LOVE these Tara. A) the babies are beautiful B) The family is beautiful together and C) the house is rad. I love this shoot. Love. Love. Love.

    Not sure if anyone’s told you lately, but you’re quite handy with the camera.

  6. Such BEAUTIFUL babies!!!!! I loved the ones with the little boy’s eyes open while his sister slept soundly. Absolute amazing photos! And I think there house has the most perfect design!

  7. Beautiful! I especially love the one where the mom is sitting in the chair, holding a baby & her hair is poking out a little on the side. Perfect picture of motherhood, we don’t always look perfect but perfect moments still happen. All the time

  8. beautiful work tara. especially love momma holding her babes when one of them is giving us that giant newborn yawn in that amazing light next to twin sibling snuggled in cozy and tight. all of them are beautiful though! And LOVE your banner!!

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