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. Love love love this!! So many newborn photographers get so upset when one little finger is an inch out of place, or the bum is an inch to low, or the headband is a little lopsided…. This is so real and natural and exactly how I would want to remember the, like someone else said I can almost smell them! And their lovely peels skin. I just adore this session!

  2. O.M.G. – the shot of the legs with the wrinkles… I am dying. The photo with the yawning baby… I am dying.
    This whole shoot is killing me.

    Love your work! thank you so much for sharing!!


  3. Truly truly gorgeous photos! I love the details you captured!!

    Also, I NEED to know what those bins are above the babies’ changing table! I LOVE THEM!!! :)

  4. Tara, I am completely blown away by these photos. Just made my week. You are so over the top talented, always remember that in your down moments.

    The one of the babies together with one yawning is a work of art!!!

    Thanks for sharing.

  5. Wow….i’m pretty sure looking at gorgeous photos of babies lowers my blood pressure. :) Beautiful beautiful beautiful! Now I want another baby. ha!

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