Congratulations to Jessica and Nick, big brother Ryan, and their entire family on their new addition, Colin!
I was lucky enough to spend a warm Sunday morning with this family a few weeks ago. Their newborn was just seven days old and boy, he is a wee one! Jessica looks absolutely amazing for having just given birth, doesn't she? I'm so impressed that she was not only up and about but also so game for this newborn session.
The first thing I do for these newborn sessions is take off my shoes at the front door and ask where the sink is to wash my hands. No outside germs for the itty-bitty clients!
Then I always take some time at the beginning of any session in a client's home to check out the best spots for photos. I'm looking at the direction of light, the brightness of the rooms, furniture placement (and possibilities to rearrange if needed), and what artistic interest I can create in their family portraits.
For instance, in this picture I liked that their sectional couch coordinated with their outfits. I noticed how I could set up the shot with the kitchen with the fresh roses in the background. I turned everyone at an angle on the couch facing the windows, so I could show the hallway in the background leading out from the scene. I also saw the staircase as visual interest (known as leading lines in art - it helps draw the eyes through the entire picture; here it's like a huge arrow saying 'Look at this beautiful family!').
One of my favorite shots of any family is the bird's eye view. I try for interesting angles in photography to create more visual interest. Throughout our day we see people from our own vantage point five to six feet off the ground. Standing overhead looking down with a family's heads clustered together makes for a different and intimate shot.
You might think that we were in a room with a large window on a sunny afternoon, but it was completely dark outside and we just used Jessica's smile to light the scene. Pretty good for a midnight session, right? (Of course I'm kidding, but seriously, she could do toothpaste commercials!)
Another bird's eye view. Colin wasn't so thrilled by this point. I have added another shot below where he's rubbing his eyes. Sleepy little fella!
Jessica was game for anything, which was so fun.
Open all the blinds? Sure.
Move around furniture? Absolutely!
Stick her baby in a bucket for a picture? Let's do it! (That will come in a later post. I love putting babies in wooden crates for pictures.)
I could just gaze at these images all day. Colin is so relaxed and Jessica looks amazingly well-rested and calm for having two small children.
Speaking of two children! Ryan got involved in the action too. The shot above shows off newborn Colin while Ryan grins at his grandmother off-camera. The photo below is a darling sweet shot of the three of them. Again, Jessica looking so serene.
When we talked on the phone for our pre-session consultation, Jessica mentioned that her parents might be around the house watching their older son while we photographed the newborn. I asked Jessica - if Grandma and Grandpa are planning to be there, why not have a big family picture?
One of the most surprising and wonderful joys of being a parent is seeing the pleasure my own parents take in spending time with my child. It's fun and rewarding to see my son learn and thrive in the world, and it's so much sweeter to see my family enjoy my little one too.
Jessica not only got her parents but also her husband Nick's parents ready for this at-home session. After just a few minutes with them it was apparent how close-knit this family is.
I'm so glad that everyone was available to come into town on this beautiful day to visit with the baby. Everyone was excited about family portraits and looked fantastic.
More grandparent love! They look so proud and happy with Ryan and Colin. I love how everyone coordinates without being too matchy-matchy - a blue scarf on Grandma, blue jeans and blue stripes for the boys, white tops and dark accents... I could go on and on. They really brought their A-game!
Thank you so much to Nick, Jessica, Ryan, Colin, and both sides of their families for letting Browning Photo capture this special day. Congratulations again!