so for the past couple years I have shied away from family photo shoots. it's not that every shoot was awful. it's not that I don't like kids. (because hey we share a lot of the same interests... naps, bubble baths, ice cream for dinner, lounging around sans pants)
it's just that I wasn't getting the photos I wanted. I wasn't documenting the things that I wanted to. it was too posed. it was too stressful for the moms. it was missing all the laughs and hugs and goofy faces and awesome dance moves and warmth and love. it was missing all the things that I look at with my mini and think "good god. I wish I could keep this moment. this moment right here. forever."
the shoots. the poses. the images. it all felt phony. and if there's one thing I detest it's anything phony.
when Megan e-mailed me asking about a newborn shoot I'll be honest… I cringed a little bit. don't take that the wrong way. I love babies. babies make my heart hurt in the best way. but I was just envisioning myself fighting with a week old baby to fall asleep for the better part of two hours. and then (while I'm dripping with sweat from the stress) attempting to contort its tiny body into unnatural poses. and then spending hours upon hours editing each and every image to make that baby look like it has the same complexion of this months Cover Girl. just the thought of it made my head spin and my mouth dry.
but then I thought baby fix. a day in the cities. what the hell. so I emailed Megan back and basically said this is gonna be a lifestyle shoot right? and she replied yup sounds perfect.
so that's how I got to go hang out with Megan, Casey, sweet baby Mae and the super adorable Harriet and take some of my favorite pictures ever. I feel so blessed that they let me into their house right after returning from the hospital. (If you have ever experienced that baby thing, you know that coming home is relieving and terrifying and exhausting, all at once.) as soon as I walked in I was transported back to when I brought Eden home. the excitement, the uncertainty, the feeling of completion. It was so obvious that Megan and Casey were made to be parents. They are so laid back and already have that team work parenting thing down.
This was honestly the easiest and most artistically rewarding newborn session of my life. Mae was the most well behaved 5 day old everrrr. I want to go back and drink beer with Megan and Casey on their super comfy couch. And I seriously considered trying to somehow dognap Harriet. I left this shoot feeling good. I mean like reaaaaally good. (Maybe it had something to do with the Christmas cookies Megan and Casey gave me that I devoured immediately after pulling away from their house)