It was smack-dab in the middle of this newborn session when it hit me. That photography is only part of it. Breastfeeding wasn’t going as well as she’d hoped. I knew it going in, and we’d talked about if now was the right time for the session. We gave ample time for everyone to get help, and it was getting better, but still not great. And while I stood there, with my camera to my eye, watching a new mom grimace during the first few seconds of latch, I blinked back hot tears. Memories of my own struggles flooded back. Struggles that were never documented, and now only live within my fading memories. I knew what she was going through and wanted so badly to honour the reality of the situation while still capturing the deep love that came with it. I wiped away the tear rolling down my cheek, and with empathy, captured a journey. Not for me, but for them. Because I’ve done this for long enough now that I know the best stories are the ones which are told from a place that is filled with a mixture of empathy and artistry.
This session also marks the first time I’ve been lucky enough to capture a new mama and babe being serenaded during a session. It was incredibly beautiful. Make sure to watch all the way to the end of the slideshow because I don’t think I was the only one feeling emotional during this session. On a whim we’d incorporated the guitar into the maternity photos and so we made sure to also incorporate it in every following sessions, using it as a bit of a meter-stick to measure Daniel’s growth.
life in the first year with Daniel