Nathan made his mommy and daddy wait a LONG time to finally meet him! And he was worth every minute! :) He was just THREE days old when I did this photo shoot.
Newborn sessions are my longest photo shoots by far and anyone who has done one with me knows the behind the scenes work that goes into it. Plus, mom and dad are usually still in that fuzzy new parent mode where day and night overlap and everything is just a blur!
So, while the end result of these beautiful images would make it appear as though the baby slept soundly for the duration of the shoot and we just moved him from one pose to the next, I can assure you that that NEVER EVER happens!
There's ALOT happening during my time with the family including plenty of downtime for nursing, rocking, soothing, changing etc...
What was particularly great about this shoot was that mom and dad were super relaxed and mellow even when things were not going quite as planned. And, as it always does, a little bit of patience goes a LONG way. :)
Nathan fell into a deep sleep and was too cute for words in his poses (which he practically engineered himself!) and even gave us a super bonus treat at the end by calmly lying there and looking at me all bright eyed for several seconds; which is very rare at just three days old.
Little Nathan is as cute as they come and so very very loved by his family. I had the pleasure to meet BOTH grandma's that day and they were taking care of everything for mommy so she could focus on her baby boy. I told them I thought it should be a "law" that all new mommies have that "transition" time where all they have to do is nurse and bond. Wouldn't that be great!?
And daddy was a superstar at getting Nate to sleep - total baby whisperer caliber!
I just love newborns and despite the "production" that goes into these shoots, they are so incredibly rewarding! I'm seriously contemplating doing one year where I take a "sabbatical" of sorts and ONLY shoot pregnancy and newborns that entire year. There is such an amazing energy around pregnant women and new mommies. Plus, the added perk of getting to hold and snuggle a newborn is just fantastic!