Baby Brecken was about 4 weeks old when I spent a rainy Saturday afternoon at his home capturing his official newborn portraits and then some family fun before big sis Brookelyne went down for a nap. I first met this beautiful family last summer when Brookelyne entered my Rock The Tutu contest and won 1st in her age category! She is a little fireball that keeps me running whenever I photograph her, we have some good times. Needless to say, I was so excited to finally meet Brecken and get some good snuggles. He’s just so very precious! It was Mid-March and so quite chilly outside still so we didn’t get to go outside for portraits except on the front porch out of the rain. But secretly, I loved it, because newborn portraits at home capture such a sense of intimacy. I am in a family’s home where they live and love their life. No outdoor setting could replace that and it shows in their images like the one above. There will never be another image exactly like Kim holding her new son while watching the rain outside.
What’s even more precious to me is getting to know my clients on a personal level. When I met up with Brecken’s mom to show her the proofs, I ended up staying for a couple hours because Brecken fell asleep in my arms and I just didn’t want to put him down, so Kim and I chatted for some time about a little of everything, it was really lovely. I think a lot of photographers miss that vital part of why they are a photographer, not to look at a session as an income, but as an opportunity as I do. An opportunity to get to really know some truly amazing individuals and in doing so, really understand that the photos we take as photographers go down in history with these people. Life is precious, precarious at best. We never know what the next day, the next hour, the next minute could hold. Life changes in an instant and the photographs we take are worth more than the most precious of metals or gems.
I did not choose this profession to get rich, I chose it to give back and to document some of the most incredible times in peoples lives. While I do need to pay the bills and grow my business to take care of my family, truly my biggest reward that nothing could ever top, is seeing the smiles on my clients’ faces when they see their precious moments in photographs like never before. Anyone can take a snapshot that shows what you were doing at that second it was taken, but a photograph from a trained professional photographer, well that captures what you were feeling, your inner beauty as radiant as your outer beauty and everything about you or your child in that second in a way a snapshot never could.