Timothy. My Timmy. He was born five weeks ago today, and one week after he was born, I subjected him to a newborn photo shoot.
You might think as a photographer, my own son's shoot would be a breeze. I thought so, but I could not have been more wrong. This shoot took work. A lot of work. On average, my newborn shoots last about three hours. Timmy's was no exception, and I'd argue that his was harder than most. Usually the parents are there to calm the baby and feed it while I set up the shot and test the lighting. But this shoot was all me, and by the time it was over I was exhausted.
But it was all so worth it. I am going to treasure these photos forever. I am pretty sure Timmy's grandmas will as well.
I am obsessed with his lips. And fingers. And toes. And eyelashes. And inner thigh chub... I can hardly believe that the darling little boy in these photos is all mine, but he is. And he certainly earned his well deserved nap after this shoot was over.
I did do something for my son's shoot that I don't normally do. I am very adamant about the overuse of putting babies in things for newborn photos. That's why all of the photos above are simple and don't use baskets or wraps or funny hats. However, I made one exception for my husband. He wanted a photo of our son for his desk at work and had an idea that I wanted to try.
While we were in the hospital, we received the most gorgeous bouquet from his mom and sisters.
We brought the flowers home and put them in a vase, but that left us with the little red and yellow truck - a future toy for our boy. And of course, right now, the perfect photo prop.
Yes, I put my baby in a prop, but a prop with meaning, so it's ok. That is my exception to props. They should have meaning. Plus, I'm always more than happy to oblige my husband's requests.
I can hardly believe Timmy has been here for more than a month. He has changed my life and filled my heart with more joy than I thought was possible. He makes me this happy. :)