Well it’s been a while since I’ve blogged a session, for the past few weeks that’s been the job of my intern’s, Gabi and Maeve. Unfortunately they are back to school and here I am, late at night and wondering where to put my apostrophes!
It’s been a great Summer for smashes, however a new wave has been surfacing again…my all time favourite thing in the world to photograph. The Newborn. It may be lots of nappy changes, wipes and bibs at hand, oh and not forgetting the swaddling to sleep. There is a baby boom in the air and at Carrie McKee Photography, we are loving it! There is nothing like a little one arriving to the studio and all the neighboring shops starring in the window to get a glimpse of this new life. Nothing warms the heart like a new baby. That smell, the little outfits Mummy packs, the hairlines and the teddies that are often bigger than them at times.
Over the years my approach to newborns has changed. I’ve learnt it’s not what we want, it’s of course what the baby wants to do. Sometimes they like a good stretch, or they like to be held. Sometimes they like tummy, sometimes not. It’s important to look out for the signs and be open to the session going in any direction.
Usually I like to make sure baby is fed and changed, then it’s swaddle time. Once we have them wrapped tightly, it’s easier to give the baby to Mummy and Daddy for their family pictures. Sometimes I’m asked to do a family photograph here or even skin to skin, it really just depends. Best I find to do this at the start, gets Mum and Dad pumped with love.
Introducing Baby Lóchlan Anthony McVarnock and Mum Toni. This works if baby is awake or sleeping, as-long as they’re settled I would usually work in some portraits. And let’s not forget Dad, he did a fab job too…
So here’s Lóchlan, born 30/08/16 and weighing an impressive 8lbs 11oz! With bigger babies I wouldn’t tend to do the tiny bed or boxes…and I’m struggling to believe Mr L was only 2 weeks here, he was so alert and a little chubster. But he did rock the newborn bucket and we got some lovely images of him throughout his session.
Mum & Dad, you will find the full private gallery here with your video too. Hope you enjoy…
If you are interested in booking a Newborn shoot, please get in touch in your later pregnancy weeks. Sometimes I’m able to squeeze sessions in but not always.
Visit www.carriemckee.com for more information
Carrie McKee Photography. Newborn. Belfast. 07590368295