In spring there are flowers. In Texas spring, there are BLUEBONNETS. And taking family photos amongst the state flowers isn’t just an annual tradition, it’s an institution. I launched my business with Bluebonnet Minis and found some of my favorite and most loyal clients this way. So this year when my second-born decided to make her debut at the start of bluebonnet season, I realized I would have to refer my clients to other trusted photographers and beg that they come back to me next year!
With that decision made for me, I ventured into my first newborn photography session. And who better to learn with than my own child! So without further ado, I introduce Willow Jean, born on March 15, 2019! Here she is at nine days old.
I will admit this wasn’t an easy shoot for me. I’d had an emergency C-Section, and at nine days postpartum, I could hardly get out of bed unassisted. But we took it slow and I took lots of breaks. I knew that I couldn’t let this opportunity to capture my newborn slip by. She is my rainbow baby and likely my last, so as a mom, not just a photographer, the sense of urgency overpowered my instinct to be still and heal.
I shot for about 30 minutes at a time and rested for about an hour between shooting two sessions. I experimented with light and composition, props and placement. Slowly, I felt my groove come back after having had a break from shooting while on self-imposed maternity leave. This little lady was such a champion throughout.
If there is anything I’ve learned about owning and operating a business, it’s that there is no growth without first trying. Newborn photography is such a special niche — these babies are so tiny and delicate, their needs so specific, and their parents are quite delicate themselves from having experienced such a life altering change. I know I have much to learn about photographing newborns.
But family is my passion, and I am so glad to have captured this newest addition to my family. I am grateful, and proud, for the learning experience, too.