Part of the reason I decided to take a little hiatus from LWP this winter was so that I could donate photo sessions when an opportunity arose that spoke to me. Late last year, a friend that I’ve photographed a few times went through a rough start with the arrival of her first child. Baby George was born the day after Christmas and they discovered shortly after his birth that he had malrotation in his intestines and had to have surgery. When I read her posts on Facebook about what had happened, my mommy heart strings were pulled and I felt that this would be a perfect time to use my photography in a really rewarding way and would hopefully make this strong new mother smile. So I offered to do a newborn session for their family as a gift.
As it turned out, we weren’t able to do George’s photos until he was about 2 months old. Which is around the same time one of my oldest friends asked me to take some pictures of her 6-month old. Normally, I’m an on-location photographer, but photographing babies in February in Michigan would probably result in lots of little red noses and 5-minute photo sessions. So, I decided to rent a studio for the day. This is starting to sound a little “If you give a mouse a cookie”, but…if you give a photographer a studio for an entire day, she’s going to want more cute kids to photograph. So, I booked the rest of the day with a few previous clients and set aside a little time to take pictures of my own baby.
The day was filled with baby smiles and giggles and catching up with some of my favorite families. Here are a few of the images from each of those sessions:
Baby George and Family
Alivia and Matthew
And we finished out the day with a “Shake it Off” dance party.