"Why should I have a newborn photo shoot?"
I am asked this question often. And I get it. As someone who had two babies two years apart, I understand it seems daunting to put on a decent outfit & a full face of make-up just days after giving birth. It is an investment in time and in money too: hiring a professional photographer to capture your family needs to be budgeted.
But oh my goodness, it is so important. It is essential to have those images that capture your new baby, that capture your new life. It is paramount to have photographs capturing your version of motherhood.
As a photographer, I have so many beautiful images of my children and wonderful images of them with their dad. But I am always taking those photos, behind the camera and behind the scenes. Once, after a trip to Disney World, I created a lovely 100-page photo book documenting our family fun. And do you want to guess how many photos I was in? Four. Four images of me in 100 pages of photos.
That was my wake-up call. I am not behind the scenes. I am not a player on the sidelines. I am very much an integral part of my children's childhood, and I'll be damned if they don't see that evidence in photographs when I'm long gone.
Too much? Sorry, this is obviously a hot button issue for me! But excuse me while I stand on this soap box a tad longer...
From that point forward, I have made a concerted effort to be in photographs with my children. I am setting up the tripod, I'm passing off the camera and I'm hiring a professional photographer on the regular to capture our family unit. With makeup on! In a decent outfit!
Don't get me wrong: there is certainly a place for snapshots and selfies. But how many of those images will make it out of your phone and into a frame in your home? How many of those photographs will be around when your baby has her baby? How will you compare which features your baby shares with your grandbaby?
So book the photographer. Get in the frame. I promise you won't regret it.