I was lucky to have the new experience recently of taking pictures of a brand-new baby.
I'm very excited about babies lately. Two great friends of mine -- who are not yet ready to share their little girl photographically with the world at large - welcomed a daughter this month. And also! My sister is pregnant.
I'm so excited.
I'M SO EXCITED. I am going to be an aunt. I may be a better aunt than I would have been a mom, I'm thinking, although I still have my emotional issues about not being a mom, but that's just how it shook out. Life. It happens. It gives what it gives, takes what it takes. I'm 41 and almost 42. What are the chances, right? So, we march on. This isn't about me anyway. This is about the best baby who will ever be, so let's move on.
I haven't specifically discussed my sister here that much, but she is my only sibling, crucial to my daily life, my conscience, my gift, my favorite person. She knows my gold and my trash. She has forgiven me unforgivable things. She is resilient and funny and fun and intelligent and driven. I'd step in front of a train for her.
She has, also, scrapped and worked for everything she has ever had. I know this. She is the most impressive person I know.
I love my brother-in-law, too. He is a person I respect above most other human beings I've met in my life, mostly because I know he'd step in front of that train, too. I am so grateful for him. So, overall I'm just really lucky to have them, as individuals and as a family unit, in my life, and they are going to have a stellar child.
I like them.
Prior to taking endless photos of my sister's baby, my sister's sister-in-law trusted me to take the first formal portraits of her new little girl. I was very excited, but also very nervous. I had never done an infant photo shoot before, and I really believe that these first portraits are important. This compounds my belief that asking anyone to take pictures of you and/or your family on milestone occasions is an investment, as well as a statement of trust, and I so much wanted to capture what this family wanted.
I think we ended up doing okay, mostly because this infant girl, like most babies, is just precious. I will be ever grateful to her mom and dad for allowing me to take her first portraits.
Baby in a pumpkin hat!
Pea pod baby!
(This is my favorite, because she's winking at me, kinda.)Eating my hand, hanging out, whatever.
Baby's foot and Mommy's finger.
Miss Thing just hanging in her seat in her ballet slipper onesie.
Mama so LOVES me.
I feel really lucky to have gotten to share these images of this brand new person with the world. Until I have a proper online portfolio, of which she is most deserving, this will have to do. Welcome, Moira. You are a gem.