This family asked for photos after their third child, a daughter, was born.
But life kind of got in the way, and the session was postponed. And then someone had the flu, so the session was postponed. And then I had surgery, so the session was postponed. But finally, earlier this year, we managed to find a date that worked, and the stars aligned and everyone remained healthy, and what happened when I arrived can be seen in the photos herein.
There is something so beautiful and so pure and so innocent about babies. And it isn't just that they are tiny and soft and delicate. It's more than how deeply they trust and how vulnerable they seem. It's that they give us hope for the future. Babies remind us that there is goodness and purity in the world; that there exists the potential for a love so strong and so deep that it defies explanation.
I have two children, and I can remember those first few hazy moments with each new baby. The overwhelming love. The soul-filling joy I felt from looking at their tiny little fingers and toes, their soft skin, and their sweet facial features. I remember thinking, "Wow. You're here, in front of me. You're really here."
Do you remember those first few baths when your little one really was little? Do you remember the anxiety and the worry? What on earth am I supposed to do? What if I get water up his nose? What if he screams the whole time?
"Life-changing" is a term that doesn't even begin to cover what it's like to bring a child into the world. The moment a child is welcomed into a family, a switch flips, and what you have are two distinct periods: before child and after child. Life is never the same again...
A new baby. When first-time parents bring their new baby home from the hospital, everything changes. Everything is different. Everything is new. There's Life Before Baby and there's Life After Baby, and it's as if a dividing line really does exist between the two.
I can't express how remarkable it is to be the one who gets to capture a few moments of a brand new life. To observe and photograph those first few touches and glimpses between a couple and the new life they've created is a great joy and a great privilege.
Love is in the air in Bergen County! Twice this week, moms contact me to surprise their husbands with photo sessions. This time, it was the mother of two sweet girls, one a toddler, one a baby. The toddler, as you can see, was very curious about me and my camera. Wherever I went, she followed, and she looked so deeply into my lens!