I love taking pictures and have enjoyed using my new camera! As I have said before, I have no desire to become a photographer by any means. I leave that to the pros! However, I do not mind helping out friends and family when they need some pics done, as long as they don't have any high expectations or anything! Casey mentioned to me taking some newborn pics of Carter back while she was pregnant and I was pretttttty nervous about it. So much so that I actually debated buying her a gift card from a professional! Once I talked to Casey about it and she explained that she didn't have any type of expectation and was just happy with whatever I took for them, I felt a lot better.
Working with newborns is not an easy task. I have heard that from many people who do photography for a living...so I knew going into it and being a total amateur that I was in for quite the task. I did a TON of research leading up to our photo session day. I read that it's best to take outdoor photos in the 2 hours when the sun first comes up or in the last 2 hours before it goes down. I also read to have the session prior to 10 days old, to take a ton of different angles of the baby, to position the baby high when being held, to always shoot near a window when indoors and let in as much natural light as possible, and to expect a good solid 4 hours to be able to get the images you want.
Mrs. Charlotte came and kept my kids for an afternoon so I could go over to Casey's and we could take our time and take pics of Carter during his best times (right after eating). We spread it out over two feedings so I stayed and hung out with her while he napped in-between. She and I both had done a lot of looking on Pinterest for ideas and I let her know the stuff I thought was possible as well as what I didn't think I'd be able to do ;) I was upfront about the fact that I planned to just snap 1,000 pictures and then that way I felt confident we'd get at least a few that she'd like!
When I got home I uploaded them all and edited them to send them to her and, overall, I'm pretty proud of how they turned out! It was a much more FUN experience than I had anticipated and once I got going I was much less nervous about everything. I knew that worst case scenario I had gotten some great shots of him when he was first born so if they didn't like any of the ones from the newborn session that they could use the ones from the hospital for the birth announcements! I think the days in the hospital and taking pics of him there was very good practice for me and helped prepare me for the actual newborn photo session! It was also quite a work out (being so short I had to do a good bit of up and down climbing haha) so if anyone ever wants me to snap some pics for you I know it's a good way to get in some exercise for me ;)
Of course I took like a MILLION but here are some of my personal favorites from our day! It's hard to narrow it down because this child is so stinkin' perfect :)
I am so glad Casey and Jordan both like the way the pics turned out and I feel much more confident moving forward and taking more pics in the future of my favorite family :) I LOVED getting to spend so much quality time that day with the most precious baby ever! I'm so glad Casey wants to have lots of pics of Carter as y'all know how much I cherish the photos of my own babies!!! I hope these will be photos Casey and Jordan will always love :)