Like anything I do, once I get an idea in my head, I must act on it immediately or it will fizzle out quickly. I'm going to be honest now, lay it all out on the table...since starting my photography journey, I always lead with my eye, doing what everyone else did, others bought backdrops for newborns and indoor work, then I must buy them too. Baskets and bows, yep... props, uh huh. So why then do newborn shoots shake me to my bones? I'm usually not ever satisfied with them, though I'm pretty hard on myself anyway, my own worst critic. I had a conversation last night with a fellow photog who does BEAUTIFUL newborn work. BEAUTIFUL... and we both have this love of photographing from a "fly on the wall" type of angle. To be there but almost invisible. Those are ALWAYS my most favorite shots, in whatever shoot I'm doing. Ok yes, I do love when I get a child to look at me with their big beautiful eyes and smile, but to catch them interacting with mom and dad in a completely different way, always my favorite shot. ALWAYS. So why not then, move to what I enjoy more and get rid of what makes me want to cry? Starting in 2013, I will be doing lifestyle sessions... these are not to be confined to newborn shoots. Though that is what all of my newborn sessions will be from here on out. But a lifestyle session can be a normal family session, in your home or a place that you find near to you. A playground, a swimming pool, your bath tub (you'll see why that is not crazy in a moment) a carnival, it is more of a documentary session. I will have a few where I will want my subjects to look at me and smile, but no more back drops, no more baskets and props. I think that, for me, those shots, in my home, with a new baby and siblings would be much more precious than a posed baby shot.. yes I do still love those posed baby shots, but I would love to have some lifestyle shots of my own kids. I have a lot of my son when he was home with me all day long and they are some of my favorites, him playing with his favorite toy, sitting on the couch with his favorite blanket, always tugs at my heart strings.
And one more thing I am going to offer in 2013 are birth sessions. I will come to the hospital when you go into labor, capture all of it from almost start to finish. I wish, oh how I wish, I had this when I was in labor with my three kids. For the first two, hubby was way too nervous to handle a camera during and for the last, it went so quickly that, well, we don't have many. Pricing and details to come soon on the birth sessions. I am looking for pregnant mommies, due in 2013, to help me build my portfolio in this. You will receive a huge discount and other incentives (to be determined soon) watch for post soon if you are interested. For now, a few examples of some lifestyle shoots I have done. And it's funny, I was telling my friend, I wasn't sure I would have enough to even showcase it, but going back at least 2 years, I have a lot... apparently I need to start listening to my inner voice more. :)