– Posted by +Gabriel
It is always amazing to me being around new babies (in the words of Brian Regan – do you really need the word “new” in there?!). I have two of my own, and I distinctly remember the days and weeks after their births. It was such a surreal time for me, trying to wrap my head around the thought that just a few days earlier I had not met them, and just over 9 months prior, they were hardly a thought process. The transition of having no kids, to expecting a child, to having a child all happens so fast, and it lends little time to reflect on the amazing transformations that are happening.
A new life actually equals two or three new lives. I can honestly say I hardly remember what life was like before I had my kids, and when I think about it, it feels like I am reading an excerpt out of someone else’s life, not my own.
Everything changes, and thats not a bad thing.
I am incredibly grateful for my children and for the lessons they teach me daily. But not every day is as sweet as these photos. Most aren’t. Most are hard, and challenging, and stressful, and full of questions and insecurities, and self doubt about the job that I am doing as a parent, and the life I am giving my children, and so on, and so forth. While the work is definitely not easy, it is rewarding, and a gift I would never trade.
Luckily, I have a great partner in life, and she is an amazing mother and loving wife. I could not do it without her.
Reminiscing becomes a hobby of parents, trying to take in the new things your kids are doing while remembering them as a baby, remembering the challenges they have faced and overcome, and looking toward their future. I am so glad we had a great photographer for our newborn pictures that perfectly captured that time in our childrens life. (Thanks Sarah!)
For Estelle, she joins a beautiful family with three older sisters, each of them have a picture of them taken days after their birth that adorns the wall in their home. At 6 days old, I came over to their house and was after just that one shot. Usually with a photo shoot, you have time, lots of looks, lots of lighting, lots of locations to get the right combination together for the look you are going for. Getting such an important shot with very limited room for error was a bit daunting. But I am good with daunting, and I was excited to have the opportunity to get that picture.
Even though I was only there to get one shot, once that was complete, I couldn’t help but to spend a few extra moments getting some candids of Estelle and the other girls as they held her. I am a photographer after all 🙂
– Posted by +Gabriel
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