Should I get a hospital session, or a home session?
Well, you should get both! I'll try to tell you why. This sweet family invited me to the hospital to meet their sweetest new baby just hours after his birth. It was a less than ideal scenario that I walked into. They ended up in a SHARED hospital room with no windows, just one (yellow) light above the bed, no space to move. All they had was a bed in the corner, a very small chair and a lovely green curtain separating them from their neighbors. Honestly, I was nervous, and wasn't entirely sure how it would turn out!....But guess what? None of those things mattered because they had the sweetest new baby in their arms and the best big brother and sister beaming with pride. All together as close as could be. Yes, I had to sit in the sink for a couple shots, I had to use the ugliest light known to man, and I didn't have beautiful backdrops, but I did it anyways, and mom thanked me many times over for capturing these first moments that were a whirlwind for her living it. Had we decided the circumstances would control our decision to do the session, this family would not have these photos to look back on; photos that recreate the memories of their first hours with their youngest baby...
Home at last, home at last......And, here is where ill try and convince you that you should also get a home session! :)
Here you are, finally home from your less than ideal hospital stay and somewhat settled (lets be real, settled? With a newborn? ha!!) But really though, the rest of the family is comfortable, they can go about their day when I'm not photographing them. I hang out, I chat, I get my baby fix...oh, this isn't about me?? ok, YOU, get to relax! Your photo session does not need to be stressful; in fact, it should be fun and relaxing. You don't have to do anything but love on your baby and cuddle with your family at home. If siblings (and/or dad!) won't participate, they can take a break. I roll with the punches, i read your family dynamic, and help to create family moments and capture the love that is there even when it may need some enticing to bring out. Point being, they are very different sessions and both equally important. These moments in time are very few in life, why not document them ALL?
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