Newborn Photography Session with Elana, Ash, and Their Beautiful Family

March 11, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

On Tuesday evening, David and I were off to Elana and Ash's home just outside of the city.  They just added a baby girl, Harper, to their family.  Harper is one lucky little girl.  She has two beautiful older brothers, Maxim and Hudson.  These two boys are fantastic!  They were so helpful and well mannered.  As with the rest of the family, they were also very photogenic and had great smiles for us.  

Harper was eight days old and was she ever an alert newborn.  We always recommend photographing newborns between 5 and 12 days old because this is usually when they are still their sleepiest and still have the cute tucked in newborn legs.  That being said, as with any "rule of thumb," all babies are different.  Harper was awake for the entire session and she was so great!  She was also very strong.  She could hold herself up on her arms for several seconds!  Harper's session was the first newborn session since we got back from our conference in Las Vegas on Sunday night.  The Wedding and Portrait Photographers International conference that David and I attend every year always inspires and renews my passion for photography.  I could not resist buying some new newborn props and so, Harper was our first to model them!  She really seemed to love our bean bag poser and the wrap the best!  

Spending time with this lovely family reminded me of my own family - for those of you who don't know, I have three boys and a girl.  Although they are mostly grown up now - one out of the house, and the others in their teens, I had lots of flashbacks to when they were younger just watching Maxim and Hudson play.  The baby/preschool/primary school times go past in the blink of an eye.  The sleepless nights will soon be a distant memory, the cuddling on your lap gone far too quickly and they will be teenagers.  Document this fleeting stage at least once a year with a family photo.  Not only will it be a beautiful way for you to look back at this time in your family's life, but it will also be a legacy for your children.  A very talented photographer, Susan Stripling, has said, "as Photographers, we must always remember the value and power of creating images.  Get your self and your loved ones IN FRONT of that camera.  Exist in photos!"  How important this is especially in this digital age.  Do you remember when everything was saved on floppy disks?  Well, when was the last time that you saw a floppy disk?  We do not know how long memory cards, DVD's, flash drives, etc will be around.  If all your images are only digital and on some hard drive somewhere, what happens when they are replaced by new ways of storing data?  Will all your memories be lost?  I cannot stress enough how important it is to have PRINTED images - whether hanging on your walls or in an album, have a physical copy of them.  When my grandparents passed away, I was lucky enough to have all their photo albums passed on to me.  My grandparents legacy to me is the photos.  Photos of my grandparents when they were young, photos of my mother and uncle when they were babies and photos of me from birth through to adulthood.  These memories exist for me because they are physical.  When I miss my grandparents, I can pull out an album and relive times with them.  You can spend money on Starbucks, Tim Hortons, the next latest clothing fad, the trendiest boots around (yes, I have a shoe addictions), so spend some on hiring a professional photographer once a year to capture your family.  And, print your own photos as well, don't just leave them sitting in your camera or computer.  

Thank you, Elana and Ash for allowing us the honor of photographing your beautiful family and thank you to Maxim and Hudson for being such helpful, smiling little boys!  

 


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