I have never had the joy of having a newborn baby in my own home but I have photographed many other people with their newborns and I have noticed something, a beautiful and telling dichotomy. In most homes, there are usually new baby things everywhere. There should be because babies require lots of stuff and people gets lots of stuff from friends and family (some stuff they need and lots of stuff they don’t know what to do with) prior to the baby’s arrival. I also strongly encourage that people not clean up before I come for a photo shoot. First of all, I know that folks have better and more important things to be doing than cleaning up before a photographer comes for just a few hours. Secondly, you should see my house sometimes! Thirdly and most importantly, I think the so-called-mess and the chaos are such an important part of the story; the true story of when Baby came into our lives and changed everything.
The other thing that I have noticed about photographing a newborn baby at home – whether it is baby number one, or two, or three, or so forth; is the peace that occurs amidst all of the “mess” and upheaval and change. It is palpable. When I arrive, I greet and chat with the tired but thrilled parents, I survey what rooms have the best light and then, when the parents finally sit down and hold their new baby, that is when the magic happens…peace. The parents forget to worry about the house, about how they look, about the to-do-list and hopefully they forget about me too and they get lost in the tiny, fragile, perfect new life they hold in their hands. I always hope and wait for this moment. It’s an honor to be there for the beauty of real life and to document these fleeting moments. Thank you to everyone who has let me be witness to the beauty of their lives so far, and to the Harrison family, pictured below with their sweet and perfect new baby Eli.