First things first, I am a PROUD AUNTIE. From the moment I found out a new addition would be coming into our family, I was filled with excitement to see what this new little soul would be like. My nephew Christopher Sloan was born just four minutes shy of Valentine’s Day. And it is very fitting. He is such a sweet lil’ love bug. So tiny and precious and all things yummy. And being that he was fresh to this world, my sister asked me if I would come and photograph Sloan and the family.
As alluded to on my Facebook page, newborn sessions are not something I commission. They aren’t in my wheelhouse, and to be honest it is an area that has never interested me to further my craft. I have done a few sessions for friends and family, but other than that i leave it to those who love this type of photography. I sold my newborn pillow a year or two ago and so I don’t even have options per say when it comes to poses and such. And to be honest I am more of a natural kind of gal. I don’t tend to prefer all of the extras and props and do dads so to speak. (did i really just say “do dads?”)
During this session I reminded my sister of all of the above. And then i finally asked, “Can I just do what I do?” She whole heartedly said yes, go for it. This is the result…lifestyle newborn. Now that is something I can do and enjoy, and would be happy to offer to more clients in the future. In the moment, real, connection. That’s where it’s at in my book. Finding precious and tender moments was beautiful and I can’t say that I might not do another newborn session like this in the future. I think I would. No buckets or baskets or hoopla. Pure, simple and natural brings out the beauty of a cherished little one who has just taken on the world.
Today’s reminder…you do YOU. Do what you LOVE. The rest will follow.
Welcome to the world sweet Christopher Sloan Fiala Hollo. It goes without saying that there are many more photos in your future. But more importantly than that, it goes without saying that you are loved beyond what you know. I pray you will always be true to yourself, by sharing the gifts that God has given you. We all can’t wait to see what you will do and who you will be. Love you sweet boy!
~ xo mel ~