Silas’s mommy Jaden is the super talented photographer behind Rooted North Portrait Studio outside of Anchorage, Alaska. Her husband Mark and Jaden have been spending all of their school breaks (Mark’s a teacher!) in Greer as Mark’s father’s cancer became more serious. This meant Jaden would be delivering Silas in Greer instead of at home.
So when Jaden contacted me about Silas’s newborn images, I was super excited. There’s something magical about photographing another photographer’s baby. There’s a level of collaboration with another photographer that allows you to try new and exciting things like the image above. We dubbed this the “He’s got the Whole World in His Hands” pose and it was our number one desire for this session. It’s even prettier in black & white.
Baby safety is important to me so I always want to be transparent about how impossible poses like this one are achieved. The following editing video shows you how Silas never supported himself in this position. Jaden’s hands or my hands never left him and Mark was super patient and still throughout the posing process which took several minutes. The final creation of this image was done in Photoshop as you can see below.
Silas also slept beautifully for the rest of his session to allow us to get so many beautiful poses to capture his newness perfectly for his mommy.
Family images are my absolute favorite. I’ve said, time and again, that if I could only photograph one thing it would be newborns in the hands of those who love them.
Here’s a peak at our favorite images of Silas at this session!
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When Sarah and Stephanie contacted me about Preemie Twin Newborn Photos Greenville SC, I was really excited. Most photographers shy away at photographing babies who aren’t under 14 days old, but I love the challenge of the “older” newborn. Generally preemies who are a gestational age of around 38-43 weeks do just fine, but I have done up to about 46 weeks gestation with success. Preemies present some challenges in the studio, but we still manage beautiful images.
Reeve was born weighing 3 lbs, 5.6 oz. Reeve did not experience the same stress in the womb as Laken and therefore had a much rougher start. He spent 5 long days on an Oscillator a type of positive flow ventilator only used with the most frail little ones in the NICU. His road to NICU release was filled with bumps and hurdles that he overcame.
After 50 days in the NICU, Laken and Reeve were released to come home to their mommies. Two weeks later they came to see me. By the time they came to the studio, Laken weighed almost 5 pounds and Reeve was a hefty 7 pounds.
Sarah and Stephanie arrived at the studio laughing about double blowouts that delayed their arrival. Their spirits were high and their joy was contagious. You see, Reeve and Laken were rainbow babies: miracles after losses and heart ache.
Laken was sleepy and laid back for our session. I could not get over her delicate features. Her tiny hands were just bigger the two of my finger pads and I have small hands! She loved to be on her tummy and adored the comfort of a hand resting on her back. You can tell her mommies cuddle her often.
Reeve was a bit more of a wild card. He loved his paci a lot. A whole lot. He did not want me to take it from him. But once I unwrapped him and put him right up next to Laken, he finally settled into sleep. The comfort of his sister’s warmth soothed him.
Sarah and Stephanie, you are amazing mamas. Reeve and Laken are so lucky to be your children. Keep laughing often and loving well.
I used to know the kind of mom I wanted to be.
- I used to want to be the kind of mom who always had homemade cookies for after school snack.
- The kind of mom who never yelled at her kids.
- The kind of mom whose kids never pitched a fit in public.
- The kind of mom whose children were smart, polite, and funny and whose behavior defined the kind of mom I was.
I think by now you can see that these “Kind of Mom I Want to Be” dreams were all before my twin girls rushed into my life in 2009.
I wanted my children’ts behavior and accomplishments to define me and give me meaning. And that’s not fair to them or fair to me. They are much more than walking trophies reflecting my value. They are valuable just because they exist. And I am much more than the sum of who they are becoming. I, too, have inherent value.
Mama, would you link arms with me and vow to be the kind of of mama who is kind?
- The kind of mama who kindly makes cookies when she can and says yes when the time is right.
- The kind of mama who kindly forgives herself for yelling.
- The kind of mama who kindly has patience with her little people growing into the best versions of themselves.
- The kind of mama who kindly reminds herself that her children’s behavior doesn’t define her.
The kind of mama who is kind to other mamas and sees them as real vulnerable people who are not defined by their children’s behavior or accomplishments. The kind of mama who invests in other mamas and reminds her mama friends that they have inherent value.
I’m not sure that I will ever quite be the kind of mama that I dreamed I would be. And that’s okay.
But I am becoming a kinder mama who whispers to that mama whose child is pitching a fit in Target: “Hang in there, mama. You’re doing the right thing for your child. I’m proud of you.”
Join me in being kind encouragers of one another?
Sawyer’s mama contacted me panicked and begging me to take her “older newborn” for photos in Greenville, SC.
Sawyer had arrived a little unexpectedly. Her birth experience had been difficult and had included an extended hospital stay.
When she finally settled in at home and realized she had not booked a newborn photographer she called a few local photographers.
Almost without exception she was told that newborn photos were only done in the first 10 days of life and that she should wait until 6 months to book a session.
Sawyer was just shy of three weeks old.
I was so sad for his mama. Here all she wanted was beautiful images of her sweet little one (asleep or awake) while he was still little and she was being told it wasn’t possible.
Obviously we were able to capture beautiful images of Sawyer even the sleepy and posed images that other photographers said were not possible at his old age.
Photographers: let me take a second to point at you and implore: please take on older newborns. Please take beautiful images of these sweet older newborns. Give up your ideal of sleeping infants in perfectly posed set up and accept the reality of perfectly imperfect art that gives a mama a memory for life. A memory she treasures and wants to pay you for.
And, mamas, if you’re not finding that all the photographers are saying your baby is too old for newborn pictures: contact me. And I will either see if I can fit you in my calendar or refer you to someone willing to create art for you.