I'm not really a classic newborn photographer. I don't love posing tiny babies or putting bows on their head...and even if I did my lack of a beautiful, temperature controlled studio keeps me from doing so. I don't mind though, because I don't think posing newborns is really my strength.
But I do love photographing LOVE. So I really feel honored when I get to capture a simple moment in time - be a fly on the wall so to speak -- capturing it as it happens, with little to no posing. On this special day, I was able to photograph Baby E.
A good friend of mine recently opened her home to a baby girl who needed one. I've been fortunate enough to meet this sweet little girl and spend time with her, she has big sparkling eyes and a quiet easy going demeanor. Because my friend is her Foster Mama, we can't show her face but let me tell you, she's a beauty.
I've been amazed by my friend and her husband, who have opened their hearts so courageously to this little one. There are so many unknowns, so many things they can't plan for. So many large question marks...but like my friend says, "she's worth it".
AS SOON AS I SAW YOU, I KNEW AN ADVENTURE WAS GOING TO HAPPEN. -Winnie The Pooh
"Shes worth it," my friend says humbly and casually like it's just the most natural thing in the world to say. I listen to her, marveling. Most couples have 9 months to prepare for a child entering their home, but my friends only had 3 hours. On the way to the hospital, they stopped at Walmart to pick up a car seat and whatever other items they could afford to take this sweet girl home in. What they are doing is so important and wonderful...and to me, they are two of the most brave people I know.
I spend a lot of time trying to control my life, trying to be better...look better...do better...I fancy that if I just have a good enough plan, things will go my way. That if I just take this supplement or see this doctor or get more sleep...I can build the glittering life I'd imagined I ought to have. It's amazing what we subconsciously decide our lives deserve to look like.
The truth is we never really know what is coming our way, what challenges -- and what surprises. I was reminded of this so intensely while I photographed this little one. What an adventure she is...and will continue to be.
I'm so glad we aren't actually in control. Aren't you?