“For this boy I prayed, and the Lord has given me my petition which I asked of Him. So I have also dedicated him to the Lord; as long as he lives he is dedicated to the Lord.” -1 Samuel 1:27-28
Baby Jonah is the third baby born with a head full of hair that I have had the honor of photographing this year. Such a handsome little man, a huge blessing to the Naples!
Because I always pride myself on how well I navigate my way around from here to there, I got lost and could not find their home. Of course. And just for fun, when I was on the phone with them, the calls kept getting dropped. I knew I was in the vicinity but I just couldn’t quite land on their street. I’ve always said newborn sessions are unpredictable, so I guess that could fall into that category, too. But I did finally make it and their little man was still in the mood for pictures (thank goodness, but also, he was probably already used to it, given that his own mommy is a photographer).
Here’s a question that will come up: If Jessica is a photographer, why was I there to photograph their baby? Well, look –
It’s much easier to be IN the photos if someone else takes the pictures. Do you know how hard it is to set up self-portraits and be IN the moment too? And new moms and dads need to be in the pictures. They just do. Also, when you have friends who are photographers too, why not ask?
Also, duh! I of course wanted to go see this beautiful child!
They waited for this boy with great anticipation…
What a gorgeous family they make!
When people ask me what “lifestyle photography” means, this is how I define it. It’s comfortable, real. It’s at the park or in your home, as the case is here. It’s on your own turf, where you and your baby are comfortable. It’s not dressing up in suits and ties and high-heels, nor is it staring into the camera, saying cheese.
And sometimes it’s sitting on the floor with your dog while he makes sad eyes at me because he’s no longer an only child.
The moments I get to spend with beautiful people are those that I treasure. I get to see beyond the surface, hear stories, and wait for precious moments that tell of love that has no end.
To the four of you (yes, Joey, you too), I wish you nothing but glorious joy and blessings.