I never had a sister growing up, but from what I hear it's one of the sweetest bonds and friendships you'll ever have. Capturing these 3 sisters was such a joy! I have a feeling they are going to have so much fun growing up together.
This was my first newborn photography session since the global pandemic with COVID began. During the mandatory stay-at-home orders, all of my newborn photography sessions were put on hold. Once we moved into Phase 2, I began thinking about how to safely reopen my photography business. Originally I had planned to have all of my sessions outdoors, newborns included. Most of this newborn session was shot outside, however, since this was a close friend whom I knew well, she felt comfortable having me do part of the session indoors. Below, I want to share how I captured her newborn in her home, while continuing to take precautionary measures to ensure the safety and health of her family throughout their photography session.
I wore a mask throughout our entire newborn session
I entered their home wearing my mask and did not take it off the entire time, even while we were outside. This was something I was slightly nervous about, as I typically draw out personalities and smiles through my own facial expressions. However, the girls were unphased by my masked face and I was able to interact with them just fine. I washed my hands as soon as I got there, wore clean fresh clothes, and kept my distance as I said hello to each member of the family.
I let parents swaddle and position the baby
Typically I am a very hands-on photographer! I love tickling kiddos and swaddling up newborns during my photography sessions. However, out of an abundance of caution for this little one's health and the health of the family, I had mom or dad do all of the swaddling and positioning for me. This is where I am glad I'm used to giving lots of verbal cues to my clients. Rather than placing hands where I want them to be placed, or tickling a child to get a little laugh, I gave verbal directions often to "snuggle up to mom" or "feel how soft baby sister is." Even though I was not being hands-on like I normally am, I still was able to create that same cozy affectionate feel that I love to capture in my newborn photography sessions.
I kept our time indoors to a minimum
While we did come inside for some shots in the master bedroom, I kept our time indoors to a minimum. Typically my newborn photography sessions are 1-2 hours, all inside. For this session we were inside a total of 30 minutes, and I maintained at least a 6 foot distance for the majority of this time. If I did need to get closer, I was quick in shooting.
It felt so good to be doing what I love again! I couldn't have asked for a sweeter newborn session for my first photography session in months.
Are you having a baby in the near future? If so, I would love to chat more about capturing your growing family!