My former business partner and friend, Autumn Nowey, offered to come with me to the Bak home and help with Abigail's newborn session. It was wonderful to have an extra pair of hands. Autumn brought along her camera and set it up on a tripod to get some behind the scenes shots. I thought it might be interesting for people to see how the images are set up.
We constructed the mini studio next to the Bak's sliding glass doors and hung sheer white drapes to filter the light. I had the space heater close to keep little Abigail warm, a sound machine with white noise, and my props within easy reach. Mom and Dad hung out in the next room and took a much needed break. The first few images were set up using a newborn bean bag poser with a white blanket. Small pillows and towels were placed under the blanket where needed.
Abigail's parents requested that part of the session convey the idea of her being a rainbow baby, "a baby that is born following a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or infant loss. In the real world, a beautiful and bright rainbow follows a storm and gives hope of things getting better (definition via google)." I wanted to do this in a way that was meaningful, but not too bright and busy.
I thought that it was fitting that my first blog post should be about my first newborn session! I have photographed young babies in the past, but, at only nine days old, beautiful Julia was my first true newborn. Her session changed my life. I was terrified leading up to the day of the shoot. I watched webinars and workshops, researched posing, and bought every posing tool and prop I thought I would need. By the end of the (long) session, I was hooked. I knew that newborn photography was for me. And I was hopelessly in love with this perfect little girl!
I met Julia's parents several years ago when I photographed their engagement session. At the time, I was partnered with a friend of mine and shooting under the name Autumn Nowey Photography. Janet and Jimmy were one of our favorite couples. We had a lot of fun with their session and felt pretty good about the finished product. When I opened HeartStrings Photography last year, I reached out to many of the clients Autumn and I had worked with, and Janet responded, asking about maternity portraits. I was so thrilled to hear from her and really excited for the opportunity to photograph her and Jimmy again. She told me that they loved the engagement photos and felt that Autumn and I captured their true personalities in a way that their wedding photographer had not done. She could not have given me a better compliment on my work than that.
Cassandra Zingaro - photographer, mom, wife, owner of HeartStrings Photography and first time blogger