Sometime after delivering Natalie I arrived at the idea that I needed to be shooting birth. It was probably about 2 weeks postpartum and I was feeling all nostalgic about her arrival. To me, the beauty in this type of work is the ability to truly document life, just as it's happening. Though I do appreciate a beautiful, posed photograph, to me, there's so much beauty in the real moments, in-between. This obviously extends beyond birth. I want my clients to be 90, sitting in recliners, laughing over photos that make them feel as if they're reliving those days again. #goals
One of the most special times in a mom's life is the time she has to bond with her baby. For working moms, if they're lucky, they may have about 12 weeks to get to know the teeny bebe that they waited about 40 weeks to meet. And though the days blend into nights and there are parts that are really hard, I've yet to hear any mom complain. It's hard to when you're nestling what feels like the whole world, in the crook of your neck. And so it goes, moms settle into their new normal and slowly, a little routine is established and the weeks fly by.
Whitney was one of the most radiant first time mom's I've ever seen. Tripp, now 4 months old, had transformed from this itty, bitty baby to the most adorable, bouncing baby. I've never meant a "you did well, mama" more. I came over to shoot her End of Leave shoot the week before she returned to work. The anticipation was heavy; I could tell, I've been there before. We didn't chat too much. I had planned to arrive before Tripp's bath so I could capture the afternoon time between naps. There's a calm and peacefulness during maternity leave that gets lost when normal life resumes. Knowing that time was on the horizon for Whitney, I wanted to bottle up that calm for her, the best way I knew how. This moment was fleeting, but I'm so grateful to have preserved the memory.
I hope you enjoy this glimpse into Whitney and Tripp's sweet, sweet time together.
You did well, Mama.