Expecting mothers will naturally stand with a hand gently resting on their rounding belly as if to caress and protect their child before they can finally hold them. As they anticipate the arrival of their baby, they are getting more and more excited to meet this little person who will change them forever. A maternity session reflects the gentle spirit and nature of a woman as she carries a growing baby with tenderness and care. When a baby is born the mother or father holds their newborn and the world seems full of possibilities and questions. What will his laughter sound like? Will he have his daddy’s curly hair and blue eyes? Most of all, these new parents are filled with wonder and excitement. When photographing newborns, I look to capture the sense of wonder and spirit of connection between a baby and his or her parents and family. Babies in arms, not baskets is my motto. Babies don’t look natural in trendy suitcases or other highly styled props; I believe they belong in the arms of their family or in authentic settings. I also believe each newborn is beautiful, right down to every last newborn skin bump, wrinkle, and tiny ragged fingernail.
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