Here is the biggest problem I see… Often after we have our baby, we get stuck in the day to day minutia of keeping everyone fed and alive.. in turn forgetting about preserving those precious firsts in our baby's life. Things like crawling, sitting up, smiling.. even finding their feet! All of those little milestones come and go so quickly. And before we know it, we have a full-fledged toddler on our hands with no frame-worthy photographs of our baby's first year…
There are many reasons why parents do milestone sessions for their baby (like this session we did for Siena, who is 8 months old). The most obvious is that their child is growing like crazy and they want to forever preserve those changes in photographs. And there are many photographers who offer these types of sessions. They can be quick or elaborate. Cheap or expensive. But what sets my milestone sessions apart is the fact that my clients walk away with beautiful museum-quality prints in the end...
Ilex, who is just around 8 months old, came into the Studio with his Grandma and Aunt to do a photoshoot as a gift for his parents. This was the first time Ilex was photographed professionally. And listen, there are many reasons why parents don't get professional baby photos. Sometimes they don't really feel it's important. They could too busy simply surviving day to day to even give the idea some thought (I certainly know how that feels!). And other times they feel that iPhone photos are good enough, so why bother?
This generation of babies is one of the most photographed. However, 99.9% of those photographs are digital. Digital and taken with a phone. And don't get me wrong, phones allow us the privilege of being able to easily capture every important moment in our children's lives and I wouldn't give that up for the world.
But we're missing something.
We are missing photographs that will still be around twenty or thirty years from now (when I assume we'll have hologram communication devices and retina-embedded computers). We don't have good quality photos - the kind that are worth framing and displaying on our walls because they're so beautiful. And then, we keep all our precious photographic memories on prone-to-failure hard drives and USB keys that we won't be able to plug into our laptops in about ten years. And the cloud? Who knows how long that company is going to be in business and supporting the storage of your photos on their servers? Not to mention the fact that almost everything online is in danger of getting hacked at any moment.
There is only one completely fool-proof, totally safe, and always available way to keep your photos.. and that's in printed form.
And I know.. trust me, I know how self-serving this all sounds. But that's not my intention. In fact, my goal isn't to convince people that they need to hire me to take their photos, I would love nothing more than for every Mom and Dad to be armed with a proper camera and the knowledge of how to use it. But not everyone has the time for that. What's important is for parents to realize that they need to invest in making sure their children's childhood memories survive, so that photographs will be there when their child is old enough to want (or dare I say, need) them.
Toddlers are ADORABLE. At 18 months, Hadley was walking around, wearing her very own jewelry, and telling Mom what to do, naturally. And Hadley with her Mom together, are the perfect pair.
A lot of parents will readily take photographs of their children. They'll go to a photographer for a newborn photoshoot, a 1-year milestone session, or a Holiday card session every year. And I do that too. I would love nothing more than to document my children as they grow, year after year. The thing that's missing, however, are the photos with Mom. Or with Dad. Or even, both parents together.
So I always suggest that parents, and especially Mom, participate in their child's photoshoot. It might not matter to them, not now anyway, because right now time is slowly moving past without much effect. But five years from now, ten years, or thirty, those images of Mom and daughter become much more than a few digital pixels or a sheet of photo paper.
Hadley will want to know what her Mom looked like when she was little. She will want the chance to look back and to see them together, to know how much she was loved, and how happy and silly she was as a little girl.
So yes, it's so important to document a baby who is growing into a child, but it's equally important to have a record of the most important people in her life, too.