1. Our Photographs Tell Us AND Our Baby, Who Is Most Important To Us
When you crack open mom’s photo album, it’s safe to say that there are probably lots of pictures of you scattered throughout the pages. That one time you lost your first tooth, or when you went to the beach for the first time, there’s probably a professional picture of you as a newborn. On occasion, there’s a picture of the family car and dad in his short shorts in the front yard hosing it down. (yikes)
What’s most likely not in there; scattered images of their couch, TV, or phone. You wouldn’t feel very important if you opened that photo album, and there in the middle of the page was a single blurry photo of you surrounded by hundreds of pictures of household items. As much as your mom loved her couch, and she yelled at you plenty of times for jumping on it, she definitely wouldn’t prioritize saving it in a fire.
Many people have said it; if there was a fire or terrible disaster, the first thing saved would be photographs. In our time it’s probably the hard drive with all our pictures, but even that is risky as hard drives can crash. You know what doesn’t crash, or need rebooting? A printed photograph that a professional Newborn Photographer shot for you. Boom!
You can always buy another TV, Couch, etc., but you can’t buy a lost moment. So it’s important to capture those moments, because once they’re gone, they’re gone.
2. It Documents Your Baby’s Life
Do you remember exactly what your baby looked like during the first 48 hours? First week? First month? No, you can’t possibly. You see memories don’t work that way; every time you use them brain cells to recall a memory, what you’re actually doing is reframing it, and as you constantly do that, the quality and details of the memory becomes skewed.
You can’t help it, unless you have a photographic memory, which is very rare.
In the event that you don’t have a photographic memory, you can easily revitalize your memories by looking at photographs that have documented your baby’s life. A beautiful image of mom holding baby while she gazes into dad’s eyes can help you better recall the exact feeling, smell, and sense of that moment.
3. It’s Raw, Real, Based On True Events! AND It Always Looks Great!
Pictures of babies in baskets surrounded by fruit and/or dangerously balanced moon and star props, are cute… But they don’t capture a real picture of what life is really like. Unless you’re a hardcore hipster who has to tuck their baby in a bed of lettuce every night as part of your stand against global warming. HA! That doesn’t even make sense…
Seriously though, I’m not saying that you can’t still hire a prop photographer, I’m just saying that you’ll never forget a professional lifestyle photograph of dad changing a diaper for the first times, or mom’s gentle snuggle on her baby while rocking her to sleep. That’s Lifestyle Newborn Photography.
You don’t have to live in some picture perfect home out of a Martha Stewart Catalogue. I’ve photographed lots of families and their newborn baby(ies) in small apartments, against messy counters, while the dog throws up (yes this has happened), or baby throws up on the dog (yes this happened too), and the lighting was almost all a mixture of tungsten (yellow) and fluorescent (white) lighting and almost no sunlight. I didn’t describe a single event, all these things have happened once or more in different homes while I was on assignment as a Lifestyle Newborn Photographer, yet the photographs that were produced were a beautiful representation of what life is like with a new baby and as new parents.
Put aside the house shame, or the “I’m not photogenic” mindset; the thing you’ll regret more than a “laundry chair”—you know; the chair where you started to put clean laundry for folding and never did actually fold it—is not capturing that moment when dad kissed your baby while the beloved dog looked up at them both, even if he was wearing his favorite (your most hated) worn out t shirt.
At the end of it all, if you really didn’t want anyone seeing your photographs, you could simply not show them, you could just keep them to yourself and your family…but I guarantee you’re going to want to look at them constantly throughout the years as your baby becomes a toddler, a teenager, and eventually a parent themselves. Even so you’re going to want to share them (immediately or eventually) and won’t be thinking about anything else other than how beautiful they look.