When I Reagan’s mom and I were finally able to coordinate our schedules, she was five weeks old. I’m not going to lie – I was a little nervous about how the session would go. You see, five weeks is a tough age because babies aren’t smiling or really holding their heads up yet, and they aren’t really super curly sleepy like a brand new baby. In fact, when I walked into the house I explained that it was fairly likely that we wouldn’t get a ton of sleepy shots based on Reagan’s age. Oh was I wrong. Reagan was a dream, and I left this session more inspired than I’ve been in a long time. Her parents had some really creative ideas that were right up my ally, and we got to shoot outside. It’s been a loooooong winter, so a sweet baby sleeping outside? Absolute dream come true.
When I’m photographing newborns, I love to try to incorporate elements that are special to the parents. Sure, I bring blankets and hats, but I’m always on the lookout for something unique that’s already in their home. When Reagan’s dad brought out this basket, my heart skipped a beat. When I learned that it was actually Reagan’s Great Great Grandmother’s basket that she took to the market every week over 100 years ago, I knew we had to use it.