And so it was my turn to photograph my own tiny person. While I was pregnant, I was so excited to do this. I even purchased a new lens just before he was born (Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM) as I wanted to have it in time for his newborn shoot.
However, the reality of giving birth and all that goes with that, trying to get to grips with breastfeeding, sleep deprivation and trying to settle with this new addition to our life, soon made me realise that actually, doing a photoshoot was the last thing I felt like doing. But I knew I would be so angry with myself if I didn’t do it.
Ideally I would usually advise new mums that we try to do the photoshoot before baby is 10 days old. Sebastian was starting to get baby acne, and already beginning to lose that sleepy phase (that honestly didn’t last long!), so I knew we needed to do it soon. My mum was also staying with us at the time, so she assisted a bit as well, especially in trying to get a photo of the three of us.
It took us quite a few hours to complete the shoot, as he didn’t sleep very much during it, as you can see from the photos. He also obviously did a few nr 1 and 2’s when he was without his nappy, which is all part of the fun. Just a little harder when you are the mum and photographer at the same time.
I am pleased with the photos though, especially the little detail shots, like the ones of his tiny wrinkled feet. The whole process of how this tiny human being came to be remains a Miracle and a Blessing, and despite the hard work it has been, it has also been so worthwhile.