Who: Baby Bowen Jacob
What: Newborn Photography Session
Where: Ashley Short Photography Studio, NW Ohio.
When: One week new
How: With lots and lots of love and patience
Why: Because from Day One, to Week One, they’ve already changed. Documenting this amazing moment in a new life is not only important to help you remember this fast-moving, sleepy time… but also because someday your baby is going to want to know who their baby looks like and these will be the photos they pull out to show everyone.
Photographer’s notes: I know, I know, I skipped the birth story and birth photography and went straight to the newborn. I’ll get there, I just like to make sure that the new momma has had a chance to tell her birth story before I get to share my version. Of course, if you really want to see some sneaks, you can search out the slideshow, titled, “The Home Water Birth of Bowen.”) 😉 (But I promise I’ll share more here later on.)
This little guy gave me a run for my money and I got to see him two days in a row! The day we originally scheduled his newborn session on, he ended up taking his first little road trip to get tongue/lip tie revisions. We were lucky that the new momma had known what she was looking for and caught it early, but the timing ended up pretty rough with the scheduled newborn photos. That meant a total of six hours in the car, plus the procedure… all before the session time. Momma chose to keep both appointments and we gave it a shot. I learned a lot about tie revisions, and who would have thought they would affect newborn portraits so much! As it turns out, ties cause tension that make the baby keep their hands in strong fits, and hold tension in their necks and arms. It’s common for them to sleep with their arms up by their heads, to relieve some of that tension. After the tie revisions, their mouth feels a bit like they have been chewing gum, and it was a bit different to see the little guy pulling his tongue in and out of his mouth, like he wasn’t quite sure what was going on! As you can guess, in a baby session where all the details make it or break it, along with a perfectly sleeping baby, we ended up with quite a challenge on our hands! The poor guy really just wanted to be held and he woke up every time we tried to touch his hands.
We took all the family photos, including some really adorable kids photos of “Brother and Sister”, and then we decided to try again the next day after baby had gotten some rest. The next day, he was a totally different baby! Once we got him to sleep, he let me move him as needed. It was still quite interesting to see him fight to loosen up his fists, and we were occasionally able to get him to relax his fingers long enough to get a photograph. It’s been really interesting to watch him go through this progress, and he’s now breastfeeding and gaining weight like a champ! (6 month clothes at 6 weeks old! Wow! See, I wasn’t kidding when I said they grew fast!)
For all of your Motherhood Photography needs, please call Ashley at 419.231.1174. Ashley Short Photography serves all of the Northwest Ohio area, and beyond.