I’ve been contemplating for a while which post should come next….
I have so much I want to share with y’all and after a great conversation with an old photographer friend who is having TONS of success in the wedding photography industry over in Hawai’i, I really realized just how important sharing my work really is!!!
I’d *love* to share more with you on Ayla’s birth as well as her newborn shoot, but first up, I want to show you all of the adorableness that came out of Marianne’s newborn shoot!!
Addie and I had high hopes of doing a follow-up maternity shoot to her quick mini session that would include her husband, Steve. But Marianne had different plans for us when she decided to make her debut a month early! It was a bitter sweet moment for me when I heard that she’d already arrived. On one hand, I was a little bummed that we wouldn’t get another chance to shoot Addie pregnant again, but on the other hand, this meant that I got to do their newborn shoot even sooner!!!!
When I arrived at their house, Marianne was sleeping soundly in her grandma’s arms while Addie and Steve finished getting ready. I scouted out the best lighting in their house and set up shop ie: getting the heater on blast so that little baby M would be most comfortable. The Elsbecker’s have the most gorgeous house so it was hard for me to decide where to start and what rooms would ultimately not make the cut. My good friend (and fellow ATX photographer) Angela let me borrow some of her newborn props for the shoot, but more than anything, her works has been inspiring me to shoot in a more natural/documentary style. I aimed my camera with my best attempt at shooting this new family of 3 (plus 1 fur baby) in their most natural state in their own home.
Now, you’ve probably already seen my maternity shoot with Addie, so you already know she’s S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G. Addie told me her husband was handsome and even showed me pictures, but good lord! These two are like straight up models!! Hands down one of the most attractive couples I’ve had the pleasure of shooting. Not a single bad photo from this family!
About a day or two before our shoot, somehow while perusing Facebook, I stumbled upon the video that Addie had uploaded of her telling Steve that she was pregnant. The moment he realized what was going on, he burst into tears of joy. It was so sweet to watch. According to Addie, that was pretty much the way the entire pregnancy went… Steve being the more emotional one, him having more cravings, etc. HA! So it’s not at all to say that Addie wasn’t totally basking in the joy of her new motherhood, but man, Steve. Awe. The sweetness! Both of their love for Marianne was undeniable, I think there’s just something a little extra sweet when you see a big strong man being melted by a little 6 pound pink burrito.
It’s not all that often that I shoot newborns, so there’s always a little bit of nervousness that underlies the entire shoot for me. Thankfully, beyond pooping and peeing on just about everything we put her in, Marianne was the perfect newborn model. She slept through hours of shooting, being put in different positions.
I asked Addie before I arrived if there was anything in particular that she wanted to use for the shoot and her only request was to bring the floral crown that she wore in her maternity photos. I immediately loved the idea but to be honest, I was slightly nervous about how I would pull off incorporating something that fit on an adult with this tiny little human. To my absolute surprise (and joy) the crown very easily wrapped in half making it the perfect size to fit on her adorable little head.
Addie also asked if we could somehow use her veil from her wedding- YES! Love stuff like this! The more sentimental, the better if you ask me!
Their fur baby, Jackson followed us everywhere we went. It was incredibly sweet to watch him interact with the newborn as her protector. Addie told me sweet stories about how clingy and protective of her Jackson was throughout her pregnancy and especially on the morning of baby M’s birth. It just amazes me how smart dogs are!
Even though I’d only met Addie by complete accident a few weeks prior, I felt so at home with this family. We all have ties to Arizona (both Steve and I hail from the state and that is where the two of them met: in college at the U of A) so that was fun to talk about and have in common. Addie was a professional dancer as mentioned in her maternity shoot blog, so that was always a hot topic of conversation that I would continually bring up due to burning curiosity (and maybe a little jealousy).
Elsbecker’s, thank you SO much for hiring me to do your newborn photos. It was such an honor and a treat for me! I know you have hopes of having a large family so please, keep me in mind when the next one comes along or if you just want to document the milestones that Marianne passes. You were so easy and laid back to work with, a dream for any photographer!
If you or anyone you know in the Austin, TX area is expecting, please contact me for rates and availability: firstname.lastname@example.org