When Connell was 5 days old, we had a photographer come to our house to take his newborn photos. I had no idea what to expect when I set up the appointment and I was really nervous about having anyone - let alone a stranger - come to my house when I'd only been home from the hospital for 36 hours. But Courtney was wonderful and the photo session was incredible to watch.
I should probably explain how I know Courtney. My sister, Kristin, is an extremely talented knitter. She creates adorable baby hats, blankets, and toys almost faster than I can blink. She sells her creation to photographers to use in their photo sessions. You can see some of the creative things she's made by visiting her Facebook page. Kristin met Courtney through her prop contacts and the rest, as they say, is history.
Back to the photo session. Courtney showed up exactly on time. Despite walking into a house full of people (my mother, sister, husband, three older kids, and my father were all there at different points during the shoot), Courtney managed to be unfazed by the chaos. Within a matter of minutes, she transformed the dining room into a photo studio. The room was warmed up with a space heater and a heating pad was tucked under blankets to keep my naked newborn comfortable and content. Of course, Connell wasn't quite cooperative, but we managed to work around that with the help of my mother and her well seasoned baby-bounce. (You don't have 3 children and 10 grandchildren with developing some serious tricks by this stage in the game.)
Now, anyone who knows me knows I'm a little bit of a
psychotic nutcase momma bear about my newborns. I don't generally just hand them over to someone I've just met. (Well, except nuns, but that's another story.) But here's the thing about Courtney: She exudes calm. And where there is calm, there is immediate trust. So I handed over my sweet bundle of baby boy and she got to work.
Throughout the session, I was amazed at how gentle she was with every move she made. She knew exactly how to position Connell so he would stay asleep and feel comfortable. His safety was her primary concern and I quickly relaxed and thoroughly enjoyed watching her as she worked.
As you can see, the results were beautiful and we'll enjoy these photos for many, many years. I loved them so much, in fact, that I bought the entire CD. I couldn't pick and choose. I've already used them to make photo ornaments and cards through Shutterfly. This was definitely worth the investment and I plan to do it again when he turns a year old... but I can't even think about that right now! He has to stay little for as long as he can.