Sometimes I have to pinch myself just to make sure I’m not dreaming. Our daughter recently turned ONE, and yet becoming her Momma still feels so surreal at times. In large part I imagine because although parenthood was always part of “the plan,” over the years the Universe certainly had taken us on several detours to get here. Now that a year has passed, I still find myself reflecting back on this past year: the sleepless nights, my weakened nerves, but in all seriousness – also many of the happiest moments and most amazing days I couldn’t possibly have dreamt of… easily the best year of my life – the first year of Arran’s life! At the risk of sounding cliché, it really does seem as if it were yesterday I held her for the first time. Looking back at Arran’s newborn photos I am thankful to have such a momentous time in our lives documented so beautifully, which is why capturing another important milestone of memories we could forever cherish was so important to us!
To say we were thrilled with the turnout of our hospital newborn photo shoot is an understatement. I had labored for a day and a half, so the thought of being photographed ~48hrs after the arrival of our daughter wasn’t exactly something I was looking forward to. And yet, Bella Baby Photography somehow made me feel beautiful, along with having captured the early hours of excitement as first-time parents. So when the opportunity arose to yet again work with Bella Baby Photography for Arran’s one-year photo shoot, we jumped at the chance! We even chose to incorporate the same receiving blanket she had been swaddled in for some of her newborn photos into the present day pictures, a great reminder of how little she was at birth and how far we’ve come on this journey as parents.
Quality professional baby photography makes the mementos of such an important time in your lives, something you will want to savor in the years ahead.
If you live in the Chicagoland area, I highly recommend hiring Bella Baby not only for baby milestone professional pictures, but also your family photography needs!
Our photographer Kimberli and I had several exchanges leading up to the big day, which was scheduled ~3weeks after Arran’s official birthday. Everything was planned: from what time of day would be most ideal, to what Arran would wear, to where we would shoot… and then the Universe decided to take us on another detour. The day before Arran’s shoot, she came down with Coxsackie Virus (a.k.a. hand, foot, and mouth disease). I immediately phoned our photographer, who was both incredibly understanding and also (luckily for us) willing to reschedule. It was apparent that Kimberli was by no means new to the challenges that photographing kids can bring, being both a seasoned photographer and a Momma herself (of multiples, nonetheless). And even though I had not met Kimberli at this point, instinctually I knew I wanted to work with her – even if it meant waiting until her schedule opened up after a few more weeks… and my hunch was right, I am so happy we had the opportunity to work with Kimberli.
Photographing babies/kids is no easy task They rarely want to sit still, sometimes they’re cranky – at least as was the case with our daughter on the day of her shoot. But guess what? When you’re working with an experienced baby/kid photographer, such as Kimberli, its important they are considerate of the child’s temperament – knowing just the right times to change poses, swap in a parent, etc. to keep everyone happy.
Keep it real Not once did Kimberli “say cheese” to Arran and in doing so she was able to photograph our child in a very raw manner, such that it never felt forced or fake. She captured true authentic connections of our family, which ultimately allowed us to have fun and not be stressed. By creating a more relaxed environment, we were able to go with the flow as our daughter eventually opened up to a new face holding a somewhat intimidating piece of technology. Kids are perceptive, they sense when you’re overdoing it and aren’t acting like yourself… and they’ll respond in kind. I simply told myself to take a deep yogic breath and trust the process.
Let them be little Instead of trying to keep our daughter to a specific backdrop, Kimberli allowed her to explore: to touch the grass, crawl/walk around, or even hug Momma and Dada (if she got scared). In the moment I couldn't help but think: she’s not her usual smiley self, but as it turns out – the subject doesn’t have to be looking directly at the camera (or even facing the camera at all for that matter) for the image to tell a powerful story.
Thank you Bella Baby Photography and Kimberli Nelson for capturing two of the most important moments in our lives: our daughter's arrival and her 1st birthday!
Photographs taken on October 3rd, 2018 by Photography By Kimberli via Bella Baby Photography and on September 3rd, 2017 via Bella Baby Photography A one-year photo shoot was gifted in exchange for my honest review with Bella Baby Photography. All opinions are genuine and my own. In addition to receiving high quality downloads of our pictures on a zip drive that we can share and print, we also received a slideshow to download as well.