I pretty much always love my job. Photography floats my boat. The challenge and joy of getting people to trust me, relax and show the very best of themselves never fails to make me tingle. But there's something extra special about shooting newborns (that sounds wrong huh?). They're a little miracle all by themselves. All wrinkled like the petals of a new poppy. They blink at you with shiny, unfocused eyes. They yell like air raid sirens for more milk, or for a nappy change, or because it's Tuesday (I don't know here - it's obviously tough being a baby). And they fall asleep, warm and sweet-smelling on your chest, lulled by the comforting thump thump of your heartbeat. Soon they'll be sitting up and getting involved with the world, but for two or three precious weeks they're this tiny little bundle of raw, magical potential.
Amy, Jack and I did a bump shoot when they were at 6 months, and had an awful lot of fun striding round fields in wellies with their very cuddly and enormous Spinone, Bobby (less of a fur-ball than a fur-barge) and giggling over indoor shots. By the by, some of the pics are on my FB page here: http://tinyurl.com/mariposa-amyandjack ... so when we agreed I'd come back when Oscar was just 2 weeks' new I got all excited and packed my cameras, my lenses, and a whole change of clothing (yeah, newborns dribble and puke milk a lot too. I got caught out once.... never, ever again).
And we had a lovely time! Oscar was in the middle of a mega growth spurt (by the length of his legs he's going to be 6 foot tall by the time he's 2) which meant FEEDING. But hey-ho. We stopped every 10 minutes and the afternoon was filled with cuddles and photos and more cuddles. Amy and Jack have made a house and a life full of love. Can't wait for the next session!
What a soppy plonker I am. Here's a link to the gallery http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/oscarcornelius and below are some of my faves from our shoot. Hope you enjoy them too...