26 January 2016

Welcoming Felicity Claire: Family Photos at Home

Time is fleeting. Albeit cliché, I realize that now more than ever. As a photographer, it's easy to allow the documentation of my own life fall to the wayside because I'm constantly doing it for others. The iPhone is a wonderful tool, and one I am grateful to own: I use it daily to capture photos of my daughter. That being said, I knew I wanted to have professional photographs taken to commemorate her arrival earth-side. I recognize the value in tangibly preserving memories. I never want to forget how she clings to my hair when I wear it down, or the multitude of funny faces she makes in under a single minute, or the way my heart feels like it's beating out of my chest when I'm lying next to my husband with Felicity kicking her tiny legs between us in bed. I try and pull out my "big" camera when I can, but on a day-to-day basis, when I'm otherwise preoccupied with wiping spit-up off the couch and rocking her to sleep, the camera sits collecting dust on the closet shelf. One of my goals this year is to consciously make the effort to bring it out more, because I know I'll want those photos later.

Which brings me to these photos, and how they are everything and more to me. I didn't think twice before booking Nicki Sebastian. I'm a long-time admirer of her work and how she captures human connection in a fun, playful and natural way. My vision for the session was simple: I hoped to retain a handful of images depicting our family at this monumental time in our lives--no fancy props, outfits or posing--just us and our togetherness.

Needless to say, I am absolutely thrilled with how these turned out and beyond excited to share a selection of favorites with you. Nicki, thank you, thank you, thank you! You are a true talent and a gem of a human being--a rockstar in my book--and I will treasure these images forever and always.

[Photos taken on Wednesday, January 6, 2016. Our sweet Felicity Claire was three weeks & two days young. 

Copyright: Nicki Sebastian Photography, who just relocated to Los Angeles from Brooklyn. 
Southern Californians: hire her!]

23 January 2016

Five Minutes With a Five-Week-Old: A Photo Story

In which I present our Saturday morning wake-up...

...Hello there!

What's this? You want to take my picture?

 Mom, please. I just woke up. I need to put my face on.

Back the eff up. I'm not playing around.

Seriously? I will fight you.

 Okay fineeeee. I'll give you a shot.

Oh alright, here's another one.

I guess I can smile. Wait for it.

Aha! There it is.

Yeah, I know I'm cute. Get that close-up.

Workin' it.

Oh this is too much fun! Here's my funny face.

Make sure you get a natural one. Wouldn't want anyone to think I'm trying too hard.

What's that? Daddy's finger!

I like fingers. I'll show you my trick.

 I grabbed it! So pleased with myself.

You're leaving now?

Not before Daddy comes back in for a nose tickle and almost drops the iPad on my head.

We finished now? Good. Back to sleep.

The end.


Post Script
(two hours later):

No I absolutely do not want to sit here. I want more milk. Now! Why aren't you listening to me!?

Over and out. This time snuggled in my favorite spot...Mom's arms.

The end. (For real).