All three of my girls as babies were bald or sported awkwardly hilarious hairstyles. My oldest had some sort of strange toupe thing going on for the first year of her life. My second was bald pretty well up until her second birthday. And my third, while she could have a gorgeous head of hair if she wanted, seems obsessed with taking scissors to her hair on a weekly basis, so I'm used to people just commenting on "what a cute little boy" she is.
Not that I disliked my babies' hair. I found them to be perfectly adorable with their bare little noggins and peach-fuzzy heads. But I would be lying if I didn't feel a twinge of jealousy when I see a newborn baby wearing a beautiful mane of hair that makes ME self-conscious about the thickness of my own ponytails.
Imagine my surprise when this baby girl showed up to my studio... that hair!
This is sweet baby Harlow. Her momma booked her newborn session last summer to call dibs on a spot for her and her seventh (yes, seventh!) member of the family (5 kids!)
I melted where I stood when this sweet little peanut was revealed to me for the first time. Oh, that wonderful duck-fluff hair! I could NOT get enough!
And as if she wasn't already perfect, she was so relaxed and completely let me do pretty well whatever I wanted to during her entire session. Wrapped like a potato, sleeping in a bucket, you name it. She was perfectly happy, and I have fallen absolutely in love.
Yellow is one of the most under-rated colours; it's one of my favourites for Newborn Sessions!
During our session, Mom was joking with me about how she has hardly held the baby since Harlow was born. With four older and very excited siblings at home, baby Harlow is very well loved and constantly doted upon. How adorable is that?!
My husband and I are done having babies, but I can't help but wonder if we decided to have another how our three girls would react to a new baby. My husband often rolls his eyes when I mention it, and usually, it just takes a tantrum or two for me to appreciate the stage of life we are at now (ha) but. I would be lying if I said the urge for a newborn wasn't overwhelming at times. I mean, I love babies. Obviously.
I mean, who wouldn't want to snuggle a newborn baby for hours on end??
I love the variety of poses and setups that we were able to accomplish to make this session a very huge success. I have to give props to Mom & Dad for the fact that even with kiddo #5 they may Newborn Portraits a priority. I am biased, but I personally find photos to be so, so precious. I remember as a child, I was completely enthralled and mesmerized by the talents of Anne Geddes. I always found it remarkable and so beautiful the way she photographed babies and newborns, and I always thought to myself how much I'd love to HAVE photos like that one day.
That was long ago (back in the 90s if I am thinking correctly - my brain is not what it used to be) and the photography industry and technological advancements have made the portrait world a very different and nothing-short-of-amazing place. But I still hold onto that feeling of flipping through a book of Anne Geddes photos or gazing at a portrait by her at our Family Doctor's office and studying the fine details that just made that photograph what it was: beautiful. Unique. Special.
Your Photos Are Unique To You, & I Think That's Beautiful.
Seriously... pose upon pose... this gallery is massive! Harlow, you made it so hard to pick!
She opened her eyes just once to take a look around, but she didn't make a peep the entire time.
I had such a wonderful time working with this gorgeous family and I am so thankful for the honour in documenting and capturing this milestone in all of their lives. I imagine them years from now looking through their photos, and commenting on how tiny Harlow was, how young they all looked, and on and on. I know for my family, we often love looking at "old" photos. We are a young family, so "old" to us is only about 6 years right now, but the number of changes that have happened between now and then in our children and even my husband and I is really quite incredible.
When you live life day by day, you don't see all those changes. But when you take a journey back and reminisce, it really neat to see just how much your life has changed along with the people in it.
And seriously, doesn't Mom look amazing?
To the Matchett Family, thank you so much for being an incredible bunch. It was truly a great honour in meeting and photographing you all, and I had an absolute blast planning, shooting and editing your sessions!
A beautiful family. I am so lucky to have met them in my life. :)