Details

The most favorite part of a photo session for me is not just capturing authentic moments for families. I absolutely love photographing all the details of the environment during a shoot. Details tell the story. That's the business I feel like we photographers are in; birth photographers for sure are storytellers. We don't just capture images so you can remember what you look like at a certain moment in time. At least I don't think that's what we do. Birth photographers tell stories with pictures. So do many other genres of photography.


The details. What are the details of a session? Think of the details as little pieces of a puzzle that create the picture. For me, in a labor room the details are a lot of the different equipment or a close up shot of just the soon to be parents' hands. I once took a picture of the foot of the bed in the labor room. The sheet and blanket were just hanging off the corner. For some reason it just felt like I needed to capture it. During a labor and deliver things are so busy and people's emotions run very high. It can be very overwhelming. Whether you're the person there to photograph the even, the momma's support person, and especially the mom herself. I can't say how many times a momma has told me after viewing her gallery, she doesn't remember half of the things displayed in her images. The moment the nurse says "let me call the doc, you're complete and it's time to push" is when everything goes blank. There is movement everywhere in the room as they prep for delivery. Everything happens so fast.


But, the camera captures everything.


The clock, it documents the time. The baby warmer, ready to receive that brand new little life. The receiving blankets, the little striped knit hats, the stethoscope, and the thermometer. The nurses, everyone has a specific job during delivery. Details. All of these things are details. And even though they are routine and the same for every delivery, they are unique to every family. Once the baby arrives it's all about the bracelets, the chord cutting, the tiny toes and tiny fingers. Tears and smiles. All of those things are details. The books created with birth story images that include all the detail shots are priceless. They literally tell the story of that little's arrival.


Now, birth stories aren't the only sessions that details can be captured. Once you move on to the next stage of growth you still want to capture all those things . . .

Tiny toes & tiny fingers . . .

I just can't get enough of those baby details. When you shoot with me you always end up with pictures of the things that in the end make up a baby. What do I mean when I say that? Well, check out the pix from some of my galleries below. The toes, feet, fingers, hands, nose, lips, lashes, the crown of the baby's head, and the hair that covers their tiny little body (usually best captured on the curve of their shoulder). When you look at your 18 year old as they load up their car and head for college . . . you'll remember because you can see how much these features have changed but still look the same. And we'll have a good cry, lol!!!

Their things . . .

We can't forget the nursery. The things we have gathered just for them to feel comfortable. Things that document that this is their space. Things that are special because they were used by another family member from a long time ago or things that are custom made, just for them.

So you see . . .


I'll finish off this blog today and tell you: THE DETAILS ARE EVERYTHING!