noun | ser-ren-dip-i-ty: Luck that takes the form of finding valuable or pleasant things that are not looked for
I think that’s the perfect word to describe the capture of this first image from a pre-Christmas session here in my NW Pearland newborn photography studio.
Toddlers in newborn sessions are almost always the wildcard. And by wildcard, I mean busy little people … shy little people … scared little people … and, yes, sometimes wild little people. After all, a new baby has invaded their lives and taken attention away from them – something the 3-and-under-crowd is either quite curious about or incredibly frustrated by. Add to that the fact that a stranger behind a large camera is gently coaxing them to sit, lie down, kiss, snuggle and a host of other things designed to safely capture those first professional sibling shots … and you have a largely unpredictable situation. While we have time-tested tricks up our sleeves in the form of Photoshop composites, songs and bribery, photographing toddlers and preschoolers with new babies truly requires the greatest degree of skill and patience so as not to overwhelm big brother/sister. And timing is everything – both for the toddler and baby. Sometimes timing during a newborn session syncs up perfectly; other times, it doesn’t.
If baby is sleeping soundly, sibling shots are more easily achieved because I can photograph baby in a basket or other stationary prop and then safely add a sibling in the same set with sleeping baby OR work mad Photoshop skills to merge an image of the toddler alone in the same set with an image of baby alone to create one “together” image. However, if baby is wide awake and wiggly but not fussing or rooting to nurse, I typically swaddle tightly and go with it.
And sometimes baby has another idea altogether … breaks out of the swaddle, looks right up at the camera and smiles at the exact same time big sis is smiling. At.the.camera.
You just don’t get more serendipitous than this. Still pinching myself.
Meet Sweet Kenna and her proud family: