Highs and Lows of Life with a Newborn

I wanted to hear about the most rewarding and most difficult parts of having a newborn. I pick up little tidbits at every newborn shoot, but it’s wonderful just to have a little insight from my community.

Straight from the Aloha Zo community:

Most difficult:

  • Not being able to instantly stop them crying

  • SLEEP DEPRIVATION

  • (from big brother) Changing his diaper!

  • Getting home from the hospital and thinking, “What do I do now?”

  • The sleep deprivation and the crying. So. Much. Crying!

  • Having to inhale your food when you get the chance

  • The lack of freedom—to be alone, shower or eat

  • To do anything on your own schedule

Don’t worry! Although I like knowing realistic, don’t worry. I like to end on a high note. The goodness that make all the sleep deprivation worth while...

Most Rewarding:

  • Watching them start to interact with you and the things around them

  • (from big brother) playing with him!

  • THAT NEWBORN SMELL!! And their sleepy snuggles

  • The snuggles and the pure joy

  • Looking at this tiny human you and your partner created out of love. awwwww…

  • The slowing down, rioting into what really matters, and letting all else fade

  • The constant connection and contact

  • The love you feel for your baby is unlike any other. You’re immediately happy when you look at him

Thanks for sharing friends. I’d love to hear what else you have to share. Feel free to share in the comments. And of course I’ve got to share some of my favorites from the newborn shoots in the past year.

When it Rains for Your Family Photos

First things first--I had to be sure to protect my camera. Of course! My mind instantly went to those ridiculous umbrella hats. I still kind of want to get one... But after searching amazon, I found this camera cover from Altura. I don't shoot on a tripod, because I move too much, but this rain cover worked pretty well. I sealed in one hand and used my other to adjust the over over my lens when necessary. 

Let me say, rain and wind with your baby is tough. And when I say your baby, I mean my baby--my camera. I'm not funny, I know. But honestly, it was quite an experience. I'm so glad this family was willing though, because these shots were one-of-a-kind. I absolutely loved the falling rain caught in action. 

Here are a few of my favorites:

Baring Your Beachy Bump

I find that so many women are uncomfortable to show their bump off, let alone shimmy it around in a bikini. And rightfully so, your body feels like it's been taken over by someone else. My favorite quote was Rachel from friends:

Joey: "How does it feel?"

Rachel: "It feels like I ate a meatball sub and that meatball sub is kicking me." 

But there's something so strong about pregnant women. I think I'm just in awe of how you've completely given your body to a tiny human you haven't met yet, but you love so much. I can't say I've experienced this first-hand, but I just see it--the selfless, patient love. It's there long before your baby is born. 

And I think why I love maternity sessions so much is because I love making mothers feel beautiful. It is so rewarding for me to give just a fraction of that love back. So to my new cousin Tara, thank you for bumpin' around in your bikini. You're just the cutest and I can't wait to meet your little girl. 

 

 

Adventures in Hawaii with a Teething baby

It was a goal of mine to travel more after I got married. I feel as though I had a great college experience, but I stayed close to home. I commuted and I'm so blessed that my parents and I worked our tails off to keep me away from debt. Wouldn't change a thing. 

BUT, then I hustled right into trying every job I could for a good three years out of college. So now, it's where to? How lucky am I that I get to work literally anywhere I want? First stop? Of course, Hawaii. I'm so stoked my sister from another mister (the best SIL in the world) was able to come with me and make this trip unforgettable. She came with me and assisted/navigated/fed/modeled for me for 5 days with a teething 6-month old attached to her.

Naturally, I got some great shots of them on our adventures. There were so many, but here were my favorites: