The Rivera family were nothing short of a joy to work with. From our very first Instagram messages to when I left the photo shoot which we held at their beautiful home, I was thankful to be able to photograph their sweet daughter, Lydia. In these photos, Lydia was only 3 1/2 days old, with a full head of hair, and already a natural model. She slept (or at least stayed very calm) throughout almost the whole session, but there’s one photo of her crying that I couldn’t resist to put into the collection because even that was cute.
Some of my favorite photos from this session include Lydia holding her mom’s fingers, her brother leaning down to kiss her, and the family photos where you can clearly see that everyone is already smitten with the newest addition to their family. Lydia’s grandmother was there for our shoot as well, and we got a 3 generation shot of her grandmother and mother adoring her.
One thing I always try to do in my photography is focus on the details, because details inherently tell great stories in the most genuine way. I love that with photos, I can capture an image of the details of a certain moment in time, and preserve not only those details, but the emotion and the feeling of those moments for years and years to come as well. In newborn sessions, I try to focus on two kinds of details: 1. the details that make them who they are and that will probably last their whole life (profile, eyes, little mannerisms or faces they make that they will continue to do as they get older) and 2. the details that will be gone very soon since babies change and grow so quickly (the smallness of their hands and feet, chubby cheeks, their feet crossed around each other). I tried to capture the sweet, comfortable mood of our photo shoot through these details in Lydia’s newborn photos below. Enjoy!