Back on October 22nd, I flew to New York for my first “Destination Newborn” session to photograph Gannon. He was born a week earlier on October 15th. He was so wee and tiny at 7lbs, 3 ounces. So precious!
Yes, I flew to New York for a newborn session. Gannon’s father, Chris, has been friends with my husband since they were in high school. Back in May when I visited New York City, I made a point of having breakfast with Chris & Cari, his wife, and they commented on how they wished I lived up there so I could photograph their baby when he or she was born. I pointed out that flying me to New York was probably less expensive than a New York City photographer’s rates, and thanks to Kayla I would most likely have a place to stay in the city while I visited – so I was game! As soon as he was born, I booked my flight and 8 days later we spent the better part of the day together capturing some fantastic memories!
Hopefully, we can do it again in the coming months – and since we won’t be depending on timing it to his birth next time, I’ll be booking additional sessions while I am up there. Let me know if you want to get together the next time I’m up in the Big Apple!
I really like to try to get perspective photos – he was so tiny, so frail almost, it was amazing to see the size of his hands compared to his father’s.
After I took this, Chris informed me that he always sleeps with his hands up in the air like this. So cute!
With his father’s wedding ring.
The view from the rooftop of his first home. I went up there at the end of our session, just to get some city shots to wrap up the day. When I came down, I spotted this…
Chris’s brother, Scott, had sent over this really cool book that went through each letter of Gannon’s name and talked about what made his name special and why all the animals in the jungle were celebrating his birth. Chris was reading the book to Gannon & Cari as I walked in, and I had to capture these candid shots — it was the first of countless books that they will read together as a family. (Seriously. Made me cry a little bit.)
I think this last one is my favorite photo of the day, but it is hard to decide! I spotted this quote earlier today that sums up for me why I love and adore that last photo.
The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new. – Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh