That's not the way I want to start out a session blog ever again. Particularly a newborn session blog.
But here we are!
So let me tell you why, in spite of Sarah's itchy legs, this was one of my all-time favorite sessions ever.
Usually newborn sessions are shot in my studio-room. I can control the light, there are no bugs...need I say that there is no poison ivy? However, COVID has made the world a strange and scary place, particularly for mommas of babies. Newborn shoots involve a lot of contact to get those cute squishy shots and even though I wear a mask and sanitize, it's a little too up close and personal for comfort for lots of people. But Sarah really wanted newborn photos and she really wanted the cute squishy ones that I have to get close for, so her suggestion was taking it all outside.
Now, even though I hadn't ever done a newborn session outside before, I absolutely could not wait. Natural light photography is my favorite and I am always trying to replicate natural light in my studio, so here was the opportunity to combine my two favorite things, natural light and newborns, and see where it took us.
I set up my poser in the backyard for the newborn portraits, but needed a spot for some of the others I had in mind and for the family shots. What better and closer place than the little pocket park just at the end of our alley?
Despite the fact that I have shot in that little park dozens of times, including my own family pictures, it seems I really never have except in spring and fall. And that makes a difference. Because, as it turns out, even if you stay on the path and don't go diving through the foliage, you can get poison ivy. As Sarah knows. Crouching down to help me spot baby during portrait shots has led to a very itchy week.
Thank goodness no one else was affected. Though Salvi was never anywhere near the foliage, we worried all week that some of the oil might have gotten on him. We seem to have dodged a bullet, but I learned a very important lesson about my favorite little area.
So it might seem like all of that would make for a bad experience, but I have to tell you that while that part really sucked, this session was magical. There were tons of mosquitos, we battled light, there was a poop explosion...and all of that before we even knew to be worried about poison ivy...but it was amazing! Salvatore Michael Cutrona III, sweet baby Salvi, was the most amazing sweet, squishy, content little luv. He was an absolute photographer's dream. And that face!!! That hair!!! I could spend every day photographing this little angel.
Without the poison ivy.
And, of course, none of it would have been possible without the awesome cooperation, help, and incredible understanding and good humor of Sarah and Sal. Not to mention my favorite helper ever, sweet Giana! Thank you, Cutronas, for giving me such an incredible session. I can't wait to take everything that I learned and bring that magic to another newborn session.