As a photographer who works almost exclusively capturing women’s journeys, I always recommend a professional photo shoot to mother’s when their babe is between 6 and 9 months. It’s the period of time when your baby becomes more of a person, and reaches that adorable milestone of sitting up unassisted (at least for a minute or two!). So when my Little Gem surprised me and sat herself up in the crib a couple weeks ago I knew it was time to book our shoot. Also crucial to this timing is this window of sitting and engaging but not crawling yet! I called my colleague Alex Kroke for the photography session, and my one woman glam squad Jenna Drudi to do our hair prior, then we were good to go!
I’m lucky enough to have Jenna come over and cut/color my hair every couple of months. Prior to having a baby this was a fun treat but right now it’s a complete and utter necessity. My life with Gemma is packed, as I continue to balance shooting and time spent with her, I don’t want to spend half a day running around town getting my hair done. This was a special glam session because Gemma was going to get her signature shag cleaned up for the first time!
Here she is telling Jenna not to take too much off, she’s trying to grow it in. We’ve all been there.
I feel like Gemma hits a new milestone weekly which is why this first year with her is so exciting for me. The fact that she’s sitting on her own is the one she’s been most excited about so far, imagine the entirely new perspective after being flat on your back for your entire existence!
My personal favorite milestone she’s reached is the fact that she’s able to get her binky back in her mouth independently, you go girl!
Mommy and Me
I also wanted to get some special pictures of the two of us, I’m always the one taking the pictures and I want to have this sweet time of deep connection for us to vividly remember.
Timing Is Everything
This girl is about to launch! I see her prepping to crawl by rocking back and forth on her knees and also practicing sitting up all the live long day. All babies develop at different rates but when your baby sits unassisted, even if only for 30 seconds, start to plan this shoot. There’s a window before mobility starts that will enable you to get outstanding images of this idillic time. Feel free to contact me here or in the comments below for the most important shoots to book, I can’t wait to hear from you and meet your babes!