People told me that I would feel different photographing newborns and children once I became a mother. Since I would see the world differently, I would naturally look through my lens and see things in an entire new light. I was excited about this idea for many reasons, one being that I would continue to be challenged and expand my learning. I'm a firm believer that connecting to your clients on a personal level completely changes the game. It's part of the reason I love photography, you connect with individuals and you can have a part in telling their story. Maybe that is towing the line of corniness, but it's true.
So, although we are still weeks away from meeting this wee one, I must say, those people were correct. I hold these sweet newborn, sing songs with their siblings to get them to smile, and make cooing noises to calm a fusy baby...and it all hits home. Right in the gut, and right in the heart. I think, "this is going to be our life," in the most humbling, exciting and (slightly) terrifying way. Maybe it's the pregnancy hormones or some of that motherly intuition that is beginning to set in...but I look through a single lens and see this entire new world before me. It makes me strive and push myself for even better photographs, because I can better comprehend how these precious moments just mean so.darn.much.