Boise Newborn Photography
The first baby.
The moment that “I” becomes shockingly unimportant, because we live for another. Our own needs set willingly aside for those of the most perfect, fragile, awe-inspiring person we could ever have dreamt up.
Parts of it are hellish. The nights spent waking endlessly. Tiredness to the point of hallucinating. Pain from birth. Pain from breastfeeding. Fear of all the ways we could mess it up dangerously.
But more of it is heaven. The smell of a downy head. Every coo and grunt and smile. Being transformed by a new love like nothing we thought possible. Taking part in a work as old as humanity itself – raising a new generation – stepping back to put another first.
It’s just as miraculous every time after, but that first baby is, quite simply, utterly transformative.
You may be considering newborn photos, but feel nervous about how your session might go, especially if you have a toddler who loves to run wild or is seriously shy or just has a short attention span. And every mama knows that those first few weeks postpartum are not ones where it is easy to love our changing bodies, despite the fact that we know we should and that they’ve just taken part in a miracle.
But truly, if I could tell you one thing, it’s to put aside your worries and preserve these precious, fleeting days. If you could see behind the scenes, you’d know that 9 out of 10 toddlers is completely nuts – some won’t look at me, some throw fits, some hit their baby siblings, and some simply run away… but you’d never know that from the photos we get. Or you’d see that nearly every mother I photograph is struggling with her self-esteem so soon after giving birth (which is not helped by lack of sleep and undergoing a major life transition) – but each mother is stunningly beautiful and photographing her is an honor. Or you’d see that houses are messy because parents are busy tending to every other more important thing than cleaning, like enjoying every second out of this new life and stealing every moment of sleep possible. It’s rarely a smooth transition, rarely a smooth session, but it’s always, always, always perfect.
These days don’t last, and each one that passes is gone for good. I would absolutely love to make some treasured memories with you and your family! My process is always simple, stress-free, and more rewarding than you even imagine right now. If you’d like more information, you can send me a note and I’ll get back to you within 48 hours. In the meantime, browse my portfolio to see more of what I offer, or read a little about me to learn about why I believe so strongly in what I do. Thanks for stopping by!
Hannah Mann // Boise Newborn Photography