We are happy to announce that we are expecting our third baby! As I reflect upon what I would like to remember most about my own newborn upon their arrival, I can’t help but wonder if other parents wish for the same memories?
We are surrounded by images that are photoshopped beyond “perfection” – or are they? How do you want your babies skin to appear? Perfectly smooth with no sign of those precious details of the first blissful weeks – a few flakes of skin, birthmarks, the tiny milia that cover the nose, the tiny hairs covering their skin, or even those dark belly buttons before they completely heal. These are the details I want to remember; not an over processed image where my baby is plastic like in appearance.
I recently received a catalog “Bounce” that seems to also reject the notion of our obsession with perfection in our images. According to the publication, “It is the knowledge that real beauty is the sum of all our perfect imperfections…..it is a commitment to the fact that real is a kind of beauty that never goes out of style.” I couldn’t have said this better myself.
I recall not long ago, I had a customer in the studio with a newborn with a prominent birthmark on their face. I had asked the family if they wished for the birthmark to be removed in post processing which they did request. Upon completion of editing the images, the mom viewed the gallery and burst into tears. This is not uncommon; however, this time they were not happy tears. She said – this is not my baby!!! We started from scratch with those images and this time the birthmark remained and was a testament to the true beauty of their baby girl and the second time there were tears of joy as she viewed her gallery.
Before you schedule a newborn session, think about what is truly important to you? Sure props and composite images are popular now but will they last the test of time! My greatest joy as a photographer is when a client requests just “pure baby” – on some organic, neutral colors in their natural state. Do I offer the composites and photoshopping – yes, I just ask that clients ponder that babies are not dolls or props – they are little human beings that are more beautiful in their own delicate presentation – without any editing necessary!