To say I love my job as a Chattanooga newborn photographer is an understatement. I love the sounds babies make and the way they smell. I love watching them startle reflexively and I love the little faces they make when they’re dreaming. I love their furry little bodies and their newness. I love their parents – their somehow stunning-despite-being-sleep-deprived mommas and their tired-but-swoony daddies. I love scared-but-excited big siblings. I love it all. But first-time parents have this spot in my heart that’s a little bigger. I love the wonder and the awe in their voices – that THEY ferried this little human safely into the world after a scant 40 weeks. I love that they are excited and nervous at the same time and eager and timid all at once. I love that they are less than two weeks into parenthood and have a lifetime of discovery ahead of them. I love that all of the amazing memories I have of being a parent for the first time – the milestone celebrations (however small!) and the triumphs of overcoming hurdles will become everything to them, just as they did for me and for the zillions of parents who walked before them. These sessions – sessions of first babies – just fill me with so. much. joy. So, I have to say a huge thank you to Dr. Wessels of Allied Pediatrics for referring this family to me! (If, by the way, you’re looking for a pediatrician in Chattanooga, Dr. Wessels is just a phenomenal choice. I cannot tell you how much I respect her!)
This little angel wasn’t super into sleeping at first. She fought like a champ, but we stuck her up against her mommy’s chest and let her breathe in the sweet scent of her mama and it didn’t take long before she was happily dreaming – peaceful and content.
I mean… Really? Does that not make you smile? Love. Just… love.
Oh baby girl, those lips. That little bit of dark hair. That creamy skin. I die. I just love how perfectly beautiful babies are.
On behalf of all parents, welcome to the club! Welcome to a journey that is exhilarating, exhausting, exasperating and exquisite. Welcome. I know you’re going to do a fabulous job! And thank you for letting me be a part of your first days!
Your Chattanooga Photographer (and cheerleader!)