I am going to be 34 years old in a few days time. I thought we may as well get it out of the way, to avoid the delusion that this post is going to be about healthy living and getting enough sleep and vitamins. I am old enough to realise this is most likely not going to happen. Neither am I going to reactivate my gym membership.
As I nail my second plate of pierogi (traditional polish dumplings, come stuffed with meat, cheese or fruit, amazing stuff), on the 41st floor of Warsaw’s Intercontinental Hotel*, I ponder. The end of the year is upon us, but somehow it doesn’t feel like a new beginning. It doesn’t feel as though there should be some major changes happening from the first of January. I have given up on the miracle lifestyle changes and diet shifts. My occasional presence at a yoga class is always heavily facebooked, so that I actually believe I am exercising. This will have to suffice. Life is actually pretty ok.
I first got contacted by my lovely models’ mom, Sinead, a while back. She enquired about a cake smash session for her 3 beautiful girls: Daisy, Poppy and Posey. I was over the moon, as I had never photographed triplets, not to mention three girls! I got even more excited, when I had a sneak peek at Sinead’s facebook profile. Her girls were adorable! I couldn’t wait for the session! I replied back with my session availability.
Over the last year I have been privileged to follow my models from their first, newborn photos, when they could still easily fit in my hand, throughout their milestones, when they could sit up unsupported, up to their first birthday photos, when they were happy to crawl away at the speed of light (some even walk!) and cover me and my camera with their birthday cake, whilst giggling like mad.
This year has seen my work evolve and follow a bit more of a creative path. I recently posted a few images that are very different from my usual style. I love black and white and simple, classic and timeless photography, not too posed, focused solely on your baby, but I had a feeling it was time to shake things up a little, and that’s why I created a few composites.
This time last year I posted on my Facebook a small, shy, status update, asking whether anyone knows of any expecting mums or any newborn babies that were born very recently. I was fresh from my training with Russ Jackson, and I felt ready to take my hobby to the next level. I wanted to become a professional newborn photographer.
I wrote this blog post when pregnant with my first baby: Eva. It only made it to my personal blog, and I stumbled upon it today (my little one is 1.5 years old now). It was originally dedicated to my husband, who couldn’t wait to prove me wrong and show me how hard parenting can be. It’s only partially a tongue-in-cheek bit. Half of those thoughts are my actual beliefs from 2014. Enjoy.
I love the idea of a glass of a wine and putting your feet up after a long day. In winter it would be a cup of cocoa and some cookies, whilst snuggled up with your other half / your cat / dog / magazine, you name it. Relaxing sounds lovely, except for a small detail. Since having a baby, somehow I have lost the ability to relax. Come to think of it, it’s quite possible I’ve never possessed it.
Just like with every profession, there are people out there that will inspire your work, make you want to say: “wow” and give you goosebumps. Newborn photography is not any different, so today I’d like to share with you two of my favourite newborn photographers that inspire me. There are many more, but these two are very different, with distinctive style and masses of followers. They are artists, capturing those precious first moments of babies lives and freezing them for us forever. It’s utterly selfish to keep them all to myself, so I decided to let you into their world, to be amazed and fall in love with their creations.