Liam Henry Vickery

As most of you know, I was able to photograph Liam’s birth in April, which you can read about here. One thing I love about photographing births is the potential for newborn sessions – I get to see the baby a week or so later and they always look completely different to me. With him coming a week early, Hannah and I had to adjust the original scheduled session for an earlier date. I walked into their beautiful home – which was partially renovated by handyman husband Austin – and grandma was spending special time with Liam before we started our shoot.

This baby boy is a doll, with all his cute tiny baby details and stick-straight dark hair. He gets that from his mom. For the most part he was fairly content, only needing a small feeding and some cuddles to keep him relaxed and in a slumber. I loved the simplicity of Hannah’s style, an obvious reflection in these newborn images. We simply put a swaddle around him and they had one special outfit they wanted to capture, along with some family shots.ย  I love detail shots, especially the nose. I always make it a point to photograph it, but I can’t seem to figure out what draws me that direction.

I held Liam for just a few precious moments, and then it happened. He pooped on me. Yes, that stuff dribbled right from his behind onto my sweatshirt. The expressions on Hannah’s and Austin’s faces were priceless, and I wish I could’ve captured that moment on camera. It was one of those “we see it but can’t stop it” looks. It didn’t bother me…after all he can’t tell us when he’s pooping. And while that has never happened to me before, even with six nieces and nephews, babies tend to poop or pee at almost every newborn session I do. And they need to be fed. Or held. Or have a diaper change.

Moms, this is for you: don’t ever stress about how your baby is doing during their photos. I’ve had so many moms apologize during baby’s session about having to stop to feed them, or change a dirty diaper, or just when the baby is fussy. This is completely expected and planned for, so if you are concerned about the fact that it took over two hours to take a handful of photos, you can be confident in the fact that I am not concerned about it, so you don’t need to be either – it is completely normal. As a photographer, my main priority for newborn sessions is to make sure that baby is comfortable, always. If that means holding them for twenty minutes until they fall asleep, doing an entire feeding, changing a diaper, burping, or whatever they need, then do it. A content baby is the best baby.

Look at that smile! Sometimes these sweet smiles make their debut for only a moment, so you have to be ready.

  1. Barbara (Grandma)

    May 30th, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    What can I say? I am so tired tears could flow at any moment but, I just had to read this. Plain and simple I LOVE your writing. I have no trouble getting a mental image…the poop image is hilarious!๐Ÿ˜‚
    As usual the pictures are precious…such a talent for capturing the right moment. I know there may be a little bias here, but I really donโ€™t think so. YOU ARE AWESOME!

  2. Rachel Williams

    May 31st, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

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