So it was mere days ago when this mama called me up and asked if we could do newborn photos... and of course my answer was a resounding YES. Little miss was born just about two weeks ago, and it was time for photos!
But it's always a challenge these days... where should we do them?
During Covid-times the rule I set for myself is that I only do my social distancing outdoor minishoots - as Julia Roberts says in Pretty Woman, "I'm a safety girl!" (sorry, terrible reference. Ignore me.)
But I am more cautious on the Covid-spectrum than some... and boy is it a challenge, when it comes to my business. But see... what I keep telling people is that:
Speed, my dears, speed is my superpower.
I've been doing this baby photography thing for a LONG time. And I've been doing outdoor minishoots for older kiddos for a long time, too. So mixing those things together? Fabulous. I love it. I was made for this, y'all. Bring on the challenge.
So before a session I get on the phone with a parent these days and say, hey, so how are we going to make this work?
As soon as this mama mentioned her roofdeck, I knew we were golden.
So this was yesterday. The weather was 33 degrees. We started out on the roofdeck for seriously 3 minutes... I'm so into this one with the Customs House Tower! And that pretty, late in the day light? Gorgeous.
And don't you love when wee E gets a little fuss in daddy's arms... and all she needs is a pat, pat, pat... aaaaand snooze.
And then, to be totally honest with you, we spent the rest of our 20 minute minishoot in the elevator foyer. So I kind of feel like we cheated... but baby E didn't mind that we cheated. She was very happy to not be out in 33 degree weather, thank you VERY much.
So... we abided by the letter of the law, as far as my personal rules for Social Distancing Outdoor Minishoots go, but I couldn't in good conscience watermark these ones with the "covid" watermark... they were "indoors" after all. But I was masked the whole time, obviously, and stayed far away. These are the result of my super fab zoooooom lens. Yay for closeups from far away.
Workarounds and "make the best of it" kind of situations really are my specialty. Last week in 36 degree weather I did a whole photoshoot of a 4 month old in the front hall of his family's home. We wanted his fat arms, but we didn't want those fat arms outdoors. So we opened the front door of the house and we set him up on the ground with blankets and pillows and all sorts of bolsters, etc... and I stayed outside and his family helped from indoors. My zoom lens came in close, we documented those gorgeous fat rolls... but I maintained my social distance.
Another client's six month old's session on this past Sunday, though? The weather was forecast to have 40 MPH winds. So we rescheduled. I'm not crazy, guys. I'll show you that one this coming weekend... I'm excited for those chub rolls!!
But I digress, sorry. Back to this beauty.
But don't you love this with mama looking out the window at the Zakim?
Miss E had a fuss or two, but nothing that mama or daddy's finger couldn't cure. She even took a quick break for a snack, which we all know helps when we're hangry.
And this last scarf? Just kills me I love it so much. Adorable!!
So all in all, Miss E was an absolute superstar for her newborn session.
Hope we're all vaccinated in time for 6 month pictures!! Either way, I adored meeting you all and thank you so much for trusting me with your newborn session.
Big news for 2021! I'm launching Boston Baby Photos VIP Groups on Facebook. Learn more about all the goodies and giveaways I have planned here: https://groups.bostonbabyphotos.com
I hope you'll come join the fun!
I'm Jessica McDaniel, and May 2021 will mark my 18th anniversary photographing babies and their families all around Boston.
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