Six month old babies are erupting with curiosity and are filled with determination to move (but usually not quite there yet, which means plenty of photo ops while they are sitting pretty and giving me lots of expression). They have discovered the world outside their crib and high chair and can't wait to experience it for themselves. Photographing babies at six months is an important job; this is often one of the first opportunities in their young life to have their budding, unique personalities documented. Translating that to images that will serve as keepsakes--as memories for the parents...it is something that gives me great joy and is one of the most uplifting things about being a photographer. I know from experience the happiness that comes with looking back at images of my own children doing their signature thing, laughing or playing with their toys, and just being six months old where the world is huge and full of amazing things. Every stage is different, but six months old is so uniquely wonderful. It represents discovery and all the happiness, wonder, fear, and excitement to go with it. Combine that with being able to photograph a baby in their natural environment, and it is magic! I usually have photo sessions outside, but truthfully, I do a lot of personal photography with my kids in my own home, and when the opportunity to do a client home shoot arises, I love it! I get the advantage of shooting their everyday LIFE, capturing what really is--and that is the best kind of memory to have, after all, isn't it?
I had a great time with baby E, who, I might add, smiled and giggled at everyone and everything. He was so jubilant and laid back, which made our session fun and relaxed. He was just learning to crawl and did the cutest topple-over-transition from sitting into crawling, just like a weeble. I couldn't resist snapping a shot of him after he toppled and was able to hold the position for a while like some kind of crazy baby yoga master (I was most impressed!). His big sis was very helpful in getting him into pose, playing with him, telling me what he liked and didn't like, and just being a very gracious hostess! All in all, not a bad way to spend a cold and snowy February morning, I'd say!