I don’t have many regrets in life, but one little thing I do wish is that I could go back in time and have professional shots taken of my newborns. You know the ones I mean… sleepy itty bitty babies, little rumps in the air, cute crocheted hats that look like owls etc. I nearly had a heart attack a couple weeks ago when I realized my then 21-day old was already too old for these types of artsy newborn photos. They recommend you take them within the first ten days of life to get those sleepy, curled up, angelic shots. They start waking up and wiggling too much after that. Gaaaah! My little girl was less than a month old and it already felt like she was growing up too fast.
Deciding it’s better late than never I scheduled a little photo session for both kids this past Thursday and decided to invite the cousins along too. My mom and I (ok, mostly my mom) spent most of the day hemming clothes and coordinating matching outfits for all four kids. We made sure they each were bathed, brushed, fed and well-rested before our 4pm appointment. We got to the studio on time all ready to snap some memories.
And wouldn’t you know my son — the ham who typically LOVES to pose for our camera — proceeded to scream in terror and refuse to have his picture taken for almost the whole two hour appointment. All he wanted to do was hide out in baby jail (aka the playpen with a few lame toys in it).
Meanwhile my brother’s kids were busy working it for the camera.
I tried everything with Toddler Gaga — having the photographer take my picture first, having her take a picture of us together, playing with his cousin on set to warm up, enticing him with toys and props — nothing worked. I finally gave up and decided we’d focus on getting some of those solo newborn shots I was hoping to capture with Baby Gagette. And wouldn’t you know, my mellow little girl who typically never fusses over anything, decided to take her cues from her brother. Any time I even attempted to put her down she would turn beat red and cry in terror. Sigh.
It wasn’t until we stopped trying so hard that the magic finally happened. Nearly an hour and a half into the portrait session, Toddler Gaga decided he was ready to get up on stage with his best friend and we got some beauties like this one.
As for my daughter? The photographer never did manage to snap a single photo of her that day. But of course when she finally put her camera away, that’s when my baby girl decided to calm down and cooperate. While the photographer was busy editing shots on her computer, I decided to play around a bit. And all I have to say is thank god for iPhones.
Who needs a bunch of perfect professional newborn shots. This camera phone photo Baby Gagette made me work crazy extra hard for that day is much more memorable anyway!