Many of you out there by now have seen the image of a little one "sitting" on a shelf as the biggest of a set of Matryoshka, or Russian Nesting Dolls.
This image, this concept is so much a happy accident of sorts. I was contacted by a momma, who wanted something different and fun for her little ones newborn session. So I start wracking my brains trying to come up with something that was fun and different, but still stayed true to my style of simple, baby led poses with little prop usage.
After much time spent scouring the internet for inspiration, we decided on baby on a shelf with some funky toys or knick knacks to keep her company. Well low and behold baby was born a few weeks early and neither one of us was ready! So after a quick trip to St. Louis I found a shelf, still had nothing to put on it, other than a baby.
As I was checking out at home goods (also known as the place that gets all my money) , like next in line, I happened to glance over and see something that looks suspiciously like a Matryoshka. I reach over and around a display and sure enough it was!!! The colors were perfect, bright and fun (mommas request), and the size was a match to be paired up to a newborn. I had the wrap and headscarf fabric at home! It was fate!
I have never been more excited about a concept in my career. This image, while not technically perfect is a great example of how ideas can meld, and grow an become amazing.
So day of the shoot arrives, and baby is sleepy (YES!!!!). Shelf is set up, with a variety of little odds and ends supporting the dolls so they look like they are sitting on a shelf and not rolling around on the floor.
Baby is wrapped, and when I put her little headscarf on her head, Momma and I just smile, it is perfect!!!!
Maggie was a professional she did not use my set as a potty or anything, and we nailed the shot in four frames.
Then came the wild and crazy part of all of this. I shared the image with a photog friend, she loved it! Next I shared it with a group of creative minded newborn photographers, they loved it. Lastly I shared it with my Facebook and Instagram peeps. You guys loved it! I was shocked and amazed by how many shares, likes, comments and lovely messages I received about this image.
Nessecity is the mother of invention, and this Little Mother was most assuredly in need of an idea. The best part is I love the concept of Russian Nesting Dolls, I love the designs, the colors and history. In fact some of you may not realize but my company name and logo stems from the translation of Matryoshka loosely to "Little Mother".
The dolls themselves really symbolize birth, how mommas have babies and they have babies and so on and so forth. Such a perfect little symbol for what I love to do, capture images of mommas while they are pregnant, as they give birth, and then of the new little ones freshly earth side.
So that is the story of the image, my company name, and lastly where I would love to see this passion, and business grow.
Have a wonderful day to all of you reading, thanks for stopping in.
Kandi Woessner is a momma to three, wife to one amazing man, photographer to many. She loves capturing the bitter sweetness of pregnancy, birth, and infancy. Kandi lives in St. James, works in Rolla, but will travel to the surrounding areas to photograph as well.