As with any career, hobby, or activity, there comes a time when one needs to reach outside of the comfort zone. A time to grow, learn, and challenge oneself. For me, with this path of newborn photography, first I conquered by goal of learning how to pose and shoot newborns. Next I set a goal to shoot so many newborn sessions, practicing new poses, wrap techniques, and various other techniques. After that, outdoor sessions, a challenge for so many reasons, Bugs, wind, sun etc... Most recently I set a goal to shoot a newborn session with multiples. Preferably twins, but really I probably would have attempted triplets as well. ( with much trepidation and quaking in my boots!)
Amazingly right about the time I decided to attempt twins, I was contacted by this lovely lady expecting twins in a few weeks. We chatted back and forth, set a session date, and viola it was time!
I made plans, watched tutorials, purchased props. watched more tutorials, and asked so many questions. Feeling somewhat prepared for the session, in I went.
The babies were adorable, like amazingly cute, and so obviously had their own personalities even though they were only five days old. Little Harrison was calm and cool, happy to sleep through the entire session!!!! His sister, Julie, not so much. She took a little extra time to settle and sooth, but eventually we were able to get her to play along.
In my head I had a daydream of this amazingly perfect session with sleepy babies, no poop, no puke, no pee, and lots of adorable perfect poses. Welllllllll lets just say we did good on the no poop, no puke, and kinda nailed some of the adorable poses. (Just a little pee)
Honestly I feel incredibly happy with the final product from this session. Taking notes for next time, learning from mistakes, and moving forward. I met my challenge head on, and to be honest it felt great.
The babies were really troopers to my posing and handling them. They put up with hats, headbands, wraps and a variety of blanket changes. Mom and dad were awesome assistants and all the extra hands were much appreciated. I really don't know how I would have managed with only one parent present.
Here are some of my favorites from the session, hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
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.