Jacksonville, Oregon on a Sunday
Soo, I was really a bit nervous going into this shoot…even though Isaac, Sunni and Emerson are my family. I was a little nervous because I don’t really consider photographing babies one of my stronger suits. I see so many images of babies wrapped up in blankets, suspended in midair, in buckets, with flowers, on dogs, all tucked up like cute little bugs…and while I appreciate those images, it’s not me nor is it in me to do these things…and it’s what so many parents seem to want. Who am I to take this sweet little baby and photograph him in my rebel way? And what would that look like anyhow? I’m all about flinging hair, motion, and a bit of edginess. So, on my way to their home yesterday morning, I had a lot on my mind when I decided to let it go and just let it be. I gave it all up to Emerson and let him be his little self. Instead of molding him and his parents into something, I just let them be. Consequently, there’s a little humor here and some tender moments…Emerson directed our shoot and he did a most excellent job of it.
One more thing…a baby has the power to make us be in the moment. They have a magical way of making the world slow down…so much, in fact, that I was able to really see the little things that matter…things that say “there’s someone here who is more important than taking down a month old birthday banner, or filling out a to do list.” The really good stuff is hidden in the shadows, in the whispers and the nuances.