Happy Mother’s Day! A couple months ago I had the great pleasure of photographing my dear friend Mignonne with her 1-month old baby boy, Fielding (Maggie & Fields to their friends). Maggie is such a beautiful person inside and out, and I love seeing her thriving in this new role as a mama. Fields is beyond precious (with the best head of hair I have ever seen on a newborn!). I feel so honored to be able to memorialize this special time in someone’s life. New parents are generally living in a fog of sleep deprivation in these early months, so it’s even more wonderful to capture these memories for them to look back on once their brains are fully functioning again. 🙂
Newborn shoots are my favorite, and they are extra special with first-time parents. It brings back so many memories of the moment when I became a mother for the first time and my life (and I) changed so completely, in the best possible way. The best way I can describe it is that up until that point, my life was full of millions of data points of emotions I had experienced, which comprised the way I understood and related to the world. But the moment I became a mother, there was suddenly this entirely new range of emotions – the deepest, biggest love I could ever have fathomed, an instinctual protectiveness over this little person who had instantly become the most precious thing in my life, and the kind of fear that one can only experience when you have something so cherished that you know you could no longer live without it. (Overprotective moms everywhere, mine included, I get it now.) Overnight my priorities shifted. My life was no longer about me, it was devoted completely to this new little life, to my family. I knew that as long as we had each other and we had our health, life is good. Better than good. Everything else just seemed to fade into the background as irrelevant white noise. And in that moment I felt so at peace, and just . . . complete.
So here’s to all you mamas out there – I hope you all had a wonderful day surrounded by those you love most. I love how these images turned out and I hope you will enjoy them too.
Baby feet are just the cutest.
Three generations and a whole lotta love for baby Fields.