Do you still have your baby book? For many children of my generation a “baby book” or baby’s first photo album was a must-have item for a baby shower. The book was intended to be filled in by hand, and your first pictures were to be tucked into the photo corners and built in frames. By the end of your first year the au courrant 70’s or 80’s baby would have a record of all their firsts – first smile, first tooth, first step and so on. I remember looking at my baby book as a child and being very interested in the list of First Trips. I had a busy first year, judging by the notes in my baby book, written in my mother’s very careful, impossibly neat cursive handwriting (who writes in cursive any more?)
Perhaps that early list is why I’m always in awe when parents sink into the couch at the studio and exclaim over how good it is to get out of the house. It may have only been three, five or nine days since mom and baby arrived home from the hospital, but the relief of looking at a different four walls is evident, especially for tired moms and dads. Invariably, as parents relax and settle in, I’ll hear “this is our first trip since coming home from the hospital!”
Think about that for a moment. How cool is that? For these parents having pictures of their newborn is so important that the very first trip made during their first two weeks of life is to the studio and my camera. My studio will forever be at the top of their “First Trips” list. What a humbling and heartwarming thought!
That’s just what happened for Little Miss D here. Her first trip, after coming home from the hospital, was to come see me! This sweetheart’s mama is a wonderful local photographer herself so she has lots of pictures of her first days (and indeed her first minutes!) in this world. I was this family’s back-up birth photographer, on call just in case their primary photographer got stuck at work or was out of town. Babies, after all, arrive when they’re good and ready. As it happened I wasn’t needed to document their birth story, but even amazing photographer moms like this one can’t take their own family’s portraits!
Thanks so much for coming in ladies, was wonderful to play together!