Miracle baby – Baltimore newborn and family photographer
When mom described this newborn baby boy as her “miracle baby” I knew I was in for a a good story. Some of my most favorite family stories revolve around how families end up becoming families. This particular little one was anticipated very, very much. He’s also so very loved and adored by everyone, including his “big brother” Cooper. Mom and dad were a little worried about how their beloved pup would take to the changes in the house (as all dog-parents are, I think).
As it turns out, Cooper, despite his big, gangling self, is the most attentive watch dog possible. Alert to every squeak and cry, he was right there by my side any time his “little brother” stirred during our newborn portrait session. It was remarkable to have the two “siblings” together in the same image – Cooper’s head is bigger than his wee little charge!
As always with any family pet in the studio, we’re careful to use extra safety equipment and precautions. The set is a 8×4 foot over-engineered stage, built to hold ten people. The top is padded for this shoot; an extra level of protection for adults, pups and babies. This stage allows all of us to work safely and comfortably. The bucket that the baby is in is weighted with 35lbs of studio weights in the bottom to help prevent accidental jostling and tipping from an excited, wiggly dog butt. Dad is in charge of Cooper, literally inches from the dog (to tackle him if needed), I’m no more than an arm’s length away and mom is right beside me as well. We also have really tasty dog treats right at camera level to help keep Cooper’s interest on me. Images like this should always be a team effort. If my assistant isn’t with me, I’ll have mom and dad step in to lend a hand to make sure baby is safe and comfortable at all times.
Of course, since daddy is a Baltimore County Police Officer, we had to find a way to incorporate dad’s cap and badge in the images too!