Newborn Photography Guildford – A Joyful Christmas Family Shoot
Newborn photography is the most wonderful experience. As a family photographer you are able to be immersed into the life of a new family unit. It is an incredibly special experience, made even more special by being in the presence of a miracle. Sam had been at the same school as me many moons ago. Through social media I was aware of the struggle she and her husband Alex were enduring. Their little bundle of joy was born at 27 weeks old which is dangerously early for a baby to arrive into the world.
Family and Newborn Photography Guildford
Watching Sam’s family journey through social media, I could see that their time together was emotional, fraught and unimaginable. With Joshua giving them life threatening scares it was the most terrible feeling to read what they were going through, but it was clear that he was a little fighter. I cannot even imagine what their family went through, but it was quite clear that Joshua was a resilient little premie baby. Watching their story over social media like a little fly on the wall it was clear how bonded they all were as a family unit. With both Alex and Sam reading Joshua Harry Potter through his incubator doors, to photographs of them together having skin to skin cuddles.
After Joshua was discharged I kept up to date with Sam’s journey and the milestones that Joshua made. It was so enlightening and heart warming to know how far they had all come. When Sam and I made contact to organise a newborn photography shoot in Guildford I was over the moon. Reconnecting with old school friends is a wonderful thing and being able to be in the presence of her little miracle Joshua was even more amazing. Meeting their family was such a lovely experience and it was an honour to spend time with Sam, Alex and Joshua.
Christmas is a special time for most families and Sam and Alex were very aware that this first Christmas together was going to be a special one. They decided that spending the time together and decorating the tree would be something that they would want to remember. Being a mum with a premie baby is quite isolating as you have to stay within your own walls to keep all of the germs and viruses away from your little one. I felt incredibly privileged to be allowed into their space and document this time for them.
This is what A Day In The Life family photography is all about. Finding a moment that you want to remember. The littlest things are worth documenting and to have photographs to look back on is the most special part of the process. During the ‘day in the life’ shoot there is always time for a guided family portrait which I decide upon when there is a moment of calm and convenience.
Family portraits are not meant to be stuffy, posed and awkward. They should be calm and candid and this is how I capture you. Relaxed, informal and just how you are, focussing on the most important little moments. Life Is precious and fleeting and it is important to remember those moments that we would otherwise forget. A family decorating the Christmas tree after a traumatic, and at the same time uplifting year is such a wonderful celebration of life.
If you would like to see any more examples of my Day In The Life family photography have a look at The Spary Families Cosy Home Photography Shoot.