Amy & her (now) eldest daughter, Zoey, have been coming to me for their family photos for several years now. I photographed Zoey's 4th birthday party at Elmwood Park Zoo -Which is right about when I realized the depth of love for comics runs with this duo. Zoey was Spider Girl amongst a posse of similarly attired vigilante justice-seekers. Fast forward 3 years to Amy's comment on my Facebook page that she just had a perfectly adorable cherub-cheeked baby girl 8 days ago and she 'would have set up a newborn shoot...'
Pssshhhaa! No time for ifs. Let's plan!
Naturally, I didn't need to worry very much about props. Amy promised me that between herself and Justin, they had 'more toys than Santa himself.' I got my craft on anyway, because that's how I roll, and forged a respectable replica from foam sheets, glitter, and elastic.
This is an important lesson, guys: Glitter ALWAYS improves everything.
Never doubt the power of glitter.
I enlisted my 10 year old to help me paint a cityscape backdrop and attached cotton batting (yep, pillow fluffing) in tufts to create a cloud filled blue sky. Lastly, I pleaded with my 2 year old to lend me her Bat Girl dress up costume.
I'm not above bribery.
It cost me a travel pouch of Teddy Grahams, but was well worth the investment.
When Amy, Justin, and baby Ava arrived, Amy spread her contributions proudly;
The cutest. ever. Bat Girl baby blanket
An armful of Hallmark Itty Bitties superhero plushies
A grocery bag of carefully covered comics that I was *really* afraid to touch
The Wonder Woman lovey
A Wonder Woman outfit of epic proportions
Plan, schedule, and pull off a Newborn Session in under a week? Heck yes we can.
Ava was a doll. She snuggled and snoozed her way through 2.5 hours of posing with our combined stash of photo props. She loved sleeping in a wash basin. It was one of those sessions where the family is barely out the door before I'm uploading the images eagerly. The kind that makes a person fully aware that Newborn Photographers have one of the best jobs in the whole wide world.
You guys, I earn a living snuggling babies, doing arts & crafts, and snapping pretty pictures. That's kind've awesome, amirite?! Bonus: 9/10x I get to continue photographing these growing families for years to come. <3