There were a few factors that contributed to my unhappiness with the photos. First, Charlotte did not cooperate at all. She was one week old at the time and it was not her best day. Instead of lying there and sleeping through the entire process, she cried. I was constantly trying to feed her to keep her happy, which only worked a little. And the photographer was there for a few hours so it's not like it was a rushed session, even though I felt rushed and stressed the entire time. And I know Charlotte picked up on that which did not help the situation at all. Second, our photographer did not specialize in newborn photography. He did an amazing job with our maternity photos and has a great eye, but he was not able to take the curled up newborn photos I wanted. And finally, I felt like there was no direction during the photo shoot. I was so nervous that I ended up standing to the side most of the time only to have my Mom tell me "get in those pictures!". It's not that I didn't want to get my picture taken, but I was so distracted and worried about Charlotte crying that I needed our photographer to tell me what to do. Sit there, move your head, do this, do that. Anything. And because of the lack of direction there is only one picture of Charlotte and I. That, above all else, made me cry. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I missed out.
All things considered, we still have some wonderful pictures. They aren't 100% of what I wanted, but at least we have a few good ones. And I now know that I will make sure to get a baby photographer when we get Charlotte's one year photos taken.
|probably my favorite family one|
|my favorite of Charlotte|
|the only one of her and I|
|love this one|
|family photo, H looks distraught|
|another good one of her|
|cute one of the whole family|
|another good father daughter one - these are the best|
|don't mind the double chin|