Stories by Annie Bananie


My Very First Newborn Session

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My very first newborn session was four years ago of this sweet child called Irene. She was under 10 days old and ever so sleepy and precious as can be. I arrived at her house with my crop frame camera and a sheep skin, some blankets and little hats. The photos were taken by a well lit window, and I loved the process of rocking her to sleep and gently placing her in different positions. It was this session that I realized that newborn photography is not easy. One needs to be patient, gentle and know how to position the baby for those beautiful shots. It is then, that I realized that I had a lot to learn and got very passionate about that learning.

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There is something about these little new human beings that touch me to my very soul. They are so vulnerable and yet powerful. They remind me that life is a gift, to be cherished. Having had two children of my own, I also understand the vulnerabilities of becoming a mother. It is magical and at the same time can be difficult, as your life is changed in a deep way. A new mother needs to redefine who she is and contemplate her old self, with the new. Some things that mattered to her before becomes irrelevant and a new perspective on life emerges. Breast feeding does not always come naturally and navigating through physical sensations post birth and fatigue is also a factor. In this first session, I learnt that newborn photography is not only about taking photos. It’s about being conscious of what the family needs in the moment and providing support, while documenting their story. .

Irene has since, grown into a smart, fun, loving, four year old girl, who loves the outdoors and drawing. I find myself lucky as her family has continued to book me for photo sessions on a yearly basis. It has been a pleasure to watch her grow into a confident young girl.

In the above photos you can see her at almost 10 days old, 16 months, 2 1/2 and 3 1/2 years old.