In the last five years since I’ve begun doing newborn photography I have to admit that I’ve been blessed with so much support on this journey. I’ve met so many families and so many photographers along the way. Among one of the most memorable is Erin Sharma, a designer and photographer and also a former student of mine. Back in 2009 after I had miscarried she stepped up to help support me in the month following as I bounced back quickly from all those surgeries. I recall being a tad bit nervous to take on my very first newborn session after all those medical moments due to the physical demands of doing newborn photography and she helped a handful of times that month and we’ve collaborated a few times as it’s worked into our schedules. So it was so awesome to get the news that her and her husband were expecting their little girl Kaavya. Ironically her little girl was the 99th newborn I photographed this past year. I’ve shared some of these images on my facebook page, but have neglected sharing the moments spent with her family until just now. I met with them a few times and am pretty sure you all will enjoy the reflections of moments with them.

I learned Erin had her baby while I was running the Miracle Miles run back in September while I was posting updates online during the run. Just a few hours later I got to pay her a visit in the hospital when she was just a day old.

Because Erin also had experience with newborn photography I was a tad bit excited, she of all people understood the patience needed to take some of the best newborn photos. However, we’ve both come to realize over the years that really, the baby controls all the sessions. In this case Kaavya, who was less than a week old here had other ideas that the sleepy curly newborn photos we had in mind. Still priceless, and yes…real moments. Kaavya clearly loved to cuddle most towards the end of our time during her newborn photos. She was such an alert little newborn for most of the time I spent with her in her first week after being born.

I met with Erin’s family again about two months after Kaavya was born so we could take photos of her entire family together, including her two older kids. It’s so amazing how quickly babies grow. I swear it’s like I blinked and Kaavya doubled in size, was more alert…but still as adorable as before. It’s pretty evident she’s surrounded with lots of love.

Erin thanks again for being so amazing and supportive the last few years.You’ll definitely remain one of my all-time favorite momma’s in my books …best wishes to you and your family. Hopefully these moments help remind you of how blessed you are.

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February 22, 2013 - 6:46 pm

Kartik - These are lovely photos Amanda! Especially like the black and white shots you clicked of the entire family.

February 22, 2013 - 7:19 pm

Pria - Beautiful pictures.

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