A few weeks ago I was asked to photograph baby Erik when he was just 5 days old. Newborn lifestyle sessions are a favorite of mine. They are done at the home of my clients and capture all the rawness, beauty and emotions of a family welcoming a newborn into their lives. Even better, I already knew sweet Erik's family very well as I photographed the wedding of his parents Sara and Ben, last year.
Every home with a new tiny human is draped with a veil of exhaustion. Sara had an exceptionally long labor and was running on adrenaline, love and sheer force of will. Ben, wide eyed and with a mix of shock and admiration spoke of his wife, "She went and had a baby for three whole days!" It was beautiful, hilarious and heartwarming.
Of course, Erik is a perfect little squish.... He wears the classic newborn expression that makes babies look both incredibly wise and innocently bewildered all at once. It's a magical expression.
It is important to note that Erik has a very special older brother. His name is Wally and he was the ABSOLUTE STAR of Sara and Ben's wedding. He is the gentlest, most sweetest and well behaved boy and he is head over heels in love with the newest edition of the family!
Sara's parents were also there to welcome their new grandson and provide a helping hand.
Even running on an hour of sleep, Sara is a total natural.
And Wally? Well, he's never very far away. Like...ever. <3
This sweet family has a lot of sleepless nights ahead of them but also so much joy. Sara and Ben know how to love and they are so supportive and respectful to one another. Erik is so lucky to have them and sweet Wally looking after him.