I love photographing newborn stories in my client’s homes. It’s one of the best parts of my job because it allows me to capture a relaxed family in the place where they brought their new life home, and where all the details of that life live. Without it, there’s not much of a story to tell…and well, the images start to feel more generic and less specific. If a photograph looks like it could be anyone’s baby in the world, it’s not a photograph I want to make. Why? Because over time and through generations, images that are rich with interaction and detail grow more and more valuable to the person gazing at it. Can you think of your favorite picture in the world? What do you love about it? It probably gives you a glimpse into someone’s life or personality that feels completely original, and something you never want to let go of. It’s unscripted honesty makes it precious. And therein lies the value.
Kelly and Steve have an intricate and beautiful story that will outlive you and I. A story that will be told to the baby in the photographs, and her babies, too. Without a living record of what came before us, it’s easy to disconnect from our past. But with it, our senses come alive, our imaginations swirl, and we can get as close as possible to physically touching our history. To touch the people of my past, I think that would be my greatest life wish. But for now, I’ll work as hard as I can to capture today as honestly and thoughtfully as possible, so in 20 years, this little girl will understand the depths of her parent’s love, starting on day 1. Enjoy.
Karen is a Boston-based photographer specializing in documenting and preserving family history. You can see more of her work online at www.kkpforlife.com, on Instagram or on Facebook. If you’d like to contact her directly, you can find her at email@example.com.