Unlocking My Infant Archives: A Photographer’s Accidental Flashback

As a child, I always felt a little different – like I had somehow been adopted, since there were never any photos of me as a baby around our house. Meanwhile, my younger brothers’ baby pictures were displayed proudly throughout our home. It was a nagging feeling that stuck with me over the years.

That all changed just a few years ago, right before I decided to specialize in newborn photography. I was going through some of my late father’s old belongings when I came across his trusty analog camera. When I opened it up, I found an undeveloped roll of film inside. 

I quickly took it to get developed, and what I found brought me to tears. There, captured on those faded negatives, were the most precious images – photos of me as a newborn, wrapped in a soft white vintage pillowcase and cradled in the arms of my mother and grandmother. My grandmother, who had passed away years ago, was beaming as she embraced my mother.

Seeing those images for the first time was an incredibly powerful experience. It made me realize just how important it is to document those early, fleeting moments with your child. Studies have shown that children who grow up surrounded by photos of themselves as babies tend to have higher self-esteem and feel more loved and accepted.

That realization is a big part of what inspired me to become a newborn photographer. I know firsthand how much those images can mean, not just for the parents, but for the child as they grow up. My mission is to help other families preserve those priceless memories and ensure their little ones always feel seen and cherished.

So if you’re on the fence about booking a newborn session, I’d encourage you to take the leap. Those first few weeks go by in the blink of an eye, but the images you capture will be treasured for a lifetime.   

My nana Ala, Mum & me
My Daughter 😀

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