Portrait of a new family

Having just returned from a week long trip to WPPI in Vegas I’m fresh from the desert, full of inspiration. I was initially scheduled to photograph this little guy’s birth but he decided to arrive just as I was boarding the plane. Heartbroken, I realized it just wasn’t in God’s plan and I told Mama I’d be over just as soon as I got home.

While at WPPI I took a class by Amber Holritz that really opened my eyes to the way I photograph families. I always strive to capture real life while it occurs showcasing the bond between parents and children but I want to take it a step further. I want to spend even more time with the families I photograph getting to know how they spend their time together. I want to document how they *love* each other. My goal in this is what Amber explained to us. She said the portraits she had of herself growing up told her what she “looked like”. Instead, she wanted to see what her “life looked like” and “how she was loved”. I instantly related to her thoughts thinking of how I don’t have many images of my mom and I together since most often she was the one taking the photograph.

I photographed baby R’s newborn images and then I hung around to showcase the new dynamic this family has having added one more child to love.

Sleeping Newborn Photography

Omaha, NE newborn

These images are my favorite. Everyone in Mom and Dad’s room getting “cozy” as big sister K would call it. She’s dressed in her PJ’s with accompanying ballerina skirt and accessorizing the third child with a feather boa. This is *their* family. This is how they spend their Saturday afternoon together. It isn’t scripted . . . it’s real and I hope these pictures will stir up memories for these kids someday when they’re grown. I hope they can feel the laughter and love and silliness going on here. I hope they see the looks on Mom and Dads faces and know how much they’re cherished.

Thank you for inviting me in to document and be a part of it.

lifestyle family photography

newborn parents gaze

Newborn baby and parents

   
March 15, 2010 - 11:42 pm

jamesAnn - Cara, absolutely beautiful.

Brought tears to my eyes!

March 16, 2010 - 8:13 am

Sarah - These are so great Cara! They even got me teary eyed. I love how you said that “She said the portraits she had of herself growing up told her what she “looked like”. Instead, she wanted to see what her “life looked like” and “how she was loved”” That is so true. & you definitely capture what our life looks like. I can’t get over how great these are. My little nephew is the cutest! & I love that one with the whole fam. K cracks me up.

March 17, 2010 - 9:21 pm

Laura - LOVE THESE! Can’t wait to see more!

March 26, 2010 - 9:06 pm

Amanda - I’m sorry you missed the birth, I know how you were looking foward to it. The pictures are AMAZING! Tell M she looks great, and congratulations! Such a beautiful family, and you have captured their moments beautifully!

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