Grayson’s newborn session is one of my favorite newborn sessions to date.

I’d be lying if I told you it went perfectly – sweet little dude had the hiccups and couldn’t get rid of them, so he would sleep sporadically between hiccups, never quite settling down for a long, cozy nap. At some point, you stop trying to make him sleep, and start getting pictures of those beautiful inquisitive eyes that are studying the camera – and it’s just as beautiful, if not more, than a sleeping baby.

Personally, I wanted to try something different. I wanted to do something new in the session, and was searching for an opportunity to do something that would be both meaningful to my development as a photographer, and meaningful for the family. That’s when Grayson’s dad told me about his trains.

These trains line the walls of Grayson’s nursery, and have been passed down from generation to generation; they belonged, at one time, to Grayson’s great grandfather. Heirloom trains – a meaningful addition to the session, and one that would stretch me: how can I incorporate trains into newborn pictures? With some trial and error, and lots of up and down on a step ladder, I tried something new. And it turned out to be one of my favorite things, mostly because of what it means to the family; one day Grayson will show his children these pictures, and point to the trains that his dad lovingly passed down to him. Heirlooms are something special; without active preservation and passing down with love and legacy, they’re merely forgotten artifacts. I’m thankful to have been a part of preserving this particular memory involving a meaningful heirloom for this sweet family.

Film Processing: Indie Film Lab

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