Moments with hands and gestures are something I find myself chasing at every session.
Sometimes moments happen so fast that I might miss them, and these are some gestures I would have been really sad to have missed:
1 – Baby Cecilia was brand new, and her parents had their arms around each other while watching her. It felt like one of those I-can’t-believe-we-did-it embraces.
2 – Rhys had been born just an hour earlier. While his mom was drifting off to sleep, she still wanted to be connected to her loves.
3 – Juniper holding her mom’s thumb while nursing.
4 – Sometimes parents just need a second.
5 – Burping baby James – a motion newborn parents are quite familiar with.
6 – I sneak in pictures of parents connecting with each other whenever I can, and as I had all day with this family I was able to find those moments.
7 – Owen stepped in to comfort his baby sister who is not a fan of changing diapers.
8 – Newborn sessions are never just about the newborn. They’re about how parents stay connected through the newborn time – and these two were not afraid to show affection towards one another.
9 – I had been with this family for five hours when the oldest kiddo finally interacted with her future baby brother.
10 – Ethan in the careful, protective hands of this dad.
Hands express so much!
They can convey affection, protection, connection. I plan on continuing to hunt for photographs of hands and gestures for as long as families keep inviting me into their lives.