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    • Those are beautiful and natural. How can you go wrong if what you're capturing is the truth about human beings?

      Disillusioned hijack: as wonderful as your images are, I'm going to guess that nobody looks at them after a generation, perhaps two, has passed. My father's death -- and the mound of family photos and film reels that he left behind but which nobody wanted -- stick with me. I hope that in your family's case, it's different.

    • Congrats to Anne & Scott!

      Your photos are beautiful Chris! My favorite of the set is the last one with mom & new baby in focus, love your caption on this one too!

    • @wxwax, I am a fan of sticking them in a photobook...just the highlights of what life was like in the months prior to birth on up to when the kid's walking. Mostly, it's for mom 'n dad. But every now and then, it gets whipped out for the whole fam to reminisce over. The mountain of pics and vids taken really do get lost in ambivalence. It takes too much effort after-the-fact, to connect the dots between the images and the moments...who those faces are...where they are...what they were doing...why it matters. I'm not huge on scrap booking. But I do take the effort to distill things down once every year or so.

      The Google Photos & Smugmugs of the world....they're a *huge* help in making it easier to manage the mountain. At least some pieces are automatically catalogued from the Exif. The next generation isn't going to be stuck with a giant mess of film and photo paper. They'll be stuck with giant messes of ones and zeroes. Still annoying...but at least there are useful tools to sift through it all.

    • Awesome and intimate pics. My SO won't take a pic unless it is from her smartphone, and automatically catalogued in the cloud. So I get most of the photo-journalist and curating tasks in my house, whether the subject is motorsports, or sewing. :D

      Should you capture it? Heck yeah! :D We still get a chuckle out of the craziness surrounding our kids' births. We took a scooter ride to the hospital, and she had a 13 hour labor! Good times... :D

      These pics'll bring back awesome memories...guaranteed.

    • I think that while you are a guy here, you are also the grandpa. Family has carte blanche around newborns and share the same excitement, joy, and love as the parents.
      Having a photography come in from outside this circle involves a lot of trust. There is certain a bond all mothers who have gone through child birth men simply cannot tap into. I think this is why we end up with more female newborn photographers. My wife specializes in newborn and a big portion of the job is making the moms feel comfortable and confident. What women have to go through for the nine months plus the physical and mental exhaustion after delivery is mind boggling. Having a photographer that can reassure you of your beauty and parenting capabilities moving forward sounds much better coming from someone who has also been through it. Many moms have ended up in tears just talking about it.
      Does any of this mean a man can't or shouldn't do it? Not at all. But it takes a lot more than being skilled with the camera or posing.
      All that being said, congratulations on the new addition to the family and for having the freedom to be there and document such an important event!