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Baby Alex


I just love the variety in my work.  In fact, I love that although I call it work it rarely ever feels like work.  Miley Cyrus once said in an interview that her dad told her (yes, I know that's Billy Ray Cyrus - I'm actually a fan of country music as well as a fan of Hannah Montana. Sad I know.) that if you love what you do you'll never work a day in your life.  Now I wouldn't go so far as to say I never work, but far more often than not I feel like I am doing my hobby for fun as opposed to being part of running a business. 


I had a great session with Baby Alex and her parents.  As with all my newborn and nearly newborn sessions we don't really have a time limit for the session.  It is my policy not to book back to back sessions for babies as I never know how long the session will take and I don't want time pressures to affect and add stress to either myself or my clients.  Babies don't perform at will.  They have needs and usually if we take the time to meet those needs we will be able to get what we need from each session. 


So this means if my clients are running behind, unable to get to their session on time its still okay because I know what its like to be a new parent.  With all the best will in the world, sometimes you just can't get out the door when you planned to.  It also means that we have a great opportunity to get to know our clients as we chat over coffee, tea and biscuits (which I'm actually trying to avoid at present) during feedings.  Another reason it hardly feels like work as sometimes its more of a coffee morning.


Alex was a little older than ideal for this sort of session but we were lucky enough to get her to sleep for some of our poses which are always my favourite. 


Mum and Dad came for their viewing not knowing what to expect with various options in mind depending on how many images they liked.  I sat patiently waiting for their reaction after the slideshow waiting to see if my usual gauge to how well I did would be evident.  I'm not 100% certain but I believe there were tears.  Not many professions can mark their success by whether or not they can make their clients cry. As an indication of how many images they liked they purchased a single image in a frame, a multi image arrangement (below) and a portrait album so they can have most of the remaining images.  I'd say that was a success. 


I can't wait for the next baby.  I'm currently waiting on 3 pregnant women to have theirs any day now. 

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