It was a special time in the studio with this wonderful family. When I first heard from Taryn and PJ, the excited buzz in their voices was contagious, and I couldn’t wait to meet their first child. And just like Taryn and PJ, as soon as I laid eyes on their baby boy, Paul, I just couldn’t get enough of him! His newborn session in my Greenwich studio was such a fun time, with such lovely people.
Mom and dad chose a wonderful neutral palette, with greys and creams, and it worked out beautifully in Paul’s session. For one of the first scenes, we wrapped him up in a thin grey blankie, complete with sleeping cap. I laid him down on a white pillow, as soft as a cloud, and we got some wonderful shots. Of course, one of those shots was his cute little feet, with his tiny toes frozen by my camera, free from the effects of time.
Mom and dad moved back to Cos Cob after Taryn started teaching art at the elementary school in Greenwich, while her husband works at a consulting company in Stamford. They met all the way over in NYC, at their “favorite watering hole”: Dorrians, on the Upper East Side. This is their first, and the moment they met Paul, they fell head-over-heels for him. He’s the fourth Paul John in his family lineage, carrying the name into a new generation.
For another scene, I laid Paul on a thick, dark grey knit blanket, and his tiny smile showed us how photogenic he already is! We also laid him in a gray-brushed wood box, on top of a gray pillow with a sleeping cap to match. His parents love lacrosse, so we included the lacrosse stick as a special prop. I love getting creative with the parents, as they always have such wonderful ideas, and I love making the session more personal and true to who they are.
Finally, we got everyone in the shot – in their pajamas! They all had matching outfits, and it was one of my favorite moments from the whole session. The pure joy that Taryn and PJ have for their boy was a beautiful thing to witness and capture. The nuzzling of noses and the loving gazes are frozen in time forever, to be forever enjoyed by this gorgeous family. I love that they will always be able to look back on these precious, special moments and remember all of the wonderful memories they made on the way. They’re sure to make plenty of those with their new little one!
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