My background is in street photography, so my off-the-cuff style fits a particular kind of mother who has a vision of a fine art, documentary newborn shoot. We spent 3 hours shooting what would originally have been a 45minute shoot, but all the behind the scenes moments of how new mothers care for their infants makes every second worth it and is also why we only schedule this type of shoot for a weekday.
It may sound pretentious, but I was in Paris, strolling through the Denon wing, when I had found out that Karolin had given birth to the most adorable little person named Elizabeth. My heart filled with joy for this couple that I had known since their engagement 3 years earlier, who now had a gorgeous addition, so I - literally - demanded that I preserve this moment in their lives. We arranged a time as I had landed at LAX and it could not have been a more inspired time.
I was thrilled to capture the Makhani’s with a vintage 50mm lens from my Father-in-law’s collection and compose them in a way that was reminiscent of the grand portraits that inspired me at the Louvre.
Due to the sensitive nature of, well…life, the truly intimate photos will likely never see the light of day, but will be a cherished heirloom in their family for generations.