“What everyone says about the second baby being completely different than the first baby….well, it’s 100% true. When I had my first daughter almost five years ago, (wow! Even that sounds crazy when I say it), I think I was so caught up in the newness of everything and learning how to just be a parent that I missed opportunities to document our time together as mother and daughter. I was tired….all the time. Let’s be honest. I am still tired. And I’m told that sleep will be a very distant memory for many years. I look back at the photos that I have my oldest child and portraits of the two of us are severely lacking. What makes it even worse is that I am a professional photographer! People think that as a photographer I must have so many photographs of my kids, but honestly, it’s not true.
I regret not taking the time to slow down the first time around and document these fleeting moments. So when baby number two arrived almost one year ago, I was not going to miss these opportunities to get in front of the camera since I am usually behind it most of the time. In addition to doing newborn photos with the baby, it was really important to me to have our portraits done at the halfway point of that first year. Documenting this stage in infancy is so amazing. So often we’re so focused on the pictures in the first ten days and then again at that first birthday that we forget what happens in the middle, and there is soooooo much that happens in between. The snuggles, the first babbling sounds, the crawling, the exploring of new things, all of these things I didn’t want to forget, and a piece of me really wanted to hold on to these short months. This session that Divya captured for me are photos that I am going to treasure forever, and I couldn’t have asked for a more playful and lovely collection of images that reflect the personality of this little girl and of the mother that I have become.” Anne, Mother
DIVYA PANDE PHOTOGRAPHY | Contax 645, Zeiss 80 mm, Portra 800, Ilford HP5 Plus