It’s bittersweet, but like all good things Baby Week 2014 has to come to an end. To conclude our roundup of the most inspirational baby photographers in the industry, we’re thrilled to have Allison Corrin with us.
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Hi Allison, how did you get started in photography?
The hubs and I fell in love and got married as dreaming twenty-one year olds and, in a way, have grown up together over the years. It’s not been a perfect journey, but the valleys have made the peaks just that much more worthwhile. Days with our four littles, Ellie, Tristan, Judah and Lucy, are equally as loud as exhausting as exhilarating as humorous as humbling. I share a great number of these stories here.
Photography has always been a part of my life, my way to savor the simple, as far back as filling rolls upon rolls of film, even if it was just the hundreds of dollars I spent for the disposable cardboard boxes that housed them, swirling them in coldness, peering through the filmy liquid for that moment when the expressions, the emotions, the details become tangible.
And, yet, when I became a momma, my passion for this immortalization of our memories deepened as I began to more deeply see the fleeting nature of the things that make each of our lives so uniquely beautiful…the creamed up coffee, steam floating softly into the untouched morning, the fresh mornings’ first rays singing of the the purest sense of new beginning. I felt so much more deeply the precious nature of barefoot muddy toes in the summer’s warmth and in the crispest of winters, cozy fireplace blazes under piled worn blankets next to the one who knows how to hold you just right. I began to realize the significance of the “in between moments of life”…the gooey homemade cookies scorching eager lips, the Elizabeth Mitchell melodies played loudly in an afternoon needing redemption, freshly cut flowers, dew still lingering and the stacks and stacks of richly vibrant children’s books we’ve all heard since our youth and now read out loud again and again, the finger-running tousle through the locks you nuzzle in, breathing the loveliness of what only you two share. See, my hope is not just to snap a quick photo of bodies posed, eyes pointed forward, but to let my lens share the words of a story only you can write, the story of your one beautiful life.
Tell us you approach a newborn session.
I want a newborn session to feel like what those first few magical days feel like. Sleepless nights and exhausted days have run together into one symphony of newness.
What is your typical newborn session flow like?
I like to begin with a few simple poses with just baby. I have parents feed their baby while I am setting up. This first hour or so I spend with them allows me to connect, hear the birth story, sometimes crying along with them. We bond over the simple joys, confusing doubts, answered prayers and creeping fears we all pass through as new mothers. Then, I spend time with any siblings. Typically I will ask parents to give us some time together and many times they will peek in on us, but I love to keep it quiet, gentle and low key by working with them individually and capturing their wonder and tenderness. Lastly, I help them cozy as a family in areas with beautiful natural light or otherwise how their space lends itself to authentic connection and great story-telling.
Any tips for photographing newborns in an authentic, lifestyle way?
My newborn photography has been a journey but the more I've watched my own children grow, the more appreciation I have for the simple. I love soft neutrals and cozy textures and soft backlit situations make my heart sing, but my greatest joy is capturing their wrinkly fuzzy tenderness that will never again be the same.
How do you prepare the family for investing in products like albums, wall galleries and larger items?
Another reason I love working with babies first individually is it allows me to hold conversations with them about how they will display their finished portraits. I keep an eye on how they utilize art and photographs in their home and love to discuss what they are drawn to in dreaming of the images I will give them. All of this help me create photographs that will be even more meaningful to them as they will suit the way they hope and plan to cherish them.
What are your favorite products to sell for newborn sessions?
I love gallery walls. I have several in my own home. I love anything that presents itself to story-telling and I believe displaying photographs in groups allows you to reminisce the joys and memories of the life you've built every time you pass by them.
Want more inspiration from Allison? Visit her website here: www.allisoncorrin.com
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