As a newborn photographer, I often get to connect with expectant moms and moms who have just given birth. I hear their plans, their worries, and their excitement before their child arrives. After, I hear their birth stories and watch them love on their babies, tentatively handling them, working as a team with their partner, learning as they go. And every time, whether it’s their first child or their fifth, I am struck by the mother’s resilience and strength, the care that dad’s give towards their wives and new child, and the miracle that is the tiny fresh babies with their miniature features that give off hints of mom’s eyes and dad’s nose. That new baby smell and warm cuddles I sneak in are pretty great too. ;)
Marina & Brandon’s maternity session took place downtown Windsor, outside of the University of Windsor Social Work building, which boasts grand architecture, a view of the Detroit skyline and an alleyway full of character just around the corner. It was so cold I could barely feel my fingers, but Marina & Brandon didn’t complain a bit as we captured their growing baby bump. Marina modelled like a pro, and Brandon tucked Marina’s hair out of her face as they cuddled up together and he glanced lovingly at his wife (um, hello, every. girls. dream). We walked from location to location, taking full advantage of the variety that downtown Windsor has to offer.
After the maternity session, it’s always a waiting game. While the moms to be are maybe just a LITTLE more excited about baby’s arrival than we are, when we receive the news that baby has been born, there’s often an excited ‘YES!’ and a ‘How are they doing?’ and ‘What’s their name?!’ around buzzing around the office here. With a couple meetings and a maternity session under our belts, clients are often more like friends at this point and we get mega excited when our friends have babies!
I get the privilege of being the first of the crew to meet the little ones, and I was just over the moon when the day came for Beckham’s newborn session! When I arrived, Brandon met me at the door as Marina finished nursing Beckham. Nursery’s are my favourite – they are often so fresh and new, and the themes are endless. Beckham’s nursery was decked out with a blue and grey mountain scape (Brandon even hid a tiny 3D printed hiker on those mountains), wildlife theme, and antique airplanes his dad had travelled hours for. Light lit up the room from a large window on the opposite side of the room and Beckham sat snuggled in mom’s arms. After I caught up on their birth story and marvelled at mom for carrying a nearly 11 pound baby, I placed him in his crib where he snoozed away as I began documenting the new family of three.
Marina & Brandon, Beckham is so precious. Thank you for inviting us in to document this life changing transition. You are already amazing parents, and we can’t wait to watch Beckham grow over the months and years ahead.
“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.”
A REVIEW FROM THE FAMILY
“Working with the team at Manifesto has been an incredible experience. I first stumbled upon their work through some friends social media posts and was really impressed with their work. I knew instantly that I wanted to work with Manifesto for our maternity and newborn photo shoots. During our consultation meeting, we felt comfortable and gained confidence that we would be very happy with the results of our photo sessions. Kristle did an amazing job with both the maternity photo shoot and newborn photo shoot. She recommended locations and captured really great details in the photos. The maternity photo shoot experience made us even more excited for the arrival of our baby boy. The newborn photo shoot experience made us fall in love with baby Beckham even more. We want to thank Manifesto for capturing this special moment in our lives and for helping us share it with our family and friends in such a beautiful way. We highly recommend Manifesto and we look forward to working with them again in the future.” – Neal Family