Something new

I did this session last weekend in New York…my friend Julie just had a baby (six-weeks-old in these pictures) and asked me to do photos while I was there. I love combining photo sessions with travel so of course I said yes. And I love love love shooting in clients’ homes. We shot these in their Astoria apartment. It’s a small apartment, and the best light was in the bedroom, so we just all got on the bed for these. At the end I took them out on the balcony for a few.

I also wanted to try something new, and Julie agreed to be my guinea pig. I brought along a digital voice recorder and asked her to talk about how she felt about becoming a mom, how she felt like her life had changed with Vika’s birth, what she wanted to remember about this time. Then I synced the voice recording with the slideshow of images from her shoot. The video is about 3 1/2 minutes long.

This is Vika (Vee-ka, the Russian nickname for Victoria, which is her full name). She was born with a birth defect where her colon had not connected to her anus. So she has had to go through a few surgeries so far to correct this, starting with a colostomy–a rerouting of the colon to connect it with a hole in the abdomen wall, where they attach a bag that collects poop. You can see the bag in one of the images. After a couple more surgeries in which they will reconstruct her anus and connect the colon, the bag will be removed and she’ll be completely normal. Julie talks a little about one of the surgeries in the video.

Kathi C - This was such a beautiful thing to watch. It felt so private, so insulated, such a unique window to view this new family through. What an extraordinary gift you given your friends. She mentioned that she didn’t know what she would remember from this time later, but now she will. It brought back memories for me just listening to her. I could smell my 14 year-old son’s little baby head all over again. Thank you for sharing, thank you to this beautiful couple for sharing this time in their lives with us too. Your images are really lovely and this slideshow so special.February 3, 2010 – 11:09 am

april - beautiful.. the slideshow with mom’s voice is so powerful. I’m pregnant with my first child right now – and this really hit me. tears streaming down my cheeks.
she will cherish this forever…. lovely work karen.February 3, 2010 – 12:34 pm

Karen - Thanks, Kathi and April, for the nice comments. You guys are making my day! And congrats on your pregnancy, April. 🙂February 3, 2010 – 2:32 pm

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