“I always love the images of mom and dad holding their baby, looking at them in total awe and full of love. I tend to take a lot of these photos in my newborn sessions rather than the baby alone, because its the sense of family and connection and love that I want to capture.”
You can certainly feel the family love and connection in this exquisite newborn session that Cleveland, Ohio photographer, Maria Manco shares with us today. Maria, a mother of two small children, believes in capturing real, unscripted moments through her camera lens. Photographed in the family’s home on a late sunny afternoon, Maria beautifully documents the beginning of lifelong relationships between parents and their new baby. You can’t help but smile as you take in these images and the positively glowing faces of the baby’s mom and dad. Even the family’s boxer dog got in on the action and pulls a friendly grin for Maria’s camera. A bright and cheerful nursery sets the tone for a new rhythm of life, set to the tune of baby giggles, bath water splashing and bedtime stories.
Maria’s secret to maximizing light, space and perspective in this session is her new 24mm f 1.4 Sigma Art lens. “Like many nurseries that I photograph in, this one was not super tiny but also not very big. This lens allowed me to take the wide shots of the room to give a sense of place as well as tight shots to emphasize the connection that I love so much. For example, I was able to squeeze into the corner of the crib against the wall and take a photo of the baby through the mobile, giving some detail to the photo.”
When asked what she hopes that her clients see or remember when they look at their photographs, Maria shares, “I hope that families see how beautiful they are and how much love they have for one another when they look at my photographs. I hope that in 30 years parents will look at these photos and remember those early days and the memories and feelings will come rushing back to them. I hope these babies will look at these photos and see how much their parents adored them.”
Seeing these families as Maria sees them, I have no doubt that these photographs will be treasured for years to come.