Until the onset of COVID-19, for most of us the idea of global pandemic was something that existed only in books, movies, hypotheticals and our imaginations. Perhaps in our imaginations, the idea that so many regular parts of life would continue relatively unchanged in such a world did not even occur to us. And yet they do. We celebrate birthdays, we mark anniversaries, we love and laugh even in the midst of a world that feels upside-down.

Pandemic or no pandemic, babies are welcomed into the world with the same joy and excitement as ever before. And families want to document and remember the beauty and newness of those early newborn days just as keenly.

I had the heartwarming opportunity to do a number of newborn sessions over the summer to mark the love and happiness that a new baby brings to a family’s life. This was one of those sessions and it was a fantastic evening. I was lucky enough to photograph this new little baby on his 6 week birthday. Mom, dad, big sister, big brother, Grandma and Grandpa were all there to help make this a session full of love, fun, laughter and happiness. And those beautiful emotions turned the daily concerns of life during a pandemic into mere background noise. Love is a pretty powerful thing, I think.

Mom, dad and baby newborn photos madison wi
Dad and son playin in the backyard during family photos
Girl playing on a jungle gym during family photos
Mother holding new baby during newborn photo session in Madison WI
Family playing together for family photos
Big sister holds little brother
Family in backyard during photo session madison wi
Mom, big sister, little brother and grandpa in backyard
Grandfather and grandson eating watermelon on a summer afternoon madison wi
Mom, Grandmother and baby in backyard for newborn photos
Blowing bubbles during family photos in Madison WI
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