I was originally scheduled to photograph this sparkly new brother-sister duo approximately six weeks before I actually met them. As it often happens with twins, birth doesn’t always follow the perfect labor and delivery playbook. In this case, the little guy developed a lung issue and had to spend quite a bit of time in the NICU. As in weeks. Thankfully all is well now and he is breathing and growing just fine, but he certainly threw everyone for a loop in the beginning.
This was my very first twin (newborn’ish) session. After eight years in business, you can imagine how exciting this was for me and how unusual it is to go that long without having twins. I have been chomping at the bit for awhile to work with twin newborns. So on the day of our session, I arrived at our scheduled time for the shoot, excitedly walked in the front door to meet this lovely family, and found both babies wailing at the top of their lungs. Mom gave me a sheepish look and said, “They’ve both pretty much been crying all day.”
In the words of the great Homer Simpson, “D’oh!”
If you have been a parent for any length of time, you know that children have a built-in sensor that alerts them to melt down when you least want them to: Five people deep with your full shopping cart in the check-out aisle at the grocery store. On a long, cross country airplane ride. In the middle of your favorite TV show. When your long lost best friend who you haven’t talked to in three years calls you on the phone. And, of course, when it’s time to have pictures taken.
All that said, we made the best of it. While we hoped that they would give out from exhaustion and fall asleep for the session, they pushed forward, wide awake most of the time and with lots and lots to say. I predict they will either be politicians or opera singers. Or both.
But they are oh-so-sweet, and what a joy and a blessing to finally meet them, crying or not. And hopefully next time, they will be flashing some gummy smiles at me instead. 😉