One of the things I did to prepare for Archer's arrival that I am most grateful for was scheduling a family photo for just after his birth. I care a lot about taking photos of our family, and I knew that after he was born I would be too tired and overwhelmed to capture those fleeting newborn moments. Also, as the only photographer in the family, I'm never in any of our "family photos."
Fortunately, I have a very talented colleague and friend who is a skill amateur photographer. So about two weeks after Archer was born, she came and spent the morning photographing us. It was her first family photo shoot, but I couldn't be more pleased with the results--especially since I know firsthand how difficult it is to take a nice photo of a toddler who always has his finger stuck up his nose.
More than a month has passed now since these photos were taken and already Archer bears little resemblance to that tiny babe. Last time we weighed him, he was already 10 pounds--a full two pounds heavier than his "big" brother had been at the same age. I know that life with young children is made up of these transitory stages, so I'm so glad to have a few mementoes of those halcyon days--all the more so since I was a little too tired to remember them for myself.
Here are a few highlights from the shoot, or check out the full slideshow. There's also a nifty little video she made at the bottom of this post.