First things first, I just adore the name Navia! I did a shoot 3 years with Navia's older brother (who is the youngest of her three older brothers!) commemorating his 1 yr birthday. The family has a tradition of doing a shoot for that (utterly adorable) age. I have mentioned before how it is my absolute favorite age to photograph.
Navia looked just like the female version of Russell! It was total deja-vu for me! (I actually have a shot from his session in my blog banner, look up, with the tag Discovery). The family's (incredible) home was full of window light so I was able to do the entire shoot using only natural light and one lens: my 35mm f1.4L. It's my go to lens for all my newborn and indoor baby shoots. It's fast, light, sharp and a great focal length to work with. I love love love how it lets me get really close to the babies to tickle them, play peekaboo and interact with them. I am able to get them engaged in the shoot and with me, resulting in a great connection where I can get those delicious (new) toothy grins. LOVE!
Navia's jet black curly locks (a gift from her beautiful mama) and soulful eyes are hard to resist. I couldn't get enough of her! :)
The shoot was primarily Navia but we also got a few of her and mom since that was what we did last time with Russell. The Hungry Caterpillar book has been in every child's 1 yr photo shoot so there was quite a bit of emotional attachment and tradition in those shots.
Here are just a few favorites from our session. Erika and Bernie, ENJOY! :)
I just love this shot of Navia and Erika!
She just learned to stand up on her own!