When I walk into a shoot I never know exactly what I'm going to get, and with a newborn shoot, its even less predictable. Will the baby be awake or asleep? Cry all the time or want to feed all day? So I allow plenty of time for ALL of this in my shoots. It takes all of the stress away from the mum, if we can happily put the camera down for as long as needed to make sure baby is happy again.
But with divine little Emmeline we didn't need any of that extra time, because she was officially the dream baby. She slept, she woke, she lay quietly looking up at my camera, and was passed between mum and dad while happily staring into their eyes. Not all babies will be like that, and thats absolutely fine, but once in a while, it makes my job even more of a joy. Thanks Emmeline!