Please meet, Olutoye Daniel! Or Toye for short, meaning, the Lord is worth the honour. ♥
Some of the simplest, most natural newborn setups are my favorites. Mom envisioned a casual basket setup for our session, and I enjoyed planning this one with her. I was also extremely happy to hear that Olutoye Daniel was still able to have his traditional naming ceremony, thanks to our virtual technology.
Getting back into photo sessions after our COVID-19 lockdown has been exciting for me, but has also been a whole new learning experience. I always practice good hygiene and make sure I sanitize my hands before touching babies during my sessions, so that's nothing new. And wearing a mask is like second nature now, right? But wearing gloves while posing babies is something I am still getting used to.
I took Toye's older brother's newborn photos too, so it was really wonderful to see this sweet family again and catch up, especially during the pandemic. We reminisced a little bit, chatted about wood floors, and Toye's mom asked if I needed some more gloves for my sessions, since they are still difficult to find these days. Luckily, I have a pretty good supply for the time being. This family is among some of the kindest and most compassionate people I have had the pleasure of working with. Truly beautiful souls.
Toye's older brother has gotten so big! I can't believe how much he has grown since I took his newborn photos. He is such a handsome little man now, gradually learning how to take care of his little brother. But he still prefers to play with his stacking bricks. Can you blame him?
One of my favorite moments from our first session together, was watching Dad burp Toye's brother and snuggle with him. He did it in such a loving way while humming to him. So, of course, I was looking forward to reliving that moment during this session, which I did. Whenever Mom would finish giving Toye a feeding, Dad would eagerly take him from her arms, snuggle him to his chest, and slowly dance around the room with him while humming. It was absolutely endearing.
In fact, Toye loved being on his daddy's chest so much, that he would cry the instant Dad would lay him down in the basket. But, after about the fifth try, Toye stayed content in the basket for a few mintues, long enough for me to snap some photos of his adorableness. I think those thigh rolls are my favorite! Or those lips. I don't know, he's just adorable all over! :)