There is something both unique and universal about every infant I’ve met. The tiny yawns, the soft hair, the small fingers that curl around your finger – those things are always there. But when they open their eyes and take in the world, you can’t help but wonder who they are and who they will grow up to be. It’s one of those moments when you can actually stare the future in the face, as if it’s already here.
I have no doubt that Penelope has a very bright future. She was born to two loving parents as they were both finishing graduate school. During this photoshoot, her daddy was running back and forth between rooms, coming to cradle his daughter while trying to also deposit his thesis online. Both he and Whitney are already working hard to make sure she has a wonderful life.
If you follow this blog, you’ve already met Penelope – I went to the hospital the day after she was born to see her, and also photographed her when she was still a cute little baby bump. She’s now three weeks old, very alert, and still charming everyone she encounters. She likes to clasp her hands near her face, and makes it her mission to wriggle those little arms out of every blanket wrapped around her. One look at her tiny face and it’s easy to see why her parents are so madly in love with her. She is beautiful, sweet, and theirs forever.
She posed for the camera all by herself! She’s a natural!
Her parents had to step out for a quick diaper change, so I took advantage of the time to do a quick ring shot (why not?):
Who doesn’t love soft, sweet-smelling baby hair?
Not happy about being called a pirate baby:
Congratulations again, Dave and Whitney! Penelope is a blessed little baby. I can’t wait to watch your family grow.