On Tuesday afternoon I got to meet sweet little Cooper. At only 12 days old, he is absolutely adorable and perfect in every way. Seeing Elijah stand next to Cooper I was completely shocked at just how much my little man has grown. I can barely believe that Eli was once that size! This was my first newborn photoshoot, and as you can imagine, I was very excited/nervous! An entire afternoon was spent moving, dressing, shaping, and soothing this little newborn, who had probably never spent that much time undressed. The only experience that I have with photographing newborns is that which I obtained when Elijah was a tiny baby. I have to admit — it is NOT easy at all, and I have a newfound respect for newborn photographers. Yes, newborns can’t run away like toddlers can, but there are so many other factors to consider when doing a shoot for a tiny human being.
It was a challenging afternoon, but by the end of it I thought that I probably had a decent amount of good pictures so we called it a day. It had taken an hour or two to really get things going smoothly, but once Cooper was more sleepy and I had the angles down, we really did capture some precious moments. That evening, just before dinnertime, I inserted my SD card into my computer and eagerly waited for the pictures to upload. Within seconds I felt my heart sink as little white blocks, with the words “Can’t be read”, appeared where my photos usually appear. Immediately I knew that something was wrong. There were however about 20 photos that I was able to upload, but obviously they were random, and none of the best ones that I had taken. In fact, most of them were instant deletes since they were either out of focus or blurry.
I managed to save about 3-4 decent pictures, but the rest are all gone. This has never happened to me, so I was absolutely shocked and very disappointed. Thankfully, Cooper’s parents are more than happy to come back from another round of newborn photography, so we will be giving it another shot tomorrow afternoon. As selfish as it sounds, I keep reminding myself that there is a silver lining. We just spent two weeks in Bali and I would have been devastated if we returned home to discover that my SD was corrupt after that. I used the same SD for the newborn shoot, but something must have happened to these files. These things happen, but thankfully I can redo the newborn shoot (because we certainly could never redo the Bali vacation).
Tomorrow we will try again.
And I get to spend another afternoon with Cooper, which, in itself, is another silver lining!