One of the most important things to me in my business as a photographer is the trust of my clients. I want them to know that I fully respect their privacy and their preferences regarding how and where I share their images. My model release allows you to choose your comfort level from “Please don’t share my images anywhere” to “Print Samples only” to “Share far and wide!”
Sometimes, especially with my littlest subjects, the parents don’t wish to have their images shared. Which is totally Ok!! Does it make me sad to not be able to show off these sweet little cherubs? Absolutely. BUT… it would make me more sad to violate the trust of my client.
That said, nothing makes my heart SING like when a client revises their privacy agreement or signs the model release after a period of hesitation. This is a huge honor to me because it shows that my clients have found comfort and trust in me. Definitely not a detail that goes overlooked.
This little girl was one such client. She is actually, literally, my littlest client, clocking in at less than 6lbs! Even being the experienced newborn photographer and mom that I am, I was in awe at how itty bitty she was! (For reference, my biggest client was DOUBLE her weight at around 11lbs by the time our session came to be)
But, she was an absolute JOY to photograph. After a full belly and a good wrapping, she snuggled in and fell asleep soundly. She definitely preferred her tummy sleeping position, so we got tons of that! And for a brief moment, we caught those beautiful eyes wide open! But first, we caught a few of her and her proud big brother having a special moment. He was so sweet to her and you can tell right away that he is going to be not only a great brother, but a great friend.