This is my dear friend Rheanna Downey. She’s a beautiful singer, song-writer, music educator and now mama of two beautiful boys Eden and India. Before becoming pregnant for a second time she traveled to India alone on a somewhat “journey of the soul kind of trip”. She fell in love with the Indian people and their culture. A year later Rheanna and her family welcomed a second son…they appropriately named him India “Indie” for short.
I’m so happy with how these photos of Rheanna and her boys turned out. She came to my home with some ideas and her crew (minus the working husband) and we used items found in my home to stage her newborn photos with meaning and light. Rheanna shared with me the things that were most meaningful to her family and we developed a visual plan…. a passport for travel (which happened to be my grandmothers old passport), 1970’s videocamera for her husband filmmaker, a ukulele for her musical roots, and oranges from my tree for the country India.
When photographing newborn babies I love to keep things as natural as possible. Perfection is so overrated; those little flecks of skin, extra rosey completions…it’s all things I want remembered about newborns. This phase is so short it seems to pass like a breath. I want memories like these to last and look true. Here are some images from this touching photoshoot with Rheanna Downey, India, and Eden.