Before Lilly and Drew's parents found out they were having two, I was asked if I could photograph their baby. "No problem", I thought, as I've been getting very proficient with my newfound love for baby photography. My session times have dramatically decreased as my comfort level, image quality and baby experience have increased.
Then, a month later, they dropped the bomb. "Guess what? We're having twins!"
"Twins?!" My inner-photographer was doing a happy dance similar to Gabby Douglas on floor exercise while my distress-equilibrium-module was at a 12 on a scale of 0-10! Handling and posing one new, new, new baby can be challenging, but now there were suddenly two? The next few months leading up to their birth, I began planning my posing strategy and going over the "what-if" scenarios if both babies weren't cooperative. I really wanted to capitalize on this awesome opportunity.
A few weeks before the due date, something happened and the weight of the situation was suddenly lifted. I remembered that they came to me for photos because they were confident in my skills and trusted me to take awesome images. I basically just needed to stop over-thinking it and trust in my own skills and everything would fall into place.
The session day arrived and I was greeted by two beautiful babies. If I didn't already know they were twins, I wouldn't have believed it. They each had their own look and facial expressions. It wasn't until I snuggled them close together that it was apparent. They warmly embraced each other and seemed to melt in each other's arms. After every pose, Mom and I stood back and admired the beauty in it all. Her excitement was contagious and I think it showed in the photos.
The actual session took approximately 2.5 hours, which was just right for two babies. Everything went smoothly and believing in myself was probably the best thing I could've done to get the results I got. Next time I have a set of twins to photograph, I'll save the worrying for the parents who will be raising them :)
Now, for their first official photographs, here are Lilly and Drew:
All images taken with a Nikon D800, a Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G lens and a Nikon 60mm f/2.8G Micro lens. Nikon's CLS system was also used with 2 SB-900s reflected into umbrellas and the SU-800 commander unit.