Being a big brother is pretty serious business. That’s the number one lesson I learned from four-year-old Hunter after photographing his baby brother Sawyer’s lifestyle newborn session last June.
I had the pleasure of working with Hunter and his family last spring, shooting his mom’s maternity session on their beautiful country property in rural Niagara County. Normally when working with a family more than once, we would select a different location for each session; but in this case, their property was so beautiful and with so much variety that I was happy to come back and explore a bit more.
We started with a few photos inside, and immediately it was quite clear that Hunter had this whole big brother thing down. He held Sawyer like a champ, and even though he was a typical four-year-old with crazy four-year-old energy, he was gentle and calm when near the little guy. At one point we decided to wrap Sawyer up in his Mom’s gorgeous Free People scarf and let him and Hunter snuggle in for a few photos on the floor. While I shot, Hunter proceeded to show me what he would do if anyone ever messed with his little brother- brandish his (imaginary) Wolverine claws!
Taking newborn photos outside can be hit or miss, but in this case the weather was beautiful and warm, so we decided to give it a go. Just the week beforehand, Hunter and Sawyer’s mom Sara had found a beautiful little wooden footbridge in the woods near her property that was the perfect size for a teepee! On the way back to the house we stopped to say hi to the horse who had just come to live with them.
Walking around their property, I couldn’t get over what a perfect paradise for little boys they had. As Sawyer grows, he’s going to have a blast exploring his little world- with big brother Hunter by his side, of course.