When I saw these photos it was a ‘drop everything moment’. These pictures defy so many of the traps of child photography and manage to look serene and intimate, while also being very editorial and capturing all the key aspects of a beautiful photo. Angelina, the model (who happens to be a friend), is a stunning girl – no doubt about it; but here she also looks so alive and in the moment with her handsome little man, Dario.
The pictures speak for themselves. She beams as a new mom and looks as natural, confident and beautiful as I’ve ever seen her. Their connection is so sweet that my heart just melted.
To be honest, I tend to get annoyed with self-righteous perfect parenting captured by baby bloggers and equally so with baby-as-accessory type shots where parents use their babies as an excuse to take and photoshop their own faces. I grew up in the era of Anne Geddes plaqued photographs of cherubic babes in butterfly wings, held in hands or popping out of flower pots, so I get it… photos of babies will always be a ‘thing,’ but WELL done infant photography is so rare. Often they are too calculated and a bit weird, or too guerilla style (‘a dingo ate my baby’), or too raw, like…(no offense) I really don’t want to see the inside of your body still stuck to little angel’s face.
Ooh Ooh Darling’s photog catches all the sweetness in a way that time capsules the highest high of joy on his face, his curiosity and expression, and what is interesting about his mother is not that she is gorgeous, because she is (that’s clear), but that she is completely smitten with him and her devotion is clear.
Here, Angie looks ethereal and peaceful, bonded with her baby and looking so ‘now’ in a bohemian goddessy sorta way, while also looking like a pre-Raphaelite painting.
Motherhood, by all accounts, is messy and crazy. But there have to be records like these to prove that all those tears and sleepless nights balance out against the possibility of this kind of joy. I want this. I want even half of this.
For more of Photographer Christin Carruthers’ work, check out her website: http://www.oohoohdarling.com/mama-and-her-little-guy/