Often clients want to include a particular element or prop in the shoot that has a certain significance to them. Sometimes it’s a favorite toy or snuggly stuffed animal that their little one is especially attached to. Other times they want to hold the shoot at a specific location, such as their home or a favorite outdoor park.

Photo shoot with special mementos: a newborn baby sleeps holding a stuffed toy sheep.

This little guy had a rough entry into the world and even had to deal with some surgery. So his parents wanted to wear their hospital wristbands in a few photos as a special memento from that time – see the pink band on Dad’s wrist in the photos below.

And even with Baby all healthy and well now, I like his parents’ choice of wearing the bands. It’s not so much wanting to memorialize a particularly hard time as it is a reminder to be thankful that those difficulties are in the past and they have the present and future to look forward to.

Are you overwhelmed by the gooey sweetness of the moment? If you’re still reading, please gaze upon this adorable little guy and his parents, who are, by the way, absolutely in love. Okay, really, done with excess of gooey good feelings.

Photo shoot with special mementos: A father holds his newborn son in his arms.

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Photo shoot with special mementos: a mother holders her newborn son in his arms.

Photo shoot with special mementos: a newborn baby sleeps on the back of a toy rocking-horse sheep.