An audible gasp.  We’re minutes into the session.  Minutes.
She’s posed sleeping and giving me some of the biggest smiles I’ve ever seen.
I hear her dad over my shoulder.  Another gasp.
“oh.  OH!  Oh my gosh!  I get it.”
He tells me about his great camera.  About how he didn’t understand WHY they would need someone else to take pictures of their newest treasure.  She’s adorable.  Perfect.  How could you go wrong?  Great camera.  Cute baby, nice camera…what more do you need?
Minutes in, but 8+ years of work, practice, thousands upon thousands invested and it comes down to this.
This little window of 4-12 days.  Once it’s gone it’s gone.  No second chances.
She smiles again.

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Grinning Weasel is Cheryl Voigt, a Squamish based photographer specializing in maternitynewborn and family portraits.