A Welcome Home Shoot

A Welcome Home Shoot

Welcome home to Sydney, just two weeks old. And welcome home to me. This is my first Stacey Vaeth Photography shoot this month, as I took a bit of a break to focus on a personal project.

A confession: Newborn sessions are not typically my favorite shoots. I feel a combination of trepidation and inadequacy when doing a newborn session, because of the plethora of gorgeous and serene baby in a basket/bucket/pumpkin images out there (i.e. on Pinterest and in Anne Geddes calendars).

I feel that my clients expect this shot; this perfect, soft dumpling of a baby in an adorable, albeit totally unnatural pose. So I’ll strive for it. But when I follow my true inner vision, the expression of what I think that I’d feel like were I a mother, what I want to shoot is more like this. Exactly like this.

Feelings of inadequacy and imperfection are probably the hallmarks of an artist. It is the bane of our existence, and simultaneously what makes us who we are. Those instincts, untested and not-yet-vetted, are what makes any creation so scary. It can be really, really bad. An idea can stink. But the risk is: if it’s not out there, you’ll never know if it’s great or awful. Like making a souffle, it can fail to rise, or be a perfect, soft, dumpling of a thing.

So, as a New Year’s Resolution, I’m going to work more on trusting in my vision, on doing something different, on capturing the spirit of my client (and myself). Therefore, if you see me hedging on a thought, on a pose, on an idea, and you like what I do, please urge me that it’s okay to suggest it. Something very personal and really great might emerge. Then again, the idea might stink (or sink). And we will probably survive.

After all, there’s always a pumpkin that we can stick that baby in.

Best Laid Plans


Death Valley I had all sorts of wonderful intentions of putting together a year-end photo gallery, documenting the wonderful families, companies and couples whom I have had the pleasure of working with throughout 2013. It remains on my to-do list, where it’s been residing for months. While this lack of presence on this blog and on Facebook ironically convey that I’ve been twiddling my thumbs and eating bon-bon’s, it’s in fact the opposite. This fall was one of the most fun, the most dynamic, and the most packed that I’ve had since beginning this little business in 2008. So much fun, so cold, so pretty, so stressful!

So, with that un-done to-do list (well, the really important stuff is done), I’m off! I’m headed off-line for a personal project and a little personal restoration. I’ll be out of the office for the larger part of January, but don’t worry, you’ll be in great hands! Should you need anything, feel free to contact us. Scheduling for the remainder of the year is still taking place.

Until we chat again, may you have a fantastic start to 2014. Here’s to a great year.