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Baby’s first photo shoot

By Ben Husband

I can honestly say there’s a diminutive part of me that doesn’t want my three-month-old son, Elliott, to grow up. I can see why so many parents say they wished babies could stay babies forever — it’s like getting a puppy sans the pee stains on the carpet in the living room.

Of course I want my son to grow big and strong, respectful, intelligent and experience all he can in life. However, this newborn state is so wonderful. The smiles, the giggles, the squeaks, moans, the kicking and the fact he just discovered his hands has me and Kelley wanting more and more, yet wanting these precious moments last forever.

And now, thanks to a wonderful photographer, some of these moments will last forever.

Prior to Elliott’s arrival, Kelley’s friend, Amber, peppered her with baby gifts from Karios Children’s Boutique (http://www.kairoschildrensboutique.com/.) Among the gifts was a complimentary photo shoot with Grand Junction baby photographer Cristine Strickland (http://www.cristinestrickland.com/.) Prior to setting up an appointment with Cristine, we researched her work and were absolutely amazed. Anyone can take a picture, but she has a distinctive flair of capturing the true innocence of a newborn through compelling art that speak volumes. We jumped at the opportunity to hire her.

The experience of having Cristine capture some of our son’s most precious moments was an unforgettable one. It’s almost like she has a baby sixth sense with newborns the way she is able to relax them into poses you normally see in an Anne Gettes photo. It’s almost like Elliott was just seven pounds of molded clay — he was pretty much stationary for each shoot.

Cristine is an on-location photographer, meaning she comes to your house and nothing is staged other than forming babies into poses. She basically moved into our house with her equipment and baby props that included all kinds of fuzzy blankets, pottery-shaped beds and even a portable heater, which is used to relax babies.

For four hours, Cristine took over as Kelley and I watched in the background. With a great deal of gentleness and patience, Cristine worked with Elliott in the nursery with the basic naked shots on a velvet-like background. Most newborns are wiggly and, for the most part, restless when lying down. However, Cristine was able to structure him into poses that we could never do. It was amazing and heartwarming for these parents to witness such treasured moments.

Once Cristine was finished with her one-on-ones with Elliott, she wanted Kelley and I to take Elliott and to “act normal as if I’m not here.” Although we knew she was present, it didn’t take long for us to fall into a routine normalcy. It was then Cristine captured some of this family’s best heartwarming moments.

I was even more touched, and impressed, to find out Cristine captured some great photos of my dog, Buddy, whom I mentioned to her has cancer.

Once the photo shoot was finished, we couldn’t wait to see the photos. And when we did, Kelley and I both fought back tears. We felt the emotion of the moment in each picture. It’s almost like a fairytale that came to life — that’s just how real these photos are. Sharp imagery and creative angles helped create invaluable lifelong memories.

We ordered a cluster of photos, which included two huge 16-by-20 portraits and a photo album that is professionally designed. The price was incredibly reasonable, but with Cristine’s professionalism and the quality of her photography, price wasn’t an issue.

If you’re about to have a baby or have a newborn and want to hire a photographer, we highly recommend Cristine. I promise that you will not be disappointed.


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