I've been hoping to photograph a BRAND NEW newborn for awhile, but the timing just had never worked out. Labor and birth have a tendency to just have a mind of their own... funny how that works! ;)
But this time I got to be there, less than 24 hours after he made his surprisingly quick appearance. Less than 3 hours after labor started he was born. Only minutes after they arrived at the hospital.
With the car still running at the hospital entrance.
Even with the chaos of the birth, his room was phenomenally calm when I entered. Lisa jumped right up to welcome me in, and Alvin was grinning from ear to ear. There was an overall sense of peaceful bliss. Hayden was bundled up and fast asleep. He popped an eye open occasionally to assess the situation, but maintained his extremely sweet demeanor. Already he's exactly like his parents.
Congratulations to my friends, the new parents. Hayden is absolutely perfect. I can't wait to watch him grow up.