This past year has been incredibly life changing with the arrival of our daughter Esme. A week after she was born I received an email from a Houzz contributor that wanted to feature our home. As a perfectionist and a designer, I felt like our home wasn’t even close to being finished, but I also thought it would be a fun endeavor. Within three weeks, we had a photographer at our door and our home was being photographed!
If you’ve never had your home photographed within a few weeks of giving birth, then you haven’t LIVED! Haha. The poor photographer didn’t know what he was walking into. I haggardly greeted him at the door with a screaming infant in my arms and had to hide away immediately to nurse her. It was a miracle that my home was semi-clean at all!
Since our home is an English basement condo, lighting for photography can be tricky. Additionally, we have a long wall of exposed brick that makes our home even darker, and the day that the photographer came was a dark, rainy afternoon. Despite these obstacles, I was so impressed at how the images turned out!
My mother-in-law was visiting during the shoot (and I still wasn’t cleared to drive due to my recent emergency c-section) so I didn’t do anything extra to style our home for the feature, except add some fruit in the kitchen! Truthfully, that fruit was still there a month later, hardened and spoiled. Poor little lemons and limes…
It makes me laugh looking back because they included a picture of my husband, daughter, and myself… and we look EXHAUSTED. I look very “postpartum,” my newborn daughter is screaming, and my husband hadn’t slept in a few weeks. It’s a very REAL representation of that moment.
I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity though to have our home featured. Our home looks so different now, as it’s had to change to accommodate an active, mobile child. Having images from such a momentous, life-changing period is truly a gift that I will treasure.