Here comes the 'Sun' and literally so. 6 days into this world, 'Aayansh' (meaning the 'Sun') is already awake - are you?
Given that I was photographing at the traditional Chhathi ceremony for 'Aayansh', which takes place on the evening of the 6th day after the birth of the newborn, after discussing with the parents, I decided to go with a traditional 'look' for the shoot. What better than the auspicious banana leaf to grace 'Aayansh' and his first photographs! :)
A bit about the Chhathi ceremony, on the 6th day after the birth of the child, this ceremony is held as a formal announcement and celebration of the arrival of the newborn, wherein all close family members are invited. It is also believed that the Goddess of Destiny enters the home on the 6th day to write the destiny of the newborn.
While doing the shoot, I was amazed at how fragile 'Aayansh' was. You could see that his skin was peeling at places due to the change in environment (having spent 9 months in a water-based environment!). At a newborn photography session, not only do I capture the expressions of the newborn and his interactions with the family members, I also strive to document how fragile and precious the baby is, his features, his newness to this world. These sessions often leave me in 'awe' - make me 'see' things in a fresh way, perhaps just like a child, who lives in the moment.
Enjoy your weekend, folks!