When I photograph a newborn I want to capture the moments that I wish I could remember more clearly from my first days and weeks with my daughter, Esme. I don’t have any regrets for not having pictures of her with a giant pink bow on her back or snuggled into some strange, womb-like knit stocking. I wish I had images to remind me how small she was in our arms and how quiet our time together was.

So, a few days ago I spent a quiet morning with an old friend and her baby boy to try to capture just that for her. These are a few of my favorite images.

And her first baby, Cole.