Josh, Tracey, and Harper | Brooklyn Newborn Photographer

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It was later, back in my studio combing through the shots from this session, that I realized what I'd shot in this photo. Here, Harper extended an arm and Pepper, her dog, leaned forward to sniff her hand. They connected, making it the first time Harper touched her dog. What an insanely rad moment to snap. Or maybe this dog and baby loving photographer is overly sentimental.

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Josh and Tracey asked me to do their maternity photos in Brooklyn this past fall, and right after the new year I made my way to their apartment in Park Slope for the second time to greet them as a family of three and take some newborn photos. I actually beat them to their house for the homecoming (an excited grandma let me in), so I got to see the very first moments Harper spent at home.

We moved our photo shoot a few times, because she wasn't quite ready to come home from the hospital right away like they had hoped, and in the end, it all worked out. We shot these on the day Harper turned 10 days old.

Scout the dog took one look at me and bolted. I think she remembered me from last time as the lady that kept pointing that scary machine at her. Pepper, however, hung around, and I got to witness their introduction.

Welcome to the world Harper. You are so lucky to have two great parents AND dogs.