I’m really starting to appreciate the whole seeing the same families every year part of this job. It is truly my JOY to capture yours!!! And to see more sweet babies added to your portraits…the… More
There’s something special about stepping into a house with a newborn. When I go to meet a newborn client or even a friend who’s just had a baby, I honestly get butterflies as I walk to the door. It’s that anticipation and quiet excitement before meeting a brand new, precious soul…a new family member to love and cherish! I was so happy for this sweet mama and daddy…their first child…a daughter!!! I was met with proud smiles as they introduced me to their baby girl. She was absolutely beautiful with an amazing head of full dark hair and tiny little features. And oh, how they loved on her!! I could have stayed all day to capture the way they looked at the tiny, new love of their lives. Also, can I say that any family that gives their little one the hashtag #theheiress, is pretty darn cool?! 🙂 Thank you again for welcoming me into your home so I could create these memories for you and meet your little one. Clearly she is meant for big things!
Beautiful leaves, sunshine, a gorgeous little red head, and a mama and dad who are practically still newlyweds (see photos towards the end). All these things made this an amazing session and I am definitely craving these lovely colors again! (Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited for Spring and Summer too.) I always hope you will feel comfortable enough to just relax and love on your family at a session. Most of the time, I’ll ask you to look at each other, not at the black box in front of my face 😉 I love when true personalities shine through. This sweet one loves dancing and music!! My favorite is when her daddy played a song on his phone at the end and she busted a move (last photo.) Lots of love to these sweet three!! I’d love y’all even if we weren’t family ❤
Precious baby. Our sweet daughter.
It still seems surreal to say that out loud. We have a daughter! It’s been three months since we saw this beautiful face for the first time (8 days late, I might add). I was a huge bundle of emotions and swirling thoughts and my mind was filled with the unknowns before she got here, but once she was? Once I heard her cry and they laid her sweet, sticky body on my chest? I was able to breathe. I took it all in and studied her little face and didn’t worry about the things to come. The first few weeks were tough adjusting and we still have crazy days but I have to say, I have love LOVED having her finally here!! She has the most amazing dark blue eyes that are lightening up by the day. Tiny fingers and long feet. Dark wispy hair at the back of her head and soft fuzzies on top. The saddest cry and the happiest wide mouth smile that has affectionately earned her the moniker “birdie” from me. She is filling out and is working on an impressive double chin and cheeks (which you won’t see in these photos since these are from the first month.) It’s amazing how a teeny tiny someone you’ve never met can instantly fill every corner of your heart and fit perfectly into your family. She is obsessed with her daddy, and our sweet boy is paying more attention to her everyday (he loves giving her high-fives. 🙂 ) And when she locks eyes on either one of them, it’s a special kind of beautiful. Those smiles are magic I tell you! These are some of my favorites from 8 days old and then a few weeks later. Just our crazy family. All piled up on the bed. Just how I like them ❤
I’m not normally quite this open, but sometimes you just need to pour out your heart and give your thoughts and feelings a space. The night before we go from three to four is one of those times. So, deep breath. Here goes. A letter to my first baby…
Things are changing little one. In a matter of just hours now, we’ll welcome a baby girl into our arms and our home. We’ve waited so long for her and we’re beyond excited to see who this new sweet soul will be!! But there are a few things I’d like you to know. First of all, we are confident you will be the world’s best big brother. We know you’ll love on her and teach her things and get into all sorts of shenanigans no doubt. We will probably laugh at the things you’ll come up with together and cry along with you both on the days that seem too long. Life will get busier, more complicated, and more beautiful than we can imagine right now. But a sister is a great blessing! We cannot wait to see you two together!!
My heart hurts sometimes thinking you might feel uneasy with the changes, or confused why you are not the only little in our home anymore. But I pray someday you’ll know…
That though our attention may be divided, our LOVE never will. It will only be multiplied exponentially. Our family will change and grow and we will be stretched in ways we never thought possible, but the way we feel for you will never change. Well, actually it will. We will love you all the more just the same as we love you more than the day we first met you. As for me? I’m sure glad I’ve had honest mama friends to talk to, because the emotions of adding another little have been much more than I anticipated. I’m so glad they’ve told me it was normal to feel a bit sad about you not being my only little anymore despite how badly we wanted to add to our family. Though there will be a new baby in the house, you will always be my boy. My sweet first babylove. I could never describe the place you hold in our hearts but the only thing that comes close would be this. When you came into our lives, as I’m sure most/all parents experience, you broke my heart in two. But not in a bad way. You broke my heart because before that day, there was no way the love for you would even have fit inside. It had to be stretched, and pulled, and broken so that more love could be shoved in. And then after that, it was never the same. My heart was, and always will be a bit exposed. Just bursting with this uncontrollable, ever growing love. When your baby sister comes, I will burst open again and things will never be the same. They’ll be even better. We will love on this little girl just as fiercely as we love you. But since that big, fierce, multiplied love is so intense, there will surely be growing pains for all of us. We will face the rough moments and revel in the joys of our new family together. I guess this is why mamas can be so crazy and emotional and unstable (at least I feel that way). I mean, they’re walking around with a heart that’s expanded well beyond their rib cages for goodness sake! So just remember that you will always have a special place. And there will always be room for more because though you will have to share your toys and my attention, you’ll never have to share my love. Because you’ll each have your own place in my heart.
“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.”
Oooh, these three!! I was lucky enough to get to capture some of his first few days and I was just as excited to see them again for an outdoor session! It is amazing how fast they change in just a short amount of time! I had to add a few from his newborn session for comparison 🙂 This little guy was such a sweetie and it was great getting to watch his mom and dad love on him again. Thanks again, N Family!
This pretty mama and I went to the same high school so I was so happy that she contacted me for her baby’s newborn photos! I’m slightly biased to families of three girls (being the oldest of three girls myself) so I know without a doubt how much fun these three will have growing, learning, and laughing through life together. I had such a wonderful time with this family! I was greeted warmly when I arrived and I left their home with big hugs from the oldest two…they were the sweetest! And it’s pretty clear how much they all adore their littlest love. Thanks again for sharing your family with me, C family!!
I knew I wanted to take this guy out for some two year old portraits and to do gender reveal photos for our baby girl, but for a while I couldn’t decide what to do! We had pink and blue stockings the first time around (since we found out he was a boy in December). I thought about balloons but they can be tricky to manage and I wanted something he could hold closer anyway. I was so glad I found these sweet little carnations! I imagine him picking her flowers someday like the sweet big brother I know he’ll be. I am so happy with how these turned out but y’allll…if you only could have seen me at the time…
Picture this: Husband was out of town. It was close to bedtime and I was running out of light and time. I was 20 wks pregnant and trying to haul too much stuff to the place I wanted for photos. It was only a little ways from where I had parked, but I had babe in his little stroller, my camera slung over my shoulder, a bag full of distractions and props (candy bribes, a small balloon on a stick to grab his attention, baby girl’s onesie and u/s photo, bouquet of flowers), and I was dragging the wooden chair behind me through the long grass. It was comical to say the least. It made what was really a short walk from the car, seem like a mile and much more challenging than I had planned. I couldn’t even manage the walk back to the car with everything so I would push the stroller a ways, then go back for the chair and bring it up a few feet, and back and forth until we finally made it. Oh, what we photographer mamas will do for great photos!!! 😉 I can laugh now, but had I thought more about it, I would have definitely asked for help. So glad we got some good shots in spite of everything! I just loved getting these sweet photos celebrating our baby girl and his new, two year old status.