Last time I saw Grayson, he was all cozy under a Christmas tree, just a few days new. Now he’s super smiley, and rolling all around. It was so fun to capture him laying on his back playing with his toes, sitting supported on the couch, and interacting with his big bro. I can’t wait to see him again when he’s turning one!
Rubber Duckie, you’re the ONE!
The very first time I heard my sweet baby Dominic laugh, he was in the tub laughing at a rubber duck. From that moment on, if we ever needed him to smile for a picture or quit moving so we can change him, we’d quack at him. He finds it hilarious! This led me to plan a “Rubber Duckie” themed first birthday party for him, which I also incorporated into his pictures.
I can’t believe my little big guy is one. Although his first year flew by (second child, right!?), it still hits me hard to know he is graduating from many of the “baby” things, and becoming a curious, head-strong, but oh-so-smiley toddler. He remains extremely easy-going (except when he’s being held still or getting his face wiped), and loves to smile. I mean, this kid smiles at everyone he meets with those 8 adorable chompers. He is such a blessing, and I thank the Lord every day for answering our prayers and giving him to us.
Happy 1st Birthday, Dom! Love you beyond measure!
Baby Knox stole my heart during his in-home newborn session, especially when he put on that lion mane and was serving some ‘tude! There is something about a little grumpy baby face that is sooo sweet. In all seriousness, though, he was a little angel for his session. Such a pleasant, little guy. Looking all around, taking in his new home. I am so happy for his proud parents!
This family is near and dear to me, so I was so honored to capture their newborn session for their newest addition, Baby Patrick! Patrick is so cute, and napped sweetly for the majority of his time with me. Big sister Lily was a doll too, and had the cutest little smile for her pictures. Patrick posed with his dad’s hat and dog tags from his time serving in the Middle East, as well as highlighted some of his dad’s interests like fishing with the most adorable little crocheted fishing outfit. Patrick is going to have such fun exploring the outdoors with his dad!
Siddh (and big brother Aadi) were so sweet for their session in their beautiful home. For these types of sessions, I like to capture some candid shots in black and white, as I always feel they truly show the details of the newborn days the best. Siddh (pronounced like Crosby) was alert and pleasant, giving his parents smiles, and just taking it all in. What a cutie!
Baby Cameron came a little bit earlier than expected, but this little guy is so strong! He was wide awake for most of his session, smiling and kicking! After a brief NICU stay, I could tell he was happy to be home with Mommy and Daddy. What a sweet, little guy. Welcome to the world, Cameron!
Amita was simply stunning in red for her maternity session. I actually wore the same dress (but in blue) for my own maternity session last May, so I’m obviously a fan of her choice! Simple solid dresses look amazing on pregnant women as they highlight the bump and photograph beautifully. I love the pop of color against the simplistic beauty of the studio, as well.
It was a pleasure to meet Amita, and photograph the natural joy on her face when she looked at her bump and her cute little boy. Can’t wait to meet baby boy #2 in a few weeks!
After every storm, there is a rainbow. Wesley Scott is that rainbow for his family. After having their first child, Wesley’s mommy and daddy dealt with devastating infant loss, but came out bravely on the other side. The clouds began to lift, and they discovered they were expecting again - this time with sweet baby Wesley.
Wesley’s mommy and daddy were so strong to share this story with me, and request a rainbow portrait for their “Rainbow Baby;” which is a common term for a baby born after a loss. I thank them for sharing this story with me, and also for allowing me to capture such an amazing moment in their family. I met them two years ago when I photographed their first newborn, and it’s been a pleasure getting to know them.
Wesley’s mommy is a leader in our local community. She is such an example of maternal strength, in more ways than one. I wish her, and their entire family all the best, and hope to see them again soon!
So right before the hustle and bustle of Christmas, my baby turned six months. Half a year already! Such a great time to get pictures while they’re old enough to smile and pose, but not old enough to get away from the camera!
People always say that I must have such amazing pictures of my own children since I’m a photographer. Well the truth is, just like any mom…I often forget to take pictures of their milestones. So with the busyness of Christmas upon us, I realized that I hadn’t planned anything cute or creative for Dominic’s six month photos - something that should be documented! My quick fix was a simple, white onesie, the furry blanket I use for all his monthly pictures, and the backdrop of…well…our play room. What you can’t see in the pictures are toys scattered everywhere.
It was actually a good exercise to use only natural window light and play with my cameras manual settings.
Thought I’d finally get around to sharing these since he’ll be turning seven months in just a few days. haha!
Big brother Jameson’s greatest gift of Christmas is certainly his new little brother Grayson, welcomed just before the holidays. What a special time for this family. These two little guys were so cute and picture perfect for their in-home session - I love the jammies and Santa hats!
Sweet Baby Gavin didn’t want to miss Christmas, so he came 17 days early and surprised his family who was in the midst of moving! This year may have been too chaotic for them to decorate their new house for Christmas, but it will certainly go down as their best Christmas ever as they received the most precious gift of their baby boy! Welcome to the world, Gavin!
Louie’s parents are both teachers, so it was no surprise to me when they came up with the creative First Birthday theme of “Chapter One.” I absolutely love it! I also love the fact that we were able to incorporate Louie’s stuffed wolf into his newborn, six month, and first birthday pictures - especially since Louie’s middle name is Wolfe! So many neat, little details about this shoot. Happy 1st Chapter, Louie! It’s been so fun documenting your first year!
When researching local photographers, Alastor’s mom said she was drawn to my woodsy logo and business name before even clicking on my website. Alastor’s parents love to hike and camp, so it’s only natural that his first birthday theme is “One Happy Camper". So cute - just like he is!
Happy 1st Birthday, Little Guy!
These two are just adorable!
The last time I saw them, they were newborns, and it was a few days after Christmas. Now here they are - 9 months and MOVING! They were so much fun to try to capture. Both were trying out their own means of transportation; Cameron crawling on all fours and Natalie army crawling with one arm tucked underneath. SO sweet! Both gave me super big, happy smiles!
It was so fun to document a year of Jameson! His parents opted for the "First Year Special" package, so they were able to get three sessions (Newborn, Six Months, and First Birthday) for the price of two. I always enjoy watching the babies grow throughout their first year. There are always a lot of changes that take place every time I see them, but one thing that remained consistent with Jameson was his adorable red hair and lashes - why do boys always get the good lashes!? He is adorably squeezable, and as sweet as his birthday cake.
Happy 1st Birthday, Jameson!
We welcomed our second son, Dominic Joseph, on June 11th, 2018 at 11:18 pm. Just like his big brother Vinny, once he decided to arrive, he came quickly! At around 4 pm I noticed my contractions were getting close together, and felt differently than the practice contractions I had been experiencing for months. After timing them and realizing they were anywhere from 3 to 5 minutes apart, I called my husband to come home from work so we could go to the hospital and at least get examined.
Once there, we were told I was 4 cm dilated, 90% effaced, and NOT going home. Within a few hours, I went from 4 to 7 to 10, and three pushes later, Dominic was born! He weighed 6 lbs., 11 oz. and was 18.5 inches long - coordinating perfectly with his birth date of 6.11.18 and birth time of 11:18.
To my pleasant surprise, big brother Vinny was so excited to have his baby brother come home. He has been excitedly talking a mile a minute for the past 2 weeks since Dominic's arrival, and my sleepy baby doesn't even flinch. He must have gotten used to all the noise and chaos while he was in the womb.
I finally got around to doing a newborn session for Dominic, while also being his mommy, food source, and keeping my 3 and a half-year-old at bay. Needless to say, the session took multiple attempts over 2 days, and I broke a sweat. Newborn sessions are always the most challenging sessions I do, but especially when I'm wearing both mommy and photographer hats. Thanks to my husband for acting as my "assistant" through the process.
I am enjoying taking the summer to myself to adjust to our family of four, but of course, can't wait to get back to photography in September! Please feel free to contact me over the summer to schedule your fall session!
Sweet, little Braxon was so adorable for his First Birthday Session! I first photographed him last summer when he was a little babe who couldn't yet sit up, now he won't sit still! It's so great to see these little ones time and time again growing up to be active and healthy. He was a total cutie for his pictures, and ended the session with a cupcake smash.
Happy 1st Birthday, Braxon!
Happy Half to sweet little Louie! I last photographed him as a newborn, so it was great to see him return with his mommy and daddy (and his Wolfie) to celebrate his half birthday! He has grown so much, but one thing that continues to stay the same is his love for the camera. He was such a cute, happy guy!
Sweet Baby Zachary was so precious for his newborn session. Once he got comfortable and warm, he dozed peacefully, and snuggled with his comfy elephant.
Welcome to the world, Zachary!
Sweet little Jameson is everything a 6-month-old should be; happy, chubby, and smiley! He was such a good boy when I visited his home for a session in his nursery. He was all smiles and laughs! I was sure to capture the adorable details of his 6-month-old self in his dimpled knuckles and squishy feet.
Happy Half Birthday, Jameson!