This session produced so many dreamy images. Little Adrian was so sweet and sleepy for most of it, which made my job easy. I so enjoyed meeting him and his parents, who brought along the most perfect bear props to compliment his woodland nursery at home. The blue bear was extra special, as it was his daddy’s when he was a baby.
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!
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!
I didn’t even know that Stella was a redhead when I decided to wrap green eucalyptus around a bucket for her newborn session. After seeing her next to it, I realized how perfectly it went with her red hair, as it resembles shamrocks. She was such a perfect angel for her session! After settling in and finding her comfy spot, she slept soundly. What a pleasure it was to meet her!
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!
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!
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!
I'm always captivated by the stories behind baby names. I always ask the parents about the inspiration behind their mini's monikers, and Louis Wolfe's story is so special. His first name is after his great-grandfather, who was a strong influence on Louie's daddy, and his middle name is a reflection of his teacher parents love for literature. Put the two together, and you have this sleepy, smiley sweetheart - Louis Wolfe.
It was a pleasure to meet another Baby Charlotte today! She was so adorable and wide awake for her entire session (except for that 5 seconds I captured of her snoozing at the end). She was so strong holding her head up and looking all around. This little girl didn't want to miss a thing! She and her mama were a joy to spend time with today.
I simply cannot get enough of these precious images of Baby Ana!
She came into this world on Halloween as a perfect autumnal princess, which inspired me to surround her with warm, golden fall leaves for some artistic shots. She also took a few holiday shots during her session for potential Christmas cards. She was a tiny little doll at just 1 week old. I had the pleasure of meeting her parents at their Maternity Session in early October, so I had been anxiously awaiting her arrival!
So nice to finally meet you, Miss Ana!
Weston was such a sweetheart for his newborn session. After booking with me, his mama realized that we're neighbors (small world), so he and his siblings arrived from their home down the street in a great mood and cooperated very well. Big sister Audrey was outgoing and proud to show off her new baby brother, while new big brother Wyatt was quiet and well-behaved. I love this sibling shot showing Wyatt checking out the new little guy.
Weston (and his fabulous head of hair) ended the session with the perfect little newborn smile. I always say that when babies smile in their sleep, it means the angels are talking to them.
God bless this little man and his family!
Carmen is my darling niece, named after her Great-Granddad (my Granddad) Carmen.
Miss Carmi was quite unhappy with her auntie being up in her face with the camera, but we were able to still squeeze a few good shots out of her - these are just a few of my favorites. She looked so elegant in her "Greek Goddess" headband, gold crown, and this darling little pink headband and diaper cover set. The princess listened to calming lullaby renditions from the Queen Bey during her session, and was warmed by the space heater. I can't wait for many more opportunities to photograph this darling girl as she grows!
One thing is for sure, the princess has arrived!
The sweetest little peach!
Yesterday, I got to spend my afternoon with Charlotte aka "Peach" and her sweet parents. When Charlotte was still in her mama's bump, her parents referred to her as "Peach," and the name stuck. Even though her name is Charlotte Alexa, I only heard her parents call her "Peach." It's an adorable nickname for a sweet-as-pie baby girl, and inspired her peach-themed photo shoot.
Her birth name of Charlotte is a traditional name that both parents obviously liked, but also a throwback to her mommy's home state of North Carolina! I always enjoy hearing the story behind a name.
It was such a pleasure meeting "Peach" and her lovely parents!
I love family history and family heirlooms, so when the Myers family showed up to their Newborn Session with a box of them, I was so excited! The key that Baby Declan is holding was passed down and is engraved for his middle namesake. The toy truck symbolizes his grandfather's profession, and the tattoo on his father's arm is the Myers family crest. Even Declan's mommy and daddy's wedding rings had interesting stories behind them!
In addition to sharing a love for family with me, they also share a love for all things Disney! Baby Declan's nursery is Mickey themed, and he already has his first vacation to meet the Mouse scheduled! My 21-month-old son is obsessed with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, so I was happy to see all the Mickey items they brought along.
It was so great to meet the Myers family and sweet, little Declan - who was so cooperative for his photo shoot! One of the sleepiest little guys I've ever photographed - a perfect angel.
I love watching my friends become parents. I've known Baby Kenley's Mommy and Daddy for a while now - her daddy lived with my husband in college (in Briar 1 Lodge, to be exact). It brings so much joy to my heart to see him so in love with his baby girl. She already has him wrapped around her (very) little finger. Kenley is also so blessed to have a loving mommy who was so attentive to her needs during the entire newborn session. You would never know these two are in the trenches of the first week of sleep-deprived parenthood, as they both looked great and were glowing as they talked about their darling daughter.
I can't wait to watch Kenley grow up. Not only is she a family friend, but she is also a neighbor, living only a couple streets away in our neighboring development. I see lots of stroller walks in the near future! Welcome to the neighborhood and the "Briar" Family, Kenley!