I’ve been seeing a lot of twinsies lately.  Twice as nice, was this twins in-home newborn session with Dean Michael and Natalie Erin, who arrived on January 11, 2017, at 8:04 and 8:05 am. Dean measured 21.5 inches long and weighed in at 7 pounds, 9 ounces.  Little sister, Natalie, measured 19.5 inches long and weighed 6 pounds, 1 ounce.  My oh my, that’s a lotta baby for this petite mama, and she looked fantastic.  Mom and Dad both beamed, along with big brother, Brian, who even flexed his muscles for the camera – just call him The Protector.  So cute.

So here, they are, these sweet fraternal twins who kept us moving and grooving throughout their in-home session.  But they did grace us with a sweet window where they slumbered together.  But if you look close, you will see, Natalie has plans… she looks as though she may be up to something.  Or maybe she knows something we don’t.  I can’t wait to see…

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Here it is – the Super Bowl of cuteness on this Super Bowl Sunday – Max’s studio Sitter Session.  He started slow, kept us guessing, and then boom, the smile broke loose and couldn’t be contained!  He especially seemed to appreciate being free and naked.  LOL  I love an organic set with sitters so we can gush over all their cute baby rolls, and Max did not disappoint.  He was so expressive!  As his mom said, what a little ham!

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Norah rocked her studio sitter session!  Full of smiles and giggles, she cracked me up with her giddy, playful disposition.  But really, it didn’t surprise me one bit.  She followed right behind her big brothers, Mason and Owen, who also were happy little peanuts that knew how to play the camera.  You certainly can’t deny they are siblings – all with the best mop-on-top and the signature tongue-smile.  So stinkin’ cute.  So let this little cutie brighten your day and I dare you not to smile right along with her!

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Ahhh, twinsies!  Meet Sophia Grace and Christopher Angelo.  Big sister Gianna couldn’t be more proud!  It’s funny – I had the privilege of photographing Miss Gianna throughout her first year and she was quite a serious little nugget for most of her sessions.  Some peanuts make us work for it more than others, which isn’t an entirely bad thing – it just makes it that much more special when they ‘give up the goods’ and grace us with a genuine gummy smile.  But there was definitely a shift during the studio newborn session for her new twin siblings – Gianna couldn’t stop smiling.  She beamed when I asked her if she was the best big sister ever.  So there ya have it – Gianna found her bliss.  She loves being a big sister!  Mom and Dad sure are blessed with these three sweet peas.  Fraternal twins Sophia and Christopher were both quite alert little squeakers for their studio newborn session, but we eventually found a sweet spot and lulled them both to sleep for some squishy, curled poses, separately and together.  I couldn’t get over how much little brother, Christopher, look liked his big sister Gianna in certain shots, especially his profile.  And little Sophia had the sweetest smile that popped a few times to delight us.

Congratulations, ‘D Family!’  I look forward to seeing these cuties throughout their first year.

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Little brother, Archer ‘Archie’ Allen arrived with his chunk-of-cheeks to join his big sister, Maura, and family for the holidays on December 5, weighing in at 8 lbs 13 oz, measuring 21 inches long.  As you can see, Miss Maura is thrilled to be a big sister – her bright, sweet smile says it all.   I just love their family shots.  It’s such a privilege to document growing families – I was first honored to photograph Maura for her first year, and now I got to snuggle little brother, Archie, and I can’t wait to see him for his first birthday, though let’s not rush things.  We need to slow time and enjoy his plump, munchable cheekies and his little button nose while they are ever so tiny.  He even blessed us with a sweet, subtle smile during his in-home newborn session.

Archie was a curious little fellow, alert for most of his in-home newborn session.  I have a theory that winter babies are more alert in general – but mainly, that’s just me projecting a disdain for the cold.  I firmly believe they are less than thrilled, like me, to be thrust into the chill of the outside world,  especially since they had just spent the last 9 months in a snug, warm, humid tropical paradise.  “What the heck,” they must be thinking…. “Put me back!”  hahahaha

But nay, Archie – we are thrilled you are here, and congratulations to you and your family, and enjoy those family snuggles to keep you warm.

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How perfect to start of the new year of blog posts with a studio newborn session with sweet little Ethan James, who arrived a little earlier than anticipated on December 13th, weighing in at a solid 6 pounds.  We had discussed the possibility of a Christmas baby at Mom and Dad’s maternity session, but Ethan saw fit to make sure that didn’t happen.  As the daughter of a Christmas baby, I am aware of the perils of holiday babies.  Hint – they feel slighted.  Mom and Dad also chose to keep baby’s gender a surprise, so that was fun, waiting to find out who their new addition would be.  I predicted boy, and turns out, I was right!  Just a lucky guess.  ;)

Ethan was quite alert for the majority of his session, yielding some great open-eye shots (or what I affectionally refer to as peeper-shots), but he snoozed just enough to get some of those sleepy curled poses, especially a personal favorite of mine that captured Ethan snuggling with a toy puggie, representative of his fur-sibling Pugsy, who is a recent cancer-survivor, by the way.  If you know me, you know I’m ‘slightly’ pug-obsessed, so yeah, we HAD to do that one!  I was thrilled that Mom and Dad appreciated it as much as I did.  Thank-you, Ethan, for playing along.  :)  I quipped and said I just might have to frame that one for myself.  Haha.  It’s been ordered.  :)

Thank-you, Richard and Kelsey, for trusting me with your precious little man, and congratulations to you and your growing family.

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It was a pleasure meeting Miss Julia for her in-home lifestyle newborn session, especially since I had had the honor of photographing her big brother, Jack, several years ago for his newborn session.   It took her a little while, but she eventually settled in for some sleepy shots, though this being an in-home lifestyle session, it’s not as pertinent that she be completely dozed since most of it is far less posed than a studio session.  That’s one of the primary differences between an in-home lifestyle newborn session and a studio newborn session, which is more posed and structured.  The in-home session, however, documents more of baby in her own space, in a natural setting, including mom and dad’s arms.  A lifestyle session documents more of the interactions between subjects and focuses less on the perfectly posed image.  I try to emphasize this distinction when clients are trying to decided which option to choose for their newborn session.  In the past, I had tried to do more posed shots in the home, but personally, I found it frustrating, battling a range of challenging lighting scenarios, having less ‘control’ over the environment, and always coming back with what I felt were sub-par results compared to what I would get in my studio space, if parents liked the curled, little sleepy poses.  However, I developed a love for the less-posed family photos, as well, again, emphasizing the interactions and snuggles in their own environment.  So really, it’s a matter of preference.  The in-home lifestyle newborn session happened to work well for Miss Julia, especially since she was nearing the end of the ‘newborn’ window for posed photos (I find 5-7 days ideal, or at least within 10 days of birth), and she was also pretty actively into a cluster-feeding phase.  So the stimulation of touch seemed to rouse her quite easily when I attempted to mold or refine her position.  Instead, she snuggled into herself and seemed quite at home at, well, home, as a matter of fact.  Haha.

Welcome to the world, Julia, you little pearl, and congratulations to your family, especially big brother Jack, who is taking to his new role beautifully.  :)

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I’m thrilled when couples, especially first-time parents, opt for a belly session to celebrate the impending arrival of their little one.  It’s so fun, incorporating all the cute props from their own nursery, proudly displaying the sonogram pic, and just knowing that in a few short months, or even weeks! they will be snuggling their little ball of love in their arms.  Even the family pup, Shelby, got in on this celebration.  How cute!

Congratulations to this momma and poppa to be!

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The latest studio newborn session features sweet little Griffin Asher and his big brother, Austin with Mom and Dad.  I had the privilege of photographing Gina and Adam’s wedding a few years back.  They had lived out of the area when their first born, Austin had arrive, but they have since returned to the area (lucky for me) and I got to meet both of their handsome boys!  Griffin was a great sleeper and he was full of smiles for us, too!  Mom especially like the incorporation of the orange wrap, as it paid homage to their wedding – the vibrant blast of fall colors.  Griffin has the sweetest little baby details.  What’s better than baby lips, baby fingers and toes, and baby feet?  Not much!  And I love the cute personalized hat Mom got from LittleOnesLove on Etsy.

I look forward to seeing little Griffin throughout his first year, along with his family!

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I look forward to birthday sessions – it’s always a treat to see the littles year after year with their families.  Miss Amelia is celebrating her third already, which seems nearly impossible to believe.  She captured my heart right away, accompanying her Dad on guitar.  She showed off her pretty purple nails and flashed her signature giddy smile.  Let’s face it, she made my job super easy.  She hung a little with mom and dad, but was quite content mugging for the camera all on her own.  Hahahaha.  We captured some of the last blast of fall, which was perfectly suited for this little lady’s warm and bright personality.  Mom and Dad are blessed – she certainly a sweetheart, and I thank them for sharing her with me, if even for the hour of her birthday session.  :)

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