“there’s a weight off my shoulder
there’s a laughter in the air
you are the answer to every midnight prayer
it took some time to wait it out
but I see it now
you’re worth all the dreaming of
you’re mine to love.”
oh friends, I am so very happy to be introducing you to sweet baby Kate today! this little girl has been prayed for, longed for, ached for, fought for, and prayed for some more. it’s not really “fair” how some couples have to fight so much harder to grow their family, but gosh isn’t this end result more than worth it? Beth and Scott have been dear friends for a few years now, and I was so thrilled when they asked if I would come down to Florida to do Kate’s newborn portraits after she was born. I think we did about 3 hours of portraits, and then I snuggled that kid the WHOLE rest of the day :) she’s an answered prayer for so many people, and I’m so very (very!) happy that she’s finally here! Isn’t that sign above their bed awesome?! My sweet friend Katie made it! Kathryn has the most perfect little features! love those little baby smirks :) these portraits of Beth and Kate literally stopped me in my tracks. I turned the back of the camera around to show her one and she immediately made me take it away before the tears started. Motherhood looks SO so very beautiful on you, my friend! love that smile :) Thanks for allowing me to walk with you guys over the past few years, and for letting me be “Aunt Jessie” to this beautiful little girl :) Can’t wait to have the three of you in front of my camera again soon!
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 Posted in Baby's First Year
“there’s a weight off my shoulder
“… happiness is a warm puppy. happiness is finding somebody you like at the front door. happiness is a smooth sidewalk. happiness is eating out. happiness is mellow. happiness is being able to reach the doorknob. happiness is anyone and anything that’s loved by you…”
– charles schulzCan you believe this little lady is already 4 months?!
lets be honest, I think they both preferred this arrangement to the one right above it ;) look at those two little teeth getting ready to pop through! :)
Happy Wednesday! :)
“it’s a big deal to have a baby. after you have a baby, you are left with a softly pooched out tummy and aching nether-regions, sore breasts and your entire heart now laying beside you making noises like a kitten. you are weepy and exhausted, gloriously alive and powerful. you are a life-giver and so now you want both a nap and a hearty roast beef dinner for your troubles. your skin is criss-crossed with stretch marks because you don’t participate in co-creation with God without being marked by the experience. you became a mother…”
– sarah besseythe last time I saw Gabe and Eli was back in 2013 when we spent the afternoon playing at the park. last week they added a sweet baby sister to their family, miss Elizabeth Anne! they didn’t know if they were expecting a brother or sister, but two days before her birthday Gabe had a dream that the baby was a GIRL, and sure enough now here she is!
I walked in the door and could not believe how much the boys have changed in just two short years! this little boy was just a toddler last time I saw him! love this portrait of these two best buddies: Elizabeth is already crazy about her big brothers :) as soon as they came close she reached right for them! meredith asked for a few photos of her and elizabeth nursing, and these are some of my favorites from the session. i can only imagine the amount of time each day that they spend in this very position, and i think it’s so sweet when we’re able to document that in a beautiful way:
yep that looks about right to me! quite possibly my favorite photo of the 5 of them ;) how precious is she?! i bet meredith was so excited to walk into the girls clothing section and be able to pick up some pink after all these years! :) if you couldn’t already tell, I was absolutely smitten with elizabeth’s sweet strawberry blonde wispy curls! she had this one curl that formed a perfect little mohawk right in the middle :) i am ALL ABOUT letting your kids be themselves during our session. i want the images to always feel true to my clients, and i want to incorporate the things that their days are filled with. as soon as we finished a few family portraits the boys immediately found some of their old halloween costumes, and i thought it represented this stage so perfectly :)
i knew this would be a favorite from the moment i took it. the boys are completely obsessed with dinosaurs; i mean i learned more about dinosaurs from Gabe and Eli in the 3 hours i was at their house than i ever have before! Eli was rocking his dino costume, and as soon as he gave me this look with those big brown eyes my heart melted! dinos have to behave themselves, otherwise the police officer will be quick to handcuff them and send ‘em to jail! ;)
again with those wispy curls… i couldn’t get enough!
thanks again for having me over for the morning! can’t wait to see you all again soon! happy friday! :)
Monday, February 2, 2015 Posted in Baby's First Year
“today is your big moment. moments, really. the life you’ve been waiting for is happening all around you. the scene unfolding right outside your window is worth more than the most beautiful painting, and the crackers and peanut butter that you’re having for lunch on the coffee table are as profound, in their own way, as ‘the last supper’. this is it. this is life in all it’s glory, swirling and unfolding around us, disguised as pedantic, pedestrian non-events. but pull off the mask and you will find your life, waiting to be made, chosen, crafted.”
– shauna niequistour morning for victoria’s session was filled with sword fights, walking lessons, ninja turtles, snuggles in bed, and so many baby giggles… all of the very best things their typical weekend morning consists of :)
it’s only a matter of time before this girl takes off walking, if someone was holding her hands she was a girl on the MOVE! Tori’s favorite game is to chase Connor down this hallway, and pretty soon she will be chasing him right up those steps too! even the bravest of ninjas sometimes need to hide behind their mamas during a sword fight when their daddy attacks! :)
hellooooo bright eyes! my favorite portraits from Connor’s first year were the ones we did in this very same crib during his first birthday session. she might be a few months younger, but i love that we were able to get similar portraits of Tori! they’ve got the same gorgeous blue eyes, that stand out so much in these portraits :)
my absolute favorite. the curls. the expression. the toes sticking out of the crib. such a sweet girl! Monica wanted to make sure we got photos that highlighted Tori’s little chubby legs, since they are starting to be less chubby by the day. MISSION. ACCOMPLISHED. another favorite for sure :) somebody has a VERY ticklish tummy :) thanks for having me over for the morning! can’t wait to see you again in just a few months! :)
Monday, January 26, 2015 Posted in Baby's First Year
“but if you’re afraid of monsters
like everybody is
i’ll be right beside you
closer than a kiss
safe and sound”
I’m so happy to introduce you all to Griffin today, the newest addition to Dave, Julie, and Lily’s lives! Safe to say he fits into their family in the most perfect way :) He has quickly discovered his absolute favorite place to be, curled up snuggling on his mama’s chest, and was quick to let us know how he felt about us moving him anywhere else. Good thing I’m a sucker for baby snuggles, so I didn’t mind one bit that he just wanted to cuddle with her :) This next photo of Julie with her boy is one of my absolute favorites from their session! Isn’t she gorgeous?! If I can look half as stunning as Julie does one week after having a baby I will be THRILLED when that day comes! oh hey there, bright eyes! another favorite for sure :) i love how Griffin is looking at Julie! Thanks again for sharing him with me for the morning! Can’t wait to see you all again soon! :) Happy Monday!