Miss Miriam is number SEVEN in her family! In 2011 her family hired me for family portraits and they went all out, because “we’re done!”. A year later, Miriam arrived! Her portrait will be added to their impressive wall collection.
I was missing chasing toddlers, so I called up the best dressed one I know and we had a blast! This little girl has an amazing personality – full of curiosity. I’m so thankful her mama let me capture these moments.
I met Rachel, a brand new to the Air Force wife, about a year ago at a squadron Christmas party. We chatted about nothing in particular (we all know how great I am at small talk – not!), but in the course of the conversation I learned that she and her husband were brand newlyweds, they had moved from DC, and they did not have kids but hopefully would soon. Soon happened, and she booked me to do maternity portraits. I was thrilled to photograph this first time mommy-to-be, but unfortunately, two days before her consult, I received an email that baby James had made an early appearance – six weeks early – and would need a brief stay in the NICU.
Six weeks later, Rachel was ready to bring him in for newborn portraits. I was in awe; rather than being stressed out about the rigors of new parenthood, she was just enjoying every moment with her baby. This first time mom had the wisdom to know that those days of newbornness are fleeting, and she was soaking them up. Watching her look into his eyes took my breath away, and I hope I captured just a fraction of the emotion I felt.
Crystal, an already busy mom of two young boys, contacted me in June about scheduling a newborn session for her THIRD boy in early July. I was thrilled to work with her, and she was able to bring little Jameson to me at just five days old. I loved capturing the new baby with his beautiful momma.
Eight months ago my sister, who is ten and a half months younger than I, announced she was pregnant. A few months after that, she announced it was a girl! The entire family was excited and has greatly anticipated the arrival of little Emma Marie. I live seven hours away from Pam and I thought there was very little chance I would be able to be present at Emma’s birth, although it was one of my greatest hopes. On Friday, I got the text – they were inducing Pam because of high-blood pressure. Immediately, I started packing and within three hours I was on the road with my two youngest. Six hours later, at 9:30pm, I dropped off my kids with my mom and dad. Two hours (and a tremendous thunderstorm) later, I arrived at the hospital. I had made it! Although it was my intention to document the birthing process, I could see that I would be of better use to my sister at her side. As soon as Emma made her debut, I picked up the camera and captured her daddy holding his first baby for the very first time.
Minutes after birth
Snuggling with Mama
The next day, I went back to the hospital and did Emma’s newborn portraits. I am truly blessed to have met my newest niece, and even more blessed to have captured her first moments in this world.
My beautiful sister and her beautiful baby
Emma in her dress and cap made by Grandma.