nautical nursery | lifestyle newborn photographer

This is one of the reasons why I don’t do studio pictures anymore.  I would miss out on the adorable nurseries that most newborns have.  What little boy wouldn’t want to grow up with sailboats and whales?

By the way, I love this little guy to pieces.  I snuggle him every chance I get.  This is the beauty of friends hiring me or strangers hiring me and then becoming friends.  It’s a fringe benefit far better than money can buy.

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melody-jane | newborn lifestyle photographer

Last week I went with my boys to visit my family.  I was very blessed to meet my new great-niece.  At three weeks old she was, by far, my best behaved newborn.  Most sessions I prefer that the baby be no older than 10 days because they start to be awake more.  Not little miss.  She slept through it all.  An outfit change, shifting from Grandma’s hands to my hands, inside to outside.  She was a little angel.

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woodland princess | newborn lifestyle photographer

This wasn’t my usual in-home session.  Generally it’s mom, dad and baby.  Maybe a sibling or two.  But this time it was a special treat!  We got grandma, grandpa, two aunts and an uncle.  I wish the other grandparents could have been there as well, and a few missing uncles and aunt.  Maybe we will catch the rest of them the next time around.   I was hoping for an overlap of the grandparents visiting but I guess that’s what happens when your family is 946 miles away.

Either way, this sweet little girl is never going to lack for love.  And the cradle and beaver blanket were made special for little Willa from her grandparents.  When I first saw it, all I could think of was Little House on the Prairie.  Also, I was a bit jealous and wish I would have had one when my babies were babies.  She is one, blessed little princess!

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james newborn | baby lifestyle photographer

My last session of 2016!  And I got to spend it out at this lovely family’s home.

Two years ago I was asked to take newborn pictures of their middle son.  Here we are with boy number three and they continue to invite me back.  I’m so glad because I just love these littles.  They are truly some super sweet kids.

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6 months | baby lifestyle photographer

Stop.  The.  Madness!

You all know that I think literally every baby is edible.  But can we just agree that this one is BEYOND edible?  Seriously!  How do I survive with this little man next door to me every minute of every day?

And is it fair that a little boy not only gets a cute little cleft in his chin but also a dimple and big, bright blue eyes?  Let me answer that for you.  NO!  It is not.

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fifteen days | newborn lifestyle photographer

This little stinker was supposed to be born when I was home, not when I was out of town over Thanksgiving.  I mean, he couldn’t have waited four more days?  I had plans.  I was going to take his pictures at the hospital.  And then again at about one week.  Well, one thing led to the next and 15 days later, here we were.  Good news is, I will get to capture his growth every month for the next year like I did his “big” brother Shayde.  Their mama had the best Christmas present of all two years in a row.  Yeah, I’m a little jealous.

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finally home! | baby lifestyle photographer

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.  Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.  

Psalm 139:13-16

When asked about taking little Henry’s newborn pictures I must admit that I was a bit concerned and nervous.  But once I got to the house I realized that he was doing remarkably well for someone who was born at 25 weeks and 5 days and has had four surgeries (two of which were on his brain).

Henry finally got to come home with his parents just one short month ago, two days after his due date, at the age of three months.

Though he is technically four months, Henry is developmentally registering at one month. So, yes, these are considered his “newborn” photos.

Thank you, Woollen’s, for trusting me to not germ up your sweet little guy and for allowing me into your home to document these precious moments.  Oh, and the baby snuggles weren’t half bad either.   😉

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