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The Brett Family

September 13, 2014

So I’m opening up the sharing of photos from our trip to Ireland not with images of my boys (I know, collective jaw drop), but with images of another wonderful family.

I first met Lisa and her family 2 years ago, I was in Ireland visiting my family for Christmas and my dad had found a tiny stray puppy abandon close to our house and when I posted the story on Facebook, Lisa responded saying they would love to adopt the little fella and make him part of their family of 2 kids, 2 dogs, 2 cats and a turtle. There may have been a fish or 2 in the mix also. Needless to say, you can see what a caring and loving family this was. Since then Lisa and I have kept in touch through Facebook, and also since then the Brett family welcomed a 3rd baby, baby Eddie. Eddie was born with Sipna Bifida but unless you knew, being in his company, you would have no idea. He crawls around and has the energy of any 16 month old (despite the fact that doctors told Lisa and her husband that this was something he would never do) and for moments when he really wants to get on the move, he busts out his Formula 1 style wheel chair. His gorgeous sibilings Naima and Evan absolutely adore him and it did the heart good to see the 3 of them interact so happily together during our shoot. Lisa, I know you’ve been waiting patiently for me to get back to the US to see some of your photos, so I made the most productive use of my jet-lag and finally, here are some of my favorites.

Evan, already a little rock star.

Gorgeous Naima.

And little Eddie.

The handsome Brett men.

The fabulous Brett ladies.

Infinite energy.

Evan goes airborne.

And they said he would never crawl.

Cuties!

I love this shot for 2 reasons, 1. the joy on Evan’s face and 2. Naima in the back ground jumping along as she pushes Eddie.

Baby Maya

May 12, 2014

This blog post is about baby Maya, the daughter of my good friend Rachel and a very special little girl. Maya was born 9 weeks premature by emergency c-section when Rachel developed preeclampsia. Although weighting in at just under 2 lbs when she was born, tiny Maya had the heart of a lioness and literally put up the fight of her life to claim her place in this world. It was a very long, stressful and emotional journey for Maya and her parents. She remained in hospital for just over 8 weeks and during that time there was much progress but also many setbacks. But with an amazing family and a hospital staff that can only be described as second to none, Maya made it.

I was honored to meet baby Maya 3 days after her arrival and captured a couple of photos of this almost 2 lb little fighter.

Fast forward 10 weeks and here she is. All 6 lbs of absolute gorgeousness.

Maya has now been home for 3 weeks, and 2 weeks ago I was happy we were finally getting to do her newborn photos. However, our first attempt at capturing these photos was a semi-epic fail. Maya made her feelings about our photographing plans very clear by pooping and peeing on both Rachel and I right as we tried to get her in position. Once we got her and ourselves all cleaned up, Maya still insisted she was not in the mood to be photographed. She fell asleep for less than 5 minutes, so I was able to get he above and below shot. But after that, each time we tried to soothe her off to sleep and place her in position, she woke up yelling at us.

The only time she really settled was when she was being held my her momma. So we used the opportunity to get some adorable mother and baby shots and decided to try again a few days later to capture her newborns.

Rachel’s furry baby, Pepper loves Maya.

Ok, so last Friday we went round 2 with little Maya, but this time we were ready for all of her challenging ways. Rachel arrived with coffee to keep us awake and alter while we waited for Maya to drift off into blissful baby sleep. She also brought her mom, so we had extra assistance and someone on hand to quickly remove Maya’s paci (thats a soother for all my Irish peeps) giving me seconds to snap all I could before she started to squirm and quick as a flash, grandma had to replace the paci, least Maya wake up. Rachel actually snapped a few “behind-the-scenes” images of our shoot and here you can see a little glimpse of what actually goes into capturing all of those dreamy, fluffy images of tiny babies. Its a very deceptive game of patients, creativity, weird shooting angles, assistance with pillow elevation and paci (soother) removal and administration, as well as fitness as you work ferociously to secure every angle and every image you can before baby wakes up. Make no mistake about it, cute photos, takes work. Hard work.

But its so worth it when you walk away with images like this.

At the end of the shoot Keane and Cullen go in on a little of the action. Maya was actually born 2 weeks after Cullen, but obviously 9 weeks premature, but it was still fun for us to put them side by side for a little size comparison.

The Perkins Family

February 5, 2014

This past Monday I got to spend the morning with my good friend Alli, capturing photos of her adorable little family. Alli and her husband Tyler are the proud parents of little Gavin, the sweetest, blondest, most adorable, not to mention high energy 16 month old ever. Over the past year and a half, (since the arrival of my own wee man) I have come to really enjoy capturing families, especially the babies and toddlers. They are so honest and in-the-moment, you just never know what direction the shoot will go, which makes for a fun, interesting and completely spontaneous session.

For the Perkins family shoot, since the weather was a bit nasty and unpredictable, we decided to do it at their fabulous new home. How cute is this family?? Seriously.

Gavin gave us about 2 minutes of posing time, then like any 16 month old, he wanted to be set free to run and explore. I was so glad I opted not to wear heels this day, cos he sure kept me moving.

At every opportunity Gavin was ready to break free and go about doing his own thing.

I love how kids can find so much joy in the simplest of things. Pushing the doorbell is hands down one of Gavin’s favorite things to do.

Finding random pieces of wood chips, is like striking gold.

Again, flexing his independent muscles. Did not want to hold Mommy & Daddy’s hand while we went for a walk.

But loved a little swing time with Daddy.

A true boy, digging in the leaves and dirt.

Half way through the shoot it started to rain again, so we headed back to the house, and I just love all of these special little moments I was able to capture of this amazing family in their own home.

Finding an alternative use for Daddy’s chess set.

Ah-dorbale Mom & Baby moments.

A little chill time with Daddy.

Peek-a-boo.

Gavin’s special chair.

One last snap of this cuter than cute family.

Welcome Baby Wyatt

November 24, 2013

There is definitely something in the water at the doctors office I use to work at. While I was pregnant and still working there, 2 of my co-workers were also pregnant, and all 3 of us had boys. This year 3 more of my former co-workers added tiny little bundles of joy to their families and wouldn’t you know, again, they all had boys. Thats 6 babies, in 2 years, all boys. Am sure that has to be some kind of record. The most recent little nugget to join this all man crew was baby Wyatt. He came bouncing into the world 10 days ago and has completely turned my friend Kristen and her husband Ben’s world on its head, in the best possible way of course. Last Friday I finally got to meet the little guy as I spent some time snapping some adorable newborn photos and catching up with my friend and new mom.

Baby Wyatts crib, literally.

The wee man himself.

If your wondering where he got that fabulous head of black hair from, he got it from his momma.

Precious.

So baby Wyatt did A LOT of yawning throughout our shoot, but when we needed him to sleep, he absolutely, under no circumstances was willing to shut it down. This baby is clever, make no mistake about it. He knew something was going down and he wasn’t going to miss a second of it, whatever it was.

Love this Father and Son shot.

More adorable baby yawns.

Cute cute cute little family.

Baby feet.

Finally, after many attempts and lots of feeding, Wyatt closed his heavy little eyes.

One of my favorites from the session.

Ending with some more cute momma and baby shots.

Baby Hudson is 6 Months Old

October 29, 2013

I’ve had my new camera for less than a week, but already its racking up the photographic miles. The day after its arrival I put it straight to work capturing the 6 month photos of an adorable little blue eyed boy with fiery red hair named Hudson.

Hudson’s dad is a huge Tennessee football fan, so it was of the utmost importance that we start our shoot off capturing a few photos of Hudson rocking the team colors as well as wearing dad’s favorite and lucky Tennessee hat.

During our shoot Hudson was very cautious in revealing any of his emotions, but there were definite moments when he let his guard down ever so slightly and I was able to capture a hint of a smile in his pudgy little face and big blue eyes.

Already working on his standing skills.

The next few shots are some of my favorites, Hudson hanging out with 2 of his best cuddly friends.

Trying really hard not to smile.

Looking Fall sharp in his plaid and argyle.

Cute, cute, cuuuute.

Discovering the wonderment of feet.

Adorable mom and baby shot to end on.