Popping in really quickly this afternoon to share some of my favorites from a recent newborn session with an adorable baby girl named Ria. I met Ria and her family at their home a couple of months ago and had the best time photographing the growing Pittman family. Ria was exactly like a tiny little doll, and she was so adorable in all of the different outfits we put her in. I especially loved the crocheted onesie with the pearl headband that Becky picked out for her! Here are some of my favorites from our day:
My sweet friends, Daniel & Elizabeth, welcomed an even sweeter baby boy into their family about six weeks ago. His name is Rhett, which I love. I was so excited when Elizabeth asked me to photograph him in all of his newborn glory, and I couldn’t respond with a resounding YES quickly enough!!! I spent a couple of hours with Elizabeth & Rhett at their home, and we had so much fun! He was such an awesome baby – he slept for pretty much our entire shoot, making him super easy to work with, but he held out on the smiles until the very end of our time together. We had wrapped up all of his individual portraits and taken some with his mama, and decided to put him in the teeniest cutest red wagon I have ever seen. This was during the holidays (I am so behind, remember!?), so we placed his wagon in front of their Christmas Tree, and I was dying over how sweet he looked when he flashed me the BIGGEST smile! I happened to catch it on camera while squealing, and it was in focus, so it was a true miracle (have you ever tried photographing a newborn while squealing? I do it alot, and things tend to get a little shaky in the focus department! ;)). Here are some of my favorites from his sweet session (note the smile, the fox outfit andddd the bear outfit! It all may be too cute to handle, so proceed with caution!)
Let me preface this post by letting you know that I am about one million sessions behind on blogging sessions. When I get really busy I find myself saving the blogs for last, and working on the client sessions so I can deliver them and get them off to the happy people I am lucky enough to work with! Today’s session comes allll the way from mid-November, when I got to go over to my little friend Adeline’s house to meet her sweet and precious new baby sister, Amelie (Yancy and Jorge are absolutely dominating in the perfect girl name department, arent they!?) As I suspected, the Gonzalez family is now blessed with TWO adorable daughters, and Adeline could not be a more doting big sister to little Amelie. Here are some of my favorites from this sweet session!
We have been waiting for what feels like one thousand years for Kyle + Kaylin to finally have some babies! This year, they finally jumped on board and in December, welcomed sweet little baby Logan. Logan is pretty dang special. Not just because he is our friends’ first baby, but because I can remember sitting in an uber in New Orleans like FIVE years ago talking about how Kyle + Kaylin had gotten engaged and how we could not wait for them to join us in the chaotic world of parenting. They told us they had names picked out, but that they would never tell. (We were not even close to sober, by the way). I somehow just guessed LOGAN, and they sat there in shock that their secret chosen name for a boy OR a girl would be the first name to pop out of my mouth. I was sworn to secrecy, and for awhile was so good at keeping that promise that I forgot the conversation ever happened (again with the whole less than sober thing). Sometime later Kaylin reminded me that I already knew, and it came rushing back to me – from that point I guarded their secret name with my life! Anyway, Logan is here now, and he is even better than I imagined he could be! Here are some of my faves from his newborn portraits
A couple of weeks ago, I got to spend some time with one of the sweetest newborn baby girls, and her equally sweet family. Emma was such an old soul. She seemed completely wise, and was such an agreeable little lady. Her mom, Christa, assured me that it is her regular demeanor and that she is pinching herself to make sure that she is real. Emma has so much character, with her wise demeanor and red hair, but the best and coolest surprise was that she has a tooth!!! I have heard that sometimes babies are born with teeth or get them very soon after birth, but I have never met one until now! When I met her she had one tooth in and one about to pop through. Her pediatrician told her mom & dad that she would lose those teeth and they would be replaced eventually by real baby teeth. I was so fascinated by this and joked that the tooth fairy was coming to see her VERY early! Christa + Patrick also have a very sweet fur baby named Teddy who was super enamored by his human sister, and wanted to be involved in her shoot. (Have I mentioned that I love when people include their doggies in our sessions!?) He was a total gem, and sat and looked at the camera like a good boy.
Baby Rumi is finally here! I have been working with Pragya + Kapil for several months now, from baby shower photos to maternity portraits, and finally newborn portraits! It has been so fun to watch them and their friends and family prepare for their first baby (a girl!). I was more than excited to go to their home in Great Falls, VA to meet Rumi and capture her in all of her newborn glory! She did not disappoint – she was the sweetest and calmest little newborn. Her little cord stump fell off just in time for our session, too, so I think she was ready for me! It was also fun to meet Pragya’s parents, who are here visiting their sweet new granddaughter. I ended up having so many favorites from our session and I am excited to finally share them with you today!
A few weeks ago, I drove to Falls Church, Virginia to meet brand new baby Oliver and his parents, Tory + Nick for a newborn portrait session at their home. Oliver was such a good and sweet baby, and hardly complained during our session. When he did get a tiny bit fussy, his dad had a good remedy, which worked like a charm. It seems that Oliver has a very specific taste in music, and prefers to hear the new Lil’ Wayne album. If you turn on anything else, he likes to protest, but as soon as he hears Lil’ Wayne, he is as happy and content as can be! I can already tell that he is going to be full of personality. Not just by his affinity for popular male hip hop artists, but also by how much he was flirting with me. He was SO SMILEY during his session, and I just couldn’t contain all of my obnoxious squealing behind the camera. He also has THE BEST cowlick on the front of his head, which gives him so much character. I always adore the tiniest details, and so I am going to lead off with those images now!
I had a busy weekend photographing so many sweet babies and families! It all started on Saturday morning with sweet baby Vaughn. Vaughn is about 3 weeks old now, and he is the cutest and squishiest little guy. He has very blonde hair, and smiles at you with his eyes open, and was such a joy to be around. He pretty much never cried for our entire session, and it was so fun getting to hang with his parents, Corinne & Mike, and even his cute grandma as a bonus! I love when family is visiting during my sessions, and I love it even more when they agree to be in some photos! Corinne got the cutest little fox outfit for Vaughn to wear, and I honestly could not handle how cute he was with his little tail. Here are some of my favorites from our time together!
I have been waiting ten long years for this sweet baby to be born, and I almost can’t believe she is finally here! Back in 2008, a new girl started working at the small university I had been working at for about a year at that time. On Hilary’s first day of work, a group of us approached her desk to see if she wanted to have lunch with us. I was so surprised when she said yes. I think I was surprised because I am pretty shy and I think that I would have been too nervous to say yes if roles were reversed. Hilary & I instantly hit it off, and she became my permanent lunch date for the next eight years that we worked together. We still try to meet for lunch pretty often, now that we don’t work together, and I am just so happy that our friendship has stayed strong. Hilary + Aaron have been married for more than a decade now, which explains why I have been waiting TEN YEARS for her to have a baby. I had my first baby in 2011, and then another baby at the end of 2013, and gushed to her a million times about how amazing it is to have babies. Hilary became an aunt and fully embraced it, but kept saying she wasn’t quite ready for a baby yet. I admire her decision to wait until she felt settled in life. They started a business, bought land, built a house, and took care of a lot of important life stuff before jumping into parenthood. Hilary reached out to me in February to meet for lunch at our favorite sushi place, and for some reason I had a premonition that she was going to tell me she was pregnant. I was so happy to be correct! Hilary was due the day before my birthday, and I was secretly hoping that she would hold out that extra day so we could be birthday twins…she did not hold out. Taylor was born ONE HOUR before my birthday! I always knew Hilary would be the most beautiful pregnant woman (I was right – see her maternity portraits here), and more importantly that she will be an incredible mama. It was so special to watch her with Taylor, and so fun to have both grandmas here for the newborn session. I am so excited to share SO MANY of my favorite portraits from Taylor’s newborn session this morning – she was the sweetest and calmest baby (and her mom looks fantastic, considering she had a baby one week before – can you even tell!?)
Last weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting brand new baby Teagan and her sweet parents, Stephanie + Gunner. Stephanie + Gunner are high school sweethearts, which I always think is the sweetest story! Teagan was just about two weeks old on the day of our session, and she performed perfectly as a baby model. She slept so much and I felt like we were able to just move and position her in any way we wanted! She did wake up for a few of her portraits, and she was SO ALERT during that time. She drifted back to sleep and gave some sweet sleepy smiles, and was overall, one of the most calm babies I have ever worked with. I don’t think I heard her cry once! Here are a few of my personal favorites from her sleepy newborn session.