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Baby Charlie makes five

I really really REALLY love doing newborn sessions. There is something so magical about a new baby… not at all like a wedding, but magical like a wedding day. The first two weeks of a baby’s life are distinctly different. They are more sleepy, snuggly and sweet faced “generally”. This is why I try to schedule sessions in the first two (or three) weeks. Charlie is the third boy in this awesome family. He was so calm and relaxed, that nothing seemed to disturb him. It seems as though younger siblings do better with noise. Three boys, two dogs, one (I think?) cat, and endless coffee. You rarely see Dad without a mug of coffee in his hand. Love it. Congrats guys, you make a great bunch!

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Matilda and Henry make four // At Home // St. Louis, MO

I recently did a session with a repeat client at their beautiful new home in St. Louis. I have said it before, but I’ll say it again, I love my job! I love seeing little bumps turn into a baby, and that baby growing into a toddler, and that toddler welcoming a little sibling into the world! Henry and Matilda are adorable together, and already interacting as if they have known each other for years. Henry loves his cars, and Matilda wants to take them and play with them too. Henry already is taking on a big brother role, pointing out things to Matilda in his favorite books. They are the dynamic duo for sure.

What I loved most of all with this session, was that Henry remembered me. His Mother and I noticed how comfortable he was, and I claimed this as the “imprint” I made on him when he was a newborn. I have a funny theory (something like the duckling theory), that if I meet a child within the first few weeks, I leave an imprint on them (or we leave it on each other)… that they will always be a bit comfortable and familiar with me. That is why I drove hours and hours to meet my nephews when they were born.

We had a fun, laid back session that could have lasted for another hour or two if it wasn’t lunch time. We went with the flow of the kiddos energy, which always works out best. Thanks for such a nice morning spent with you Henry and Matilda!

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Welcome sweet baby Oliver

There is nothing better than photographing a new baby, other than photographing a friend's new baby! These are some old neighbors of mine, and I just adore them. They might think they lucked out getting this super sweet baby boy, but I know it is because they are super sweet human beings!

We had a chill session, and hung out around the house with baby Oliver. He didn't cry once, but did make a squeaky cry-ish sound towards the end. Haha! If only my first was that quiet! Oliver has the BEST hair-- do you see the golden fuzz?? LOVE IT! He also pulled out this quizzical expression a few times, like "Hey Ma, who's this lady person with the big black device?". What an awesome little dude! Welcome to the world little man!

So happy for you guys!

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Norah + Evelyn make four // Story-Telling Session // Larson Park, St. Louis, MO

This super fun, artsy, talented (and funny!) family welcomed me into their home to capture some beautiful moments with their two gorgeous girls. We started the session at Larson Park, since it was going to be a hot day here in sweaty St. Louis.. and boy did the heat come fast! It is a good thing we hit the park first. This family was so easy going through the heat and bugs, and they were cracking me up the whole time. At one point we had Evelyn in a basket, with Norah sitting next to some thorns and being SUCH a good sport about it (there may have been bribery going on here people). These two girls are such beauties, and made a great duo! And Norah was a silly thing throughout it all, which I love.

I had way too much fun being a fly on their wall in their home, which had super-dreamy-drool-worthy light. It was just perfectly perfect. Norah is so artistic and will either be a Graphic Designer like her talented Momma (she told me she wants to grow up and be a designer like her). I see some musical talent here too and she also was teaching me about the liver, via a drawing she did! She also drew a beautiful heart (graphic, not the human heart) that was really well designed with textures and layers (I am also a Graphic Designer and respect a good illustration!). Check her out busting out in song on her cardboard guitar (and practicing on her real one with her mermaid friend). Evelyn is just talented at being downright adorable, and grabbing her toes. She was VERY focused on those toes during the whole session. She has Momma and Dad wrapped around her cute, chubby fingers. Can you blame them? Momma and Evelyn had countless moments together that I wanted to orchestrate a music video too. They were just two peas in a pod, and clearly madly in love. Norah couldn't even keep her hands off baby sister! 

Norah was clearly Daddy's girl, and they really perfected the scrunch face silly-expression thing together. Clearly she got it from Dad. I was so impressed with this crazy awesome deck Dad was building, and the kitchen table he made by hand! See what I mean, the talent?? 

Don't forget the adorably perfect golden retriever.... baby + doggy= cuteness overload <3 Thanks guys, it was way too much fun!

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Haleigh Madison // Charlotte, NC

I don't even know where to start with this beautiful girl, other than that I cannot believe this sweetheart is graduating from High School. I remember the day that I met my oldest niece (and her little sisters)—so clearly. She was around 7 or 8 years old. She stole my heart from day one. She ALWAYS had a big grin on her face, with eyes big and bright—eager to talk AND listen. Haleigh and her sisters always enveloped me with love, hugging me as much as they could from that first day (and to this day STILL). Haleigh was a barrel of energy as a little girl, and as sweet as sweet can be. She has always been incredibly graceful, with long limbs and a tall frame. And this is why she always would shine on the dance floor. She was like an awkward little long-legged, skinny fawn as a girl, and has grown into a beautiful doe. Graceful, strong and gorgeous. I am so proud of you Haleigh, and am fighting tears as I type this! You are such a beautiful woman, inside and out! Your heart is big and will touch so many people's lives. You will be an amazing nurse—or whatever else your heart desires. LOVE YOU!

Andy + Amber // Riverwood Manor // Harrisburg, NC

I only photograph a few weddings a year, since my specialty is in children's photography- but I was lucky enough to recently capture my brother-in-law and new sister-in-law's wedding, in Harrisburg, North Carolina. Their wedding day was gorgeous, just like my new sister-in-law, Amber! I love these two so much, and feel so grateful to have them both in my life! They both make me laugh so hard, and have the biggest hearts. Amber feels like someone I have known my whole life, which is pretty much how my whole husband's family felt when I first met them. Andy and Amber met at a wedding themselves, and their connection was hard to deny. Their relationship spiraled quickly into a serious commitment, and it was soon obvious that they wanted to spend their lives together. They are two peas in a pod. I was also lucky enough to witness and capture their engagement.

The wedding took place at Riverwood Manor, on a little tree lined lake, with the sun glistening through the leaves. The day was picture perfect. Sunny, with a slight breeze. The location was rustic, yet classy. "Shabby chic" was the theme throughout the wedding, carrying Amber's French roots through all of her decor. The ceremony was so beautiful, with Amber and Andy signing their vows to each other, confirming their love and commitment through thick and thin. Family and friends surrounded them, glowing in approval. The sky was golden before the sun set, smiling down on these two lovebirds. We are just so happy for you two, and cannot wait to spend holidays together year after year. Love yas!

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Haddie // Larson Park // St. Louis, MO

I really want to keep this one short and sweet. Haddie is clearly such a beautiful little girl. Her Mom is a hairstylist and has great taste in fashion. But not only are they a beautiful, stylish family, they have beautiful personalities. Haddie and her Mom were so sweet and soft spoken. Haddie took a little warming up, but soon enough was chasing her Dad around, playing peek-a-boo and climbing a rock wall! The last thing her Mom said before we started was "Oh, I just really want some photos that capture the love that we share.". My heart melted.. I wish every client asked for this, because that really is all that I want to do for all of you! Capture the love that you share...

Pat + Michelle // Old Newcastle, DE // 5.14.16

My big brother got married. To a beautiful woman, inside and out. I am SO happy and so proud of him. The love he has for her beams from his eyes. It is adorable! Can you just FEEL how beautiful this day was through these photographs? Doesn't it feel like you are in California, Gettysburg and Ireland all in one day? Well, it just so happens to be little old Delaware, the "Small Wonder" of our country. Where we grew up. The day was so incredibly perfect and the wedding was so intimate. They got married at Penn's Place, in Old Newcastle, which had such a great vibe to it. It was so cozy and romantic.. perfect for this small wedding. The weather was what any bride would hope for, with random gusts of wind flowing in, as if the sky was confirming the union of love that was happening that day.

After the ceremony, we hopped around Old Newcastle, and these big grey clouds rolled in, and I was buzzing with excitement. The light was a photographer's dream! Those clouds and overcast skies create beautiful, even lighting. Sometimes the sun will pop out and say hello, sending little beams of light. We were giddy, racing around to get our bride/groom shots before the storm rolled in, and boy did it ever! What timing! The Gods were on our side that day. Love you Pat, and welcome to the family Michelle, you fit RIGHT in! 

Little Lucy // St. Louis, MO

Little Lucy came into the world with a head full of beautiful dark hair, and two completely, utterly, smitten parents. I love that "new parent" look almost as much as I love the newborn stretch and yawn pose (see below). I am thrilled to say that Miss. Lucy is my first ever, outdoor newborn session. AND, this session occurred in the midst of a thunderstorm. No, we did not put her in harms way, but we darted outside when the sky was beautifully overcast, in between storm clouds (it was a BIG in-between), to capture the dreamy outdoor shots. What troopers! Lucy just snoozed away, unaffected. I think this little peanut is going to love the outdoors!

Dylan (again, at 4 months old) + Macro is amaze-ballz

I think it's about time I purchase a macro lens. I always rent it as needed, and just simply love it! You wonder where your investment in my photography goes? Usually, new equipment. Aren't these lashes just drool-worthy? Macro is a lot harder than it looks! You think you can just get up in on those lashes and click away? You still need to keep composition and framing in mind (and negative space). When I first used a macro, I was shocked that all of my photos weren't amazing, lol! Amateur! Like anything, you have to practice, practice, practice. Luckily I have some cute subjects to help out in that area!