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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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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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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!

Sweet Henry James // April 16th, 2016

Being a photographer is a pretty amazing job. I meet so many amazing people that let me into their lives. They let me into their homes. I get to meet their squishy new babies and teeter-totter toddlers. I get to photograph their teenagers as they are about to float off to college. I see babies turn into toddlers and toddlers turn into fearless children. I mean this when I say that I LOVE WHAT I DO. I have a deep curiosity for human beings, and I love photographing them more than anything (dogs come next). My point here is, that this sweet little angel was born (on the luckiest of days- the 16th is also my birthday- but in September) into an incredible home, with incredible parents. The love in this house, oh the love is indescribable. Can I just say that the chills that I felt during their maternity shoot were quadrupled during our story-telling newborn session. I will stop typing and let you see for yourself. But first, here are a few words to describe the day... 

Baseball, baseball, BASEBALL! (you guys moved to the right town) • sweetness • love, love, LOVE! • dog breath and kisses • more kisses • soft singing • orange & black • GIANTS! • Great Grandma • confidence • pride • beauty • powerful motherly love • proud Daddy • curious eyes • free thinker • independent • gentle • blue eyes • strawberry hair • did I say sweetness yet? ;)

Enjoy and congratulations Maggie & Patrick (Bart & Homer too!).. you are blessed with a sweet little man. 

Hello Dylan (a.k.a.) Dyl Pickle // St. Louis, MO // 12.12.15

Welcome sweet baby Dyl Pickle. You were the fourth element in this family that was meant to be here all along. My heart feels like it has always known you. It was that way with Finn, too. And Finn says he has always known you. Finn has been talking to you before you arrived, and singing too. He says you talked back while in my belly ;) Since day one you have looked at me with knowing eyes, as if you have a secret you are bursting to tell me. Matter of fact, you started baby talking much earlier than I remember Finn babbling. And you really seem to know what you are saying. I just wish I knew this big secret you are trying to tell me! 

Dylan means "Son of the wave, born by the sea." In Welsh it is derived from the word IIanw, meaning "tide" or "flow". In Welsh Dylan was a god or hero associated with the sea. (We are not Welsh, nor do we live by the sea.. but we always have lived by a sea/ocean and love water. The name just felt right!)

Richard is his middle name, after his Pawpaw White (Rick), who is an incredible, adorable, lovable, hilarious, sweet, sweet man (when he isn't being sarcastic or teasing me)—with the twinkliest blue eyes you've ever seen! Dylan did not get his twinkly blue eyes, but I swear his hazel eyes (so far), do have a twinkle. The name Richard is derived from "ric" (ruler, leader, king) and "hard" (strong, brave), and therefore means "powerful leader". 

Dylan was born just two days (and three years) after his big brother Finn, just before Christmas (take notice of the angry elf photos, lol- it was nap time). He was sweet enough to wait until we celebrated Finn's birthday. He also weighed two ounces less, not wanting to trump his big bro ;) He is as sweet as a sweet Dill Pickle, and as snuggly as I had hoped and dreamed. I am beyond smitten over him, as he appears to be with me (but as soon as he realizes how cool and fun Daddy is, it'll all change). He smiles so so so much. I am so glad that he has his Daddy's laid back demeanor! We are so thrilled to have you here Dyl Pickle, finally!