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!
I did a fundraiser for my son's, preschool recently... jamming 12 Mini Sessions into two weekends. It was insanely fun, exhausting and exhilarating. I get totally energized from doing photography, so the exhaustion didn't really kick in until a few days after it was all said and done. Photography simply fuels my creative spirit. So this was like 10 cups of coffee for me. We ended up fundraising over $2,200 to go towards a new natural playground at their school! I was so proud of all of us! Here is a sneak peak of the families that participated. What well behaved, Montessori children!
I can't believe Lucy is already 6 months old! Especially since I just did her newborn post. This has been a crazy year, raising my second baby boy (who decided to not sleep through the night at 10 months old, just as the busy photography season hit!). I have a lot of blogging to do in the New Year, but decided to get this adorable "holiday themed" session in while we're all sitting around drinking hot cocoa and eggnog. Tis' the Season for twinkly eyed babies that have elf hats!
We snuck in a session just after the serious cold weather hit here in St. Louis, MO. Originally we were going to brave the cold, but plans quickly changed when we arrived at Forest Park here in St. Louis, and the wind told us otherwise. The Jewel Box is a serious gem in the middle of the park, with beautiful light streaming in through the wall to ceiling windows. Lush greenery line the walls, making you feel like you are in an oasis in the middle of a desert (or in the middle of a freezing Midwestern City).
Did you notice that Lucy has twinkly eyes and never stops smiling? She also is very good at being aware of where the camera is. She is, in a nutshell, the perfect baby model. She has a sweet, calm demeanor to match. I think there is a little bit of mischievousness behind those eyes, but only time will tell with this cutie! I can't wait to watch her grow up!
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!
Hey guys. I'm just doing a quick post about MY baby boy... since I haven't done that since, er.. he was born? I think that is super awesome that I am so so busy that I don't have time to do blog posts.. I'd rather have a busy business and be behind in blogging then a slow business with all the time in the world to blog! If you don't follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you should.. because I am more up to date in those places. Anywho, here is Dyl Pickle at 4 months, and he really doesn't look or act that different! He is such a laid back baby. Still bald and still not mobile! :) Good news for me! His eyes are still mystery hazel- dark green/brown.
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.
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!
Hey ya'll. Did you know I was pregnant? Well, I am... and he (yes, another he!) is coming soon! He just happens to be due 3 years and 3 days to the day of Finn's due date. Finn arrived two weeks late, so there is a big chance this guy won't share Finn's birthday. So we think.
I was determined to get some maternity shots since I didn't do my monthly bump update like I did with Finn (check my instagram feed for the orange wall series of my growing bump with Finn). I really wanted to do the photoshoot at 6 months pregnant, but you know how life just slips away in a whirlwind. I finally got our family motivated to get it done at 7 months pregnant.. so here I am, in all my third trimester glory! I recruited my Dear Husband to take the photos at Faust Park, just outside of St. Louis, MO. It is an adorable rural park, with barns and open land. Thank goodness Tom is an artist/designer/art director and has experience with photography as well. Don't you think he did a pretty kick as job? I art directed him, set up the camera for him, and he took over from there.
Photo credit to Tom White (the photos with me in them). The ones with all three of us are thanks to my nifty new MeFOTO tripod (I got the green one). The ones with me not in them are of course by me!
So here I am letting you know that I will be on maternity leave from now until about March 1st, just in time for spring blossoms. I will be slaving away for (and snuggling with) my second baby boy all winter. I am excited to be surrounded by boys... I was never a girly girl. So, bring on more trucks, cars, trains, buses and legos! I am so excited & will of course post photos of Baby #2 as soon as I can.
I love when children surprise me. I did a recent session with this young beauty, Clara, and her sweet parents. It turns out that Clara is pretty obsessed with dinosaurs. It seems like boys and girls are pretty stereotypical— which absolutely surprised me after becoming a Mom. My son, Finn is obsessed with all things wheels (cars, trucks, buses, trains). I hear from other parents of boys that they are the same way. And that girls love all things typical girl (dolls, crafts, animals, etc.). It does seem like there are more rough and tumble (I like to play with trucks too!) girls, then boys that want to play with dolls. But I've heard it all. ANYWAYS, I loved that Clara was really into dinosaurs instead of dolls (at least at the moment). Finn doesn't even have an interest in them at the moment.
We had such a nice time shooting at City Garden in downtown St. Louis, MO. They have a great splash area, surrounded with sculptures and gardens. I love taking Finn there since it is so versatile. It also has an amazing view of the arch!
One of Finn's little buddies turned 2 recently, and I had the pleasure of photographing him and his super-cool parents. Jackson inherited his parent's demeanor— he is a laid back and VERY smiley little dude.
We did the photo shoot at Forest Park in St. Louis, MO, right near the St. Louis Art Museum. It was an overcast morning, which I LOVE as a photographer (unless I am trying to capture the early or late Golden Hour lighting). A grey sky provides even lighting no matter where you go, and colors appear to be more vivid.
Right as we were really getting into the heart of the shoot, out of NOWHERE the skies dumped down on us. I mean yes, the skies were grey… but there was little warning to this heavy rain cloud. Poor Jackson was a bit scared… as we ran for cover under the nearest tree. I have never been more worried about my camera equipment before (this is why we get insurance people). Fortunately, Jackson and the camera were not damaged or traumatized. But we all looked like wet dogs after the rain cleared, and had to wrap up the session. I did a mini follow up shoot at their house because I will re-book due to weather issues. So ended up with a variety of photos from both sessions...