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!
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.
Sweet little Emmaline was born into a house full of love, laughter and a whole lot of activity. She has a big brother AND a big sister to chase after for years to come. It's a good thing that Emmaline has a very easy-going temperament. She actually seemed to perk up with curiosity when she heard her brother and sister talk or laugh. These kids are going to have a blast together. Sure, there will be fighting and tears– but there will also be laughter and super-fun-happy-times. Evan and Ellie are going to be amazing big siblings to Miss Emmaline. Apparently Ellie doesn't take anything from anyone, and has already stood up for her big brother Evan. I think Emmaline is one lucky little girl to have that big sister Ellie! What a fun bunch.
My heart swelled seeing how much Emmaline's parents cherish her. Seeing a Mom hold her newborn child is one of the most beautiful, heart-warming images. Then put a tiny baby girl in her Father's arms and your heart melts all over again.
I normally like to spend a good amount of time on posing the baby, capturing "naturally posed newborn" images. But the shoot led me in the direction of capturing a lot of candid family portraits and "life moments". I love that this happened, since these are much more special and natural than some of the posed newborn shots. They capture the relationship and special bond between the family and the newborn. The little red sack that Emmaline wore in a few of the posed shots came as a gift from a friend of the family (a neighbor I think). I just ADORED that sack! What a beautiful, hand-made gift. I think someone should open a shop on Etsy!
This little beauty was making my camera sing. That hair! Those lips! Those ears! Enjoy!