I’m back…yes I’ve taken more than a little hiatus from this blogging life. Not from photography, at all, I think it was actually the fact that I had so much photography work (which is always a good thing-scratch that- except for my blog) that I didn’t have enough time for blog posts. Well enough of my semi-explanation let’s take a look at my most recent maternity session.

Meet Paola and Nick. Isn’t it so interesting how this world is so small, especially in this “social media” one where we think someone might be worlds aways but you could just bump into them at your local Target (insert emoji of woman with one hand lifted sideways). Well, that sort of happened here, sort of. My husband and Nick (father-to-be) went to high school together. We met and the three of us hung out one night in our town. Years later Paola (mommy-to-be) finds my feed through a friend’s post and voíla we are here documenting all of her belly’s beauty.

Paola and Nick are so excited for the arrival of their baby, who’s due in late August. And…I can’t wait to meet their little one because yup they booked me for their Newborn session as well. Bring on the baby fever. Just kidding, I only like to smell them now. Throughout the session these two were all over another giggling and teasing one another like they were newlyweds. It was so sweet I almost thought I was shooting their engagement session instead of their maternity. Yup you could say “all the feels” for this one!

Oh and check out Paola’s hair and dress…work it mama!

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Darling Lucia Camila was born on December 22nd, weighing in at 6lbs 4.3 oz. and 18.9 inches. Her mom and dad lovingly call her Luca for short. She may have been a ‘lil thang coming into this world, but when we met she already, according to her mother, had a rough and tough little ‘tude which apparently she got from her auntie. I loved it! It reminded me of my own daughter and I guess myself, shy at first and then we break out of our cocoon and become beautiful confident butterflies.

Her parents already adore her but told me in all honesty they were suffering by trying to keep up with her nocturnal sleeping patterns. Sound familiar? For me it totally does! After three kids I can kinda claim I’m an expert, right? Well, like the familiar 00’s phrase went, “You ain’t gotta lie to kick it!” Here’s the truth. My son didn’t sleep on his own in his own bed till he was two and a half. Yes, it was partly our fault being first time parents but we also didn’t realize that it was our lack of confidence that he could feel oozing out of our groins that made him insecure and want to sleep with us. Another reason why we failed was because we didn’t use the best baby sleeper in the world at that time, which was the Rock -n- Play. This was a life saver with my two other children. They slept in it like a bug in a rug because it snuggles them nice and cozy like they sleeping in arms. Plus new research show that all infants and babies, should sleep at an angle, so air can flow freely and they don’t choke on their spit. And my last bit of advice, which I got from another mom was to give your his last bottle, for the nigh,t as formula (if you are nursing which I did). Formula keeps them asleep longer because it is thicker and allows them to stay full unlike nursing which is thin and makes them hungry after a few hours. We used this method with our last and it worked wonders as well.  Hopefully these little tips help someone out there and of course Francisco and Janet.

Fransisco and Janet, as the saying goes, the days are long but the years are short. Enjoy each sleepless night because it will not be long before she’s grown and no long this teeny.
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Dear Emmett,

Today you are six! That means six years ago today I held you for the first time ever. I kissed your sweet cheeks, snuggled your pudgy nose and looked at you in awe. Let me tell you a few things about your five-year-old self that I’ve come to adore.  You are the most un-shy and friendliest member of our family, which makes it easy for you to make friends where ever you are, this makes me feel so warm and fuzzy knowing that you have the confidence that sometimes I lack. You have always been the smiliest boy and everyone enjoys your happiness, kindness, and sweet-nartured heart. Since three you have been a builder, puzzle solver, and of course athlete. My favorite things about you right now is your love for playing soccer and challenging yourself to build bigger and better Lego models. I can’t believe you have your first loose tooth with the adult one growing right behind it. Hopefully you’ll get your daddy’s genes and not mine so you can have beautiful straight teeth. I’m so proud that you are well behaved at school, but… there’s always room for improvement at home (I’m just saying) and you are always so excited to pick up a new book from the library.  I could list a million and one things about you that I love right now, but my top two are your hair color, because it reminds me of the summer’s golden light, and the affection you show me on a daily basis -keep those kisses coming! Oh and one more, I love your excitement for the little things in life, like tonight when I snuggled in bed with you and you whispered with a smile, “Am I six yet?”

I can not wait to see what your six-year-old year has in store, until then…

I pray that I’ll always receive your tender hugs, gentle kisses, and extra snuggles while you are reading to me on the couch. I pray to God that we will be in each other’s lives so long that I need binoculars to see you receive diploma after diploma (scratch that who am I kidding I’ll be in the front) that I may dance with you to “Dear Mamma” (oh maybe two or three times because I’ll slip the DJ a bill) at your wedding, and watch us get gray hair and all wrinkly while we are on our annual family vacation. And if I am ever not there to hold your hand or kiss your tears away always know you can pray for me and I will be listening to you and praying right back for your smiles to return like when you were just a child and I held your tiny clammy hands in mine and whispered I love you more.

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Oh London you may have come into this world little but I know you are here to do big things! London was born a couple of months ago to first time mama, Pryscilla. Mommy and daddy couldn’t be more prepared and it definitely showed! Their new little trio was so perfectly calm during their newborn session that I was a little surprised this was their first time around. Even London slept so well in Pryscillas arms, then on their furry rug, and finally in his bed I was in newborn heaven. I was like, sheesh someone give this kiddo an award for best napper! I’m sure he’s going to make his parents really happy for a while, well until his teeth start coming in! (Ha, this is a veteran parent’s joke).

Oh and how clever is London’s mama? She made this felt letter board! I absofreakinlutley love it when my clients get their craft on and make items for their session. Rock on with your bad self mama! By the way can I get one in pink? lol

Well Happy “Birth”day baby boy! I know you are going to use all those zzzz to take on all of your big dreams!
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Christmas time is all sorts of magic, especially when your little one is celebrating their first ONE! I think this Baby’s First Christmas photo session is a perfectly modern way to create this sort of time capsule of memories, just like a traditional ornament. Penelope just had her first Christmas and if it looked anything like her fairy tale like bedroom then it had to be a good one! Penelope’s mom, Vanessa and I went to high school together so I was super excited to photograph her little trio. Since we follow each other on Instgram I was already swooning about how gorgeous her home’s light was going to be and yup it was spot on perfection! Then Vanessa, she’s got some chic style! I mean I drool over fur, pinks, and gold and well she had it all! It was like walking into a Domino Magazine spread…delightful!

Oh and then I met Penelope and she was beyond the epitome of joy. Throughout the entire session she just was beaming with little specks of sunshine. I think I’m going to give her the award for most smiles recorded during a photo session. Really, she smiled at everyone and everything we handed to her. Thank you Penelope for not making me force out too many (probably freakishly weird)  google-eyed faces and sounding like I’m an “ah-goo” broken record. I mean my skills to do work, but I get a face work out every-single-time I’m trying to make a baby show me their two front teeth. Well Vanessa your family is beautiful and so is your magazine-worthy home!
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Janet and Francisco have been praying, thinking, and dreaming of having a little one run around their home for over more then a few years. My husband and I went to college with Francisco with what seems like ages ago and have stayed friends with them ever since. We have been praying by their side for as long as I can remember. So, I literally screamed with an overwhelming sense of joy when they announced to us their pregnancy. Francisco is a busy engineer and Janet has been working with children for quiet a while now, so for them to soon have a child of their own is worth a million and one photos. So when Francisco took us to this gorgeous location it seemed just perfect for their beautiful belly. Her name will be Lucia Camila. Here is the beginning of their amazing journey into parenthood. Congratulations my friends!2017-01-17_00022017-01-17_00032017-01-17_00042017-01-17_00052017-01-17_00062017-01-17_00072017-01-17_00082017-01-17_00092017-01-17_00102017-01-17_00112017-01-17_00132017-01-17_00142017-01-17_00152017-01-17_00162017-01-17_00172017-01-17_00182017-01-17_0019

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