Posted on June 15, 2013
In case you’re wondering what 8 pounds of precious looks like, here you have it:
He was born 8 pounds even. No extra ounces. Although he did have some extra gas, which explains the title of this blog. I’ll just say he made his own “music” and we’ll leave it at that. If he grows up to be a musician, we can say we knew it all along. Little Tooter.
With a face like this, he could toot to the moon and I’d still love him all the way there and back.
Goodness, he really is perfect. He even has a newborn glow… and these lashes:
Let me show you those lashes from the side… they are pretty amazing:
I love a gorgeous new-baby profile. And the chin squoosh? Mercy me.
I wish you could hear the little sounds he made while he slept. If I was a cartoon, little hearts would have been shooting out of my head with that popping sound that cartoon bubbles make. (Can you picture that? I think it’s a good look for me.)
And this is a good look for him:
Yes, mama! I’m just as surprised as you are. I didn’t remember grabbing this and was shocked to see it in the mix. Normally, this would have been an out-take photo (because he wasn’t completely positioned yet)… but I remember that he started giving me clues that he might smile… but, it was so quick, I didn’t think I got it. It’s cute. We win.
And, speaking of cute… newborn hand:
This next photo doesn’t just tug on my heartstrings… it ties them in knots. Especially since his mama told me her story and the meaning behind her bracelet:
Faith is the substance of things hoped for. Hebrews 11:1
Big sister doe-eyes came along and was thrilled to love on her baby brother. Waaay too precious, these two:
To their mama: You walked in as a client and you left as a friend. And I’m pretty sure the friend thing happened within the first 5 minutes. Are we soul mates? To their Mimi: You are so wonderful! It was so nice to meet you all and I am so happy with this first session and the many more to come throughout baby’s first year. I hope you like your preview- the rest will be finished soon!
Posted on June 11, 2013
Ah, there’s a glorious thing that happens between the newborn and 3-month session. Cheeks. They come in with a fierceness. This was definitely the case with this little man. He grew some cheeks and he couldn’t wait to show me.
They were a wee bit rosy and he even puffed them up for good measure. Mercy.
He was such a good baby. He liked to talk as much as me, so we carried on some great baby-talk conversations. A few times, he got worn out (modeling will do that to a babe) and he let out those fusses that only I could understand. Fusses that when translated meant, “Put that camera down and snuggle me because I love my photographer”. Of course, I obliged. And when I held him, he would snuggle in and get comfy. Which made it VERY difficult to put him back down. Sir Snuggler.
His skin was perfection and he smelled like a fresh bath. Combine that with his snuggle-abilities… it was no wonder I couldn’t put him down!
But, I didn’t hog him the whole time. At least not when it was time for this next shot. I had to have his mama hold him so I could photograph his adorable hair accomplishment. This is too much. Bless it.
That is what I call a party in the back! Topped off with a baby-bald-spot. I wish you could have heard the noise that came out of me when I first noticed it. I love it.
You know what else I love? When a baby soothes himself to sleep. In a pose. All by himself.
I did not pose that baby. I repeat… I did not pose that baby! Right in the middle of me shooting, he stretched and yawned and soothed himself into that slumber. I think this has only happened one other time in my studio… (Miss E.K.W.) it is rare to see a baby decide to fall asleep and need no help whatsoever with the process.
And the cherry on top? When he woke up, he gave me this grin:
Yay for power naps!
Big brother came along, too. Inside his little heart beats a tiny piece of mine. Because I photographed his entire first year, I remember every little detail of his baby days. Goodness, and now he’s a big brother.
To his parents: Always a good time. Always. I love how you beam out the smiles the second you walk in the door and they never cease. Your boys are so handsome and sweet- thanks for sharing them with me and my camera. Oh, and thanks for letting me have all the free snuggles Sir Snuggler was giving out. I hope you like your preview- the rest will be finished soon!
Posted on June 4, 2013
Big, giant smiles right outta the gate. Just the way I like it. Oh and he posed himself. That’s what I call a bonus.
And, hello elbow patches! As if he isn’t cute enough already, they put him in elbow patches. Bonus.
This is almost more than I can stand:
What a puppy face! And as if his amazing eyes weren’t enough, he has glossy, drooly, fully lips. BOnus.
Adorable baby that leaves his hat on? AND he’s showing off his new pegs? BO to the NUS.
And this next photo is a bonus for his parents because he only stayed like this for half a second. Surprise! I got it.
No matter where I am… he nails the eye contact. SCORE! (changin’ it up a bit.)
Whoa, buddy. Lookin’ a little too big-boy in that sweater. Wait, you still wear diapers and you brought your Sophie? Bonus…baby:
I’m so glad you’re still a baby. My Sweet Peas, they grow up so fast. But photographing them every 3 months is a MEGA bonus, win-win for everyone involved. Even Sophie the Giraffe.
And this last photo has a bonus expression. And look how he’s holding his hands!? Yep… BO…OOM. Boom, baby. You are perfection.
This boy is a blast to photograph. The biggest bonus for me? His parents are super-cool and hilarious.
To his parents: Yeah, I’m talking about you. We sure do have a lot of fun, don’t we? Being around each other seems to bring out our inner comedians. That’s just the cherry on top to the ice cream sundae of I-Love-Your-Boy. He is ridiculously precious. I hope you like your preview- the rest will be finished soon!
Posted on May 30, 2013
When the light hits her hair just right, it’s strawberry blonde. And “Strawberry Swing” by Coldplay just happens to be her favorite song. She may be too young to tell me that with words, but words weren’t necessary. She let her dancing do the talking. It was one of the most hilarious moments in my studio. Sorry to tease you like this, but…. you had to be there. You just had to be there.
Speaking of that song, there’s a line in it that says, “And every moment was so precious”. How fitting! Because that’s how I felt about this session.
I have always loved her sideways-dewdrop eyes. Such a cute and cartoony shape. I love everything about her face. I love this girl.
She is a very smart girl. She would repeat several words and sounds, play peek-a-boo, wave and say “hiii” and I already mentioned the dancing. My favorite thing was her reaction when we mentioned her books. Girl loves her books. (Is she after my own heart? Why, yes, she must be.) When we said, “Do you want to reeeead?” She would BEAM the biggest smile. Like this:
Goodness, give the girl a book! And while you’re at it… give her the world.
Her dewdrop eyes keep a secret. Until she looks down. BAM. Eyelash City.
When she was a newborn, and every session up to this point, I thought she looked like her mama. But she is looking exactly like her daddy in this next one. I say we get dad to put on this headband and do a split screen.
I will close with my very favorite line from Strawberry Swing: “ People moving all the time, inside a perfectly straight line. Don’t you wanna curve away? It’s such… it’s such a perfect day”.
To her parents: You’re doing a great job raising a bright and beautiful baby girl. I’m sad that her first year went by so quickly! She is a beautiful ray of sunshine and quite the little entertainer. Y’all are great company. I hope you like your preview- the rest will be finished soon!