Hanna | First Birthday
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Hanna is one!

She was one of the very first newborns I shot…

Her mama, Alyssa, and I go way back… We met in high school 3D Art class. She was a year ahead of me so we lost touch after she graduated. Fast-forward six years, I was a social worker with the state’s early intervention program and I noticed a new intern in the building… it was Alyssa! Oh hi!

I was preggo with my first baby and she and her hubby were planning their first pregnancy, too! We started hanging out at work and it wasn’t long until our babies were both here and we started having playdates. Now we’re both stay-at-home-moms and we have a total of five little ones! Playdates have gotten a little crazy (sometimes we sneak in a quiet playdate while our biggest two are at preschool), but she’s still one of my favorite mamas to spend time with!

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I’m always so honored when a friend chooses me to capture their family’s milestones!

PS. Love this tantrum that Hanna threw during her session. If you’ve been apprehensive about booking a portrait session for your little one because you’re afraid she won’t cooperate or will have a fit… don’t let that stop you! I completely expect babies and toddlers to have melt downs while they are in my studio. When that happens, we take a break, let baby play/read/eat, and then get back to business!

Marleigh | 4th Birthday Portraits
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Who is this pretty girl? It’s my son’s future girlfriend, Marleigh. She lives next door and she and Everett love yelling to each other over the fence.

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When Marleigh’s mama asked me to do her 4th birthday portraits, I just knew I needed to bust out the balloons and glitter confetti. Marleigh is a glittery unicorn party, that’s just her personality.

And like most girls her age, Marleigh LOVES to twirl. I told her mama to bring all of her biggest, twirliest dresses (she didn’t know what I had in store for this session until they arrived.) Everett (four-years-old) assisted with this shoot by throwing glitter and balloons at Marleigh while she twirled and twirled and twirled. “KEEP TWIRLING!” is what we were all yelling from behind the camera.

I think it’s safe to say we all had an absolute blast with this birthday portrait session.

I’m retiring the glitter confetti though. My kids tracked it through every room of the house and we even found a couple pieces at my parents’ house!! But it was SO WORTH IT for these photos of the birthday girl. Especially when I received the best compliment ever: I was told that Marleigh’s daddy teared up a bit looking at her gallery. So that made my day. And I’m still excited about it almost a month later so… * melting into a pile of happy mush * !!!

Aya | Sitter Session

Aya is six months old! She celebrated her half birthday just a few days after Christmas, so Mom requested a festive theme for her sitter session.

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This pretty girl has recently discovered her tongue and showed it off throughout her session. So cute!

I can’t wait to see Aya and her family again in May to capture her first birthday!

Otto Ryan | Newborn

On November 15th, our family welcomed Otto Ryan to the world! Two weeks early and weighing just 5 lbs 9 oz (the same exact weight as our other two!)

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I had big plans for all the creative sets and styling that I was going to pose him in for newborn photos… but it turns out it/s really really difficult to photograph your own newborn.

At one week postpartum, I just didn’t have the strength and stamina as I usually did and could only last about 30 minutes in the studio, kneeling in front of the bean bag, posing a baby who just realllllly wanted to snuggle with the familiar scent touching him.

Before I knew it, a month had passed and now Otto is beyond the ideal age to be posing a baby (he doesn’t sleep as deep and wakes up as soon as I put him down.)

But don’t worry, I’m having fun taking a ton of lifestyle shots to document this new life in our house.

Maybe I should add lifestyle newborn sessions to my repertoire? Email me if you think I should!