WELCOMING BABY *E*

Filed under: . babies . babies . babies .,an hour in the life,babes,family,lifestyle — admin at 10:51 am on Thursday, April 18, 2019

I always make sure to get these shots – because you’ll forget they ever happened!!

GOONIES NEVER SAY DIE!!

I don’t think I mentioned it – but Shalane and I bonded over our love of all things nerdy (and pop-culture-y) and our love for Jesus!

I shall call him squishy and he shall be mine. And he shall be my squishy!

Shalane & Brent – I AM SO OVERJOYED for you both! THANK YOU for asking me into your hearts and your home!!

WELCOMING BABY *E*

Filed under: . babies . babies . babies .,an hour in the life,babes,family,lifestyle — admin at 10:35 am on Wednesday, April 17, 2019

LOVE!!!

I wear your granddad’s clothes. I look incredible.

THOSE CHEEKS!!

ONE MORE BLOG POST!!!

WELCOMING BABY *E*

Filed under: . babies . babies . babies .,an hour in the life,family,lifestyle,newborns — admin at 10:56 am on Tuesday, April 16, 2019

I met Shalane on the interwebs somehow – FACEBOOK probably! She has always submitted a family for BEAUTIFUL and has the sweetest of souls.

They’ve been married for 15 years and she’s been on my mommas in wanting list since I’ve known her.

AND NOW – NOW they have their own little baby in their own little house!!

I’m always amazed at how teeny tiny newborns are – even though I’ve had two of my own!!

When I told Shalane that her baby shower gift was a session – she said she would LOVE an “hour in the life” session once their baby boy was home!

That might be my FAVORITE shot!!

LOOK AT THAT LITTLE MAN!!!

I LOVE THAT – his momma can’t get enough of him – holding that tiny little hand!!

Stay tuned for the rest of their session – because – as usual – I took TOO many photos!!

 

 

GRACE

Filed under: . babies . babies . babies .,an hour in the life,babes,family,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,newborns — admin at 12:13 pm on Friday, January 18, 2019

The boys could not WAIT to meet the little miss!!

Well – Fitzy couldn’t wait! So – we took Missy & Cody lunch on a Sunday and spent the day watching cooking shows and snuggling that sweet little thing!

I have a SERIOUS problem!!

BABY GIRL – you’re such a sweet little miracle!

BABY GRACE

Filed under: . babies . babies . babies .,an hour in the life,babes,birth,family,just because,lifestyle,newborns — admin at 12:34 pm on Sunday, January 13, 2019

I spent the afternoon with Missy & Cody about a week after Grace was born – getting baby snuggles and taking some pictures!!

WOULD YOU LOOK AT HER ROLLS!!

I mean – honestly – LOOK AT THAT FACE!! ANGELIC!!

Hey baby girl – you better get used to the clickity click of that camera!!

ABSOLUTELY DARLING!!

Grace upon grace upon SO MUCH grace!!

THOSE SQUISHY LIPS!!

I just can’t stop!!

Those shots – MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE!!!

BABY GIRL!!! YOU ARE ACTUALLY HERE!!!!

WELCOMING BABY GRACE

Filed under: . babies . babies . babies .,an hour in the life,birth,expecting,family,just because,lifestyle,newborns — admin at 12:42 pm on Saturday, January 12, 2019

THIS!!! THIS MOMENT!!!

Watching Missy bring this sweet girl into the world was one of the most impactful moments of my life so far!

I’ve walked the past 7 years with her. There has been so much pain and heartache – followed with so much joy and grace – and now – GRACE! It was overwhelming!!

Those are my favorite shots!!

Birth tricks you – you have your baby and it’s AMAZING – but then you remember that it’s not over!

THIS PHOTO – SO MUCH in this photo!!

LOOK AT THOSE FAT LITTLE FEET!!

AND – AND I GOT TO CUT HER CORD!!! SERIOUSLY – such a beautiful moment!!

OH BABY GIRL!!! I just can’t even deal with how much you are loved!!

SO CLOSE TO 8 POUNDS!!! WHAT!!!

Cody – holding his baby girl!! After she was born – I turned around and hugged him while we both SOBBED – SO MUCH GRACE in this picture!!

CODY & MISSY – I know I’ve written it so many times – I know I’ve told you SO MANY times – but thank you!!

THANK YOU for letting me walk so closely with you. Thank you for asking me to be there for her first breath on Earth!!

You guys – I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!

I spent 18 hours in the life of Missy & Cody – 18 of some of the most intense hours in anyone’s life – and we still love each other – AND – AND – I didn’t miss it!!

WELCOMING BABY GRACE

Filed under: . babies . babies . babies .,an hour in the life,birth,expecting,family,just because,lifestyle,love,newborns — admin at 1:27 pm on Friday, January 11, 2019

Missy was able to rest (as best as you can while in labor) for a small chunk of the evening into the early morning.

Cody, Missy’s mom, and I were able to drift on and off in the hospital chairs as best as you can imagine …

But then it started!

And she says baby … it’s 3 AM and I don’t want to push out this baby!

December 27th – 3 AM – let’s start pushing. I say us like it’s a group effort!

So tired – so very very tired – and so close to meeting her little girl – but it still seems so far!

There’s not much I feel like I can do to help. She’s going to be in pain no matter what. That pain WILL end.

BUT until then – I CAN get cold washcloths!

And it REALLY starts!

These photos – this part was hard for me.

I don’t have much sympathy and empathy in general – but watching my dearest friend be so close to meeting her daughter and feeling the contraction come and knowing that she has to push but doesn’t really want to … ooooh – that was hard to watch!!

AND THERE SHE IS!!!

AND I very seriously got so wrapped up in the emotion of the moment – that I forgot I was taking pictures!

The focus isn’t where I would love for it to be – but I think you can still feel the emotion in this moment!! In fact – I KNOW you can!

OH MY HEART!!! She’s here – after 2 hours & 18 minutes of pushing – about 33 hours of labor all together – and 9 years (yes – years) of waiting for this little girl – SHE IS HERE!!

That tiny tear – that FRESH baby – that beautiful MIRACLE!!

WELCOMING BABY GRACE

Filed under: . babies . babies . babies .,an hour in the life,babes,birth,expecting,family,just because,lifestyle,love,newborns — admin at 1:14 pm on Thursday, January 10, 2019

You’ve seen me post about Missy. And her husband Cody. And their kiddos.

When their youngest when born – Missy and I were just starting our friendship. I had planned on photographing his birth but he came early and I wasn’t in town.

I could have made it. I could have rearranged my schedule. But – I didn’t. And they’ve never let me live it down!

Missy and I have grown so very close over the past seven years – and when they found out that Grace would be here – the big joke was that I would miss it.

Missy & Johna are my dearest friends. Missy was due December 30th and Johna’s adoption ceremony was December 21st. I couldn’t possibly miss either. Johna was there when my boys were born. My two dearest friends were laboring and I HAD to be there for them. I told Missy that she could go into labor anytime – Christmas Eve – Christmas morning – just NOT on the 21st!!

Thankfully – she didn’t!! WHEW!!

And I was able to be there for Johna’s “birth” and make it to Missy’s!

She was induced on December 26th and I came up after my morning session!

Missy labors loooooooooooong. I got there at 11 am. And we waited. And waited. And waited.

And played some UNO to pass the time.

And face-timed with Aiden.

I LOVE THAT PICTURE!!! Women are AMAZING!

We help create life. We carry that life. We bring that life into this world. And we nourish is. But man oh man – or woman oh woman – does it HURT!!

Missy’s mom and I thought that we might have a baby by 8 pm. Surely she’ll have a December 26th birthday …

*M* FAMILY

Filed under: . babies . babies . babies .,an hour in the life,babes,DoTERRA,family,holiday,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,portraits — admin at 1:03 pm on Saturday, December 29, 2018

AND IT SNOWED!!

AND SNOWED AND SNOWED!!

PERFECTION!!

AND SNOWED SOME MORE!!! I ADORE THAT SHOT!!

ALMOST DONE! Those boys were TROOPERS!!

THAT one might be my FAVORITE!!

I had visions of Stephanie and her hubby tucked in the snow-covered trees – making eyes at each other – all cuddled up.

BUT – those boys were DONE and SCREAMING in the background. Which they will ALWAYS remember when they look back on these!

BEAUTIFUL!!

*G* insisted that I take a picture of his backpack – we share a LOVE for all things JURASSIC!!

Happier and warmer!!

SILLY SILLY SILLY!!

Stephanie is a DoTERRA consultant – and she needed a few shots!!

STEPHANIE!! THANK YOU for asking me into your lives over and over again – I LOVE YOU GUYS!!

*M* FAMILY

Filed under: . babies . babies . babies .,babes,family,holiday,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,portraits — admin at 12:30 pm on Friday, December 28, 2018

I’ve been taking Stephanie’s photos for nearly TEN years!!

This guy – how is he TWO already!!

SO SWEET!!

I LOVE THAT SHOT!!

STANDING ON THE TABLE?! NOT ME!!

NOW – to brave the cold!!

OH MY HEART!!

I CAN’T EVEN DEAL!!

SWEET SWEET BROTHERS!!

AHHHHH!!!!

STAY TUNED for the rest of their session!!

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