This year I decided to take my Christmas mini sessions outdoors. I reached out to several Christmas Tree Farms and Becks Tree Farms in Hamburg was the most responsive and easiest to work with! They have a HUGE tree farm and it's all cut-your-own if you're looking to get a Christmas tree this year. Denny took me for a spin on the cart all around the farm. Seriously impressive and I was able to scout out the perfect spot.
The day was cloudy and a little rainy, but that didn't stop this amazing crew of people from showing up and smiling for the camera! We moved quick and it was an exciting and exhausting day, but I was so pumped to see all of the incredible families with their sweet kiddos dressed so festive! I love how these turned out! Outdoor mini session might be my new jam. Stay tuned. Until then, THANK YOU to all of my clients for an incredible 2017. Happy holidays and I can't wait to see you in 2018!
Ryleigh has the brightest, biggest brown eyes! Isn't she beautiful? She just had a birthday and turned the big O-N-E! Her parents brought the cutest little smash cake shaped as a giant cupcake. She wasn't so fond of the icing, or the cake, but she loved her fruit, which is a big win for the mommy and daddy! Happy birthday, miss Ryleigh! I hope you have a wonderful year ahead.
Never underestimate the power of animal crackers and hide and seek. Two-year-olds can be tough when it comes to taking their picture. They are curious, adventurous and they just don't want to sit and pose. That's why I love to take them out in the open air and space and let them run! I have no problem playing games to get them to warm up.
It took Matthew a little bit to start enjoying his photo shoot, but patience is key with toddlers (and snacks, never forget snacks!) Happy 2nd birthday, Matthew! I'm loving watching you grow each year.
There's a song I've been listening to recently and it starts with the lyrics, "If faith can move the mountains, let the mountains move. We've come with expectations, waiting here for you..."
Waiting. There are few things tougher than waiting. Having expectations and then things don't go how you plan, so you wait. And with faith, they waited. That's REALLY hard. Trusting, waiting and then waiting some more.
Lauren is one of my best friends and I never heard her or her husband complain once about their struggle. I heard a little discouragement in their voice at times, but that was very rare. I saw support when other friends and myself welcomed babies into our arms. I saw love as they celebrated with us. All the while waiting for their own.
And that incredible faith turned into a reward and that reward just happens to be this precious baby girl named Audrey Faith. Celebrating? Oh you bet! This little girl is so loved. You can just see it in their faces. You can tell they're beaming, even though they are tired.
Welcome to the world, miss Audrey. I can't wait to watch you grow. And congratulations, Lauren and Steve. This little girl is SO incredibly lucky to have you two as her parents. <3
Today I photographed a birth. Not just ANY birth, I photographed baby #14 coming into the world! To be completely honest, I wasn't really sure what to expect since most of the families I photograph are much smaller. When I first walked in the door, I was welcomed by an incredibly warm atmosphere. It really felt like I had just come home at Christmas time. The room was full of lights, Pandora piano music was playing, kiddos were quietly anticipating their brother arriving, just sitting and watching and in some cases, helping dad make mom as comfortable as possible. Mom was in the birthing tub, barely making a peep, but clearly in hard labor. It was so cozy, I just got to picture taking. Mom said calmly in between a contraction, "I'm about 5cm, so you have some time."
Little did any of us know, the quickest labor I've ever witnessed happened just like THAT and my fingers were READY. All of a sudden, about 15 minutes after my arrival, mom said to the midwife in such a calm voice (like she wasn't in FULL labor about to push a baby out), "Could you check me when you get a chance?"
Mom was checked and she was READY to push! Just like that mom rolled forward and out came baby, in his sac and all! Probably 1.5-2 pushes. Oh, and did I mention he was 9lb. 4oz. and 22inches long, that's no small baby, and she made it look seamless and incredibly easy. (I've had natural labor, I know it isn't easy!) So, if you're looking for a real life superwoman, Nicole is FOR SURE your woman! A total rockstar!
What unfolded next, was so incredible to watch. The birth was so quick, but oh man, getting to witness all of those siblings just totally love on their new baby brother was the sweetest thing in the world. All the smiles, all of the cell phone pics, excitement to share the news with other family, it's one of the main reasons I LOVE this type of photography. These emotions are so raw and real. And what a cool gift to baby Holt just being able to see how loved he is from the minute he entered the world by a whole army of people! I think I just fell in love with the idea of having a huge family (don't tell my husband, haha!). Christmas and Thanksgiving and probably every other random day must be so fun!
Thank you so much for letting me be a fly on your wall during such an amazing event. And WELCOME to the world, Holt Greyson. You are so, so loved! <3
I love this because you can see all of the kids, just hanging, anticipating, waiting for the arrival of their brother. This little guy slept through the entire delivery but woke up and noticed "Baby!" right away! Wherever the baby was, they all wanted to follow. It was so sweet to watch! What better way to pass the time than the Target Christmas catalog? Nicole knits too. How adorable is this little sweater?!