We have been enjoying our vacation this year with family at the beach so far.  Hurricane Arthur comes through today, but should be sunny again tomorrow.  The weather has been beautiful and the ocean warm almost every day we’ve been here.  Kellan really did not enjoy the sand at first.  He kept wanting me to brush off his feet and hands, but he got used to it by day two and now he loves getting his bucket of “wa-wa” and splashing his toys in it.  He has gotten too brave for me by trying to run into the ocean and also trying to jump into the pool before someone is there to catch him.  Little daredevil has no fear.

Here are a few pics of my little guy on the beach.  More pics to follow on Facebook this week.

I’ve had the privilege of photographing quite a few babies recently.  I love babies!  They’re definitely challenging, but it’s so rewarding to be able to watch them grow up.  Newborns come with their own set of challenges.  I never know what to expect when photographing a new arrival.  Sometimes the baby is perfect.  Sleeps the entire time, minimal fussing, easy to maneuver… but most of the time, the little one requires quite a bit of shushing, rocking, folding, holding, feeding, changing, etc.  As long as you have patience, it can be done!  I have some tips on preparing your newborn to be photographed on my All Things Baby page, if you’re interested in scheduling a session.  Here are a couple newborns I’ve photographed since I last updated, and also a couple 6 month portraits from one of my babies doing the Baby’s First Year package I offer.  So sweet!

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Once again, I’ve been so busy lately with life that my site has taken a hit (again)!  I barely have had time to sit down to edit all my sessions, much less update my blog.  My little sweet baby turned one year old, our house is FINALLY (ok, ALMOST) put back together from the construction, and our days have just been so busy.  This kiddo sure keeps me on my toes.  He is into everything, which makes computer time pretty much impossible unless I have another set of eyes on him.  Since I’ve been so bad about updating lately, here are a few of my favorite photos from some sessions I’ve had lately.  Of course, I have some more I could add to this post, but here are a couple just for now since I’m short on time.

Sorry for the weird formatting of the pictures.  My website does not want to play very nice with this entry for some reason.

 

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I did some photos for the Daltons a couple days ago, and holy MOLY is their 8 month old baby boy adorable!  This was my first time working with this awesome little family– they told me they hadn’t had professional photos taken of him since he was born.  This little stud is a natural model though–  he definitely knew how to work the camera.  I think his parents may need to start bringing him around more often!  ;)  We started outside taking a few family photos, and a few with just Booker before heading inside because it was pretty chilly and miserable out.  Because seriously, how could you say no to this face?

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Once we came in, Booker was a pro.  He LOVED wearing those sunglasses.  They had the most adorable little 3 piece suit and tie for him for some early Easter pictures.  I wish I could share every picture I took of this kid, that’s how cute and photogenic he was… but I will save some suspense for his parents when they get the CD once I finish editing them all.  Here’s a sneak peek of his photoshoot!

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Aaaaaaaaand here is my kid attempting to photo bomb his session.

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Catching up

I’m ashamed to say how bad I am at updating my blog these days.  I’m bribing the kiddo with Cheerios to keep him busy in the highchair next to me while I type this out.  Spring is taking it’s sweet time getting here, but we have had a few nice days so far this year.  Today’s entry has pictures from two of my babies that I am lucky enough to be able to document their entire first year of life.  Ryker had his 3 month pictures and was a total champ– he was so easy going, and despite spitting up a few times (ohhh don’t you love the 3 month age?  hehe), he was totally cool with letting me stuff him in whatever baskets and put him in whatever ridiculous pose I wanted.  His mama is so sweet.  She brought along some cute props and he got to show off those adorable baby rolls!  Here are a few highlights from his shoot:

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I did Trent’s 9 month (!!!) pictures recently also, and oh man is this kid cute.  He is so calm!  An old soul behind those eyes ;)  We had a BEAUTIFUL day to get his photos done and his cousin and aunt were visiting from out of state, so I got to photograph them as well!

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(Sorry Trent, had to add that last one, lol.)  I love that I get the opportunity to follow these kids through their milestones.  I so look forward to these sessions to see how much they’ve grown, what their new “tricks” are, and love to see them develop their own little personalities.  It’s always bittersweet at the 1 year mark!  If you or someone you know may be interested in documenting a baby’s first year, here’s a link for more information regarding sessions, prices, etc.  I offer gift certificates as well, so if you’re stumped on what to bring to a baby shower, here’s a good gift idea!  :)

Sunday mornings

Finally the weekend!  Can I get a hallelujah?!  We had a long, boring week at home.  The good news is that our kitchen, living room and laundry room are no longer a construction zone!  Hopefully the rest of the house will soon be done and we can get back to life as we know it.  I am already dying to spring clean and get some major organization done, but it’s pretty pointless at this point with things being shuffled back and forth between rooms while waiting for the floors to be completed. But soon!

Took some photos this morning while hubby spent time making pancakes and turkey bacon for breakfast.  Kellan spent his time smearing it all over his face and chair, then finally dropping pieces for the ever-hopeful dogs. No where else in the world I would rather be. <3

“I can’t remember all the times I try to tell myself to hold on to these moments as they pass…”

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Sitting here listening to the rain and sharing a bowl of spaghetti-o’s with my little man.  I’m glad I fed him these before I gave him a bath, as he’s wearing most of them, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I love seeing his big, grin, with his big ol’ bottom teeth and front teeth barely poking through.  Even when he’s angry with me and shouting for taking too long to give him another spoonful, I can’t help but smile when I look at him.  I can’t believe that he is ten months old and I’m about to be planning his FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY.

Anyways…  business stuff.  Spring is on the way! I am so excited to see some greenery, it’s ridiculous! We’ve had so much rain, snow, and mud around here that it has really put a damper on any outdoor shoots I had planned. I’m sneaking in as many photos as I can whenever we have a moment of nice weather. I’ve got a lot of neat ideas I’d like to try once the sun is shining and the horses are all shed out of their winter coats!

I’ve had a lot of people contact me about spring sessions already, so if you’re looking to have yours done, now’s the time to get with me and reserve your session while I still have lots of prime time dates and weekends available.  :)

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