When the farmer calls. You shoot on the farm. Welcome baby P! That floral headpiece was real folks. My girl Karen is the shizzle, I haven't worked with her in forever - but was so happy to see some of her work make an appearance at this little nugget's shoot! Just a quick note, I am booked for the last week in October, fall family portraits, which I opened a few weeks ago. I still have a few appointments for the first week in November, first come first serve, standard sitting fee, click here and scroll to the bottom for the details.
Baby K arrived, sweet as sugar. Perfect model, beautiful skin. It's the sweetest thing to watch first time parents cradle so gingerly.
I have not even posted a blog about my kiddos. Mercy, things here have obviously taken a back seat.
Here are my little nuggets. He is our surprise baby. I like to call him my "simmer" baby... as I'm convinced it was our essential oil blend Simmer (hormonal blend) that even made him possible.
So now I've known it.
What infertility is like, before having Sadie and being diagnosed with PCOS.
What the NICU is like, having Sadie at 25 weeks and spending 3 months in the hospital.
Now, what a surprise miracle baby is like... you know, that baby you could 'never have on your own'...
Thankfully I had an incredible doctor that monitored me very closely. It was a great pregnancy other than the normal, nausea... aches and pains... severe leg cramps... sleepless nights... swelling...
It was beautiful being able to bring him home right away, and to experience all the things I didn't recognize I missed with Sadie Mae.
She is the best most caring big sister ever, such a huge help. I was once worried about such the age difference, but now I'm relieved. How you people do it with lots of little littles at the same time is beyond me.
Here's an image of them this summer on the gulf coast at Panama City... and a few of my maternity taken by my sister-in-law, Julie Smith.
I've photographed some really precious babies lately. This little guy was so dreamy and sleepy! I love newborns. Love love love them. I think it's so rewarding for me because it's so challenging. At the end of the session I always want cake or something to celebrate.
…with that thought. I am moving my photography business to only newborns and weddings. Every now and again I may do a special session set such as Mommy and Me, beach portraits, etc… but for the most part only baby club clients and wedding day clients. I've been wanting to make this move for a LOOONG time, and the time is finally right!
This means no family sessions, seniors, headshots, commercial projects, etc. Only newborn/baby club clients and wedding day photography. Eeep. I'm so ready for this I can't hardly stand it!
Look at those lips!
I find it hard to put this all into words...but here's my attempt. Last week, I'd wake each morning rushing to my cell to see if I missed a message.
Each time a sweet sigh of relief. There would be none.
Throughout the day, with every "ding," I'd dart for the phone.
A home birth.
Be still my heart.
I had no idea how emotional this moment would be for me.
Granted, I've seen my share of births. Each very special in its on way.
But this, my Lord.
Again, having difficulty putting it in words....
I've shared with Jenni that I think her baby's birth was God's little present to me.
After all, this was the direction my husband and I were taking for our baby's birth when my little girl decided to arrive at just 25 weeks.
I see so many similarities in mine and Jenni and her husband's relationship.
Brandon, doing whatever it takes.
That rock in difficult times.
The cheerleader and shoulder to cry on.
Jenni deep with determination.
Steady in her will.
...now there's a lump in my throat. Eeep. Holding back tears as I type.
Their second boy was here.
I was crying so that I had no idea if the camera was focused or not.
Good gracious I was even shaking. Which has NEVER happened.
Possibly it was the adrenaline that released from days of building.
Safe and sound.
In the MOST beautiful birth I have ever seen in my life.
To be able to photograph the literal birth (not allowed in hospitals) was so amazing...the actual images a bit too private to show...but absolutely beautiful.
Side note: Hospital births get ice chips. Home births get M&Ms. ...just fyi
The moment...in photographs.
Just want to share with you Jenni's thoughts (hopefully she won't mind) about having a photographer at the birth of a child. For all of you Mommies that might be second guessing it...
"Absolutely amazing! I never even knew you were even taking pictures. I kept asking Brandon when we were looking at them "where was she, how did she get that shot?". Love how Sammi was patiently sitting near by keeping a watch. The actual birth oh my to actually get to see what I experienced is a gift I will always treasure. They are some of the most beautiful moments captured in our familys life......I was a little afraid of how such an intimate moment could be captured in pictures but God gave you an amazing ability to capture these moments. Thank you, thank you, thank you!" -Jenni
So today, we got together again for some sweet, a little more formal, newborn shots with the entire family.
What a joy and sweet little pumpkin...