Category Archives: Babies

Ms. Serious

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Sweet girl Eliette celebrated her 1st birthday recently. She was all seriousness for her birthday portraits. This girl was not giving up the smiles. But an absolute doll. She’s precious. When she arrived at my house for her session, I was amazed to see how much she’d changed. Amazed it’s already been a year. Sometimes it blows me away. I’ve watched as her parents have just been smitten by her. She’s such a perfect addition to their family.
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Eliette was curious about her surroundings, liked seeing the cats although I don’t think they were as keen on her. She has a fabulous wardrobe of colorful dresses. This kid will no doubt be stylin for year’s to come.
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Those lashes, ahh!
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Those beautiful blues…..she looks so much like her Daddy, an yet I see bit of her mom in her. She get’s the best of both of them all wrapped up in one.
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Did I mention she was sassy too. She’s spunky and a bit of ornery. She is tough but loves a good cuddle.
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Oh the smiles never came, but she still didn’t disappoint in all her cuteness.
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Who doesn’t love cake! After a celebration with her family and friends, Eliette is moving on to her next year, of so many new things. I am so happy to watch as my friends travel this road of parenthood. You’ve survived the first year with flying colors. Job well done at raising this lil beauty!

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Connor

1Connor got to spend his first birthday celebrating at the fire station his dad works at.  2
He had just woken from a nap, so he was a little subdued and checking out his surroundings, but he perked right up in no time. Loving that lil eye brow he was giving me.
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There’s that smile. Such a happy boy! Connor enjoyed being up in the truck, high above his Mommy and Daddy.
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Connor was happy to play with the hose, maybe even have a taste of it. He was a hoot for sure.
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This tot is very cheeky, and ornery just the same. Just the way you want them!
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He got big smiles when he saw his reflection on the truck.
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He enjoyed all aspects of the station, dad even got him up on top of the truck. And yes, if you were wondering, dad is tucked in behind him. He wasn’t going anywhere!
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A proud father and his son…Happy Birthday Connor!

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4 Days Young

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Oh the baby cravings started up soon as I saw this wee one. A mere four day’s old during his session at his home. Andrew was a tiny guy with big bright eyes. All sorts of baby cuteness about him.
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He was more interested in when his next meal was, but in between I’d get some images.
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Andrew’s mom Jennifer wanted a similar photo taken of him as they had done with his big sister a few year’s ago, so she put this cute bow tie on him. He smiled away as he slept. Content.
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Ten lil piggies……such long toes.
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Andrew was a sweet and tolerable baby, so long as he got his food, all was well in the world. He’s just a laid back kind of dude. Congrats again on the baby!

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Elliott and Owen:

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When you work with couples, from capturing their engagement, to their fabulous wedding and a few other sessions with them, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t do a happy dance when they announced their first pregnancy. Earlier this spring, Jonathan and Christina came to Ohio an we met up for their maternity session.  When they asked if I’d come to Michigan to shoot their newborn photos, I wasn’t about to miss out on this.  It made for another get-a-way in beautiful Michigan to their home in the area of Midland. We made our travels rain free up until about five minutes before landing on their doorstep to a complete down pour. They introduced us to Elliott and Owen.
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This is Owen. Mom and Dad call him Mr. Grunts cause he well grunts a lot and squirms. He’s a laid back dude.
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Elliott is called Sir Planks from his parents cause he is constantly stretching his body straight out, an hold his head high.
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They are changing so fast already. Each day they show their own personalities shining through.
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They choose a nautical theme for the boy’s room and it’s so fitting with the waters that surround them.
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We learned they were only happy if they were held or swaddled tightly. Oh how they reel you in from the start. They manage to melt the hearts of parents so easy.
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Elliott and Owen are Fraternal twins. It’ll be interesting to see the changes in them as they get a little older. Right now they have painted their nail’s to tell them apart. Mom and Dad took no time in getting used to their sweet faces.
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The downpour eventually stopped and we went into Christina and Jonathan’s lush back yard for some photo’s with the boy’s.
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I have to say, Christina and Jonathan seemed so at ease with the boy’s. They seemed to have it down working around feedings and changes an off the wall sleep patterns. I’m sure they are making adjustments, but they are doing wonderfully for first timers.
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The boy’s are giving more smiles. They are getting more hour’s of sleep, hopefully Mom and Dad too. They enjoy looking out the windows and lights. Oh just wait until Christmas!
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So this shoot consisted of two days. The first day  they just were not wanting to sleep, even though they were feeding frequently. If one would cry, it would wake the other. I didn’t want to go all that way and not get the shots I’d hoped for. So day two we tried again. They just were not having it, they were fussing and not sleeping.  An then I just went with what they gave me, this is after all life. I laugh and see them in the future re-shooting some of these images as they are older.
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And so it begins!
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Christina returns to work in a week and I’m sure it’ll be hard on her leaving these two precious guy’s, but Jonathan will be caring for them, so they are in good hands. I’m so glad we got a chance to meet the new additions. It’s been so much fun working with you two over the past couple of year’s. I look forward to seeing the boy’s as they grow. Best wishes and Congratulations again!

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Lila Mae:

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About two year’s ago, a friend’s mom gifted me with this awesome vintage style pram in the hopes of me using it for a shoot. I kept it in our garage, walking by it daily, thinking of using it, but it just never was the ‘right one’ so to speak. So I just left it in there among my other props and such. Fast forward two summer’s later and we are having a garage sale at our house. This family showed up with this baby with these mesmerizing eyes and it came to me, this is the one. So I spoke with Lila’s mom Kristi and wa-la, here is the shoot!
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In prepping for the shoot, I explained my vision to Kristi and before I even finished, she was right with me. She knew what I was going for and had the perfect attire.
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Lila’s dress was hand made by her Great-Great Aunt, and was worn by her Grandfather Paul when he was brought home from the hospital in August of 1944.  The charm heart necklace was worn by her Great-Great Grandmother, a likely piece from the 1800’s.  Her 93 year old Great-Grandmother Lila (her namesake) made the charm into a necklace for Lila Mae.
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People, I am not even lying, those eye’s are that dramatic, there is NO special editing to her sweet face.
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Lila is 8 month’s old and was such a willing baby. She didn’t fuss, she just gave me lots of smiles. I thought for sure she’d not take to the hat, but she seemed to like it. For once a baby that tolerated a hat.
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And so came the vision to life….that makes me smile.
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A little story about the hat. So I was out antiquing one day and I came across this hat. It was one of those instant things where I had to get it. I could see her wearing it, but said person shopping with me didn’t agree, didn’t see it. This person couldn’t see past it being an adult hat. Let me just tell you, I did a little happy dance when I put it on her. She didn’t mind the hat at all, an it worked perfectly for her. It’s those moments I go with my gut that I love, everything pans out.
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Lila’s parent’s Bryan and Kristi have one special baby girl.
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Lila had a quick change of clothes, and the smiles kept on coming. I’ve never worked with such a happy baby before.
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Lila Mae, you were a doll baby and I’m so glad to have met you and your family in such a unique way.

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