Friday, January 20, 2012

Super Baby!

Meet Liam, or as I prefer to call him, Super Baby!  This little angel's Grandma asked me to photograph him when her daughter was only a few months pregnant, so I penciled him in for his due date, December 31st.  Well, as we know, life is great at throwing us unexpected curve balls, and my stomach dropped when I heard that Liam was being born via emergency c-section on September 30th at 26 weeks and 5 days.  Little did all of us on the outside know, but this little guy had big plans. Huge! HUGE I'm telling you!  The odds were against him at just 1 pound and 6 ounces, but Liam proved to be a fighter and sailed past every milestone the NICU had set for him, and made it home with mom and dad in just 75 days, right before Christmas and right before his due date, which is nearly unheard of for babies born this early!  As a medical professional myself, I am in awe of the amazing things this tiny little guy has done in his short little life, so I was thrilled to finally be able to photograph him at 3 months old.  He looks so tiny and frail, much like my son did when we first brought him home, but his mom put it best when she said he has a "full grown attitude".  He was a perfect gentleman for his shoot, but I was nothing short of shocked at how strong he was! He was grabbing onto his blankets, busting out of my swaddles (and as my husband can attest, I am the queen on baby swaddling), and literally trying to roll over and flailing his little arms and legs all over the place!  I was expecting to get some nice and sleepy, curled up shots, but I should have guessed that Liam would have his own plans, and instead we got lots of wide awake, big beautiful eyed shots.  Don't be fooled by the few shots with his eyes closed, that was just for a few seconds when I had the hairdryer on him (a handy tip for new parents,  It works like a charm!).  I think my favorite of all of the shots are the ones of him holding onto his daddy's finger.  We have a beautiful picture of our son holding on to my husband's finger in our living room, and I often stop and look at it when Cash is, well a two year old to put it nicely, to remind me of my tiny precious baby, and it's hard to stay irritated.  I love being around new life.  No matter how many newborns I hold, I never get over how miraculous each one of them is.  If you don't believe in a higher power, take a look at Liam.  He is something special.  He is nothing short of a miracle.  Congratulations, Amy and Sean, on your sweet boy.  I can't imagine how proud of him you are!  (P.S. We snuck in a shot with the dog just for you Grandma Pat!)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sneak Peeks from My Weekend Sessions!

It will probably take me a couple of weeks to finish editing the three sessions I did this weekend, but I just had to post my favorite shot from each because they were too cute not to share!  A 9 month old and two 3 month olds, one born on her due date, the other three months early... all of them precious little blessings!!!

Monday, January 9, 2012

The Perfect Start!

 I love, love, love photography, but I also loved, loved, loved my little break over the holidays!  Aside from snapping a few personal shots of my family, I didn't touch my camera for a couple of weeks, and I have to admit it was hard to get back into the swing of things after long leisurely days playing Memory and Don't Break the Ice in our jammies, but these cuties were the jump start I needed!  Santa was gracious enough to bring me some wonderful new equipment and props for Chrsitmas, including a backdrop stand, backdrops, umbrella lights and a whitewashed prop floor.  Once I had all of my Santa loot set up I got the itch....seriously, how could I not with this perfectly bald, perfectly perfect little nugget?  I photographed him as a newborn and now at almost four months old he was hamming it up for camera!  His big brother/doppelganger got in the action this time too.  We were even able to get a few shoots outside thanks to some ridiculously warm January weather!  We tried a couple of the boys together, but little brother was not having it!  Oh well, looks like I'll just have to photograph them again even sooner!  Darn;)  What a sweet little session to kick off 2012!