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I never take it for granted when a family chooses me to document their memories, moments or milestones. It really is always an honor. And it’s especially wonderful when they ask me to document another Fresh 48 hospital session like this one. There’s a feeling of familiarity, trust and pure joy in our relationship when I join families on their continued parenting journey. I love to share in their excitement and happiness over their newest bundle of love!  

This sleepy little squish was pure baby chub perfection!! 10.6 pounds of pure perfection to be exact! I just want to squeeze him. How lucky am I to have photographed both him and his older sister during their first few hours of life? And Shady Grove Hospital holds a special place in my heart, because that’s where we welcomed all three of our children into the world. I always love to see those duck swaddle blankets again. 

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Cheeks for days! And that sweet baby hair! It’s almost hard for me to leave the cozy and intimate space of their hospital room. It always takes me back to those special first hours with my own babies. Stay tuned for his newborn session at home with his older sister! She’s equally adorable with crazy beautiful blue eyes and the softest blonde hair.

Fresh 48 sessions are some of my favorite moments to document for families. If you’re expecting, don’t forget to reach out! It’s a time that will feel like a blur to you but has so many wonderful details you’ll want to remember and treasure. Your baby will probably change by the time you go home. And it’s the perfect time to just sit in bed and snuggle with your baby for those first family photos. Is there anything better than that?

One of the most asked questions before any photo session is about what to wear. This depends on the type of session and the season, but I have general guidelines that I give to with my families. Since Fall is a busy time for photographers as families gather for Holiday card photos, I am sharing some Fall inspiration and tips. 

gorgeous family is cuddling and smiling at their baby boy

First off, everyone has their own unique style and taste so try not to dress exactly alike. I think it’s important that whatever you choose to wear, you feel like you’re you. If you wear jeans every day, wear them to your session! Be sure to dress everyone comfortably, because you’ll be walking, moving and playing during your session.

little girl is smiling as she holds her parents

Most of my family sessions are documentary where you’ll be doing things that you enjoy together as a family. Even for lifestyle sessions, you’ll want to be sure that your outfit works well for cuddling, tossing a toddler in the air or giving out snacks. I, personally, don’t like to adjust or tuck in my clothes every time I pick up the baby or bend down.

toddler girl in an adorable shirt dress is splashing in the water

Complementary colors and patterns are nice so they don’t clash. I usually reserve patterns for one or two family members and use those colors to coordinate the other outfits. Don’t forget accessories like jewelry, belts or shoes to show off your style. For guys, layers are nice.

a little boy is laughing as he wear dark sunglasses

Finally, some fights are just not worth it. If your child has their heart set on their favorite outfit, just accept it for that season in life. I promise you that you’ll look back on the photos and smile at the ridiculous thing that your child wore. My boys practically live in gym shorts… And they both dislike nothing more than collared shirts. They also like to wear one color for top and bottom. Awesome.  

We can discuss your outfits at length before your session if you’d like. I really want to shoot a documentary session with the whole family in pajamas so hit me up if that describes your family!

All babies are tiny miracles. And sometimes a tiny baby is so many miracles combined that you can’t even get your head around it. I teared up a lot during this newborn session. You’ll have to read on to find out the many layers of miracles for this sweet baby boy.

I first met this amazing family when their older son turned one. (Not to steal the show from his tiny but mighty brother, the older brother is also a miracle with a severe congenital heart defect. He will be facing heart surgery in the coming months.) We met up over the years for photo sessions. I was so, so happy and excited for them when they hired me to photograph their second baby’s birth after three miscarriages. 

Here are mom’s words to tell her family’s story: 

After the third miscarriage, I went through every diagnostic procedure imaginable, but there was no clinical explanation why I continued to miscarry.  If by all measures of science, we should be the pinnacle of fertility, why did I still feel so inherently broken?  The emotional strain took its toll on me. I needed a break. We decided I should go back on birth control and focus on other things.  But before I made it back to the doctor, we were staring at that little plus sign once again.  

At the first ultrasound, we saw a beautiful, strong, 8-week heartbeat.  We left with our congratulatory bag of samples, pregnancy pamphlets, and a photo of our baby resembling a race car that we dubbed Hot Wheels

At 12 weeks, Hot Wheels looked great.  Thanks to a simple blood test and modern science, the doctors told us that our risk of chromosome abnormalities was very low and that we were having another boy!  Our excitement came spilling out.  We had made it past the first trimester!  Jameson was getting a little brother!! 

At 19 weeks, the doctors told us Hot Wheels was measuring two weeks behind.  The blood flow to the baby was absent and restricted.  He was diagnosed with Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR) and given little to no chance of survival.  We had two choices.  To continue with the pregnancy and hope for the Hail Mary pass.  Or to abort the pregnancy.  We had only one option, because something told us Hot Wheels was a fighter.

The next three months were full of ups and downs.  At the lowest point, around 24 weeks, his umbilical artery had reversed flow.  At 260 grams, he was not big enough to be resuscitated.  We went home, broken and preparing for a stillbirth.  A few weeks later, after a first round of steroids, Sebastian was still fighting.  We made it past Thanksgiving and got to spend Christmas at home.  The morning after Christmas, I had a nervous feeling that something wasn’t right as I hadn’t felt him move all morning.  So I went to the hospital, and his blood flow showed reversed flow again.  I was admitted for monitoring and for my second round of steroids.  By Friday, at 32 weeks+3 days, all three major arteries had reversed flow.  We needed to deliver as soon as possible.

Sebastian was delivered via C-section on December 30, 2016, at 8:13pm, weighing only 440grams (15.5) ounces.  The NICU staff stood by to support.  I remember hearing him cry and thinking it was the most beautiful sound I have ever heard.  He suffered a brief cardiac arrest shortly after birth.  It was agonizing listening to the doctors do chest compressions on our fragile baby as I lay helpless, not knowing if that brief moment was all we would see of our baby boy alive.  Within a few minutes that seemed like a lifetime, he was stabilized and on his way to the NICU.

In true miracle form, Sebastian went home after 90 days in the NICU. With many ups and downs during that time, he now weighed close to 4 pounds and did not need any respiratory support. I loved meeting him at his newborn session and was so thrilled to see him home with his family. He is a true tiny miracle.

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A few months after his newborn session, I was in tears again when Sebby was re-admitted to the hospital. You can read more here, but I am happy and relieved to tell you that he is back home and growing! Sebby is beyond lucky to be born into such a wonderful family. I absolutely love his parents and older brother and only hope that their roller coaster rides in life become fewer and less eventful!

Thank you for allowing me to take part in and to share your story! Much love to you.

I always love to catch up with my families after their newborn photo session, especially when it’s for a relaxed and joyful family session in their home. The last time I saw this adorable family, I was hugely pregnant and just a few weeks away from welcoming my own baby into the world. I only realized today that I didn’t blog their newborn session… 

This time, we played in their backyard for a relaxed morning to document their family time together. This is the best way to capture summer fun with young children!

children popping huge soap bubbles in their backyardbaby brother is surprised by a soap bubble bursting in front of his facebeautiful curly hair on a little girl as she twirls and playsbig sister is making big soap bubbles for her little brothers

The baby’s face is absolutely hilarious! The bubbles confused him so much, because they disappeared right in front of him.

baby boy is fascinated by a large soap bubble in front of his face

It was beyond adorable when big sister and big brother tried to help the baby pop bubbles. I think this confused him even more – and also got soapy bubbles all over him.

big sister and big brother helping baby brother pop soap bubbles

Once they tired of the bubbles, it was time to play with their water toys. Children can play with water for hours! I’d forgotten the joys of the water table since my boys outgrew theirs so long ago.

little girl is pouring water into her water tablebaby boy is trying to play with his water table

Getting water poured over your head… One of the many joys of being the youngest and having older siblings.

baby brother is having water poured on his head by his older brother

And then the jumping started! They do this all the time and have clearly mastered their form and squeals of delight. They were SO MUCH fun to watch! I think all of my summer sessions should include water and splashing.

little boy is jumping into his baby poollittle boy is wiping water from his face after jumping into the baby poolbrother and sister are running to jump into their baby poollots of water is splashing out of the baby poolbrother and sister are smiling as they sit in a baby poolbrother and sister are playing in their backyard baby poolbig sister is jumping for joy in the baby pool as her brothers play

Time for popsicles. Even the baby got to try one! The older two thought this was hilarious, of course, but the baby wasn’t sold on the cold treat.

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This was such a great session to document, full of laughter and personality. Documentary sessions at home always make me happy. I bet next summer the baby will be jumping into the water with his brother and sister, which means even more giggles and squealing!

Another bonus of documentary sessions at home? There’s no rushing around! Getting out the door for anything always seems like a marathon event with young children. So by staying at home, you have one less opportunity for toddler tantrums or forgetting important things at home. 

What an amazing maternity session I had with this lovely family! This Mama was just stunning in her beautiful white and pink lace maternity dress. Perfectly fitting as the family waits for their baby girl to join them. Maternity sessions are such a sweet reminder of those fleeting months. They’re months of anticipation, of excitement, of nervousness, of eagerness. It’s a weird time that I wanted to freeze and speed up all at once.

I wanted to freeze that amazing feeling of growing a tiny human inside of me. The memory of those tiny punches and kicks. I wanted to freeze the time with our family dynamics before they changed. But, at the same time, I wanted to speed past the anxiety and worries over the baby. I wanted to skip the last month that feels like it will never end. The heaviness of the growing belly, the sleepless and uncomfortable nights, the aches and pains. Oh, and labor! That part I definitely wanted to skip each time.

But that’s not how pregnancy works. We don’t get to pick and choose. We have no control over anything that happens with our bodies. Our body changes so much in such a short time that I love having maternity photos from each pregnancy to remember what it felt like. My last pregnancy was 9 months ago, and it feels like it was just yesterday and also a million years ago.

Maternity photos will help you freeze and remember those (seemingly endless) short months in your motherhood journey.

mom and dad are holding and smiling at their toddler boy.adorable toddler boy is snuggling close to moma cute little boy is feeling the baby move inside momtoddler boy is being held on top off his mamapregnant mama is walking through the garden with her toddler sona perfect baby bump is being shown off with moma gorgeous pregnant mother is enjoying a quiet moment in a gardenpregnant mama is laying her head in her husbandproud father to be is gazing lovingly at his pregnant wifepregnant mama is twirling in her gorgeous lace maternity gownthe perfect pregnant belly in a flowing and lace covered pink maternity gowngorgeous mama to be in a white lace maternity topDon’t forget to schedule your maternity session today! It will be one thing to check off your long to-do list. The best time for pregnancy photos is between 32 and 36 weeks. You should be feeling great then, and your baby bump will be perfect for showing off.