I’m often asked what my favorite type of photography is, and I always answer without a moment’s hesitation that it’s newborns. There’s just something about the tiny, brand-new life in front of my lens and the usually awe-filled parents that just fills my heart with joy. I’ve been around babies my whole life; as the oldest of eight kids and one of a gaggle of cousins, I can’t remember a time growing up when I didn’t have a baby around.
So when Morgan and Will reached out to schedule their newborn session for baby Warren, I was thrilled. The sessions can be grueling, to be sure; three-plus hours under bright lights and a space heater cranked up high can be tough on everyone involved. But little Warren was a real trooper, and the new mom and dad were super helpful, too. Thanks to them, I think this was one of my best sessions yet! (Will is a dentist, so he and Morgan got an adorable little tooth hat for some of the photos. Isn’t that sweet?)
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I’ve wanted to do a Fresh 48 since I first heard of it (embarrassingly, just a few months ago). Basically, a Fresh 48 is a newborn session conducted in the hospital, within the first 48 hours of baby’s life. The photos are always so sweet, but especially so when the proud momma and papa are first-time parents. Such was the case with Morgan and Will; it was such a humbling experience to help document their love and awe at their new son, Warren. (I also did a traditional newborn session with the happy family, so stay tuned for those photos as well!)
Is there anything more fun than watching a one-year-old completely destroy a birthday cake? I mean, sure, I guess there might be, but this is definitely at the top of my list. Cake smash sessions are among my favorite types of photography (right after newborns, because NEWBORNS!), so I was thrilled when Hayley asked me to document this great first-birthday session for Little Ernie. Momma Hayley is throwing him a Dr. Seuss-themed birthday party, so that was the theme for the session.
Recently I did a holiday mini session for Hayley, her husband Ernie and her son Little Ernie. We focused on the little guy for most of the session, and you’ll totally know why once you see these pictures. He’s just too stinking cute! It was unseasonably warm outside, so we headed out right before sunset and caught some amazing lighting for the family photos, complete with Dean Martin the Labradoodle. Here are some of my favorites from the session:
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