Hannah’s momma contacted me back in November or December, I can’t remember which, for her baby that was due at the end of March. We spoke on the phone, talked about details, and answered all of her questions. After hanging up the phone I realized I was due to be on vacation just one week after her due date and was concerned about timing. So I quickly prayed and asked God to line everything up so that I would be able to do the session in a timely manner but also be able to spend such needed quality time with my family.
Time continued on and I continued to pray for timing, I needed to continue to pray because my doubt and fear would creep in slowly every once in a while. March neared and so did the Hannah’s due date. Mom reached 40 weeks and the last communication was that her doctor would let her go to 41 1/2 weeks. Whew, ok, I can go on vacation and just photograph the baby when I return as she’ll still be in the “newborn window” and not too old.
Well God has the perfect timing, as always, and the very next day Hannah was born! I was able to photograph her and her family the day before we were scheduled to leave for vacation. Praise God and all of His ways!
Welcome to the world, precious one!
I am honored and very humbled to be able to photograph newborns, my favorite! But when a family comes back just about two years later with their second child for her newborn portraits, it really means a lot to me! It thrills me that I get to capture these tiny little beings, and thrills me even more when the family love their photos! Melts my heart each and every time.
The first time the Rosema family came to me was April 2014 with their baby girl, McKenna, and came back to me last week with their baby girl Jessa. At just 9 days old she was pure perfection. I was even able to capture Jessa in a similar way that I captured her sister previously. Their daddy is a police officer and it was very important to the family to honor him and their baby girls.
I’ve known little Raelynn’s family for quite a few years now and have had the pleasure of getting to know them more and more throughout the years. I was honored to be able to capture little Raelynn’s newborn photos after she had to spend some time in the NICU, due to having a knot in her cord and it wrapped around her neck during her delivery. I am happy to say she is doing well now and was able to come visit me Saturday afternoon! 🙂 What a great baby she was too. So pleased with her modeling!
Back in October I was asked by Shannon’s mom if I would be interested in photographing the birth of her third child. She was due December 30th which fell at a perfect time, for me anyway. I usually don’t tackle births because of my young family at home to care for and my husband having “unusual” hours at work which means it’s hard for me to leave at any moment because I am needed at home and my kids depend on me. But with the date of her due date falling during Christmas break from school and my husband having two weeks off of work, it was possible. And I was soooo excited! Photographing a birth is one of the most amazing things I can do!
So I wait, and wait, and wait. Shannon’s mom and I text every week, every few days, and talk about how she is feeling. I get a text on Christmas eve at 10:26pm, stating that “she didn’t know if she was in labor but the contractions were two minutes apart. The midwives were on their way. I don’t think you need to come yet.” I said, “ok. To text me when the midwives get there and let me know how you’re progressing.”
At 10:41pm another text comes through, “This pressure is rapidly increasing. Maybe you should come.” I text back, “Will do.” And I proceed to get ready to leave. I go to the restroom, take some aspirin as I had a headache and didn’t know how long I would be out that night, and get my socks on. While getting them on another text come in, I check it, it says, “It’s a GIRL! Her name is Shannon Dale.” The time is 10:45pm. So in a matter of 19 minutes a sweet precious being entered the world with just her mommy & daddy to share the moment. The midwives missed the birth, I missed the birth! But all is well. I gathered my equipment and headed to their home to capture the after moments and was so glad I could be there. Such sweet moments of a family, not of four, but now of five, whom were starting to bond and learn their new rolls as a family. Little, I mean, now bigger sister of 6 years old, was a little hesitant on what her roll was now that little sister had joined their family. But I can tell you love was all over that house that night! Joy and peace was there too!
Welcome to the world, Shannon Dale Eve!
Two weeks later when Shannon was 15 days old, she came to visit me for a newborn session. I prepared my studio for several set-ups and was hopeful to get lots of photos out of her, but she had other plans. While I normally photograph babies before two weeks old, my best ages being 8 days to 11 days, Shannon was 15 days and it still amazes me how much a few days makes. The babies who reach that two week mark, a mere 14 days old, are much more alert and touchy when it comes to moving the. They are aware someone is there and really want to stay up to not miss the party. Shannon surely didn’t want to miss the party! She wasn’t fussy by any means, and actually quite content, but didn’t want to sleep. But once she finally did sleep, I got some of the most amazing shots. 🙂
Shannon is a great blessing and will do amazing things in this world! I am so glad I was able to be a part of her life!
Fluff :: Oh So Fleeting
Purple Hat :: Oh So Fleeting
I had the utmost privilege of photographing this family since the beginning, meaning I photographed mom & dad’s wedding back in November 2013, then I photographed their maternity photos in August, and now their first born son’s newborn photos! I tell ya what, I love being able to document any family’s special days. I love getting to be there as they grow with each other! I just love my job!
Meet Matthew Paul Jr, a squish that let me do about anything I wanted at his session. I never even saw his eyes for three hours, he was a ROCKSTAR!
Nathan was oh so anxious to arrive in this world. He was due to arrive via c-section on December 30th, but little did mom & dad know that he had other plans. Little Nathan decided to join his big sister, Naomi, on December 19th!
He came to see me a mere 9 days later for his newborn session. He did wonderfully and I really wanted to keep him! Mom & dad weren’t sure about that, so alas, I had to return him.
I had the pleasure of working with the “B” family again! I love seeing them, they are always so pleasant and great to work with. I have been working with them since their now oldest was 3 months old and she is about to turn 2, and just had a new baby sister born! Her name is Avery and I got to meet her at the ripe age of 4 days! That’s right, I said 4 days!
She was a tough one at first, but finally gave up and went to sleep! Once she was out, she was definitely out. Photographing her at that point was actually quite easy. 🙂
I have known Malachi from the second he was born, no really! I was a witness to his birth and just so happened to be able to photograph it as well…that’s for another post and another day though. 🙂 Anyway, he was such a trooper at his photo shoot, the 2nd one at least. 😀 I tried to photograph him too early, and let’s just say it didn’t work out all that well. So his mommy willingly came to do the shoot again about a week later, bless her heart, and it went perfect! He let me post him just so, put him in all kinds of crazy set-ups and even let me put hats galore on his head. I love Malachi so and am so honored to see him grow. 🙂
Oh goodness, where do I start my story with Callan and her family? I first met her mom at church several years ago and we quickly became friends. I accidentally “called her out” when she was pregnant with Charlotte, her older daughter and then again when she was pregnant with Callan! And she was in North Carolina when I did this…thank you Facebook! 😀 Anyway, once Callan was born at the end of July, I traveled to North Carolina (where they now reside) for a quick but exciting trip! Although I had some snags in flights on the way there, I did arrive safely. Oh it was glorious to see and hug my friend whom I haven’t seen in quite a while. I was welcomed with open arms and had the best time catching up and cherishing every moment since I knew it would not last forever. Thank you to Erin, Geoff, Grady, Charlotte and Callan for loving me and taking such good care of me! I love you guys!
Gosh, well I first met Ava’s mommy back in February of this year. We met at Panera Bread in Grandville to discuss her role as a Mommy-Rep for me at photographyTheora. She has just a small baby bump then. 🙂
Fast forward to the end of April for the maternity shoot. Cindy was all baby and looking so cute and adorable!
Fast forward again to the end of June when Miss Ava makes her grand entrance. We do her photo shoot and she is seriously one of the most beautiful babies I have ever seen! She did fantastic during the shoot the entire time and her mom and dad didn’t do bad either 😉