I normally am not the subject matter in my blog posts and usually only post the occasional selfie on my Facebook page, but I went a little crazy taking baby bump photos this week and I REALLY like how they turned out… probably because I’m actually wearing makeup and am not wearing leggings… haha! I still have my official maternity session coming up in June (no, not selfies) so I will have a pretty good bank of images captured through my pregnancy journey… I swear I’m not conceded!!!
You are our greatest adventure… our little pistol princess!
27 weeks //
2016 was a huge year for Jen & Charlie: they became first-time homeowners and had a bouncing baby boy, Ollie!!
Their maternity session was super fun – they crafted, they played guitars and sang a song they wrote together! I mean, could they BE any cuter?!? And I cannot forget to mention big sis Gina… although her furry face doesn’t show it, she’s excited about her new little human!
Congratulations to Jen & Charlie on their adorable little family!
With a busy schedule of eating, pooping and napping, little Jonathan managed to squeeze in his newborn portrait session. At the ripe old age of 10 days old, Jonathan is a seasoned model that knows how to work the camera… I mean, just look at his adorable little face!! Go ahead, look!
John and Lauren could not have lucked out with a better baby – their bouncing baby boy is truly a bundle of joy! It’s amazing how much he has changed in just a few short 10 day (check out his Fresh48 session here). I cannot wait to see how much Jonathan changes as he grows up and becomes his own little person!
A new baby is like the beginning of all things – wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities. – Eda J. LeShan
little baller //
The magic that created little Jonathan happened after an Ohio State Buckeye football game last October, and we stopped outside of the stadium for John & Lauren’s maternity session, so it was only fitting to start the session with the football onesie. His two-a-day practices are still a few years off, but he sure does look good in uniform! LOL
burrito love //
To stay in theme with Ohio State Buckeyes, we wrapped the little guy in a chili pepper red (the closest I could find to scarlett LOL) against the grey & white backdrop, coupled with the most adorable parted do. Jonathan was all cuddled up, as snug as a bug in a rug… but waaaay cuter!! 🙂
Jonathan’s dad was in the Army for 11 years, and he brought one of his tees and dog tags to the session. What better (or cuter) way is there to pay homage to his dad’s military career?! Who knows if he’ll follow is in dad’s footsteps and join the military, or if he’ll be a future Buckeye football player…. or maybe a boxer (did you see his little, tiny, adorable fists in the last photo?? he may be laying down but he’s got good form… and is hinting at being a south-paw!).
While most family activities are captured by the latest cell phone camera technology, with some cool filters and stickers to play with, most likely the images will just be of your kids, not of your whole family (eh-hem, that means you, moms and dads!).
While you think ‘Whew! I dodged the camera bullet – I’m a sweaty mess!’, your kids just see you as mom and dad, and love you just as you are. These images are not just for you to look at and remember a fun family day, but these are keepsakes for your children to possibly show their kids… so why wouldn’t you want to be in them?? Get over yourself, and get in those pictures too!!
How do you take the stress of enjoying the moment while trying to capture it at the same time?? That’s what I’m here for!! You might think it’s weird to hire your own paparazzi, you will more than love the moments captured that otherwise could not be, and that you have evidence that your kids are yours and that you were really there too. (lol)
I had the opportunity to follow the Gulling family to the Scioto Mile water fountain park on a hot July day, and let the family play and enjoy themselves while I took on the stress of dodging random kids, the squirting fountains and all the chaos that comes with taking 3 kids to a public play space. While Ryan was only able to sneak away during his lunch break to meet Heather and the boys for a short while, it a great day for a water park, ice cream and a pizza picnic!
family fun //
Austin’s introduction to the water fountain park with the whole family! For an 18 month old, he sure was skeptical about the water shooting up and he needed to observe the other children’s behavior. He analyzed the situation on how to approach and engage, but he totally got into it.
lunch time //
While Caleb and Elijah raced to see who could eat their pizza first, Austin just sat back and savored the flavors… and saved some for later… Okay – time to go back and play now!!
splish’in and a splash’in //
Since no one is actually swimming, we opted out of waiting 30 minutes before returning to the water 😉 It was time to cool down again – the shade we found to eat under didn’t help much with the heat. This time, all the boys were ready to get wet (i.e. sprayed in the face).
all good things must come to an end //
With the boys wore out from playing in the sun, it was time to wrap up our day together. Before heading home for a snack and some well-earned naps, it was time for them to head to the library to get books for summer reading. These boys definitely had fun in the hot, humid Ohio sun, and, best of all, Heather got to enjoy time with her boys without worrying about getting pictures and missing moments, or dropping her phone in the giant puddle we were in, and Ryan gets to see how much fun they had while he was at work (drying off after getting some major splashes from random kids LOL).
HELLO baby Jonathan!! This handsome little guy was 3 days late during an icky, humid Ohio July, making an adorable entrance into the world after spending 24 hours trying to get out (well, maybe trying to stay in… lol).
Through the heartburn and pains, the waddling and swelling… it was all worth it for Lauren and John to meet their little boy! At a ripe old age of 38 hours old, Jonathan was working the camera like a professional. This little love nugget is also my great nephew, and I cannot wait to watch him grow up (but not too fast!!) and become a dapper little ladies man LOL
Welcome to the world, Lil Jon….er… I mean lil buddy!!! #yeeeeeah #ooookay
hello world //
Matilda. From the Germanic name Mahthildis meaning “strength in battle”, from the elements maht “might, strength” and hild “battle”. This is a name steeped with meaning and could not be more fitting for this little ginger princess. Arriving two weeks early, and as big as a peanut, she has a strong spirit and a healthy appetite… she may be small but she is definitely fierce! And the amount of love that her adorable parents, Allie and Tim, feel for her is immeasurable.
No matter how hard we tried, Matilda did not want to be put down, even if she was sleeping… we even tried working with her while she was awake, but in no way did she NOT want to be in her mama’s arms! So we took a little break from shooting so we did it!! We were able to get some really, really cute shots of her wrapped up like a burrito (LOL) and in the wicker basket. She looked soooo comfy, I kind of felt bad having to take her out… she was knocked out!
She was only 10 days old at the time of our session, but she already looks good in green just like her mommy, and she presses her little fist against her cheek just like her daddy did. Sweet Matilda a perfect combination of her parents… it is going to be a pleasure to watch little Matilda grow up!
Congratulations Allie and Tim on your sweet, princess!
This little peanut is so cute! He was so interested in what was happening around him and this new person, and he didn’t want to miss a thing. He fought sleep with a valiant effort, I must say. I think my favorite picture is of Colton and his BFF / guard-cat Freddie… we were trying to swaddle a kicking baby and Freddie plopped down next to him (in guard-cat mode) and started rubbing his face on his little human’s face. Such love!! They both happened to look up at me at the same time – wide eyed and actually looking at me and not my general direction LOL #purfection
I hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed everything about this session!!
Dream BIG, baby boy.
6 weeks //
What a sweet Easter weekend session this was!! Liz, Reed and Kamden were a ball of fun – Kamden is definitely a little ham at just 4 months! He laughed, he giggled, he rolled over and wiggled… just like little boys do! Laying down was his least favorite position – he’s man on the go (well, on the scoot!) and nobody has time for all that laying down… LOL I look forward to watching this little guy to grow into a gentleman!
happy family //
Meet Reagan and Kieley. They are sisters and we did a ‘farewell’ shoot in January as Reagan moved half way across the country to Colorado the following weekend. Reagan is a makeup artist and Kieley is a photographer, and they have worked together professionally but have not done a shoot together as the subject. I was happy to get these two in front of a camera, even though Kieley preferred to be behind one! LOL We had lots of fun with our session, and the Ohio weather mostly cooperated with us – so that’s a win-win in my book!