My favorite thing {Fredericksburg VA newborn photographer}

I love new babies. I love their yawns and their furrowed brow and their tiny fists that they clench close to their face. I love their cowlicks and their gummy accidental smiles and their surprise at moving their limbs, used to being cushioned inside of momma’s belly.

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But my very favorite thing in the birth of a family. People often ask, since we have so many, if you can ever love your second (or sixth or tenth) child as much as the first. OF COURSE, I always answer. Love just multiplies. But your first is always so special… they make you a mommy and a daddy.

{more to come of this sweet session after mommy and daddy come for their reveal!}

Baby C {Fredericksburg VA newborn photographer}

Baby C is such a delicate little lady. I loved her precious little lashes and adorable, perfect face. I so enjoyed our time together! {And her parents were super awesome, too! :) }

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Baby L {Fredericksburg VA newborn photographer}

Not that long ago, I was photographing baby L’s brother and sister! He is one loved and lucky little man.. and positively adorable, too!

Welcome to the world, precious baby!

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Generations of Women OB/GYN {Fredericksburg Va newborn photographer}

I am SO super excited to announce that my work will now be displayed at Generations of Women OB/GYN! Plus, for all new clients there will be a special gift from their office to use at my studio. Even better, right? So run, don’t walk! They are a group of remarkable doctors who care so much about their patients… and there are CUTE babies and BEAUTIFUL mommies on the wall!

With the huge canvas order and a step stool and gusty winds, I did not drag along my big girl camera, so forgive the Iphone-ography, but here is a peek at the displays for my clients :) I am sure you will see lots of familiar faces! Also, this was the first half installation, so when the next round is installed, I will take real photos!

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G {Fredericksburg VA newborn photographer}

Oh. My. Stars.

I loved snuggling this little guy. Aside from the fact that I absolutely adore his family, and aside from the fact that they are all amazing, and aside from the fact that he had an amazing like almost-didn’t-make-it-into-the-hospital-to-be-delivered birth story, and aside from the fact that he is stinking adorable, I was also partial because on top of all of that, his precious fuzzy head reminded me so much of my own littles and I relished all the snuggling! {And he gave me lots of hours of snuggling because also like my babies, he wanted not a lot to do with sleep :) }

Welcome to the world, precious baby G!

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Mother’s Day intimates {Fredericksburg VA newborn photographer}

I love mother’s day. Both as a mother of children who were born from my body and as a mother to children that we are praying to bring home through adoption, mothers spend a lot of time on my mind. I feel such connection with every new mother who sits in my studio with her days-old baby, a mix of wonder, bliss, adoration and nerves and questions and hopes of doing it ‘right.’

Mothers in other parts of the world are on my mind an awfully lot, too. What a gift and blessing it is to raise our babies when sometimes for the most heartbreaking reasons, some mommies can’t.

Mothers are amazing. YOU, mom, are amazing. For all of our missteps and worries and fears of not being enough, our children’s safe place is our arms. It is just pure magic to see that ridiculous, overwhelming, overpowering, pure love that we have for our little ones reflected back at us. And I want to capture that for you to forever treasure!

This mothers day is all about the relationship that you share with your child. These sessions will be at my maternity ‘water spot’ {often requested!}  and will be fueled by a series of discussion topics to elicit genuine emotion between you and your loved ones. There is no limit on the number of participants… bring your grandma, mother, daughter, and for the first time since I started offering mother’s day sessions, your sons, too!

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Every session includes your session, artistic retouching, plus one album and one companion book (retail value of over $1000). These are true heirlooms, to be treasured for generations and I expect them to fill quickly.

Sessions will be $495 and a $100 retainer is required to schedule. I will have twelve April dates available.

hour by hour photo challege {Fredericksburg VA newborn photographer}

I loved this photo challenge from life unscripted to drop whatever you are doing at the top of every hour and grab your camera. Lifestyle photography is not my norm, I prefer posed and well lit. So it was an awesome challenge to just capture what was there. There are some AMAZING images on their blog, mine are pretty basic, but it fed my creativity yesterday and that is always welcome in dreary January.

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And because I like words almost as much as photographs, here is what we were doing:

7:00 am: Snow day! Time to attempt my bible study, coffee drinking and journaling while the baby crawls all over me and the kids anxiously await snowfall.

8:00 am: naptime for this little guy, who woke up at 4:45

9:00 grab a quick treadmill run, while replying to emails because that is how work at home mommas do it!

10:00 My second grader brought this precious drawing in to show me. Love his little heart for Africa and orphans. Goodness… he is just darling.

11:00 crawling and play time with my tiniest guy. Swoon!

12:00 more coffee. STAT.

1:00 nursing snuggles.

2:00 salad, editing and listening to the lifepoint worship CD my friend gave me for valentine’s day… trying to balance the fact that I still have not opened that bible of mine today, despite my best efforts.

3:00 “Guys! You don’t have to get dressed but get some shoes on… we need a starbucks break!”

4:00 big stack of client orders have arrived! Packaging those for pick up.

5:00 While packaging orders, the playroom just could not be ignored any longer. Moved things out to clean and found approximately two inches of human hair. When asked, all kids claim it is not theirs. Whatever. When you have six kids, you are just glad (and self congratulatory) that they know how to work scissors… survival of the fittest, y’all!

6:00 Daddy is home!!!!

7:00 It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It is super Henry!

8:00 baths, showers, teeth, hair, prayers, kisses, bed.