baby M {Fredericksburg VA newborn photographer}

Another month has arrived which means I am behind AS ALWAYS on blogging. WHyyyyy is this so hard for me? { 😉 }

My house is total chaos today… does anyone else face chaos head on with a little bit of order? My husband will often return from a business trip when he knew things were particularly painful here on the homestead and he will be surprised to find everything tidy. I will always say hey man… I had to engage in one activity that ended like it was supposed to so that I could fool myself into thinking I was in control. hahaha

 

So… today, that activity is blogging some of these precious babies! First up is sweet baby M and her beautiful parents. This family is SO NICE I cannot even stand it. I just loved spending time with them, and it was a good thing because M was saaaaassssyyy! So we got to hang out a little extra 🙂

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Mr One-derful {Fredericksburg VA newborn photographer}

For years I kept separate blogs: one for my business and one for my family. I always wrote on my family blog with my grandmother in mind, and when she passed away in 2014, I felt like I had run out of words. I started just posting slightly lengthier facebook statuses instead, as a way to collect and share my thoughts.

We just never know what social media will become. Will facebook stand the test of time? I am not sure. But I know that written word, posted and shared on a blog and then printed into a book, will. SO I just decided that I would share a little more personal posts here via my weekly roll of film because my business and my personal life are so closely connected. I love your babies. I love them because they are beautiful but mostly I love them because I have been so blessed to welcome so many new lives into my own home and I am always so excited for those first steps of your journey.

Baby E is our seventh precious love and he just turned ONE! If someone had told me years ago that I would have seven children, I would not have dared to wish they were correct. I had always assumed I would have a big family, but getting the children earth side proved harder than I imagined, and with the addition of each little one, I thanked God and told Him that it was okay if they were the “last,” even though I always wished for more.

Baby E has filled our home with so much joy. He is always smiling. He is the only one that looks like me. He is the calmest, but still has the temper that my children are known for. He loves to dance. He loves to clap his hands and cheer for anyone, anytime. He loves to be cheered for. He loves to sit in his chair and watch his family {shown: big brothers all gathered around taking his picture on his big birthday}. He loves his partner in crime, H, but he also loves to bite him when he gets too pushy. Man. These boys will keep me on my toes in these coming years, but what a blessing it is to chase them around!

People ask if E is the last biological baby and I always say that I don’t know. I think that he is. But if there are more waiting to come to our family, we would be so grateful for the task of being their mom and dad. I mean.. who could say “no” to a face like this?

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the weekly roll {Fredericksburg VA newborn photographer}

We ate an early meal on Thanksgiving because our oldest had to work. That is a crazy season of life to find ourselves in, with one in his very last year of high school, working a job, driving his car, and one in diapers and learning to walk. CRAZY.

The weather was so warm and it was a perfect sunny, golden fall day. I am super allergic to leaf mold, so have actually never raked leaves and jumped in them with my kids. It was well worth the hours of wheezing later to capture these memories! 🙂

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the weekly roll {Fredericksburg Va newborn photographer}

When I began my photography business, many of those closest to me were confused. Yes, I love photography, but my first love is food. In fact, I love to cook and bake so much that I believe that doing so for a living would create so much unbalance in my life. When I am most stressed, I head to my kitchen for relief. As much as I adore my clients and my profession, even work that you love can be stressful, and it would be no different if I owned a restaurant or bakery or catering company and if I needed to escape cooking? Sigh. I would be crushed. It’s just my most favorite thing. So, I pursued my close-second love of portraiture to keep my first love as my refuge.

I love roasting chickens, but it always makes me realize how big of a family we have. It used to be that I could roast one and have shredded meat all week. Now I have to roast one to eat, one for dumplings (my cutie pie daughter shown below eating hers) and one for chicken pot pies. It looks like a slaughter house here on chicken day…ha!

As all moms know, though… it doesn’t matter how much of an excellent chef you are. Kids have no taste… :)! Henry’s stand by is greek yogurt with m and m’s. Little stinker!

 

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F family {Fredericksburg Va newborn photographer}

I just adore this family. Not only because their baby is gorgeous. Not only because THEY are gorgeous. But they are one of the nicest trios ever, so much love. I was so happy to get a chance to visit them in their beautiful home to capture a few intimate moments on film in their daily life.

I love the color, depth and grain of film and it just translates so well to in home sessions. Love, love love ❤

baby A {Fredericksburg Va newborn photographer}

webuntitled-1-copyweb3web-4web-2web-1This precious little one’s family was so excited to welcome her! I loved getting to know them during their maternity session, newborn session and finally when it was time to leave their lifestyle session I didn’t want to go… 🙂 So much love in this little family… I selfishly hope they grow some more!

 

The weekly roll {Fredericksburg VA newborn photographer}

We had five children in 9 years. When I think back to those years, I sort of don’t know how we managed it all, but I remember it as nothing but sweet. We hoped for more children, but after a long break, we finally started to accept that we were probably finished… a family of seven, and we know how blessed we were.

Just as I had begun to plan ahead for life with all five children in school, I started feeling a little “off.” Our fifth started school Sept 1, and on sept 2 we learned we were expecting… haha 🙂 So much for alone time! Most people know how this ends. Henry joined our family and we knew that we were starting all over. We decided to adopt two more little ones and just as we were in the thick of that process, the universe threw us another baby boy! It’s been raining blessings here for the last three years, and we are enjoying it so much. There is definitely a peace that comes from having been there, done that before.

Most of my clients have heard of Henry, our ginger baby. He is the two-est two year old that I have ever met, and we often wonder if the others challenged us quite this much! He is a mess, a little hurricane, so smart with a sparkle in his eyes and perpetual dirt on his face.

And.. .he is apparently allergic to pants.

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The weekly roll {Fredericksburg VA newborn photographer}

Whew… gracious… WHAT. A. WEEK. it has been. For like a month. Okay… months. Alright… a year. Okey dokey… almost three years.

 

Friends, the road to adoption is long and hard and uphill. I used to wish that God would somehow show me the future so I had something to hold on to, but it’s a good thing he didn’t or I would have run away! hahaha 🙂

 

This roll of Portra 3200 black and white film was calling my name because it’s such a moody, stunning film that evokes so much emotion. I needed to just sit down and admire the beauty that is right here in my home. To see the blessings that the Lord has given me through the lens of my camera, and hope for the ones to come, instead of feeling anxious that I will somehow be robbed of that opportunity just because it isn’t on my time.

So, when I heard my sweet boy practicing the cello, I knew it was the perfect chance to grab my camera and capture the beauty of now. We could all spend more time admiring the now, amiright?

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