The best compliment that a client can give me is to return to me for more photos. It's such a great vote of confidence in my work, and personally, it's so much fun for me to get to watch a teeny newborn client grow over the first year of their life, at their six month session and then at their one year session. And, in this case, it also means I get to hang out again with the very cool parents of the baby. I mean, there are not too many clients I'd trust to tell me whether or not my new haircut was a mullet or not (I had real concerns, people!) but Shaun is one of them. I knew that if it indeed WAS a mullet, he wouldn't have been able to contain his laughter. Just one of the things I love about these three! They are so much fun, too. They're silly, they're up for anything, and Shaun and Cari are the best pair, complementing each other so well and keeping one another grounded. I just adore them.
But, more importantly, LOOK at this baby! I mean, he is really, really adorable. And, if you don't love that mohawk, well, that's just not right!
He wasn't exactly sure that he felt like being photographed. He wanted to explore! But, he was a happy guy nonetheless. I love his little tooth peeking out here.
I love this shot so much! This boy is so loved.
Getting some sugar from his mama.
We have a picture just like this one from his newborn session, but he was a little smaller and a little sleepier. I love his pretty eyes and I love this photo almost as much as the original!
It was great to see you all again! Thank you for letting me capture the milestones in your boy's first year. It's been a pleasure.
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From the minute I walked in the door, I just fell in love with this sweet little lady. I would be willing to bet that this is a fairly commonly reported phenomenon - she really is amazingly darling. I think this is a case of that old saying being true, though, about the apple not falling far from the tree, because this was seriously one of the sweetest families I've ever met. From my initial phone call with the mama, she was so kind and wonderful - even when I misheard her daughter's name and then called her that in an email!
But, I think that I would say that this family just exudes love. I could tell from the minute I walked in how taken both parents were with their baby - and it showed all through their session.
The parents are definitely not the only ones in the family taken with this little darling, though. She modeled creations for me handmade by both of her grandmothers, gifts from her aunt, and even had a special needlecraft from her great grandmother. There is love to spare in this kind, thoughtful family. You can just feel it coming through the screen, can't you?
And, I have to mention how cool it is how this family got to me! Mama's sister works with someone I photographed when I was just getting started. Her sister remembered those photos three years later and sent her to my website! I couldn't believe it when I heard that but I am so grateful to Auntie for that great memory of hers, because this family was really a treat to get to work with!
And, really, truly. Who doesn't love pictures of a daddy loving up his little girl? Melt, right?
Thank you, T Family, for allowing me to help you capture this moment in time. <3
I shot this session at the beginning of this year, but because of a misunderstanding, I thought that I wasn't supposed to share them. Thank goodness I was wrong, because I love these newborn portraits!
I know I am forever going on about how much I love my clients, and again, you will have to listen to me go on again. Because these parents, put simply, rule. I have probably also said this before too, but I am a bit neurotic. And, so, when I see chill, laid back parents like these at a week in, I'm both awed and utterly impressed. These two really seem to be built to do this parenting thing because they seemed fairly unflappable. It showed in their sweet, chill baby. He ate a little, then settled down to business. Well, the business of being photographed, that is. And isn't he just so sweet? Look at those lips.
The heel pricks always remind me just how new the little ones that I photograph are.
It seems possible that I squealed out loud when the mama brought out this mohawk hat from Etsy.
And, I also love this little skull and crossbone hat too!
But, if you follow this blog at all, you know by now that my favorite of all of the shots are always the ones with the parents. And, wow, these parents do not disappoint! The love here just shines through the computer screen, I think. And, uh. They're easy on the eyes, too, don't you think?
I think these are some of my favorite parent/baby images ever. I'm so glad you guys found me. Enjoy your sweet little dude.
The first time I met this lovely and sweet family, their wee one was only a few days old and I was doing his newborn session. Since then, he has grown up so much and continues to be as adorable as ever. He is also blessed and lucky to have the most laid back and sweet parents ever. Seriously - both of his parents are always quick with a smile and a laugh. I say all the time that I have the best clients in Philadelphia, and this family goes a long way to proving that. They just rule.
So, when I found out I'd be photographing them again, this time for a mama and baby session, I was happy that I'd be catching up with all of them. The day was gorgeous, the sun was shining and I am so happy to share the resultant photos with you, because they make my heart feel light. I'm a one-b0y-mama myself and looking at these photos makes me think of that feeling of being lost in my son - no one or nothing in the world matters, just being this child's mama is what's important in the world. I love doing Mother's Day mini sessions for the very reason that photos like this are what results, and for a mother, this is our reality and what we will remember about our children being young.
So, without further ado or any more sap from me, the photos. Tell me I'm wrong - you know you can feel the love! (Also, I almost never post only black and whites from a session, but these just say black and white to me! You don't mind, right?)
See? Lost in her own world with her sweet boy, right? Love it.
It was so fabulous to catch up with you again, R Family.
When the beautiful R Family drove up, I had yet to meet them so I wasn't sure what to expect. I mean, I knew it would be a mama and her baby or babies, of course, because I was doing my Mother's Day mama and me sessions, of course. But I did not know that I would end up meeting such a gorgeous family with two darling boys. I am not joking, I have the best looking and sweetest clients in all of Philadelphia, and beyond! And, of course, this family was no exception. Big Brother C stole my heart immediately, with his shy smile. He was such a great helper, too, trying to get his baby brother to look over at the camera. It was really so sweet to see how much he loves his baby brother.
But, this mama. Beautiful, full of genuine smiles and laughter, and joy. I could see the joy radiating off of her. She embodies all I think of when I think of a mama - how we love our children, how something small that they do can make us catch in the throat or make a tear spring to your eye in an instant. How your face sometimes doesn't seem to be large enough for the smile your mouth wants to make. How your heart swells when you look at your baby, no matter how old that baby may be.
The time of the session was perfection along with everything else - the time before sunset just makes glowy, gorgeous lighting in every shot. I think everyone should have their session at this time!
Daddy was the best helper out there, too - making sure his boys and his beautiful wife were all smiles with his jokes, encouragement and standing right beside me to make sure they were looking at the camera (and looking like a certain famous professional baseball player, don't you think?). I love when I get a great assistant daddy!
If I had one word for this session, it would be love. I left feeling so happy, and went home to snuggle my own child.
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