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{Baby C. 20 Days New} – Eastside/Seattle Newborn Photographer

October 10th, 2016

I always love getting calls from clients when they have a new addition to their family. I had done a newborn session with this family for their previous daughter a few years ago, and they called up me again to do a newborn session for their second daughter. It was fun to reconnect, see how […]

 

I always love getting calls from clients when they have a new addition to their family. I had done a newborn session with this family for their previous daughter a few years ago, and they called up me again to do a newborn session for their second daughter. It was fun to reconnect, see how big the babies have grown, and capture their growing family for them. To include brother and sister in the session, they got to pick out fun hats for their new baby sister for me to photograph her in, plus I brought along some coordinating tutus that big sister adored as well. Introducing, Baby C., 20 days new to the world!

Meet the cutest sock monkey in town!

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Someone left a baby! In a basket!

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Sweet sister kisses

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…Wonder Woman! clar_179pswm

Sleeping baby alert! Squishy cheeks alert!

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Brother kisses. Everyone now – awwwwwwwwwww.

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Sweetest cupcake in town

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Hi mommy, what’s shaking?

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I always love these shots with dad, showing how tiny newborns *really* are in comparison to real people 🙂

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I don’t know about you, photographer lady…I’ll keep my eye on you!

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Three kids! One camera!

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I call this, pensive baby and dad

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Oh no, she turned her family into pumpkins!

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Twirl, sissy, twirl!

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Congratulations on your newest addition, and welcome to the world, Baby C.!

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{Family Reunion} – Eastside Family Photographer

September 13th, 2016

Meet Grandma D. She lives up here on the Eastside, and her family surprised her with an impromptu family reunion last weekend. Both her kids, and the grandkids, and extended family. I was fortunate enough to be asked to photograph them while they were here for the afternoon. We met up at Juanita Beach Park […]

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Meet Grandma D. She lives up here on the Eastside, and her family surprised her with an impromptu family reunion last weekend. Both her kids, and the grandkids, and extended family. I was fortunate enough to be asked to photograph them while they were here for the afternoon. We met up at Juanita Beach Park in Kirkland, where we had a fun afternoon with some great, cooperative September weather. Thank you for letting me capture your family moments, and I hope you enjoy the memories!

Meet Grandma D.!

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The whole, photogenic family

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Mom and her kids

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Grandma D. and the grandkiddos

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Grandma D., daughter, and family

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Grandma D., son, and family

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The whole family against Lake Washington. 

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Three generations of women

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Grandma D. and the men of the family

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Everyone together, again!

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Thanks for the fun afternoon!

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{The S. Family} Eastside Family Lifestyle Photography

November 19th, 2014

I had such a fun time documenting this family last week. They wanted to take advantage of some of the beautiful scenery we have around our area, and also incorporate their new puppy into the family pictures as well. Oh, and their new seven month old puppy is a Great Dane, who I’m pretty sure […]

 

I had such a fun time documenting this family last week. They wanted to take advantage of some of the beautiful scenery we have around our area, and also incorporate their new puppy into the family pictures as well. Oh, and their new seven month old puppy is a Great Dane, who I’m pretty sure is almost as big as me. 🙂 I had a great time following the family around, running myself ragged while boy chased dog and vice versa, and also just capturing the family interaction. They were also super great in posing in fun and creative ways to bring out their personalities! I hope the pictures convey what a loving and great family they were, and how much they love each other and the outdoors.

 

Hello, Washington State!

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Look at this kid, so handsome and smiley!

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I’m not sure what I love more, the kid’s laugh in this picture, or the puppy’s smile, or the size of the stick the pup’s holding.

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Boy, in portrait, and caught mid-run in sillouette.

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What a handsome family I found in the forest.

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Most of the time, we just hung around the park.

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This was the most playful family, I just had the best time following them around and capturing them interacting with each other.

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We’re lucky to live in an area where we have such amazing natural backdrops, such as these gorgeous evergreen trees.

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Turning around, we have stunning mountains such as Mt. Rainier in the Cascades overlooking Lake Washington, as well.

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Playful, fun, gorgeous and goofy, all rolled up into one picture! 🙂

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{The A. Family} Eastside Lifestyle Photographer

November 12th, 2014

It’s fall in the Pacific Northwest, and we’re incredibly lucky to be able to have access to beautiful trees, changing leaves, and water views of Lake Washington. All of which adds up to make for some gorgeous scenery. I met up with this fun family who had two high energy boys of their own for […]

 

It’s fall in the Pacific Northwest, and we’re incredibly lucky to be able to have access to beautiful trees, changing leaves, and water views of Lake Washington. All of which adds up to make for some gorgeous scenery. I met up with this fun family who had two high energy boys of their own for a photoshoot this past weekend. I was lucky enough to capture some shots of their lovely family, big brother hi jinks, little brother smiles, and some very sweet moments between mom, dad, and their sons. I hope you enjoy the sneak peek, as much as I enjoyed capturing these moments!

 

Little brother was all smiles. He gave me a workout, chasing him around for all those smiles!

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Big brother giving me his best Blue Steel. Eat your heart out, Zoolander!

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They got to burn some energy off at the playground.

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Beautiful family, and a beautiful backdrop.

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It was a gorgeous afternoon with just a dad, a little boy, and a big wide lake to themselves.

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I loved this moment between dad and littlest son. It’s like he’s asking, where’d it go?

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I love these candids with mom and her little boys as well. I especially love the way her oldest is looking at her. <3

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Little brother had a grand time swinging and smiling.

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I promise, I did not pose him. He came up with these all on his own. Aren’t they great? SO full of personality! I could have followed this kid around all day!

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Thank you for letting me hang out and capture some sweet memories of your life!

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{The W. Family} Eastside Family Photographer

September 8th, 2014

Being a mom of boys, it’s always fun for me to photography a family of girls. This family has three girls, all with three different personalities. Not only were there three girls, but the two youngest are twins. The mother wanted some sibling shots, but I admit, my favorite thing was getting the girls one […]

 

Being a mom of boys, it’s always fun for me to photography a family of girls. This family has three girls, all with three different personalities. Not only were there three girls, but the two youngest are twins. The mother wanted some sibling shots, but I admit, my favorite thing was getting the girls one on one and letting their indivuality shine through to the camera. We had a quick mini-session outdoors at a local park, they brought their loveys, and overall had a wonderful time. Thanks for hanging out with me, W. family!

 

The oldest, aka Big Sister
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Twin A had no problems posing for my camera. I call this one, Old Hollywood Glamour Stare. Look at those eyes!

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Twin B was trying to convince me she had never heard of any superheroes. Here she is, totally pulling my leg (I was believing her until we got to Batman. Everyone’s heard of Batman!)

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The younger twins, showing off their distinctive styles and smiles for me.

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All three sisters, such sweeties!

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I got one more chance to get all three of them together before the session was up.

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No session is complete without at least one of mom in the picture, too!

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{KaBOOM! Washington, D.C. Trip part 1.} Seattle Area Lifestyle Photographer

March 3rd, 2013

February came, and the time for our trip for being one of the winners of the KaBOOM! summer playground challenge finally arrived! While I’ve been there several times, my husband and kids have never been to D.C. before, so I was pretty excited to take them on all the sights. Being a naturalized U.S. citizen […]

 

February came, and the time for our trip for being one of the winners of the KaBOOM! summer playground challenge finally arrived! While I’ve been there several times, my husband and kids have never been to D.C. before, so I was pretty excited to take them on all the sights. Being a naturalized U.S. citizen of immigrant parents, I grew up being drilled in the history of the U.S. while my parents studied for their own U.S. citizenship tests, and I’ve always been a big fan of history myself.  This blog post just talks about our sight seeing adventures of the trip. Our KaBOOM! interactions, and my thoughts about outdoor play will be blog post, part 2. Travelling as a family does bring different challenges than sight seeing by yourself, so here are some things that worked well for us:

Travelling with Kids in D.C.:

  • We packed for the weather. I knew we’d be doing a lot of outdoor walking around, so  checked Accuweather beforehand and saw that it was going to be cold and windy. I packed scarves, gloves, and hats for me and the boys.
  • We planned for one major tourist attraction per day, anything else was gravy. With a four year old in tow, pretty much two hours at a museum was going to be his limit. Plus, a lot of places (the White House, the Capitol Building, Smithsonian museums) you couldn’t bring in food, so bringing a snack bag was out.
  • Pre-plan where to eat, so you don’t have a melt down and are blocks away from food. The GPS on our phones were very handy for this, but if you don’t have smartphones, our hotel had lots of good walking maps available in the lobby with restaurants listed as well.
  • Check out KidFriendlyDC, a blog about all things to do in D.C as well. It lists activities for the weekend, plus prices and how to get there.
  • if you want to visit the Capitol building or the White House, email your state representative at least three months in advance to book a tour.
  • we didn’t rent a car, we took the Metro everywhere and didn’t feel like we were missing out on transportation
  • And importantly! Ask your kids what they want to do! My kids are really into spies and ninjas, so of course we had to go visit the Spy Museum. it was one of everyone’s highlights, even the four year old’s!

Highlights of our Trip!

  • The Bureau of Printing and Engraving (tours are FREE, you can reserve ahead with your Congressperson or Representative). Our tour guide was excellent and knowledgeable, and had an answer for everyone’s questions. The bureau runs 365 days a year, 24/7, so it is always printing money. My seven year old was fascinated, and it was one of his favorite parts of the trip. My four year old did think it was boring. Tour runs about an hour, although our tour group had lots of questions, so with a less talkative tour group, it might have been about half an hour long. 🙂
  • The International Spy Museum. Everyone enjoyed this! Kids five and under are free. Right now, they have an excellent exhibit all about James Bond going on, lots of interactive displays, and the best part, my kids learned that spies look like everyone else! We spent two hours in this museum, and my kids kept asking to go back.
  • White House Tour. We got up early (as our tour was slated at 8:30am) but it was worth it. Just keep your kids off the furniture, or the Secret Service Agents in all the rooms will talk to you.
  • The Capitol building tour. This was a personal highlight of mine. For instance, did you know that all the buildings are connected under the Capitol building to the Senator and Representative Offices over at the Hart buildings? So cool.
  • The museums at the Smithsonian. You can’t just pick one, there are so many. One of our favorites was the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. We didn’t go into the museum itself, but the boys did run around the outdoor sculpture garden quite a bit. Also, the fossil lab at the Museum of Natural History had Real Life Paleontologists working! And drawing! My seven year old gave the artist drawing a thumbs up.
  • The lawn at the National Mall. Honestly, this was the best place for the boys to let out some energy, and run around playing spies, secret agents, ninjas, and President. It was nice to relax, sit on the benches, and watch them enjoy themselves.

The Washington Monument and the Capitol building. There is a law in D.C. that there can be no building taller than the Capitol building, so you can see the Washington Monument anywhere in along the National Mall corridor. It’s very pretty and awe inspiring.

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In the spring, these are the famous cherry trees of D.C., but when we were there, they were just pretty  bare branches.

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The Jefferson Memorial.

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On the steps and inside the Jefferson Memorial. The boys’ commentary? “It’s cold”.

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Looking back over the city from the steps of the Jefferson Memorial.

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The flag underneath the U.S.A. flag is the one flown for P.O.W.’s and soldiers who are M.I.A. I think it reads “you are not forgotten”.

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The new World War II Memorial. All the wreaths symbolize each state and the soldiers they sent to fight in the war.

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Inside the WWII Memorial.

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The Albert Einstein Memorial outside the National Academy of Sciences. At his feet is a map of the constellations, it’s pretty nifty.

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Did you know you could tour the inside of the National Academy of Sciences? We didn’t know. Check out the awesome ceiling. They also had a pretty cool display about world population.

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My goal this year is to hand the camera to someone else, and get myself in some shots with my kids!

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The Lincoln Memorial. This was majestic and breath taking.

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One of these people is super happy. One of these people is posing like Lincoln. One of these people is four. Can you guess who is who? 🙂

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The National Conservatory. This was one of our favorite places to visit, and I’m not just saying that because it was warm. 🙂

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The Viet Nam Memorial. This is always a tough one for me, and I kind of dreaded bringing my boys’ to see it. It’s a big part of their heritage though, on both sides.

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My oldest looked at the wall and asked, does every name represent a person? When I told him yes, he broke down and sobbed.

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On a lighter note, here we are outside the Corcoran Gallery of Art. My oldest and I really enjoyed the exhibits here.

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 Overall, we had a really fun time, and it was a great family trip. The best part was just letting the kids run around and play (the carousel is at the National Mall near the Smithsonian Museums). I even got to sneak in some history facts while we were touring around, as well.  Thank you, KaBOOM!

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{The G. Family} Oregon Coast Area Family Portrait Photography

February 28th, 2013

Last month, my husband’s cousin needed some family portraits done and I offered to drive down to Oregon to meet up and capture their family for them. For my boys, it was a fun weekend road trip, a visit to the real Pacific coast, and bonus! Playtime with their cousins. For me, it was a […]

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Last month, my husband’s cousin needed some family portraits done and I offered to drive down to Oregon to meet up and capture their family for them. For my boys, it was a fun weekend road trip, a visit to the real Pacific coast, and bonus! Playtime with their cousins. For me, it was a chance to help family come closer to fulfilling their dream of returning to Ethiopia and their ministry. Their journey began with a dream to expand their family through adoption, and they added their sweet daughter to swell their family up to five. Currently, they are setting their hearts and prayers towards working their way back to Ethiopia. Read more about their ministry journey, in their own words, here in their newsletter: Gerards February 2013. If you are moved by their story, their newsletter also provides information on how to donate to their cause, or the information is also at the bottom of this post! Now, onto their beautiful pictures!

 

Meet the lovely Gerards family!

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Everyone was such a trooper to pose outside in the freezing cold for these family portraits.

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I love this one of mama and her sweet little girl.

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Such a beautiful family, inside and out.

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I love how all the kids are holding hands in this picture. And I can’t resist some sunflare.

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Some sweet moments between daddy and daughter. 

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Please consider supporting them in their ministry goals!

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You can give online at: www.sim.org/giveusa. Click on “Support A Missionary“, missionary #040410. 

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{Happy Spring Equinox!} Seattle Lifestyle Photographer

March 28th, 2012

Last week was the Spring Equinox! In the PNW, we had a gorgeous weekend full of sunshine and temperatures reaching almost 60! But then, the real Seattle spring set in, with grey skies, lots of wind, and intermittent showers. So bring up my mood, here are some pictures I took last year at the Skagit […]

 

Last week was the Spring Equinox! In the PNW, we had a gorgeous weekend full of sunshine and temperatures reaching almost 60! But then, the real Seattle spring set in, with grey skies, lots of wind, and intermittent showers. So bring up my mood, here are some pictures I took last year at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. We go every year since it around our oldest’s birthday, and I love getting a picture of him in the tulips. These bright, colorful flowers would cheer up anyone’s mood and put you in the mood for spring. Happy Equinox!

 

 There are so many varieties of tulips, I couldn’t pick one as a favorite!

Fields of tulips

 

It was a wee bit cold and windy when we went up, hence the layered scarf and hat look he’s sporting.

 

It had been raining all spring, so there were lots of mud puddles. I saw a lot of this.

 

Accompanied by a lot more of this.

 

I love this – a perspective of my oldest throughout the years. That first year, he was barely taller than a tulip!

 

My, how times have changed.

 

I think the kids were way more interested in the mud than the tulips.

 

So. Much. Mud!

 

We adults spent time checking out the beautiful fields and fields of flowers.

 

The kids spent time checking out the really big tractor. Flower vs. Tractor? TRACTOR WINS!

 

See? It was a pretty impressive tractor, i do have to say.

 

We were able to get a family shot out in the flowers, however!

 

But by the end of the day, most everyone looked like this.

 

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{Baby B. 13 Days New} Seattle Area Newborn Photographer

March 4th, 2012

Sweet Baby B. was born at home 13 days ago. His parents were gracious enough to bring him over to capture this special time in their lives, and he was such a cooperative baby! Very sleepy, very poseable, and oh so adorable. Thank you for letting me meet your sweet baby boy. Congratulations to the […]

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Sweet Baby B. was born at home 13 days ago. His parents were gracious enough to bring him over to capture this special time in their lives, and he was such a cooperative baby! Very sleepy, very poseable, and oh so adorable. Thank you for letting me meet your sweet baby boy. Congratulations to the family, and welcome to the world Baby B!

 

Meet Baby B!

 Such a sleepy boy

 

Hey look! He opened his eyes and looked straight at my camera for me. 

Being held by dad

Such an easy baby to photograph. I wish all my babies were this sleepy.

I love his spikey hair, it was such awesomeness.

Squishy baby in daddy’s arms

Hey look, it’s a baby in a cocoon!

Happy Family

 

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{Baby A. Two Weeks Old} Redmond Area Newborn Photographer

February 21st, 2012

I’m very behind on my blog posting! This sweet family was actually shot back in September 2010. Baby A was adorable and so alert for a newborn. I have to admit, all the baby girl newborn sessions end up with very alert and sweet babies. Baby boy newborns tend to be sleepier. I guess girls […]

 

I’m very behind on my blog posting! This sweet family was actually shot back in September 2010. Baby A was adorable and so alert for a newborn. I have to admit, all the baby girl newborn sessions end up with very alert and sweet babies. Baby boy newborns tend to be sleepier. I guess girls really do want to have fun!

 

Meet Baby A.

Hello, pleased to meet you sweetness! Look at that eye contact for a newborn, so alert!

Taking a moment with dad

I love how little she looks in dad’s hands here.

I did manage to capture some sleeping shots as well.

Hello Miss A!

Big brother snuck in for a shot or two as well.

So much cuteness in one family.

Once outside she did cooperate to fall asleep

Mom and Baby A

The entire family. Thank you for letting me capture this moment for you!