I was so excited for Miss Sydney Jane’s newborn session. For one, I L.O.V.E. her big brother Will! I met Will when he was 6 months old, and he stole my heart!! I also love Sydney’s mama. Courtney and I went to middle and high school together, and it has been great to reconnect with her and meet her family, and, with this visit, meet sweet Sydney (grandma’s first granddaughter)!!
My buddy Will wasn’t so sure about the whole touching his new sister thing, and wanted to make sure he let her now the ground rules. I think she will hold her own just fine!!
But we managed to convice Will with some dinner mints to give his new sister a kiss, and he even let one linger a little!
Sydney wasn’t the biggest fan of sleeping, but we were able to get through a few setups, including some sweet and simple shots, which I always love.
Courtney and her hubs, Alex, did not find out the gender but Courtney kept sending me ideas for a girl. In fact, she went ahead and decorated the nursery in a girl owl theme (the wall color was easily convertable to a boy). She went with a gender neutral owl hat, just in case, but she was pretty sure it was a girl and she was right!!
I have been waiting, somewhat impatiently, for a baby girl to use some of my newest goodies from one of my favorite vendors, My Darling Emma. After a string of boys, Sydney was the perfect subject to don my new goodies!! I swear this gorgeous lace bonnet was made for Sydney!!
Sydney, despite resisting sleep, sure did love being all cozy in the silk web and bowl. She even gave us a sleepy little smile!
Sydney is perfect, and I am so excited for Courtney, Alex and Will, and the rest of the Asmus and Aubertine families!!
White tieback by Just Hatched Designs.
Lace bonnet by My Darling Emma
Silk web and matching tieback by My Darling Emma
I. Love. This. Family. The leader of this pack is my best friend (forever), Michelle. We have been best friends since about the day we met when we were in 4th grade. In fact, this November will be our 25th Best Friendiversary! The one thing I do not like at all, however, is that she lives in North Carolina. So I don’t get to have much face time with her, but when we do, we laugh. This past November, she was home visiting for Thanksgiving and, of course, it snowed like crazy the day we had carved out for a family session. But her gorgeous kiddos did an excellent job braving the cold despite their thin, Southern blood!
Michelle’s son, Michael, is my godson. I still can’t believe he just turned 7! He is such a great kid, and so very handsome!
Molly is next. Michelle was pregnant for her at the same time I was pregnant with Lucas (my first). Molly reminds me so much of Michelle, especially her laugh! Look at it, it is amazing and real!
The baby, Mia, is about 5 months younger than my daughter. It is like Sarah and Michelle Part II!!! I am so excited to see them get to know each other and be BFFs!!
One of my favorite images from the session was a sweet moment between Michael and Molly when Michael said he was cold (it was cold)! Gah. I just love it!
And my biggest accomplishment of the session? Getting a picture where it appears Michelle’s husband, Mick, is smiling and maybe even having a wee bit of fun!!
It was a quick session but we captured some great images!! Next time, let’s do this BEFORE it is freezing out!!!
If you want a snowy family session, there is still time!!! Email me at email@example.com to get your session booked while we still have snow!!
I LOVE Multi-Generational Family Sessions. It provides the opportunity to get images of grandparents with their grandbabies that will be treasured forever, parents with their adult babies (they are always our babies, right?), each child with the families they have started, and, of course, the whole family together! I was thrilled when Val reached out to me about doing a Multi-Generational Session with her 3 siblings, their perspective families, and of course, their parents while everyone was home for Christmas! I have known Val for a long time – we went to middle school together and did 4-H together. I do believe we have slept in a horse stall together, and I once had to chase her escaped pet pig, Minnie, through the woods to get her back home! I knew these would be images her mom and dad would LOVE to have of their 4 children and 6 grandbabies!
We did the session at Mom and Dad Gardner’s house – the house that Val and her siblings, Natalie, Stephanie and Chris, grew up in (and now Val and Natalie have houses on the same road)! It was as gorgeous as I remembered, and the perfect setting for their Multi-Generaltional Family Session. You would never believe looking at these that this was the day after Christmas up in the New York snow belt!! Seriously, you could not ask for better weather for a Christmas session!!
I love love, so we had to get some of everyone loving on each other!!
Oh, and I forgot to mention, Multi-Generational Sessions give you the opportunity for COUSIN shots!! Some of the babes were not into these ones, so we added Grandma and Grandpa to help out!
Sibling Love. So much laughter with these ones – then and now!
I know Mom and Dad Gardner are so proud of the adults their children have become! Job well done Mom and Dad!
I loved being able to spend some time with Val and her family, and get some gorgeous images of them!
These moments of pure joy and love are always my favorites!
Val’s three kiddos did great putting up with the slight chill (and me) so that we could get parent shots with each, and I just LOVE the love in them!!
And her three kiddos!!
Val’s sister, Natalie, lives down the street with her family, so the kiddos are growing up together!
This little lady gave me a run for my money, which often happens with this age! But I love the snuggled shots we got of her with her mama!
And the baby!!
Next up, Stephanie who is getting MARRIED!!
And lastly, the only son, Chris with his lovely girlfriend!
This is just a portion of the Gardners’ gorgeous gallery! I cannot think of a better Christmas gift for their parents than this Multi-Generational Family session from their 4 wonderful children!! Thank you so much for letting me capture these beautiful moments for the WHOLE family!!!
I was so excited when I found out that my friend Katy and her husband were expecting!! I met Katy on one of the most important days of my life (aside from my wedding day and the birth of my children). It even tops the day I graduated from law school – the day I touched Jordan Knight. If you don’t know who Jordan Knight is, just go. I kid, I kid. Ummm, he is only the dreamiest member of New Kids on the Block!!
As you can see, it was an epic moment for me and with it all my childhood dreams came true. And that is the day I met Katy! Clearly, we are forever bound in friendship as a result of this experience!!
Katy and her hubs, Nick, wanted to document their pregnancy, starting with a fun Pregnancy Announcement Shoot!!
Then we had to capture the MOMENT they found out they were expecting a baby boy!!! Look at those raw emotions – I love it!
We finished up the pregnancy journey with a maternity session. I love the anticipation and excitement that you can feel during maternity sessions!
Finally, the day came that I got to meet sweet little Nicholas!!! Of course, my first reaction was, “Look at that HAIR!!!”
It was hard to cover up such great hair with hats, but we did! Katy was pretty excited about our session and did some hat shopping! And seriously, how cute are these?
Because Katy and Nick are die hard Broncos fans (yes, I actually know it is a football team in Denver), and their pregnancy announcement was a Broncos theme, I had one of my favorite vendors, the Knitting Bitty, make a knit orange and blue football uniform for Nicholas! And it is PERFECT!!
And, of course, we got plenty of “just baby” images because there is nothing sweeter than a newborn all snuggled up!
Little feet, little hands, little baby. Nicholas is perfect, and I cannot wait to see him grow over the next year!! Stay tuned for his 3 month session, part of the Step by Step (oh baby) Plan!!
Thank you Katy and Nick for letting me be a part of your journey to and into parenthood!! I am so excited to be a part of it!!!
If you are expecting and would like any of the sessions Katy and Nick took advantage of, contact me to get on the books!!
#180in2015. This is the hashtag for my life, my family’s life, in 2015. Pretty much every aspect of our life is being flipped upside down, and we are along for the ride, hoping the decisions we are making are the right ones.
Change was needed. I have spent the last 8 years as a litigation attorney at a small employment law firm. That meant long hours, lots of missed bedtimes, and overall stress. This has been wearing on me for awhile now, and lately it has started effecting my health and who I am as a person. I am an open book, and have no problems sharing that by late November, I was having panic attacks almost daily and felt like an elephant had made a permanent residence sitting on my chest. I couldn’t breathe. If you know me, or even met me once or online, you probably know that I am normally one of the least stressed people out there. So for me, this was a big deal, and something had to give.
And it did. The same day I was at my doctor, being put on anxiety medications, my husband was given the opportunity of his dreams – to take over ownership of a gun store. My husband is some kind of amazing. He has been home taking care of our two kids since our son was born in 2010. Something he never, in a million years, would have thought he would be doing. During this time, he has really gotten into his gunsmithing hobby and has dreamed of doing something more with it. Normally, given the enormity of my student loan debt ($250,000. Yes, feel free to gasp), we would not have jumped on the opportunity because it is important to us to have a parent home with the kids and I needed to work. But given my mental and physical health, we decided to take the risk and go for it. The timing was too coincidental to ignore, right? And so I put in my notice, and finished my last day as a full time litigation attorney at the end of 2014.
As if that wasn’t enough change, we also made the decision to move. Though we love our current location, Jeremy’s gun store is an hour from here in Dansville. Enter the universe lining up in our favor. My sister-in-law just happened to know someone about to put a beautiful house on 6 acres exactly halfway between Rochester and Dansville up for a long term lease. So why not add packing up and moving to the list?!
And so, January is the start of change. I am in the midst of my second week caring for the kids, taking care of meals, while doing contract work for the law firm, my photography and other side projects (Jamberry, Younique and stay tuned for more information on Art Forms)! Jeremy is at the new store, doing the renovations in the new building to get it ready for Grand Opening (date TBA). January is the start of the biggest risk we have ever taken. January is the beginning of our #180in2015.
But, finally, I can catch up on time missed with my babies. I can focus on building my photography business. And the elephant is gone. I can breathe.