I stepped into a dreamy newborn fog when I walked into this adorable house to meet baby Harriet. LJ and Emily seem to have stepped seamlessly into their new role as parents and there’s so much love for Miss Hattie, it’s impossible to miss it. What a lucky, lovely little lady!
Family of 3! Newborn babies have the most unique movements. The way they stretch, their little hands swimming around with no voluntary control, finding their faces and exploring every new texture - it’s part of what makes these sweet babes feel so new. Once it morphs into intentional, playful movements, confident crawls, waving hands, these images will bring this whole season flooding back. My favorite detail here: that’s a preemie diaper on this teeny thing. Hattie came three weeks early, but besides her size, you wouldn’t know it. She’s a champ.
New momma love. Completely stunning in Emily. Those hands again. :) Lj, fatherhood looks good on you. She’s in such good hands.
Hi there, sweet girl! On the right, oh yes they did. They found the tiniest foam finger in all the land. GBR! Wishing you the most wonderful memory-making days in your new season, McElravy fam. :) Congratulations on your little Hattie! It was an honor to photograph her!
You would never know it, but this beautiful wedding day began with rainclouds covering the sky. They gave way and surely brought good luck – this was one perfect July wedding! Jenna took my breath away. She had the most wonderful, Hollywood glam vibe going on. So much pretty drama going on on the left, and the man of the hour on the right, ready to see his almost-wife.
Finally. :) Their faces speak volumes. I love this moment!
Probably the prettiest tea-length dress I’ve ever laid eyes on. It was so right for her. Oh hey, models. These ladies were amazing! Such a sweet group of friends. And of course, the dudes were fun, too. Time to get married! Props to my husband David who assisted and second-shot this wedding with me. This image is all him, and is one of my favorites of the day. :)
Love. They’re married!!! Jenna and her mom are opening a wedding consignment shop next month, and I love their eye for details. The entire, beautiful Country Pines venue was sprinkled with antique arrangements and sweet vintage touches. They will have some items for rent in their shop, and I can’t wait to see what they have to offer. I have no doubt it will be a fantastic collection! Info for their shop can be found at the bottom of this post. The toasts at their reception got me so teared up this time. Jenna’s dad especially had wonderful things to say about his baby girl, and it was so sweet to watch. This is Jenna’s mom, capturing one daughter toasting another…
…and Cord’s mom listening to his dad’s toast.
And then, we partied! I was so honored to be a part of this day, and witness so much love, so much joy, and so much fun. :) Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Williamson! Here’s to a fantastic first year of marriage and beyond!
Hair: Joanna Lane, JC Penney Salon
Bride’s Dress: Alfred Angelo
Suits: Tip Top Tux
Wedding Consign & Design
5601 S. 56th St., Ste 5, Lincoln, NE
I love this family to pieces, and for good reason. It’s my little brother, his beautiful and kind-hearted wife, and my lovable, heart-melting nephew Elliot! I had the privilege of doing a little family session with them during my last trip back home to Watertown.
Elliot is a (little) man of one thousand faces. He’ll study you with intensity for quite a while, but then his face melts into this adorable grin. I think he’s going to be quite the goof. Also, talk about a baby that (in my opinion) so closely resembles his parents! He is a perfect mix of mom and dad, but since I grew up with his daddy, almost all I see is baby Jeffy. ;) This epitomizes their family. They love fun and they do it well. I got teary taking this photo on the left. Jeff, you are such a good dad – so committed, tender, and heart-invested. I’m very proud of you.
Jeff & Cortney, this photo session with you made my heart sing. I hope it’s not long before I get to do it again. :)
This night was calm, beautiful, peaceful, romantic – full of the quiet anticipation of waiting on a baby. Maternity sessions always have this feel, and I LOVE contrasting them with the newborn session that follows. Same people, different ballgame. :) And these two, they’re gonna handle it so wonderfully!
Emily is unbelievably beautiful, and while I’m not sure if she’d agree, I think pregnancy suited her (at least for the time being…). ;) What I love about LJ & Emily is that they have an easy feel to their relationship and a good sense of humor with one another. Both those things are going to serve them well as their family grows. My favorite of Emily. And a little non-traditional, but I think this is my favorite of them together. A little party of three, about to change everything! Can’t wait to meet this nugget!
It’s SYLVIE! And of course, her lovely parents Brandon & Meghan.
I made a quick friend with this little one. Her mama told me she can be a little choosey about who she opens up to, which of course made me feel like a million bucks! :D I was honored she decided I was ok to have on her team, and we did have a lot of fun.
As you’ll see, Sylvie is the queen of alllllll the faces. Don’t you just love her?! I love how she mirrors her beautiful mama, especially with those curls. Hi there, beauty. My very fave!! Encircled by mom and dad = a favorite place for any kid. Showing me she’s proud to be TWO! My heart couldn’t even handle this quilt. Cotton + Steel (and Sylvie’s nana, obviously) for the win!
I miss you already, Sylvie, and hope you enjoy these photos as you grow and that you can always see how much you’re loved in them. :) Thanks, Meghan and Brandon for a fantastic session, and for sharing your girl with me! XOXO!
Hi, there! I am very eager, as always, to get talking about the amazing people in the images below, but today I feel the need to make a quick disclaimer. I sometimes worry, when I get busy with portrait sessions and post a lot, that it may seem like I’m always saying “such nice things” about the people I photograph, and it can’t possibly all be genuine. Well, I’d just like to make it clear that I don’t exactly know how I drew the right straw and got lucky enough to have the best clients/friend-families under the sun, but I mean every word I say on this here blog, and social media, and wherever. 100%. No BS. Ok, that’s all, you may continue. :) And please do, because it’s another good one!
I cannot help but smile every DANG time I pull up this family’s session. It is almost like they are a unicorn family and can’t be real, BUT. THEY. ARE!
The sister love is for real, their cuteness is for real, and the smiles don’t get any better than this. Daddy Justin with his girls. I met Justin back when I worked in digital design, and sweet Mirabel on the right was born just a month or so before my oldest daughter. Girl. You are sweetness personified. I’m not going to try to hide that I have a thing for families with two girls, 2-3 years apart. I mean…obviously! There are sisters, and then there are sisters who are friends. :D These two have it figured out.Erica, it’s obvious to me you’re doing good mama work, and it shows in your beautiful girls. My favorite, begging for a frame! Tell me they don’t make your heart stop! Side note: it took Eloise no time at all to figure out that the farther away I got while we were shooting, the smaller they would be in the photos. “We’re going to be tiny in this one!” I was impressed!! It was an honor and a treat to spend some photo time with you four, and I left with a serious soft spot for your family. :) I hope you enjoy these every bit as much as I do!
Gosh, talk about families that have become dear to me. Where to even start? I’ve just had the privilege of photographing these three lovely ladies a bunch of times in the last few years and I always look forward to it. I mean, we have FUN. :)
Kinsley is a ham, and doesn’t mind the camera one bit. This session though, was a **litttttle* extra exciting, because it sorta…kinda…doubled as a TWIN BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT. I mean, that’s a BIG DEAL! I am still processing this news, like a month later, that they’ll be a party of five!!! Golly. They’re adorable. Ok, this is a favorite. Kinsley was obsessing over having rocks in her shoe (not big rocks, itty bitty pieces of sand “rocks”), and kept taking her shoes off to pick them out of her toes. The different reactions here that you can just *barely* see speak parenting volumes. LOVE the realness! (If you know Mollie, you can mentally fill in the rest of her face). :D :D A little photo trickery on this lovely. ;) Look close… Congrats to you, special, sweet family! See you again soon, I hope, to meet the twinsies!