Category Archives: newborns

kinsley + diane + oliver + veda

17_10_johnson_01A precious new person was introduced to the world a few weeks ago. It was such an honor to meet her and photograph her in her very first days. World, say hello to Veda Louise. 17_10_johnson_02 Does your jaw not drop at the beauty of this nursery?? I mean, wow. Veda’s mom Diane has such amazing taste. 17_10_johnson_03 Getting loved on by mom and dad…
17_10_johnson_04 Did you catch their maternity session a few weeks back? This guy was just on the verge of being a big brother, and now that he’s in it, I am sure Oliver’s getting plenty of extra time with just dad. :)17_10_johnson_05 17_10_johnson_06 17_10_johnson_07 17_10_johnson_08Hey there, family of four!!!17_10_johnson_09 Veda’s eyes are mesmerizing. They just go on and on, and you can already see her resemblance to Oliver. She really couldn’t be any more perfect. 17_10_johnson_10 17_10_johnson_11 17_10_johnson_12 Dreamy little siblings. :)17_10_johnson_13 17_10_johnson_14Diane & Kinsley, there’s SO much to love about your family. Wishing you smooth transitions and lots of sleep as you all enjoy your perfect baby girl!17_10_johnson_15

charlie + ashley + zoe

Oh, to find the right words for this session! Let’s start wth unrestrained joy. Breathtaking beauty in the face of sweet Zoe and the season of growing and learning a new set of ropes as a family. It was just my favorite thing walking in to their house to see these two friends (I had the pleasure of working with both of them in my designer days) taking on the title of parents with a relaxed comfort, like they had been made for it. So, so good!

17_09_stephan_01Their darling little Zoe was in her element for photos. She was bright-eyed and so expressive and she stole my heart.
17_09_stephan_02 Their pup Linus – Mr. Big Brother. One minute indifferent, the next wanting the spotlight. :)17_09_stephan_03 Those eyes…
17_09_stephan_04 17_09_stephan_05 17_09_stephan_06 You guys are going to have so much fun as parents. SO. MUCH. FUN! 17_09_stephan_07 There’s really no way to pick a favorite from this day, so I didn’t. But this one is a definite contender.17_09_stephan_08 17_09_stephan_09 17_09_stephan_10 17_09_stephan_11 17_09_stephan_12 17_09_stephan_13 Charlie and Ashley, my deepest thanks to you for letting me in on such an intimate, beautiful time in your family! She is the most perfect little bundle. Enjoy her to the fullest!17_09_stephan_14

lj + emily + harriet | omaha ne newborn photographer

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!

17_07_mcelravy_01 Family of 3!17_07_mcelravy_02 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.
17_07_mcelravy_03 New momma love. Completely stunning in Emily.17_07_mcelravy_04 17_07_mcelravy_05 17_07_mcelravy_06 17_07_mcelravy_07 Those hands again. :)17_07_mcelravy_08 17_07_mcelravy_09 Lj, fatherhood looks good on you. She’s in such good hands.
17_07_mcelravy_10 Hi there, sweet girl!17_07_mcelravy_11 On the right, oh yes they did. They found the tiniest foam finger in all the land. GBR!17_07_mcelravy_12 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!17_07_mcelravy_13

mike + cherise + cora + owen | lincoln ne newborn photographer

Perfect baby alert! Owen is likely to cause baby fever. Browse photos at your own risk. There. You’ve been warned. :)

17_06_callen_01Well, well, well. It’s one of the sweetest families around and they’re back on the blog! I’m overflowing with happiness for these friends of mine as they have welcomed their second kiddo, Owen Lee. He is too darn perfect, and his sweeeeeet big sister Cora is doing a pretty bang on job in her new role, too. 17_06_callen_02 17_06_callen_03 If you’re a new big sibling, you earn major bonus points for doing this picture. It’s asking a lot – you’re adjusting to a new person in the family, you’re generally a toddler, you are learning just how gentle you have to be. Plus one thousand extra points if you nail it, like Cora did! Atta girl!17_06_callen_04 We snuck outside for a few of just this sweet pea by herself. Isn’t she dreamy?17_06_callen_05 17_06_callen_06 I love Cherise’s smile – how it captures her entire face, and you can see how much joy spills out of her on the daily. Want to know a fun fact? When Mike and Cherise needed a little nosy-friends-making-stuff-happen help before they started dating, I may have had a little something to do with arranging a common place for them to hang out and get the ball rolling. Pretty dang proud of that, considering what a beautiful family God’s creating through them! :) :)17_06_callen_07 17_06_callen_08 Hi, little man. Did you know you’re loved to the moon?17_06_callen_09 17_06_callen_10 17_06_callen_11 Father & Son images are something special. I’m excited to see how their relationship evolves. 17_06_callen_12 We wrapped up in their beautiful backyard. This family…*sigh*…they’re fantastic. THANK YOU, Mike & Cherise, for letting me into your shaken up world! Enjoy every little bit of this new stage of being a family of four. :)17_06_callen_13

best of 2016

All week I’ve been thinking about words. What words might describe what the new year will bring? What words will characterize my circumstances or my thoughts? And then I sat down to create this post – my absolute favorite of the year, because who doesn’t like to gather and dwell on their favorites? – and one word sticks out to me about the last year. “Humbled.” In 2016, I was humbled, and completely privileged to connect with so many different families and peek into their worlds. These people are like bonus family members to me, and I am humbled to have been able to draw near to the incredible relationships they have with one another, and turn their sweet connections into beautiful images. I hope they see what I see in these – beauty, trust, joy, and love. All these gorgeous faces are inspiring me BIG TIME for whatever’s coming down the road. :) Enjoy a few of my favorites from 2016.

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aaron + jennifer + amelia + eli | lincoln ne newborn photographer

Get your cute-people-admiration-goggles on, because this family is maxing out the adorable scale! Newborn sessions – let’s talk about ‘em. I walk in the door and it’s like time stops – nobody is in a hurry, everyone is on a tiny human’s brand new schedule, and there’s a LOT of love flowing around. But, there’s also a whole lot of adjusting going on, and that is a real, real thing. They don’t always feel as relaxed and scenic as the images portray. But that’s kind of the best part about these sessions. My job is to get in there and capture the gorgeous, dreamy moments that are ACTUALLY HAPPENING in the midst of exhaustion and helplessness, that you might be too tired to even see. And dang, does that feel good to show a family a reflection of the loveliness in their midst! It’s like hey, look! You’re doing it! It’s amazing! And these guys are doing it. They’re doing it SO good. :)

16_08_hunt_01 See that sweet, squishy bundle of perfection in the stripes? That’s baby Eli. He is amazing, and he is currently being smothered in love.16_08_hunt_02 16_08_hunt_03 This look is everything. All I can see is how proud he is of her.16_08_hunt_04 Here’s Eli in all his glory, selling tickets to the gun show. 16_08_hunt_05 This is one of my favorite photos of a mother with her new baby I’ve ever taken. Jennifer, you are such a beauty! Please print this, please please please.16_08_hunt_06 16_08_hunt_07 16_08_hunt_08 Amelia is filling her big sister role so beautifully. (And golly, she’s so darn cute!) I’m so excited for her, and all the fun that’s in store as Eli grows up. She probably has no idea how great it will be yet, but she’s starting to get the idea. What a beautiful season.16_08_hunt_09 Love.16_08_hunt_10 Oh, Amelia, you pretty, pretty girl!16_08_hunt_11 16_08_hunt_12 16_08_hunt_13 16_08_hunt_14 16_08_hunt_15 16_08_hunt_16 If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know I’m a sucker for babies in their daddy’s arms, so this one qualifies as another favorite. :)16_08_hunt_17

Enjoy this crazy transitional season of welcoming Eli, guys. Thank you so much for welcoming me into it. I’m wishing you all the happy feels with your perfect little guy!

michael + brooke + opal | lincoln ne newborn photographer

And then there were three! Join me in welcoming sweet, curious, cuddly Opal June to the world. She’s an awesome addition to a couple of pretty great new parents, and I had the privilege of dropping in on them as they were all getting acquainted in that first week home. My job is so crazy special!

16_07_spare_01 Opal is all kinds of perfect, and you just want to stare into her dark little eyes for hours. She’s downright captivating.16_07_spare_02 16_07_spare_03 16_07_spare_04 16_07_spare_05Don’t they make an adorable trio? This one makes me swoon. :D16_07_spare_06 New dad vibes.16_07_spare_07 16_07_spare_08 16_07_spare_09 Brooke, besides being a beautiful mama, you are already a natural. The way you hold and talk to Opal makes it seem like you’ve been caring for her for a long time already. It suits you.
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Thank you so much Michael and Brooke for the peak into your new normal. I can’t wish you enough good times as a new family of three! XOXO!