Category Archives: newborns

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!

park + krista + grayson + josalyn | lincoln ne newborn photographer

After photographing this sweet girl’s big brother Grayson during our maternity session a few weeks back, I had no doubt she would be every single bit as cute, and boy was I right!!! Josalyn was so much fun to photograph. I am in love with all the little things she did with her hands. She’s so expressive! Check out her power pose. :)

16_07_sloup_01 I try to keep babies pretty sleepy during newborn photos, but I secretly love when they stay awake for a bit. Their eyes are just so deep and you can see how much wonder they have at all the new things they’re taking in.16_07_sloup_02 16_07_sloup_03 16_07_sloup_04 Perfectly puckered little lips!
16_07_sloup_05 16_07_sloup_06 16_07_sloup_07 Grayson thought posing with his sister was way too much fun…for about 15 seconds. Hey, that’s all I really need. ;) Thanks, buddy!16_07_sloup_08 16_07_sloup_09 16_07_sloup_10This image speaks so much to the quiet, comforting motherhood moments. Krista, I hope this very chair in Josalyn’s nursery is a little refuge for you two when you need it. Because not all moments are as serene as this one.
16_07_sloup_11 16_07_sloup_12 The image below on the right is my favorite. Getting acquainted and falling in love. Swoon!16_07_sloup_13 And seriously, this little man was the life of our little photo session party. Park and Krista, your kids are such beautiful people – enjoy this fresh new season with them and each other!16_07_sloup_14

dave + elizabeth + ariadne + emily + porter | lincoln ne newborn photographer

Last fall, after a really fun, laid-back session with this family, a glowing Elizabeth told me that in the spring, I’d get to photograph their twins. TWINS. I think next to the two of them, and possibly a few family members, I was the next most excited about their news. ;) Fast forward just a short nine months (right, Elizabeth?) and here they are, two unbelievably precious babies to bring this family’s total up to FIVE! Welcome to the world, Emily & Porter!

Oh. And they have the world’s sweetest big sis. (You’ve met before: here and here).16_06_hall_01 I’ve known Elizabeth for a few years now, and she is one of those people who starts out as a client and becomes a friend. She is an amazing mama, and it makes my heart SO happy seeing her with these two new ones to love.
16_06_hall_02 This is Emily. She stared at me with those deep eyes nearly the entire time I was with her, and I was mesmerized. So stunning, and a striking resemblance to her mom.16_06_hall_03 And this one’s such a chill little dude. Meet little brother Porter, a mini of his daddy!16_06_hall_04 Twins are fascinating. They are actually quite hilarious to photograph. I just kept saying “so many limbs”! I loosely put them together like this, but their identical hand gestures – that was all them!
16_06_hall_05 16_06_hall_06 16_06_hall_07 Beauties. They are flawless.16_06_hall_08 Ariadne had a continuous, proud smile on her face, and was altogether gentle, sweet and watchful over the babies. She’s not even three, and I think she has a lifetime of caring deeply for her siblings in her future.
16_06_hall_09 16_06_hall_10 16_06_hall_11 16_06_hall_12 16_06_hall_13 Her big smile + their little noses resting on her shoulders – I adore this one! :) Ari nailed it, and I was so proud of her - not easy for a toddler!!16_06_hall_14 16_06_hall_15 Dave, I firmly believe you were hand-picked to be a twin dad. You are gracious, always smiling, fun and goofy, and soft-hearted. These three kiddos (and Elizabeth) are so lucky.16_06_hall_16 And lastly, a personal favorite. I have no doubt, Elizabeth is going to receive countless comments (both sweet and maybe less sweet) related to the idea that she’s got her hands full. And it couldn’t be more true – these two are sure to keep both her and Dave plenty busy. But there’s a double blessing in those hands, and she’s embracing it with all the joy that calls for. This season looks so good on you guys – I cannot wait to watch all the fun to come!16_06_hall_17