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!
Perfect baby alert! Owen is likely to cause baby fever. Browse photos at your own risk. There. You’ve been warned. :)
Well, 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. 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! We snuck outside for a few of just this sweet pea by herself. Isn’t she dreamy? 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! :) :) Hi, little man. Did you know you’re loved to the moon? Father & Son images are something special. I’m excited to see how their relationship evolves. 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. :)
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. :)
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. This look is everything. All I can see is how proud he is of her. Here’s Eli in all his glory, selling tickets to the gun show. 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. 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. Love. Oh, Amelia, you pretty, pretty girl! 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. :)
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!
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). 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.
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. And this one’s such a chill little dude. Meet little brother Porter, a mini of his daddy! 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!
Beauties. They are flawless. 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.
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!! 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. 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!