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Becoming a parent transforms you.  It’s slow and subtle, and those nine months that you wait and wait, they work their magic on you slowly.  By the time you are settled in at home, trying to figure out the rhythms of a new tiny human entrusted to your care – you are in the throes of it.  There is still more change to come, more molding, more stretching, more becoming.  But for Nikki & John, I smiled so broadly at how much they’ve already become parents to sweet Regan.  She’s a joy, that’s clear.  I think there were several moments during this session where we all caught ourselves just watching her and forgot to take pictures.

                

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There are some families where their kids all emerge looking remarkably the same.  It’s so startling that you are left thinking things like “This is just a simple equation.  Amanda plus Andy looks like this. Every time.”.   That is what is happening here. Bram looks just like his sister did as a newborn, though obviously a bit more masculine.  This sameness is captivating and leaves you in awe of the magic of genetics.   Truly.  But what isn’t the same is the family Bram was born into.  His parents are wiser, calmer, more confident this time.  As they should be.  Big sister Fiona is a remarkable little girl whose curiosity, kindness and empathy are admirable traits any parent would be proud of.  I can only imagine all the ways Bram will twist and turn his nature and nurture into a new surprising equation.

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Above is likely one of my favorite pictures, ever.  It’s so ordinary. And that is why I love it.  It’s the kind of picture that only comes from clients completely trusting me and forgetting about my presence.  It comes from the fact that I’ve known these people, told their story – for eight years.  It’s what you would see if they didn’t know you were there.  Andy falling in love with his son for the thousandth time that day, and Amanda realizing she is married to a remarkable man, who she somehow loves more now than she did before simply because he is holding their son.  I know, I’ve felt it.  I imagined this is what it looks like.  I wonder if they see all of that in this ordinary picture too?

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This little lady is four now.  But I will never forget her debut, it transformed Amanda and Andy so fully and subtly.  She arrived bigger than expected, in a summer so much hotter than forecasted, to parents so ready, and yet so overwhelmed too.

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**We are playing a bit of catch up on the blog with some family and baby sessions that have fallen to the wayside of a busy schedule and life in recent years.  But they are no less loved for it, as so obviously is seen in these pictures!**

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You might remember little McKenna from her own newborn session.  I’m sure if you do, you aren’t surprised to see how gorgeous she has grown up to be now, as a big sister.  She has so much of her Momma in her expressions now, it’s startling.  I’m not sure she expected quite what she got in a little brother (as evidenced above), but she sure knows how to turn on the charm to bring Caden around to her side of thinking.  (Also not unlike her Momma)  Caden has some looks all his own (that eyebrow!), and clearly commands a room with little effort.  When it comes to the kids in this family – platinum blonde locks, creamy skin, big soulfull eyes and pouty lips – Mom and Dad don’t stand a chance.

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**I’m playing a little bit of catch-up here on the blog, sharing some past sessions that got left by the wayside in this busy season or that.  This one, for instance is from 2014.  But I love it so, and I’m so glad I finally got to share it!

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This little band of tow-headed siblings came tumbling out of their van with sticky fingers, a rambling story and funny smirks to share.  We let them loose and watched the magic happen.  Katie & Aaron have created such a uniquely wonderful family – the kids are exquisitely distinct in personality and yet deeply bound to each other.  They are their own best playmates and it was great to roll around in the grass with them, hunt for sticks and explore as Mom and Dad chased.

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*We’ve been catching up with blogging some previous sessions that fell by the wayside last year in all our busy-ness.  This one is obviously from last summer…and all the sweeter for the wait!

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I’ve been photographing this family since Evan was just a little peanut of a one year old.  Each year he presents me with new exuberance and energy as he grows and gains.  It’s been a fun challenge to capture his abundant personality over the years.  And then there were two.  Little Ruby joined the family and suddenly Evan had a counterpart.  One that it turns out, harnesses his energy a bit, and quickly transforms it into squeaky giggles and a crinkled nose.  So, this is Evan and Ruby’s family, in this moment….

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*We’ve been playing catchup on the blog a bit, finally sharing some sessions that got left by the wayside with this season or that.  This one is from a couple of years ago, but still greatly loved.

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I’m often able to pick out a baby’s features and correctly identify their heritage.  After shooting a couple’s wedding, I know their faces so well.  When I first laid eyes on brand-new Ben, there was no question.  I gasped.  He’s a baby version of his father in every way – even the expressions.  At least in this newborn season.   That’s where this story starts – Mike holding his son.   Not that Megan gets left out of this chapter at all – the mere presence of her was enough to calm and quiet little Ben.  Watching her snuggling with this new little soul – you could just see her cup was full, and overflowing.

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**I’m playing a little bit of catch-up here on the blog, sharing some past sessions that got left by the wayside in this busy season or that.  This one is from 2015.

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There’s a calm and a peace that baby McKenna brings to her parents.  New parents are usually nervous, unsure, even a bit jittery.  But Jen and Eric were still floating on cloud nine when I stopped by to capture their baby girl’s arrival.  Jen has a serious hold on Eric’s heart – you should see his face change when she comes into the room.  It turns out this is only trumped by his baby girl, who clearly inherited all of those genes from her Momma.

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**I’m playing a little bit of catch-up here on the blog, sharing some past sessions that got left by the wayside in this busy season or that.  This one, for instance is from 2012.  Tune in the coming weeks to see McKenna all grown up and welcoming her brother!

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Last week I mentioned how Eli has grown into a bit of a bruiser.  I don’t know if these pictures show it – but this kid is solid.  You pick him up and you can’t believe how dense he is.  The pediatrician has already told my sister he’ll be bigger than his older brother.  No one ever thought my petite sister would produce a linebacker, but that is just what he might be.

Even for all that chunk, Eli is just the sweetest babe.  Until, that is, he thinks he’s being overlooked, and then he turns up the volume big time.  When you have a chatty two-year old brother, you have to learn how to be heard, and Eli has definitely figured that out.

For his six month shoot we stuck to the backyard, some blocks and his favorite new activity – the pool.

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I was editing Eli’s six-month pictures today (never mind that he’s eight months old already).  I realized I never blogged his three month shoot!  In my defense, I was having my own baby around that time.  So, might have been a tad busy.  But, I never meant to leave him overlooked, so let’s get caught up today.

Back at three months Eli was all sweetness, all cuddles and careful study of his hands.  His temperament is so different than our other nephew Ethan.  In general he’s quieter and more observant.  At this age, we were calling him our “little old man” because he seemed like such an old soul.  And he was tiny.  Now, he’s a bruiser of future football star proportions, but that’s for another post.

Who could resist that face?

Oh, Eli.  How we love you!

I promise to blog his six month shoot next week!

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