I can tell you how the blanket is made up of Penna’s mom’s angora sweaters or that the handmade mobile over the crib represents the baby’s family members. I can talk about the ring Penna is wearing, and how she got it after hearing her baby’s heartbeat for the first time.
But I won’t.
There are stories behind every object and backdrop and nook in this North Bay Lifestyle Shoot, and they are all meaningful and touching. Here’s the problem…
Once I look at this little man’s face, I am in the present. I forget about history, that I have a headache, and even the news of the World. Bodhi (pronounced “Boe-dee”) has that effect on me! Just look at his squishy cheeks, those soulful eyes, the perfectly messy soft curls on his head, his flirty smile, and the delicious fat rolls…and you’ll see what I mean.
Alright, you may begin ogling now. (That means me!)
Baby Evelyn (nicknamed “Evy”) was born on October 11th, almost 2 weeks early. Even at 5 tiny pounds, she is alert and moves all around like she can’t wait to go on a run with mom!
During my morning photographing this precious little girl, I was the most impressed with how relaxed and at ease her parents were. They don’t even seem like first-time parents! Brent and Heather made jokes when the diaper exploded and were tickled by the expressions Evy made.
There was nothing Evy could do that would make them unhappy or stressed. It was so refreshing to watch.
Love At First Sight
This is seriously one of the funniest newborn photos ever, am I right?!!
Evy was lifting her legs as if attempting to get up and began “rooting” (finding mom with her mouth) the blanket. In this shot, she is doing both simultaneously.
Pumpkin Baby Announcement
Smiles and ZZZZs
Halloween is Heather and Brent’s favorite holiday, so it was perfect timing to give birth to Evy in October.
Guess which pumpkin is Heather and Brent’s favorite? And don’t say the round one on the right!
Nope, no one got hurt (not a “boo boo”) and I am not referring to Halloween (not a scary “BOO!”)
Last weekend, I had a Lifestyle Newborn Photography session with a little baby, nicknamed Boo, who was scheduled to arrive in November.
Baby Olive surprised us all with her almost one-month earlier arrival. Mommy Kristin had a bit of a rollercoaster ride, but in the end, all is well and wonderful as she now has 4 babies snuggled beside her. (Two of the babies are furry ones!)
The other Boo is Baby Olive’s sister who resembles the Monster’s Inc character. Keep reading and you’ll see what I mean…
First Time Together
Doesn’t Mica look like Boo from Monster’s Inc? Adorable, right?!!
Learning By Example
When your older siblings are dogs, well, some things are inevitable.
This little snugglebug waited one week past her due date to make her grand entrance into the World. I had the privilege of being one of THE first people ever to meet Vivienne! She was only 5 days new.
What an honor it is to document this incredible, life-changing time for The P Family, whom I have been photographing for many years.
I wanted to narrate the images below because so many of them speak to me, to my heart. But I just can’t. Sometimes words can dilute the impact of the images.
So here is my sneak peek from this San Francisco Newborn Photography session…
Hi. My name is Grace and I was born on December 18. My parents, Gina and Jason, call me “Amazing Grace”.
They also call me “Woo-Woo” sometimes. I’m still trying to figure that one out.
I love the way my mom looks at me. Even after I eat, burp and spit some of my milk back up, she still smiles at me!
My dad spoils me with hugs, kisses and even gives me a blinky. That’s what he calls a bling-binky.
If I like bling when I’m older, I’ll tell him it was his fault.
As far as activities go, I love laying on the mat that has all these cool toys that hang from the top.
Sometimes my mom and dad put me down on my tummy, and I’m facing the floor! So lately, I’ve needed to take matters into my own hands.
I’ve been learning to push with my arms and am starting to roll over! Now I can see the hanging toys whenever I want.
My mom and dad make a lot of noise with their hands and show me their teeth whenever I do this.
This is Skitty. My mom says they named her that because she is a skittish kitty, so they combined the words.
Does that mean they’ll change my name to Amazingrace? But isn’t that a TV show?
Another interesting fact about my parents is that they get distracted when I coo and smile.
Look how my dad can’t finish reading his newspaper without looking at me!
I am smitten with my mom and dad. But, shhhhh — don’t tell them I said that. I’ll tell them myself, when I am a bit older.
All this story-telling has tired me out. I am only 2.5 months old, for Pete’s sake. Good….ni….
Dear Gina and Jason,
THANK YOU for inviting me into your home to photograph your beautiful family! Baby Grace is amazing indeed!
Yesterday’s Newborn Lifestyle Photography session was of Baby Adelin who was incredibly alert and awake for 3 weeks old. Lucky for her parents, she likes to stay awake for long portions of the day, so she can sleep more at night. (Adeline is one smart baby!)
Here are a few fun images I captured from our morning together….
I See The Treat
Really. I Don’t Have Any More Food. See??
Cuddling In The Yard
Eye Contact and A Handshake
Congratulations, Leslie and Michael!
What a wonderful ride you are in for with a little one! I am so honored to be a part of this amazing life milestone with you.
Here is an incredible timeline:
Friday 11/16: Ellie’s Due Date
Thursday 11/29: Ellie’s actual birth (Notice this is 2 weeks after her due date!)
Saturday 12/1: Ellie left the hospital
Sunday 12/2: Ellie had her Newborn Shoot!!!!
As anyone would expect, Michele (Ellie’s mommy) and I were pretty enthusiastic about Ellie’s arrival, so we had her photoshoot as early as possible. Rain or shine. And trust me, it RAINED HARD! (So hard that my other 2 shoots were rescheduled!)
My Youngest Client Ever
Let’s get to the good stuff. Meet Ellie, my youngest client ever, and her very proud and loving family….
I love the color and texture contrast.
I don’t think any woman is supposed to look THIS good 3 days after giving birth!
Oh my goodness. Ellie has the poutiest pink lips ever!
With Ellie’s birth, Kate is now a Big Sister! Woot woot!
Now this is pure joy and love!
Ellie is dreaming of cold milk or that she is trapped in a Tundra! hee hee.
Okay, she hopefully doesn’t feel that cold. Al and Michele kept the rooms toasty for Ellie. I do wonder what babies dream about to produce these great faces though!
Michele’s first full day home with Ellie meant she could focus on all of Ellie’s amazingness! (I’m making that a word!)
Christmas came early for the T family. Or is it that Thanksgiving came late?!! Either way, Ellie is a precious gift of love.
Yesterday’s Lifestyle Newborn Photography session in the East Bay was thrilling as Will The Thrill was the main attraction!
Will The Thrill
On a Cloud
In Daddy’s Arms
In The Light of the Nursery
Lines and Macaroni
Baby toes are curled like mini macaroni. Tee hee.
Waiting For a Treat
Hanging Out With Momma
A Family Walk
Some kids have a difficult time sharing the spotlight after being The Only Child before #2 arrives, but not Felicity. She couldn’t wait.
Yesterday’s newborn photography session was in downtown San Francisco. Meet Baby Aidan’s sister…
Never Too Many Kisses
Happiness is Being A Big Sister
I can’t get away with blogging about a newborn shoot without showing a photo of the baby! Here is Aidan at 14 days old…
On the Piano
Yesterday’s East Bay newborn photography session was a perfect example of why you don’t need a lot of props and gizmos for a great newborn session.
All you need is a blanket, some wipes and diapers, a heater, warm milk and a couple of loving parents. Check, check, check, check, check!
Baby Caroline is so advanced that she will be narrating this sneak peek!
Dreaming of Milk
I always dream of happy things when my parents are holding my hands.
My Latest Trick
Check out my neck control and how alert I am at 4 weeks old!
This is my brother, Oliver. We don’t look very much alike. He has green eyes.
He hides under the bed and sleeps in the sink. He’s teaching me a lot! I’ll have to try that some day when I’m older.
Mommy gives the best kisses. She is my first love.
This is my dad. He loves holding me, and I always feel better when he does!
All this modeling stuff is making me tired!
Enjoy your first Mother’s Day, Brie! Your gallery will be ready for viewing in about a week.