Being a Puyallup baby photographer means I am super close to Sugar Babies, the best baby boutique around. We have been having fun in the studio having some of my newborn clients come back to try their hand at modeling.
Little Emma came to see me from north of Seattle for her photography session. Such a long drive for such a little princess. She looked so perfectly posh in her outfit I thought it would be cute to have a portrait of her pushing her baby doll in the pram. My good friend Afsi saw this and got it to me. I knew it would be perfect for birthday girls. Every girl has a doll or teddy, something they love to snuggle that would be just perfect for this little prop. I love that the doll is Emma’s doll. I hope she and her dolly will have many wonderful adventures together! Baby dolls make like sweet!
God made the world with its towering trees,
majestic mountains and restless seas,
then paused and said, ‘It needs one more thing.’
Someone to laugh and dance and sing,
to walk in the woods and gather flowers,
to commune with nature in quiet hours.
So God made little girls
with laughing eyes and bouncing curls,
with joyful hearts, and beautiful smiles,
enchanting ways and feminine wiles.
And when He’d completed the task He’d begun,
he was pleased and proud of the job He’d done.
For the world when seen through a little girl’s eyes
greatly resembles paradise.
“Baby smell” is one of the things I miss most now that my kids are grown. When I am posing babies with their parents one of the things I will say to them to get the expression I am looking for is, “breath in your baby”. I know it sounds weird. But it works every time. Babies come with a perfect smell to go with that flawless, peachy skin. And you never forget it. I am reminded just how much a baby’s smell means to its mother every single time I watch anything on the Nature channel. It is a marker ingrained in us. And every time I imagine “breathing in” the smell of my babies (now that they are all grown) it takes me back to those first moments in the hospital. Cradling them in my chest. Rocking them in the rocker and lying next to them on the bed. Smell is such a poignant sense. It encapsulates so many details. Just one smell makes the memories all rush back.
I am so happy that I get to capture parents “breathing in” the smell of their brand new babies. Treasure it up. It is indeed one of the “Best Feelings In The World”.
In case you want to cry with me her is the commercial… grab a tissue!
This is a very personal post for me. Last week I photographed a friend’s newborn baby boy. Since he was a tiny peanut in his mother’s tummy my family and I have been praying and fasting for him. We have prayed for his life, his strength, his family and most of all for a miracle! Sharing a part of your heart as you faithful pray for a miracle on behalf of someone, bonds you to them. I feel like I have given a part of myself to him. With so many scary prognoses floating around the life line of this precious baby he had hundreds of people pouring out their souls to the Lord for his well being. It is an intimidating thing to pray for a miracle of wholeness and well being for a baby doctors are worried about surviving. I am so proud of his brave mommy and his courageous family.
Visiting him in the hospital and holding him I couldn’t help but think how perfect he was. I know that our hopes and prayers are not always answered the way we want them to be. I know that others suffer and soulful supplications seem to go unheard. I have been there at the hospital for families whose miracles never happened. What I do know is that God loves us. I do know that tragedy is indiscriminate. It strikes the good and the bad. Life is messy. But this time He intervened. Luke has a purpose that required he stay and live with relative good health.
I can legitimately say that I love this little boy. He is precious, smoochably cute. But most of all he is a miracle. He is strong, heart and soul!