A Soldier’s Princess l Beautiful Baby

Because I live so near Ft. Lewis I have the privilege on occasion to photograph Soldiers with their new daughters and sons.  This is the first time though that I have been asked to do some specifically “military”.  This little angel was conceived while her Daddy was home for RR.  Her Mother asked me to use a yellow ribbon in her maternity session and then when it was time to photograph Brynn, Mom asked me to use the flag.  So we swaddled up Dad’s beautiful daughter in the Red, White and Blue that he lives his life to protect.  It was Mom’s idea to put the two pictures side by side.  I always love to try something new.  It is wonderful when parents come to me with specific ideas that they want to plan into their shoot.  I had to include the second picture because it is myfavorite from this session.  I had so many favorites it is really hard to choose but this is it.  I’m loving her perfect skin!

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Angenette l Maternity

Sometimes you just want to celebrate.  It is great of course to get the pictures that capture something deep and beautiful.  But there is a fun and exciting side to pregnancy too, especially when there are big siblings involved!  This has been a tradition in my family.  All but one of my children were induced.  The night before we pull out the washable markers and decorate my tummy.  We draw pretty pictures, leave messages and ardent appeals for a certain gender (I don’t find out my babies gender early) all over my tummy.  It can be a special wish for a new sibling, good luck mottoes for Mom – anything goes.  It takes my mind off of the upcoming labor and delivery and for the rest of the family it is one final celebration with the family just how it is before a new sibling turns our worlds upside down again.  I wanted to share that tradition with Angenette and her daughters.  Something fun and memorable with their Mom.

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Christina l Maternity

Mothers are beautiful.  It makes me happy that I can photograph Moms at such a beautiful time of their lives.  Women really do get that “pregnant glow”!  Christina was wonderful! She was open to trying some new poses for me, the perfect model.  Dad went and played with his daughter for a while so Christina and I could play;-)  I am excited to hear what he thinks!  Hopefully there are a few pleasant surprises.  Like this one.  Zooimama!

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Rachel l Maternity Photography

Baby mine, don’t you cry
Baby mine, Dry your eyes
Rest your head close to my heart
Never to part, baby of mine

Little one, when you play
Don’t you mind what they say
Let those eyes sparkle and shine
Never a tear, baby of mine

If they knew sweet little you
They’d end up loving you too
All those same people who scold you
What they’d give just for the
right to hold you

From your head down to your toes
You’re not much, goodness knows
But you’re so precious to me
Sweet as can be, baby of mine

-Ned Washington

This has been my favorite lullaby ever since I was a little girl and first saw Dumbo.  How is it that a man can so perfectly write about the way I feel as a mother?   When I am doing a maternity session I try to not only document a beautiful belly but the joy of pregnancy.  It is harder to capture the deep emotion involved with expecting a newborn.  I wanted to try and capture something special during this maternity session.  This Mom is a friend of mine and she is so kind and gentle.  I knew she would be the perfect model to try and capture the mood I was looking for.  I wanted to capture in some small way the way an expectant mother feels.  The love, anticipation, even trepidation – thinking about what is to come and the weight of responsibility.  I asked Rachel to think about these things as she looked out the window, the future…I think we captured something really special.  When I look at this portrait of her I remember the feelings I had as an expecting mother and I feel the sweet emotions that stir when I sing my favorite lullaby.

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Sara Wilihelm - October 18, 2010 - 10:12 pm

I just LOVE this photo. You can really feel the emotions here. Rachel looks so beautiful. GREAT capture!

Fee l Fine Art Photography

Fee means fair.  Curiosity got the better of it and I found myself looking up its origins and meaning one evening.  I wonder if Fee’s parents had this beautiful name picked out before meeting their new little daughter or if it was a name they gave her when they saw how truly beautiful she is.  I have no doubts that this sweet little angle will live up to the blessing of her name.  She has the most perfect lips I have ever seen.  And she is destined for star dome.  She knew how to work the camera even at just a few days old.  She never batted an eye or made a peep.  It was two hours of photographer bliss.  It wasn’t until I tried putting her on the scale that she got the wiggles.  This shoot was extra special.  I love when I have the opportunity to photograph brand new Mom’s and Dad’s with their first child.  Look at Mom’s face.  That is true happiness right there.  She cooed to her precious daughter the whole shoot.  And Dad has one proud smile, don’t you think.  A beautiful family and the perfect session!

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Bjorna - October 8, 2010 - 11:14 pm

Love it!! Thanks so much!
Ps; Fee means Fairy 😉 I think you forgot the ‘Y’ 🙂