It has been a year since I had the pleasure of photographing little Summer and her mom and dad, and since then a new baby cousin has come along. Summer got to hold her during our extended family photo session, and her facials were ADORABLE! My friends Gail and Jeff, both babies’ “Gigi” and “Papa,” couldn’t be more thrilled. Love this family!
Sweet friends with their sweet boy. So thankful for this wonderful couple who live next door to my mom and dad, and so thankful for the little brother on the way!
Last year, I was blessed to capture this little one’s birth story, and it was so much fun to see her again recently – all grown up into an adorable one-year-old! I met her mom and dad and older brothers for a beautiful evening on the beach at Coronado.
Remember this amazing momma and her little guy’s super-fast entry into the world? Well, here is little Gage, age one week. It was wonderful to see Kristi and family again. Gage is a little sweetheart and did such a great job of sleeping for us!
IT’S A BOY!! My favorite image from this birth story is actually not of the baby at all, but of his bigger-than-life, red-headed brother, who had been kept in suspense about the baby’s sex just like the rest of us. Definitely scroll down for the video of Brandon finding out he has a BROTHER! I’m not a videographer, so the focus is questionable, but the emotion is all there. Brandon was ONE HAPPY DUDE.
I arrived on the scene about 6:30am, just in time to see John suited up to roll Camille into surgery at 7:30am. They didn’t let me go back there, so I set up my camera and sent it in with John. He took 8 pictures. He was busy becoming a daddy again!!
The eight pictures he took were pretty good!!
I settled back into the waiting room to find out the boy/girl news. Brandon and his grandparents arrived on the scene about then, and I took Brandon shopping for a present for baby. We got a blue owl rattle and a pink owl rattle, so we would be prepared either way. The gift shop lady was impressed with Brandon’s red hair and enthusiasm.
We knew we’d have to wait to see Camille and the baby again until they were out of recovery, but John was nice enough to come up and fill us in in the meantime.
Here’s where John tells Brandon the news:
Here’s Brandon with the BLUE owl rattle. (Anybody in need of a pink one??)
John starts the phone calls. Brandon shares the news with other family members with much enthusiasm. He tells his Nona that he has a sister. Oops.
At one point, we are actually asked to curb the enthusiasm (can you IMAGINE?). Oops again. Brandon took one look at this sign, heaved a huge sigh and said, “That’s not fair.”
So he settled down to read a book.
After an extremely long wait for a three-year-old, we got the news that Camille was ready for visitors!
We got stopped at the door to her room, but a kind nurse came by and presented Brandon with a Big Brother bracelet.
Happy grandparents, waiting too.
And here they are!!
And OH THE EXPRESSIONS!!!
Brandon’s gift for baby.
Showing Mom the bracelet.
Showing Baby Brother the bracelet!
First family-of-four photo.
Ready to hold Brother!
Sharing the moment with Mommy.
Beautiful little one. Proud Pama.
Congratulations, Camille and John!!
I have had the pleasure of photographing this handsome little boy three times, now! His newborn session seems like it was just yesterday . . . but apparently it has been a whole year. Time flies! (Thank you to Melanie Monroe Photography for helping out with this fun cake smash. Cake by Grove Pastry Shop, Lemon Grove.)
My first blog post of 2014, and I am feeling refreshed and enthusiastic about the new year . . . thanks in great part to a wonderful women’s retreat that I had the pleasure of organizing and attending last weekend. What a treat! Two nights at the Coronado Island Marriott and four sessions of worship and teaching by my dear friend Dr. Gail Bones and her talented daughter, Emily Weeks.
Just before the retreat began, I had the opportunity to sneek over to the other side of the island for some family portraits with Emily and her equally-talented husband, Caleb Weeks. Their baby, Summer, was full of smiles and giggles in her red dress, and I can see why she is absolutely the apple of her grandmother’s eye.
This was my third opportunity to photograph Max, and this time I got to meet his little brother, Sam! I love the bright and cheerful way their mom decorates, and their new home is looking fabulous already! Congratulations, this Christmas, on the birth of another wonderful little boy, Erin and Seth!
Birth Photography 101 . . . This was my first shot at birth photography! I love photographing events (weddings, baby showers, birthday parties), but I had never photographed a birth, and I was so excited when my friend Christie offered me the chance. Christie has two big boys, but she is a newlywed as of a year ago Sunday, and this little sister is a pretty special girl. Makes me tear up again just thinking about it. I felt so honored and blessed to be there, witnessing the amazing gift of new life. Congratulations, Christie and Ward. She is beautiful!!