Welcome Baby Jackson! Baltimore, MD Newborn Photographer

I will not get pregnant.  I will not get pregnant.  I will not get pregnant.

Can you hear me chanting?  Because chant is what I needed to do after this session with Jackson.

HOLY BABY FEVER!

Between his chubby cheeks and his amazing lips and that perfect inverted chin, I was in baby bliss! Oh, and did I mention he didn’t wake up for the entire session, which we wrapped up an hour ahead of my usual schedule?  Oh yeah…baby fever is in full effect!

It’s not just the babies I fall in love with though.  It’s these parents, doting on their newborns and loving one another in a totally new way.  I think babies take your marriage in one of two directions.   Hopefully you grow together with a new appreciation for one another.   Appreciation for the woman who labored giving birth to your child.  Appreciation for the man who supports you in your new role.  These two were obviously smitten with one another.  So beautiful to witness!

Welcome Jackson.

“In the sheltered simplicity of the first days after a baby is born, one sees again the magical closed circle, the miraculous sense of two people existing only for each other, the tranquil sky reflected on the face of the mother nursing her child.” ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea, Chapter IV: Double-Sunrise
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Grow with Me: Carlo Edition Baltimore, MD Newborn Photographer

I had a special request recently. A Mom reached out to me and said she wanted a mini session with her 6 month old. He was a preemie she told me, so she missed out on both maternity and newborn photos.

We Moms are rarely in photos to begin with so my heart broke a little for her, missing out on those amazing motherhood milestone moments.

I don’t normally do these kind of minis but I am SO GLAD I agreed.

In walked Chelsey and I think my jaw hit the floor. She’s a model right? Like a supermodel.

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She slipped into this white gown that only made her flawless skin even more luminescent and she simply loved on her little miracle baby while I snapped away. I don’t think I’ve ever met someone so at ease in front of the camera.
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And Carlo soaked up that love and cooed and smiled and babbled little love notes right back to her.

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Sometimes those sessions that are atypical for us are simply magical!

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Maternity Made Chic: Deanna Edition Baltimore, MD Newborn Photographer

A maxi dress.

A pop of color from a yellow belt.

A ballerina skirt.

Deanna rocked every look that we photographed and some secret shots as well!

I’m loving the trend of super fitted clothing for clients lately. I swear maternity clothes have come a long way in the 4 years since I wore them.   With stores like Target, Ann Taylor Loft, H&M and Gap stocking maternity clothes in house, there’s no need to feel less fashionable for those 9+ long months.   You can be edgy, feminine, classic, bohemian, or preppy.   Stay true to your style and I bet you’ll feel a lot better about your pregnant form.  Plus, you’ll have friends lining up to grab your clothes when they have the infamous “+” “home test!

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Hazel’s Cake Smash: Baltimore, MD Newborn Photographer

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How often does a client come on their actual birthday? That was the case with Hazel’s session today. 365 trips around the sun for her; 365 sunrises for her parents. A celebration for both.

Make a wish Hazel!

“You’re off to great places
Today is your day
Your mountain is waiting
So get on your way!” ~Dr. Seuss
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Welcome Baby Mason! Baltimore, MD Newborn Photographer

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Those lips!  That chin!  His perfectly symmetrical face to match his palindrome birthday (4/10/14).

Laura and I swooned and swooned and swooned.

The swooning was amplified by the fact that the session was practically effortless.   Mason was relaxed, sleepy and game for whatever we had planned.

But we weren’t the only ones in LOVE.

Mason’s parents were so smitten with each other and their little man.

During those first few days, I feel like you’re almost intoxicated.  Drunk in love but not the Beyoncé kind.  Pure, innocent love for these little beings we have been carrying in our bellies and hearts for months.

When love is not madness, it is not love. ~Pedro Calderon de la Barca
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Awaiting Colton: Bump and Beyond

It all started in 2001. My brother met this girl and the rest is history.
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In 2012, she became my sister (photo credit: Julie Hipkins of Originations Photography).
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On vacation last summer, Katie asked me to keep a secret. She wanted to shoot their pregnancy announcement amid the beautiful wild flowers of Deep Creek Lake. And so it began.

AWAITING COLTON
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A snowy maternity session was just what Katie wanted. So nice of the MD weather to cooperate. Most snow that I can remember in 10+ years!
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And then one day before Evie’s birthday, he arrived weighing exactly one pound more and measuring exactly one inch longer. My brother became a Father and Katie, who has nurtured all of our children over the years, including those children she teaches, finally had a child of her own.

I got to capture all of it.

Career highlight doesn’t even begin to touch it!

We paid homage to my brother’s business (Rudman Landscaping & Design) and his favorite hobby (hunting).   Colton was “dear” enough to sleep through every set up, including a cousin shot that I snuck in after his session was over.

I’d like to think that he’s oh so laid back like my brother and oh so sweet like Katie.

One hell of a kid.

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Grow With Me: Robert Edition Baltimore, MD Newborn Photographer

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With a name like Robert, I immediately think Kennedy. Classic good looks. Charming personality. Winning smile. And with this Robert I got it all in a tiny 15 month old package but it took some time!

I always warn parents of babies and toddlers that sometimes these sessions run long because:
a. the kiddos might have stranger danger (like the time Evie cried at her 2 year old session with another photographer until she gagged)
b. the kiddos might be on the go and not want to sit still
c. the kiddos might just not care about OUR AGENDAS!

Robert fit the bill for most of the above. Add to that the incredible lure of my two sweet pugs just outside the studio, he was a hard sell. What turned it around?

HAND SANITIZER AND A SNEAKER.

No joke people.

All kids are awesome.
All kids are friendly.
All kids will eventually smile. And when they do, all the work that went into creating that moment will be worth it.
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