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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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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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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Zachary’s Cake Smash: Baltimore, MD Newborn Photographer

After singing a rousing rendition of “Elmo’s World”, Zachary’s mother made a comment that I was a good singer.

Why was I not tape recording then?

Proof for my parents that someone actually does enjoy my singing!  It never hurts to brush up on your children’s song list.  Sometimes all it takes to win a toddler over is a little familiar song and dance!

And so it began with Zachary’s session.  We won him over with songs and stuffed animals and he modeled as if he had a side gig, between naps, with J. Crew.

That side lean shot?  It’s unreal how cute it is!

Cake time was met with some initial skepticism.  But goldfish dipped in cake?  Well who can resist that?   Perhaps Mom had crazy cravings when she was pregnant!
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Grow With Me: Zara Edition Baltimore, MD Newborn Photographer

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Chocolate brown eyes.
Tiny little teeth forming a sweet smile.
Yummy baby rolls.
On the go.

Zara was back today for her 9 month session (see her other sessions here: https://evieclairephotography.wordpress.com/2014/01/14/zara-growing-up-girl-6-month-edition-baltimore-md-newborn-photographer/)! What’s new with her? A few teeth, the ability to stand up, and some long wispy strands of hair in the back that are practically braidable! What will this Grow With Me baby be like in another 3 months? I can’t wait to see!
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Grow With Me Some More: Ben Edition Baltimore, MD Newborn Photographer

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Meet Ben. Or perhaps I should say, remember Ben? At 7 sessions, he’s my most photographed client ever. A true Bump and Beyond Evie Claire kid.

Today we celebrated 9 months and he’s changed so much in the last 2 months. This boy is ON THE GO now. He gave us a run for our money (and a workout) but rewarded us with his signature smile and those gorgeous eyelashes again. What is up with these boys lately giving me lash envy?!!

And shall we chat about my 3 new boy backdrops? I mean really?!!! In my best Rachel Zoe voice, “I die”. Ben was the perfect model and I think Evie enjoyed a night off!

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Grow With Me: Aiden Edition Baltimore, MD Newborn Photographer

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He’s my little old man Mom told me. Belongs in another era. The seersucker cap and suspenders sealed the deal. Aiden was a throwback from a time when men were men and women were women.

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And then he put on some camo and sealed the deal as the cutest little explorer ever. Safari themed cake smash? Yes please! For a minute there we thought he was going to stick his whole face in the cake (when will this happen?!!!) but he pulled back, channeled that inner old man, and proceeded with dignity.
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“Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.” ~Chili Davis