Meet Laura: Assisting Me to Capture YOU! Baltimore, MD Newborn Photographer

It all started with Charlotte.  Laura contracted me wanting a session for her 7 month old daughter. It’s family tradition in their family to shoot at this age and there was no way her third baby was missing out.

I laugh thinking back at how Laura asked if I could remove the catchlights (a very desired trait!) in all the photos.   Good thing I didn’t write her off!
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Charlotte and Laura returned at a year for a cake smash, right around the time I was searching for a new assistant. My buddies Lily and Evie (who helped with so many of my newborn sessions) were in the thick of their nursing programs and unable to help my business which was busier by the month. After Charlotte’s epic one year session, Laura threw her hat in the ring. I’m so glad that she is the one I chose!
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Here we are 6 months later and I can’t imagine my business without her. Truthfully, she is the glue that holds it all together. She is a comforter to new frazzled moms. A jokester with the Dads. And always right there with whatever I need: an extra blanket, a finger that I will eventually remove from a photo in photoshop and most importantly, an ear to just listen. Honestly, I have NO IDEA how she even has time for me. With a husband and three children under six years old, she’s a Mom on the go and she does it all. Should I mention she does it all while looking super glam, with the best hair ever, even at a newborn session. I love her even though she makes me look like a hot mess!
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So here’s to the the friends who make us better and to the people who make our business successful. Laura, I do not know what I would do without you and I know our clients cherish you every bit as much as I do!
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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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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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Awaiting Clara Star: Bump and Beyond Baltimore, MD Newborn Photographer

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Remember Crystal, my effortlessly chic Momma seen in this blog post?

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She returned today with her little bundle of joy.

Meet Clara Star.

Miss Clara didn’t want to miss a thing, and could be found bright eyed and bushy tailed for about 90% of our session. In those fleeting sleepy moments, we managed to capture a series of bird themed shots to match her woodland nursery, some classic simple shots, and this gorgeous lilac set up that I’m still swooning over.

 

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“The smile that flickers on baby’s lips when he sleeps — does anyone know where it was born? Yes, there is a rumor that a young pale beam of a crescent moon touched the edge of a vanishing autumn cloud, and there the smile was first born in the dream of a dew-washed morning.” ~Rabindranath Tagore

Welcome Baby Ricardo! Baltimore, MD Newborn Photographer

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So many of my awesome clients had the opportunity to meet Evie, one of my former assistants and pals from nursing school. Today Evie was back with her new baby cousin Ricardo. Is Ricardo Spanish for DREAM BABY? If not, it should be. Because that’s what he was. Totally conked out until the last set of images and even then, he was peaceful and serene.

We posed his little 5 lb frame (that literally fit in my palm) in a variety of set ups and an hour and a half later, we called it a wrap. Never had that happen before! We even had time to fit in a shot with his Grandma. Yeah, you heard me right. That’s his Grandma, not his Mom. It’s ok to be jealous. I know I am!

Hasta la próxima Ricardo. Until next time.
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Welcome Baby Claire: Baltimore, MD Newborn Photographer

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Who says third babies are the forgotten ones? They get photo shoots too! They get their moment in the spotlight! And boy did we enjoy capturing Claire’s moment in the spotlight. It’s a good thing Laura was on vacation because I think she would have spontaneously willed herself pregnant after this one! So mild mannered and can we chat about the ginger hair? It’s what I’ve been waiting 14 months for!!!! A beautiful red haired little girl, who could perfectly accompany all my new spring mint goodies.

If these don’t cure the winter chill, I don’t know what can!
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