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She was a whopping 4.5 pounds at our session having been born four weeks early and it was hard not to keep thinking that she should have been inside mom’s belly instead of outside snoozing away as we molded her into various sleepy newborn poses. I had the good fortune of having my photographer friend, Terra Herring, on hand to assist and I can definitely see why so many newborn photographers shoot in pairs. Having shot gazillions of newborn sessions alone, I can say without a doubt, it’s so much easier when you’re not doing all the posing, soothing and camera wrangling alone. Thank you, Terra!

This sweet little peanut was a rockstar and, so far as newborn portraits go, her session was as smooth as they come. Dad was even training for a natural bodybuilding competition and his hard work in the gym made for a series of shots that I immediately fell in love with.

And, as if right on cue, at the very end of our session, baby girl lit up with a huge smile you don’t typically see with awake newborns at just a week old. I’m going on record as saying she gets my humor and just found me really funny. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it, people.

Here are many, many of my favorites from Miss Lydia’s newborn session:

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Francie Jude is no longer that swaddled newborn hanging on a clothesline.

But, at six months, she’s every bit as beautiful as the day we shot her newborn session. And with those bright eyes and great expressions, she’s even more charming.

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  • Thank you, Christen and Sophie! I love the Norah “good eye” … I am certain you need to write a book with all the things your kids come up with. 🙂

  • Love all of the rich colors and textures in your images. Those big blue eyes and giant giggles are too cute. Beautiful work!!

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    Kami~ as always, thank you for capturing such great images of our sweet Francie girl. 🙂 I treasure these because after time its so easy to forget what they were like at this young age. Your work is amazing, as Norah would say…”good eye Kami, good eye.” 😉 Christen

Seeing her images again makes me think of warmer weather (a nice break from our current cold streak) and the great memories I have of the months right before high school graduation. Remember the anticipation of graduation and the excitement of summer downtime with friends before college? I think the word that keeps coming back to me is carefree. Not to dismiss the blur of activities happening right now as seniors everywhere (and their parents) prep for exams, plan graduation parties, play their last Varsity games and finalize “what’s next” come fall.

But for the moment, before college, marriage, the house, the kids, the bills, there’s that last stretch of high school. And summer.

Meet Mackenzie, Class of 2011. Golden girl with the megawatt smile. Tomboy at heart. Simply beautiful.

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  • Uber cutness! I must find those red steps. You are fab! GREAT job, yet again!

…. and just like that, the VCU cinderella team took the sails right out from beneath every KU fan watching yesterday’s NCAA tournament game.

Oh wait. That’s a different story. One that I would love to turn back the clock on and create a different outcome. Not even bootcamp class in the falling snow late yesterday (yes, we’re that hardcore around here … LOL) could take my mind off the sick feeling in the pit of my stomach over that game.

This little story, however, has a much happier ending – thankfully, that toothy grin also brought joy to my broken Jayhawk heart. Something I believe his mom and I share today.

This story is the second installment of “Sam I Am” … you might remember him from his newborn session. And now he’s a happy, on-the-go, six-month-old with the sweetest little disposition. These are some of my favorites shot natural light in and around their home:

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Just a few more days to take advantage of my Spring special on Facebook – check it out in the profile picture on my fanpage.

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It’s so easy to oooh and aaaah over the newborn and first year photos as a parent and a photographer. But, as our kids get older, life gets busier … more chaotic … and, before we know it, our tiny ones have become big ones seemingly right before our eyes. And the 6-year birthday pics have now become the “I’ll get it scheduled in a few months” pics which then become the “7-year birthday pics” before we know it. I’ve heard this one enough to know it’s pretty commonplace.

There are a whole host of reasons I love shooting “older” children and these two sets of siblings are great examples of just how much personality, interaction and variety we can capture in a single session. Plus, I can put them into a composition or spot and not worry about them taking off like a toddler. I think it’s a great opportunity for every “big kid” to take their place in the spotlight, laughing, clowning around and even giving me their “serious” looks (which typically result in laughter anyway.)

Some favorites from two late fall sessions that I’ve been meaning to share. I guess it’s true that “3 is the new 2.”

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And this one was a surprise session orchestrated by a very clever Dad for his wife. After the big Christmas morning unveiling, I received the following email:

“Suffice it to say that the pictures were the biggest hit in twenty years of trying to surprise my wife with gifts.  She was and is mesmerized by the quality pictures, floored by the outfits and effort in pulling this off without her noticing it and truly stunned at how you pulled the beauty out of each of our kids through your work … My wife never cries, never, not even at funerals.  Never until the moment she unwrapped the first gift …  It was nothing short of the perfect Christmas morning and the pictures already adorn the walls in our living room, the grandparents homes and soon our respective offices.  I want to thank you again for everything you did to effect this gift on such short notice and in such an amazing fashion.”

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