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Baby Cora Joins the Family

I had a lovely time with my beautiful friend, Shannon, and her wonderful family. They are overwhelmed by the love they have for their new baby, who fits seamlessly and perfectly into their family. Sarah and Emma are the most enthusiastic big sisters-bonus mommies and little Cora Rose is a gem. 

We created a mini family film HERE and these are a few of my favorite images.

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Charlee in the Golden Light {Auburn Newborn Photography}

It's no secret that I'm a lover of golden light. The creamy warmth just seems to highlight each subject. It's been a while since I've done a newborn session in the evening light but Miss Charlee slept through the whole thing without a peep, which gave her family the perfect opportunity to cuddle up and snuggle her in the warmth. I'm loving what we got! High fives to big brother Izzy who is such an affectionate fellow and to Daizy and Jacob who are very easygoing and so fun to work with!

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Loving Ezra {Bonney Lake Newborn Portraits}

What a joy it was for me to photograph Ezra with his family, who are SO in love with their newest addition! He was completely mellow the whole time and I didn't hear one squeak of complaint....probably because he knows just how blessed he is! 

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Welcoming Emmett {Auburn Newborn Photography}

What a gift it was to me to document some of our dearest friends welcoming their precious baby boy, Emmett. Isn't it amazing how God knows what we need even more than we do?  Angela was talking about how Emmett is so a part of their family unit and now that he's with them, they are realizing they've always loved him and he's just supposed to be there. Eli is a proud big brother and Ellia is just lit up and bubbling with love for her baby brother.  They have extended family that have welcomed him and a host of friends who adore him too.  We are definitely part of that crowd.

I made a little fusion film of some of my favorite film clips and photos from the hospital and home. You can see that HERE (watch in HD for highest quality). He's already changing so much that I'm happy we have this little record of his family loving him right from the beginning.

We love you, Emmett!!

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Adeline Grace Newborn Portraits {Maple Valley Newborn Photography}

What a joy it was to spend time with Andy, Jenn and Finn who are celebrating the arrival of their gorgeous miracle baby, Adeline Grace. Adeline is a cozy, lovely little bundle of perfection and Finn is digging being a big brother. Their home is so beautiful and I just adored Adeline's  sweet nursery with the big flowers and sign that Jenn made.  It was the perfect backdrop for all the loving that's going on in their nest as a family of four.

I created a mini film for them which you can watch HERE. It will be fun to watch shortly as Adeling will grow and change quickly.

Here are a few of my favorite photos. What is more fun that photographing a new baby with the people who are over the moon to have her here?

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Nicholas' Newborn Portraits {Auburn Family Photography}

My favorite way to photograph babies is within the context of their families.   Big brother, Scott, told me that he's going to teach his brother to be kind and the way he already is loving on him tells me that he's on the right track. Rachel and Dan are so laid back with their little guy and soaking up all the cuddles.   I couldn't get over what a lump of sweetness Nicholas was (with the best hair!!!). Thank you for a fun afternoon!

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Bridger's Newborn Portraits

I was so happy to take Bridger's newborn portraits with his family! Doreen is the first mama I've had who has given me a heads up on the way to the hospital that newborn pictures would be near.  This little guy is cozy and cuddly and happy and his big sister, Addy, and big brother, Eli, are loving him.  We did some closeups of just him at the beginning and he was so chilled out that it went quickly so I could work in some cuddles before the whole family came to the front lawn for some family pics. There was chasing, snuggling, laughing and jostling going on and he snoozed through it all. What a sweetheart! I know Reid and Doreen feel a bit crazy with the business of their three littles but I have to say, they are the most wonderful and loving parents and it filled my heart up to see them with their tribe!

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Presley's Newborn Portraits

Presley is the third little princess in this family and she's soaking up the love of her big sisters and parents.  She's got a ton of hair, big sweet eyes and is a cuddly doll.  We took some pictures of her by herself and lots of her being loved up by everyone.

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Sweet Hannah {Puyallup Newborn Photography}

What a treat it was to pop in for a visit with Hannah, who is one month old, and her family.  It was nearing the end of her grandma's visit so I was pleased to be able to take a few shots with Andrea as well.  This little lady was so charming and easygoing the whole time and big brother Jackson buzzed around with a big grin on his face.  John and Deanna, you have a beautiful family.  Thank you for the opportunity to document this special time!

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Newborn Portraits of Miss Emily

It was such a treat to see how adored this gorgeous little girl is.  Her mom and dad and brother are all taken with her.  She has a girly little face and is a fantastic snuggler (which I can attest to)!  Some of my favorite newborn pictures of my babies are of them being loved by the family because it's such a special time of welcoming a new person who is already overwhelmingly loved!  Zeb is also doing a great job as a big brother and loves his baby.  

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Little Mathis {Bonney Lake Newborn Photography}

I was so pleased to be able to take newborn pictures of Mathis.  He is such a honey of a boy, so cuddly and sweet and peaceful.  It was so fun to see his parents over the moon with him. Jamie is an adoring mama to the core and it's obvious she's completely smitten with her son.  Jon is a great dad, so in tune and so loving. Jamie said she knew he'd be a wonderful dad because he's such a great husband.  AND...this is so crazy...we found out after our session that his cousin is marrying my cousin's son.  Small world, for sure! 

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Meeting Baby Isaiah

My friend, Quyen, and her brand new baby came for a visit last week.  In June it will be two years since I photographed HER WEDDING  Theo and I cuddled and cozied to our hearts’ content and Isaiah just slept and slept and was the snuggest little bug in a rug ever.  What a sweeeeeeeeetie!  It was fun to hear all the details of his birth as new moms often need to go through it blow by blow and us moms who have been through it love to hear it all. We can relate to the journey and then the reward of having that baby put in your arms! I did have Quyen peel Isaiah out of his clothes and I fired up my new space heater until Isaiah was laying around in his own little sauna, letting me photograph him in all his perfect wonderfulness.  I just love cozy close ups of newborns, the curled up bodies, hands by faces and pouty lips.

Thank you for the visit, my friend, and for the chance to hold your little love!

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A Cuddle with Huxley

I cry happy tears a lot.  I think that since my first pregnancy, the faucet was turned on and it has never really been turned down.  Beautiful, meaningful, emotional things all do me in.  My visit with my lifelong friend a couple weeks ago to meet her wee son was filled with so much joy that I felt like I was leaking happiness and tears all day long. Karen has one of the most caring and genuine hearts that I’ve ever met and to see her now with a wonderful husband and a son who is swathed in their love feels so very right.  I curled up on the couch with little Huxley as we chatted about all his newborn details, praised him to the skies and declared him perfect.   Before I left, I did just a few pictures of her and Eric and little Huxley in their nest.

He’s amazing and perfect and wonderful…and theirs.

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Cuddling Brody {Auburn Newborn Photography}

There is nothing like fleeting newborn days.  There’s the obvious sleeplessness and tons of extra laundry (how do little people create SO much laundry anyways?).  Most of all, there is the loving up of this little person who is so new and yet feels so familiar.  My approach with newborns is to get lots of sleepy close-ups of them all curled up and to photograph them being loved and cuddled  by their families, as that is what happens the most in those first weeks anyways.

Little Brody was actually quite a hefty boy with lovely rolls and chub, and I may have snuck in a tiny cuddle between shots too!  He was a content fellow, pretty happy to be kissed and hugged and held.  He looks just like his older sister and brother, another pea in the pod, and the shots we got of them together are evidence that this boy is in for a fun ride!

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Miller Gayle {Kent Newborn Photography}

Oh, how I love little newborns who are such lovely reminders that there is hope and life and blessing in this world.  I’ve known Meghan since she had Maebry and I was so delighted to be able to meet her new little girl.  We did a maternity session a couple months ago celebrating that she was on the way.  Big sister, Maebry, was proud and happy to show off her sister, while making sure she had plenty of chapstick on her lips to look very pretty.  Meghan was easygoing as ever and I love her sense of humor and warmth.  She was so fun to visit with while I played with her doll baby and then got lots of lovely close-ups and then lots of her family loving her.

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Meghan’s parents are just fantastic.  Maebry was all cuddled up with her grandpa and her goldfish crackers when I got to their house. Sweet Miller’s middle name is after Meghan’s mom, Gayle, which was a wonderful surprise when she was born. I was so pleased that they were up for being in the pictures with their granddaughters. There’s nothing like a loving grandparent!

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Big sister Maebry was so awesome with her baby.  She was a bit wiggly but thanks to an encouraging mom and a fast camera, we got some very sweet ones of the Meghan and her girls and then of the sisters together.26-Millernewborn-7527-Millernewborn-7628-Millernewborn-7829-Millernewborn-8030-Millernewborn-8131-Millernewborn-8332-Millernewborn-85

Lucky me, I get to meet up with them in six months.  Meghan’s parents have given her such a wonderful gift of this first year of baby pictures and I am thrilled!  I know beautiful Miller will be at a very different stage in a few months and I can’t wait to see how she’s grown.

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Loving Liam

There is not much more that reminds me of God’s grace than a precious newborn.  The fact that we are given little souls to love and cherish and nurture is such a gift.  While newborn days are filled with sleeplessness, figuring out a little person who has very distinct wants and needs (and can let us know about them loudly!), and an avalanche of baby supplies, it is all underpinned by the crazy, overwhelming love we have for the tiny ones who now are ours.

Liam has been so wanted and prayed for and he really is the answer to the prayers of Elizabeth and Matt and all those that love them.  He is a perfect and a true gift.  What a treat it was to go and capture the love they have for their chubby cheeked new fellow with the red hair.  He was super cuddly and preferred to be cozied up with his parents for most of our time together.  That’s generally how newborns spend those first days, anyways, bundled up and cradled by the ones who can finally put to sight the one that they have loved for a long time.

Matt and Elizabeth, I hope these pictures always remind you of these sweet days.

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If only Liam would open up his eyes, he’d see what he’ll look like when he’s all grown up.

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These were some special shots that we took of this sweet boy who was prayed for and committed to the Lord just like Hannah prayed for a son and was heard by the Lord.

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Violet Josephine..Brand New {Newborn Photography}

They are one of my favorite families to photograph.  They are warm and fun to visit with and the kids, Parker and Evelyn,  are full of sweetness and spunk.  I remember getting an email back from Ashleen after I sent them the images from their first session with me and she told me that they were shamelessly giving prints of themselves to everyone!  I also love it that they fit with me as a photographer and how I approach family photography.  I was so delighted to hear that they had another bun in the oven.  This summer, during their FAMILY PHOTOS we revealed that there was a girl on the way and I’ve been really looking forward to meeting their little lady….Violet Josephine! 

What a honey!  She is snuggly and cozy and petite and perfect.  I loved getting a chance to cuddle her and hear about her arrival and how they were all doing as we photographed her on her own and then with the rest of the family.  Right now they are in transition in a little townhouse while their new home is being built but we had everything we needed right there…good light and a really wonderful family.  We took lots of their little treasure and then lots of her being loved and held by everyone.

Can’t wait to see you all at six months and see how your precious girl has grown! 

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If I Could Keep You Little….{Tacoma Family Photography}

I met Shannon last year when she took my Parent Photography Workshop and ever since have enjoyed the beautiful perspective that she has of documenting her family and valuing the sweetness of every day.  She took the daily challenge this year and posts really fun pictures that show the special moments as well as the reality of life with littles!  A few weeks ago after little Emma was born, there was a photo of a candlelit dinner with takeout at home….date night!  The goal of this session was to center in on these special days which are filled with lots of loving and cuddling their new baby, Emma, as well as big sister, Sarah.  It was a super blustery day outside but we were cozy in their beautiful home which looks like a Pinterest board with real people in it.  Emma is a chunky honey who loves to be cuddled and we were laughing several times because the white noise of the vacuum was immediately settling for her.  Sarah is a great big sister and did a super job of giving her baby some hugs (squeezes!) and then she giggled like crazy when she heard some diaper noises.  John and Shannon are amazing parents and it is obvious the love and care they are putting into each other and their family.  What a pleasure it was for me to visit and photograph the love!

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Mielle, Newborn Portraits

Just a few weeks ago I was doing their maternity session at the beach,talking with Cathie and Timon about how excited they were to meet their baby girl.  When I arrived at their home to do newborn pictures, big brother Teis asked if we could go back to the beach Smile.  He’s cool with his baby sister but he’s always up to go running around outside.

Genetics are a fascinating thing.  Mielle looked so very much like Teis did at his newborn session, besides being photographed with a whole lot of pink.  She is a cuddlebug and was very alert while I was there, looking around at everything with her big, pretty eyes.  It was so fun for me to see how the love for their girl is just as wide and deep as it’s been with their little guy.

There are a lot of styles of newborn photography and I find myself going back to what I love the most from when my kids were newborns…lots of ones of them being loved and cuddled by the family.  I do some good close ups of the babies but prefer to use less posing and props personally.  What special days are these first days! I hope that the images I take will bring back memories of just how little and cherished and wonderful those little ones are.

I know Mielle is loved like that.  You can see it all over the expressions of her family, even the big brother who needed to be bribed at times.  You’ll notice in the images where I had them laying on the chevron rug in her room that he was only game if there was a cookie at the end of it!

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Adalynn Dawn in the Evening Sun {Auburn Newborn Photography}

I adore this family. They are our dear friends.  After their evening maternity session a few weeks ago, I’d been watching for texts to know when their third little one was coming along.  We were delighted to hear of the happy arrival of Adalynn Dawn. 

I couldn’t help myself and invited myself over to their home that very day to take a few shots of brand new, 19 hour old Adalynn.  It was a perfect excuse to go get myself a cuddle.

Then, for Adalynn’s newborn pictures, we did something a little different.  Instead of focusing mainly on baby pictures, we did lots of everyone-loving-the-new-sister ones.  We chased the light to a field and caught the last bit of daylight.  The warmth of the sun highlights the warmth of their love for their new treasure.

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