Throwback – Newborn E

I have had the distinct pleasure of photographing two baby boys over the past two weeks.

On Valentine’s day, I spent a few hours with a 5 day old. Then, just over a week later, on a snowy Sunday afternoon, I spent my afternoon with a 17 day old preemie & his big brother.

There isn’t much that makes me happier than photographing newborn babies.

Mister and I completed our family with the birth of Easton, so snuggling with other peoples little bundles of joy really makes me reminisce:
The sleepless nights; the countless feedings and diaper changes; the constant worry… the way it feels when your babe wraps his hand around your finger, or makes eye contact the first time; that first coo, smile, laugh; the first time they tell you that they love you… parenthood is the most amazing job in the world, and I wouldn’t trade it for ANYTHING.

I hope that all of the parents of “my” newborns love their new jobs as much as I love mine!

Here’s baby E at approx 7 days old. Our Mr. Serious, just hanging around in Daddy’s arms.
(I love this portrait of him. But I will say that looking at it also makes me proud to say that I can see how much my photography has improved in the past couple of years. Sometimes a walk down memory lane serves multiple purposes!)


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Wordless Wednesday – Braylie at 3mo’s old


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Macro Monday – Newborn lashes

No matter how many times I have the pleasure of photographing a newborn baby, capturing a macro of their eyelashes just never gets old.  I attempt with each and every new wee one I meet.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t – but when it does, and I see that perfect image on my computer screen, I often have the urge to happy-dance around my office like a crazy-person.

Today’s photo is a perfect example.  This sweet-sleeping baby girl has such cute little eye lashes!  *Sigh*


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Newborn “Little Root”

You might recognize these new parents from their maternity portraits.
The arrival of their Little Root was eagerly anticipated, not just by them and their loved ones, but by me too! I couldn’t wait to meet the little bundle!
He arrived on Mother’s Day of 2013.  What a sweet treat for his Mama. Not many people can say that they received the gift of Motherhood on their very first Mother’s Day!
I met them at their home about a week later to capture these memories for them.  We focused mainly on portraits of the new addition, but we also included some of the new family, dog-brother and all. Many parents don’t like to be included in their newborn baby’s portraits, and that’s just fine with me (I was the same way with my newborn Duders), but we created some great portraits of this family together – including my favorite face of 2013!


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Throwback – Mr. Serious

This really has nothing to do with today’s post, but I can’t resist sharing…
…I got an email yesterday from a nice lady named Candace.
Candace is the #YMCCommunity manager at Yummy Mummy Club.
A few weeks ago, I applied to join the community, and yesterday Candace sent me my acceptance email. Hip Hip Hooray!
Here’s where you can find my page, and the pages of the rest of the#YMCCommunity:

Okay… enough shop-talk… on to the blog post!
Today’s throwback is all about Easton. My little Mr. Serious.
Since it’s Deklan’s birthday month, there’s been a lot of focus on him lately, so I figured it was E’s turn to star in a post.
This sweet little boy of mine is silly, and funny, and crazy in all the right ways. But if you’re a new person in his world – forget about it! There’s no chance that he’s making friends with you, smiling at you, or even just giving you the time of day.
Looking back at photos of him over his 3.5yrs, you’d never know he was anything but serious & stubborn. Speaking of which, I’ll take credit for the Shields’ impatience in the boys – but the stubborn streak in my Duders is ALL Dey – even if they’re too stubborn to admit it ;)

His very first portrait. It’s been featured on my blog before, but it fits too well to skip it in this post. The little Worm with his namesakes.


This is Easton’s first Halloween. Such a serious little Lion Man! (and yes, I still think of him every time I hear the Mumford & Sons song)


Easton’s 1st Christmas portrait. I didn’t realize until I was editing it, that he’s actually flipping me the bird. Clearly, he’s UBER impressed to be in front of my camera again.


Playing on the swings at the park. Most kids either love, or hate the swings. His feeling was clearly: Meh.
And just hanging out in Mummy & Daddy’s bed. Serious as always.

TBTEBlog3I have so many more images that are along these same lines. But rather than inundate you with them now, I’m going to save them for a future blog post – now there’s thinking ahead!

I’d love to know what kind of kiddo(s) you have… happy? Serious? Cranky? Silly?

Happy Thursday!

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Macro Monday – Newborn

It doesn’t matter how many times I look at images like this… they just make me swoon.  To me, it doesn’t get more precious than a sweet, sleeping newborn.  Just look at those teeny tiny eye lashes, button nose, and little lips! *Sigh*

Newborns are just perfection!

This sweetheart turns a whole year old on Friday! But I can still see this brand new little man in the big boy that he’s turning in to.

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Throwback – Baby Deklan in 2008

I didn’t get my first SLR until just after Deklan’s first birthday, so while we did have some family portraits done, most of the pictures from his first year are from my point & shoot.

Today’s Throwback just goes to show that it doesn’t matter what kind of camera you use (SLR, point & shoot, polaroid, cell phone…), as long as you’re using SOMETHING to capture special the moments in your life.  Portraits have a time and a place – but so do snapshots, and they shouldn’t be forgotten or ignored.

This photo is so memorable because Deklan was a colicky baby. He cried. A LOT. Almost every day. For 4-6 hours. For months on end. Sleep was a precious commodity… it was pretty much the only time of day that he wasn’t crying. Being able to look back on this adorable sleeping baby boy reminds me that he was/is perfect. Tears and all. (But he was more perfect when he was sleeping. I’m sure other parents of colicky babies would agree with me!)


Are you remembering to capture your memories? What’s your preferred method?

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Macro Monday – Newborn Details

I love my macro lens for many reasons, not the least of which, is newborn baby details. All those teeny little things that it’s so quick and easy to forget because kiddos grow up way too quickly.

Like the way their soft fuzzy hair brushes the top of their ears…

And the way they inadvertently blow little bubbles while they sleep…MacroJude2

What do you wish you’d taken the time to capture while your wee one was still wee?

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Favorite Face of 2013

I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but my favorite face of 2013 wasn’t one of my Duders. Or my niece. Or even anyone in my family!
My favorite face of 2013 was baby Carter.
His Mama knew she wanted to try to make this portrait right from the start, and the result is just what we were hoping for!
We waited until the end of his session, when he was good and sleepy. We placed him in his Daddy’s hands, then waited patiently for that content expression. It’s such an honest representation of love and trust.

This portrait was featured on Carter’s birth announcement, enlarged & printed for display in the family home, and used in mini-album brag books.
I personally love this so much that it is the feature image on the landing page for my website, and the header on my Facebook page (link below if you’re interested).CarterBlog1Really, for me, it doesn’t get any better than sleepy newborn faces.
I’m all done having babies of my own, but I love that my job allows me to snuggle and ogle over beautiful babies for the foreseeable future.

If you’re interested in seeing other peoples Favorite Faces, you can head over to I Heart Faces to check some out.

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Throwback – My Newborn & Big Brother

I had the pleasure of photographing two newborn baby boys with their older siblings last month.  Big sister Isla and baby brother Kade, and big brother Angus with his baby brother Jude.  Seeing them together reminded me so much of when Easton was a baby, and Deklan doted on his baby bro.
My Duders were the first Big-Kiddo-and-New-Baby siblings I’d ever taken a stab at photographing, and this remains one of my favorite portraits of all time.  So what better image to use for this weeks Throwback post?
We couldn’t have asked for a better big brother for our Little Worm.  The Tadpole was thrilled to have a sibling – even though he’d wanted a sister.  Luckily his quick-thinking Uncle fixed the dilemma for us by explaining that “a brother is just a sister who’s a boy”. Wow. I don’t know how he came up with that so fast, but it was EXACTLY the logic needed for Dek’s precocious 2.5yr old brain.
From their very first meeting in the hospital, the Duders bonded.  Deklan loved to feed Easton his bottles – but ran for cover when it was diaper-change time. I can’t say I blame him!
Even now, at ages 6 and 3.5, while they do annoy each other like typical brothers, they still look after each other. Whenever E gets in trouble and makes a fuss about it, Dek loves to tell us that the best way to get E to stop crying is to just give him a hug.
*Sigh* Okay. Enough reminiscing. For now.
Here are my babies, in all their glory. Throwing back to July of 2010.

TBTDudersBlogAre your kids close with their siblings?

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