Meet Owen & Evan. These two cuties have been hoped and loved and wished for for a very long time. When their mom and dad first contacted me, they were on a waitlist to adopt. They didn’t know how fast or long it would take to start their family, but if a baby was to come into their life, they definitely wanted to document the growth of their family. Fast forward several months later….. their mom contacts me again, with some exciting news: “We’re pregnant! And not just that….it’s TWINS!”
Little baby Arlo was just 12 days old when this session was captured. His parents came to my home newborn studio in Northeast Portland and we kept the session simple by sticking to neutral colors for backdrops, and varying Arlo's photos with a variety of hats I've collected over the years to keep in my studio. His mom and dad wore my favorite color combo: neutrals and blues. So fitting for a little boy newborn session! Arlo slept soundly as I captured all his little baby details: his pouty lips, his back wrinkles, & my favorite, those little baby toes! I just can't get enough.
Sam's family has had quite the incredible journey bringing Sam into this world. His daddy, Jess, is in the Special Forces and he has worked so hard training to be one. Sam's parent's found out they were pregnant on the DAY OF his dad shipping off to pre-deployment training (talk about a surprise!!), and after training his dad had to fly overseas. It was a long and, I'm sure, stressful journey for Sam's momma, all those months not knowing where her husband was and hoping that he was safe. Meanwhile, Jennifer was playing the part of super-mom -- being pregnant, working full time, and also taking care of their two other kids! But everything came crashing to a halt when Jennifer got a terrifying call. Jess had been shot overseas during a mission and suddenly mom's heart felt like it had stopped. Jess was immediately put on a plane back to the US, but his injuries were so severe that he had to have multiple surgeries along the way, stopping in different countries for each one. He finally made it home and was, thankfully, stable and okay. It would take many months of rehab and healing, but the silver lining was that he was home in time to see the birth of his baby boy. Jess was awarded with a purple heart and so, of course, in their newborn photos of Sam, we wanted to pay tribute to his father's long and difficult journey to come see him enter the world.
Thank you Jess for your incredible service, and sacrifice, as a part of the Special Forces. I am so thankful for your service, but I am also so happy to see you home safe and with your family again!