It all started with some Peter Rabbit baby bed sheets. This little boy's momma fell in love with them, and before she even knew she was having a little boy, she had set out on a quest to acquire all sorts of sweet little Peter Rabbit-themed nursery decor. So, we decided to continue the theme and plan little Aidan's newborn session around Peter Rabbit too. His momma brought some wooden letters and and baby toys from home to include in the photos, complete with little boy overalls, and a soft, plushy bunny rabbit. The result, as you can see, was just too cute for words, so I'll let the photo do the talking...
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!
Meet baby June. This little girl was just 12 days old when we photographed her and her parents in my home studio in NE Portland. Every session is different and we always go at baby's pace, doing only what he/she will allow us to do, and never forcing a baby into a position it doesn't feel comfortable in. Little June let us move her all over, swaddling her in lace, dressing her in tutus and headbands, and even posing her in several different baskets and positions. I think my favorite, though, was watching her snuggle all cuddled up with her dad. We placed little June on her daddy's chest and immediately you could tell she felt right at home. Her cheeks squished up, her bum stuck out, baby snores ensued, and we all couldn't help but smile at such a sweet bundle of cuteness.
Little Freya was just 8 days old when these photos were captured. I got to spend an afternoon in my studio with Freya, her mom, dad, and grandma, and learn all about the history of their family while shooting. Freya is such a beautifully unique name so, natually, I was curious how they picked it. Freya's dad, Robert, explained the comical story of how he initially wanted a boy. His mother is Danish so he really wanted to give his baby a traditional norse name in honor of her heritage. Thor was the intended name for a boy, but after they found out they were having a little girl, his heart swelled and he couldn't have been more happy with the surprise. In the end, they decided to name her after the norse god Thor's sister, Freya, and they've been overwhelmed with joy ever since.
Thank you Robert, Mackenzie, and Lene. It was so fun getting to know about your family.