Watch Me Grow – Then & Now with ‘Kenzie, Newborn and 4 months!


I don’t know about you, but I’m a before and after junkie!  Being a highly visual person, I’m always drawn to images documenting growth, change, or just the progress of life.  As you can imagine, I tend to be pretty fascinated when my itty-bitty newborn baby clients come back for their 4 month, 8 month, or first birthday portraits.  It never occurred to me that maybe YOU would enjoy the comparisons as well, until McKenzie came along for her 4 month portraits.  I will make it a point to share more of the “then & now” updates so that you all can enjoy watching the babies grow too!

McKenzie was such a sweet, beautiful little newborn girl!  These were my two favorite images from her newborn portrait session:

newborn baby girl with princess tiara and her frogsmiling newborn baby girl with her Daddy's Army uniform and dogtags

And here she was at her 4 month baby session – I just adore how her smile is exactly the same!  She’s even more beautiful now that shes batting her baby blues too.

Smiling 4 month old baby girl 4 month old baby girl in a basket

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do, because I have plenty more to share.  Thanks for following along and sharing too!

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Watch Me Grow – Then & Now with 'Kenzie, Newborn and 4 months!


I don’t know about you, but I’m a before and after junkie!  Being a highly visual person, I’m always drawn to images documenting growth, change, or just the progress of life.  As you can imagine, I tend to be pretty fascinated when my itty-bitty newborn baby clients come back for their 4 month, 8 month, or first birthday portraits.  It never occurred to me that maybe YOU would enjoy the comparisons as well, until McKenzie came along for her 4 month portraits.  I will make it a point to share more of the “then & now” updates so that you all can enjoy watching the babies grow too!

McKenzie was such a sweet, beautiful little newborn girl!  These were my two favorite images from her newborn portrait session:

newborn baby girl with princess tiara and her frogsmiling newborn baby girl with her Daddy's Army uniform and dogtags

And here she was at her 4 month baby session – I just adore how her smile is exactly the same!  She’s even more beautiful now that shes batting her baby blues too.

Smiling 4 month old baby girl 4 month old baby girl in a basket

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do, because I have plenty more to share.  Thanks for following along and sharing too!

Pictured Moments By April  Newborn Baby Photographer Fort Campbell, KY Clarksville, TN and Nashville, TN  baby pictures, infant, newborn, maternity, pregnancy, portraits

 

Mrs. Danielle and Kylie.


Kylie’s first teacher (for pre-K) was truly a blessing.  Mrs. Danielle consistently worked to help Kylie with the struggles she was up against.  She went above and beyond to make her feel special, and smart.  Kylie would come home and play school – dressed up as Mrs. Danielle with barbies, babies, and stuffed animals as students.  Kylie LOVED Mrs. Danielle.  When it came time to make her teacher a birthday present, we put together a homemade “book”.  Considering that Kylie’s main delay was motor skills (which involved writing/drawing) we knew that Mrs. Danielle would treasure the gift as much as we treasured her gift to Kylie – patience, persistence and love.  The pages were simple questions written by me about school or their class or favorites of Kylie’s.  I would write out Kylie’s answer, and then she would draw it.  One page read, “What does Mrs. Danielle look like?” and Kylie’s answer was “she’s so pretty and she’s gonna have a baby in her belly.”

I will admit that I was initially embarrassed because Mrs. Danielle was clearly NOT pregnant.  I even considered tearing that page out.  I remembered that she knew Kylie’s heart and would know how Kylie intended it.  Newborn babies are frequently little guests in our home, and Kylie absolutely LOVES babies.  Mrs. Danielle knew that I was a newborn baby photographer, so I was sure to bring that up again when we gave her the book for her birthday late last spring.  I wanted to be sure she remembered and wasn’t offended by Kylie’s drawing.

Shortly after, the school year ended and the summer flew by.  Kylie still talked about Mrs. Danielle often, and still played “school”.  Fall came around, and off to Kindergarten she went and this time to a different school.  She was one SAD little girl to not be in Mrs. Danielle’s class anymore, and not even at the same school!  I kept saying we would go visit “one day”, but the time never came around and one day turned into some day…

You can imagine my surprise recently when I received an email from Mrs. Danielle!  I thought to myself, I really need to take Kylie to see her soon!  I opened the message and after reading the greetings and how is Kylie, etc, I couldn’t believe my eyes.  Mrs. Danielle was contacting me to book a newborn session – she was expecting a boy and due in January!!!   I literally read the message multiple times – I couldn’t believe it.  Mrs. Danielle was just as surprised, and even had a mobile picture of the page from the book Kylie made her saved in her phone.  Apparently she had no idea she was pregnant before, no one did!  Well, except Kylie.

I was tickled pink (well, blue) for Mrs. Danielle and couldn’t wait to bring Kylie to SEE for herself what she hoped for Mrs. Danielle was true.  I told her I was taking her to see Mrs. Danielle and that there was a surprise.  We waited by the playground for the pre-K class to come out, and as soon as Mrs. Danielle came out the door Kylie saw her.  “She has a baby in her bellllllyyyyyyyyy!!!!!”  she screamed, and ran to her.

I’m so blessed to be able to witness little miracles like this every day<3

Fleeting.


 

“They grow up so quickly”

We’ve all heard it at least once, right?  It’s definitely true!  Our children evolve daily. Those little changes here and there sneak up on us and suddenly out of nowhere we find ourselves questioning when this happened and where time went.  This is never more true than those first few weeks of life.  Often times after finishing a newborn gallery of images for a client, they comment on how much the baby has changed in those weeks.  It’s inevitable.

I wish I would have known the drastic changes a baby goes through that first year back when I had my daughter.  I wish newborn portraiture was as popular back then as it is now.  My very first professional portrait of Kylie was when she was 4 months old.  Although I am very glad that we had her photographed regardless, I’m just a little heartbroken that we never captured those first days, weeks, months…

If you have an opportunity to take advantage of newborn portraiture, please do it!  I understand that it may not be an option for everyone, and that’s ok.  But, if you have a choice or you’re on the fence – schedule a session!  Not necessarily with me, just schedule one in general!  It may not seem important while you’re reading this.  I promise that 5 years from now when your “newborn” is a beautiful spitfire of personality attending kindergarten, you will thank me.

I promise.

 

Double Time!


After a successful casting call, I recently made my first attempt at newborn twins!  I have to admit that I was slightly petrified prior – what if I bombed it???  There is a very small window of opportunity to truly capture that brand new baby phase, so often times a re-shoot isn’t an option.  I studied twin posing that I loved, pinned images that really resonated with me by artists that I admired, and asked my dear friend Amber Richter to assist with the soothing and posing (who could resist that job???).   I was as ready as I was going to be when the family arrived and I have to confess that it all went much smoother than I anticipated.  The girls were angels, big brother filled the role with pride, and the parents were just as patient as can be.  These are just a few “sneak peeks” from the session – I can’t wait to post more!

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Beautiful Simplicity | Newborn Photographer


Newborn portraits are my favorite!  I just adore brand new, precious infants willing to be sleepily posed for the sake of a portrait to last a lifetime.  Typically, my newborn sessions take place in my home studio with a plethora of props, soft blankets, delicate headbands, baskets and decor.  I work with an octobox studio light, my speedlight, and reflectors to achieve the look that matches my style.  It’s all a process and I love it!

While visiting Florida, I was asked to take portraits of my friends’ brand new baby girl.  I wholeheartedly agreed because it’s what I love the most, however, I didn’t have any of my equipment with me besides my camera!  {GASP}.  I attempted to take the bull by the horns on this issue anyway by setting up near a window for some beautiful natural light.  I threw a couple of couch pillows on the floor and draped a blanket from the top of changing table {via hair clips} and down over the pillows.  Voila.  That was my “set”.  This was completely out of my element, yet the images are some of my favorites ever.

Ellie smiled nearly the whole time and her mommy even brought a little headband for her to wear.  I was able to still give them the style of newborn portraits they were seeking and that made my day.  I realized then that limitations are usually set by us when we don’t feel equipped.  It’s up to us to break them down and keep it simple!

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Beautiful Simplicity | Newborn Photographer


Newborn portraits are my favorite!  I just adore brand new, precious infants willing to be sleepily posed for the sake of a portrait to last a lifetime.  Typically, my newborn sessions take place in my home studio with a plethora of props, soft blankets, delicate headbands, baskets and decor.  I work with an octobox studio light, my speedlight, and reflectors to achieve the look that matches my style.  It’s all a process and I love it!

While visiting Florida, I was asked to take portraits of my friends’ brand new baby girl.  I wholeheartedly agreed because it’s what I love the most, however, I didn’t have any of my equipment with me besides my camera!  {GASP}.  I attempted to take the bull by the horns on this issue anyway by setting up near a window for some beautiful natural light.  I threw a couple of couch pillows on the floor and draped a blanket from the top of changing table {via hair clips} and down over the pillows.  Voila.  That was my “set”.  This was completely out of my element, yet the images are some of my favorites ever.

Ellie smiled nearly the whole time and her mommy even brought a little headband for her to wear.  I was able to still give them the style of newborn portraits they were seeking and that made my day.  I realized then that limitations are usually set by us when we don’t feel equipped.  It’s up to us to break them down and keep it simple!

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Watch Me Grow! Fort Campbell Maternity & Newborn Photographer


I have thoroughly enjoyed the influx of maternity and newborn portraits lately.  The glow of a pregnant woman beaming with life is a miracle that begs to be captured.  I love the faces of the family about to gain a new member and I just adore the little ones tickled pink with the pending older sibling title.  Like many moments in life that we want to remember, pregnancy is temporary.  I am always honored to be included in the memory making with maternity portraits.

Newborn portraits are a favorite of mine.  Another fleeting moment;  another miracle happening before my eyes.  Being a part of a child’s very first portrait session is a very special opportunity – I am truly grateful for all of the parents who have chosen me to fill this role.

Even better than a maternity or newborn portrait session is BOTH!  I get to revel in the beauty of belly full of life while comparing the features of the family members as I watch them beam with pride.  I am blessed beyond belief to be able to see the baby within a week of birth while capturing the memories of this bonding family.  I love comparing newborn noses to mom and dad’s nose and playing the guessing game.

Here are some images from my most recent maternity and newborn combo – such a beautiful family with a brand new baby boy.  I have enjoyed marking these moments and milestones for this newly expanded family.

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Pictured Moments By April | Maternity & Newborn

Clarksville, TN and Fort Campbell, KY

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Photographic Memory.


I stared down at my newborn baby girl sleeping snugly in my arms.  I loved the way her lips pooched out with the sweetest little pucker imaginable.  I couldn’t stop holding her tiny, wrinkled fingers and toes.  I desperately tried to memorize the way her froggy legs loved to be fetal-like still – cradling her little pot belly with a fading umbilical cord on top.  Her long eye lashes swept her chubby cheeks and just watching her breathe would be endless entertainment for me.  The days flew by – weeks and months turned into years.  All my honest attempts of memorizing the details of our daughter faded quickly.  I wish I would have invested more into professional photography of her during those priceless moments.  I may never be able to remember every detail that makes up her childhood, but at least now I know I can always take a picture.  Don’t procrastinate capturing those moments that one day you will wish could have lasted forever.  Even the best of our memories is never photographic.

 

 

Mr. Independent Isaac


I thoroughly enjoyed this newborn session of teeny tiny baby Isaac!  He was lifting his head and looking all over the place at 14 days old and less than six pounds.  He was full of personality and independence already – what a joy!  I can’t wait to watch him grow through pictures…

Hope you enjoyed them as much as I have, you can find more of these sweet baby boy on my Facebook Fanpage – check it out and make sure you click “LIKE” to follow me there 🙂