Your Favorite Newborn Pictures of 2012 from Pictured Moments By April


On the Facebook Fanpage, I recently put out a plea for help in choosing some favorite newborn images from 2012 for my side-show header on my new (upcoming) website.  I have to say that I was blown away by the responses and feedback that so many of you shared – thank you for your opinions and willingness to help!  I didn’t want to let all of your hard work go to waste, so here are the results of your feedback:

In no particular order, these were the 30 FAN FAVORITE newborn images of 2012:

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newborn baby boy with winter hat newborn baby girl with afro and flower headband Clarksville Newborn Baby Photographer newborn baby girl smiling Newborn baby girl with a vintage baby bonnet and satin ribbon newborn boy propped up wearing an infant fedora newborn baby boy sleeping in his daddys army helmet from fort campbell ky 101st airborne division screaming eagles newborn baby girl smiling with dimples and a peach flower headband newborn baby boy with his mother and father hands holding him newborn baby girl in a basket of pink satin and feathers big sister kissing newborn baby brother newborn baby girl in a basket with gold lace smiling newborn baby boy laughing Smiling newborn baby boy with open eyes newborn baby boy wearing a cowboy hat posed in an antique bucket next to daddys cowboy boots bonding newborn baby twins newborn baby girl with lace and peach flower headband Newborn baby girl smiling with red flower headbandswaddled newborn boy in crocheted hat

Newborn baby girl with adorable afro and red flowers on a headband

From the choices above, I can gather a few things:

  • smiling newborn baby images are your favorites
  • lace with newborn girls photographed beautifully
  • you all sure love the multiples and military babies!

Thank you for commenting with your feedback and voicing your opinions.  It was a proud moment to see the love from all of you and to be able to share it with these babies and their families!  I feel beyond blessed and truly appreciated for my artwork – I hope every photographer has a chance to have clients, friends, and fans like all of you.  From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!

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Newborn Twin Brothers Ethan & Eli | Clarksville Newborn Photographer


Newborn Twin Baby Boys These twin brothers stole my heart and the public spotlight more than once over the past few months.  Considering that their mother and father were both soldiers in the Army and served together in Afghanistan, I should have expected these precious little “military brats” to take charge and steal hearts along the way.  Born micro-preemies, the boys were 9 weeks old by time they graced me with their presence.  Even so, they were each approximately 5 lbs at the time.  Tiny!

To honor their dual military parents, we incorporated Mom & Dad’s Uniform Shirts atop the separate tiers of a miniature bunk bed.  The setup proved to be not only meaningful and PERSONAL to the family, but also a big hit with the public.  BEST NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHERS featured the image of the boys on the bunk bed on THE BLOG and their Facebook Fanpage on December 2nd, 2012.

newborn twin boys on a bunk bed with ACU tops and Army caps

This image was featured at BEST NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHERS as well on December 29th, and proves to be a favorite image for many (including me).  I plead the 5th on which brother this is though – I refuse to play favorites!

Newborn baby boy laying on ACUs with military cap

Since the boys were photographed in MOvember {November} and have a grandfather with a famous ‘stache, we decided to run with it and photograph them supporting the cause as well.  It became another little personal touch that tells a story about their family, which is an important part of what I strive to give each client.  Here they are pictured with their Grandfather:

Twin newborn babies and their mustaches for MOVEMBER

Apparently the newborn ‘stache picture was appreciated by more than just the family it represented.  Plenty of giggles and comments came about, and BEST BABY PHOTOGRAPHERS shared the picture on their Facebook Fanpage on November 28th.  How fun!

newborn twin boys wearing mustaches for movember

Being the middle of the holidays, we put together a very fitting Facebook Timeline Cover for Mom & Dad too – it still makes me chuckle 🙂

Silent Night?  Yeah Right!  Newborn Twins

When Daddy & Mommy were deployed together in Afghanistan, Daddy gave Mommy a teddy bear lovingly named “Beans”.  How appropriate that Beans be photographed with the boys now!  I wonder what will become of Beans once the boys are old enough to realize there is only ONE Beans?  I think we may have to check back with the parents in a few years to find out.  Until then, they were perfectly content sharing him in sweet slumber.

twin newborn boys and small teddy bear

Here are a few more favorites from our time together, including this adorable shot with tiny little newborn baby fedora hats from Kasey’s Creations!  (She makes the infamous little newborn Army caps as well).  You can follow her on Facebook too if you like, tell her I sent you!

newborn twin boys wearing newborn baby sized fedora hats newborn twin baby boys laying in basket

All in all, it was a wonderful session!  My dear friend Jasmine over at The Jazzy Peony Prop Shop assisted with the babies, stop by her Facebook Fanpage and give her some love if you get a chance!

Last but not least, I must include the obligatory sleeping parent out-take that so many of you love.  With twins, I expected Mom to be knocked out much sooner and for much longer, but I will take what I can get 🙂

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I hope you’ve enjoyed these images and “getting to know” this family with me.  Just for fun, if this blog post receives 20 comments this month, then the family will receive a free gift!  So, if you love what you see, please make sure you SHARE IT so others can see what you love too.  Thank you!

newborn baby photographer in clarksville nashville tennessee tn and fort campbell ky kentucky, pictured moments by april

Newborn Twin Brothers Ethan & Eli | Clarksville Newborn Photographer


Newborn Twin Baby Boys These twin brothers stole my heart and the public spotlight more than once over the past few months.  Considering that their mother and father were both soldiers in the Army and served together in Afghanistan, I should have expected these precious little “military brats” to take charge and steal hearts along the way.  Born micro-preemies, the boys were 9 weeks old by time they graced me with their presence.  Even so, they were each approximately 5 lbs at the time.  Tiny!

To honor their dual military parents, we incorporated Mom & Dad’s Uniform Shirts atop the separate tiers of a miniature bunk bed.  The setup proved to be not only meaningful and PERSONAL to the family, but also a big hit with the public.  BEST NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHERS featured the image of the boys on the bunk bed on THE BLOG and their Facebook Fanpage on December 2nd, 2012.

newborn twin boys on a bunk bed with ACU tops and Army caps

This image was featured at BEST NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHERS as well on December 29th, and proves to be a favorite image for many (including me).  I plead the 5th on which brother this is though – I refuse to play favorites!

Newborn baby boy laying on ACUs with military cap

Since the boys were photographed in MOvember {November} and have a grandfather with a famous ‘stache, we decided to run with it and photograph them supporting the cause as well.  It became another little personal touch that tells a story about their family, which is an important part of what I strive to give each client.  Here they are pictured with their Grandfather:

Twin newborn babies and their mustaches for MOVEMBER

Apparently the newborn ‘stache picture was appreciated by more than just the family it represented.  Plenty of giggles and comments came about, and BEST BABY PHOTOGRAPHERS shared the picture on their Facebook Fanpage on November 28th.  How fun!

newborn twin boys wearing mustaches for movember

Being the middle of the holidays, we put together a very fitting Facebook Timeline Cover for Mom & Dad too – it still makes me chuckle 🙂

Silent Night?  Yeah Right!  Newborn Twins

When Daddy & Mommy were deployed together in Afghanistan, Daddy gave Mommy a teddy bear lovingly named “Beans”.  How appropriate that Beans be photographed with the boys now!  I wonder what will become of Beans once the boys are old enough to realize there is only ONE Beans?  I think we may have to check back with the parents in a few years to find out.  Until then, they were perfectly content sharing him in sweet slumber.

twin newborn boys and small teddy bear

Here are a few more favorites from our time together, including this adorable shot with tiny little newborn baby fedora hats from Kasey’s Creations!  (She makes the infamous little newborn Army caps as well).  You can follow her on Facebook too if you like, tell her I sent you!

newborn twin boys wearing newborn baby sized fedora hats newborn twin baby boys laying in basket

All in all, it was a wonderful session!  My dear friend Jasmine over at The Jazzy Peony Prop Shop assisted with the babies, stop by her Facebook Fanpage and give her some love if you get a chance!

Last but not least, I must include the obligatory sleeping parent out-take that so many of you love.  With twins, I expected Mom to be knocked out much sooner and for much longer, but I will take what I can get 🙂

GQ4A7941

I hope you’ve enjoyed these images and “getting to know” this family with me.  Just for fun, if this blog post receives 20 comments this month, then the family will receive a free gift!  So, if you love what you see, please make sure you SHARE IT so others can see what you love too.  Thank you!

newborn baby photographer in clarksville nashville tennessee tn and fort campbell ky kentucky, pictured moments by april

Best Newborn Photographer – Xander’s Feature!


Joseph Alexander – such a big name for a little newborn baby!  I had to give him some blog love since he made it to the Best Newborn Photographer Page last week.  He rocked the pose like a superstar too!

While we’re on the topic, let’s go ahead and give a shout-out to beautiful baby Liza who was also featured on the Best Newborn Photographers Page last week.  The image was taken by my beautifully talented bestie over at Jamie Lynn Photography.  Friends, if you’re the Fort Rucker, Newton, Dothan, Enterprise AL area then you MUST check her out!

 

 

Best Newborn Photographer – Xander's Feature!


Joseph Alexander – such a big name for a little newborn baby!  I had to give him some blog love since he made it to the Best Newborn Photographer Page last week.  He rocked the pose like a superstar too!

While we’re on the topic, let’s go ahead and give a shout-out to beautiful baby Liza who was also featured on the Best Newborn Photographers Page last week.  The image was taken by my beautifully talented bestie over at Jamie Lynn Photography.  Friends, if you’re the Fort Rucker, Newton, Dothan, Enterprise AL area then you MUST check her out!

 

 

Famous Babies in Clarksville, TN and Fort Campbell, KY


It sure has been a crazy busy month so far, whew.  That’s not a complaint from me though, because crazy busy equals beautiful babies!  Here are a few that have been featured on different websites in the newborn photography and baby photography industry recently:

Ryker made it to the Best Newborn Photographers Facebook Fanpage on October 4th – click here to view his portrait on their page!

On September 9th,  Raelynn’s newborn portrait was featured on the Baby Pictures Facebook FanpageClick Here to access her image on their wall!

Charlee’s 4 month baby portrait was featured on the Best Baby Photographers Facebook Fanpage on October 2nd – click here to see her image on their wall!

Newborn Jacob pulled a double header!  His image was featured HERE on the Newborn Goodness Blog on September 25th.  His precious little pucker was also chosen as a feature in the Be Inspired:  Black and White theme from Confessions of a Prop Junkie on October 4th!

Most recently, newborn baby Arabella was featured on the Best Newborn Photographers Facebook Fanpage.   You can Click Here to see her image on their wall!  She made an appearance over at Baby Pictures too on October 19th.

Thank you all for continuing to bring your beautiful babies to see me!  Each and every baby I meet has changed my life in some way.  They inspire me daily and because of these precious babies, I am able to chase my dreams.  Thank you!

Best Newborn Photographer Winner!


 

Just in case you missed the verdict, we WON Best Newborn Photographer for September 2012!  Not me, WE.  Two very important, life-changing votes set us apart from second place.  You read that right:  we won by TWO VOTES.  One, two.

Why “we”?  I can list a million reasons as to why this is a group win and not just a personal win for me as a photographer.  Here are a few of my favorites:

  • This image was created in a joint effort with my very dear friend Jamie of Jamie Lynn Photography.  She brought equipment and props all the way from Alabama and we both sweated our tails off photographing these babies for hours.  She has a nearly identical image in her portfolio as well.  I promise whole-heartedly that she earned this just as much as I did.
  • The image would have never been considered if it were never nominated to the Best Newborn Photographers contest!  Thank you for taking that extra step on my behalf.
  • Although it was chosen in the top 10, the image logically didn’t stand much of a chance in the face of some of the newborn photography giants competing alongside the triplets.  With 6 minutes remaining in the contest, the triplets were tied with another image – both having 1,232 votes.  Over one THOUSAND people contributed to this win!!
  • Throughout the week of the contest, the image was shared hundreds of times.  I wish I could track an exact number, but the hundreds of you that rallied for this win by sharing and asking for votes definitely earned a claim to the title.
  • My family campaigned for me like you wouldn’t believe.  My father (who isn’t even on Facebook and barely knows how to surf the net) called all of his clients and friends and insisted on votes.  My mother did the same and was caught more than once showing the triplet’s picture to random strangers with babies and requesting that they go vote.  My granny (who is nearly impossible to say no to) was very persistent in sharing the contest and requesting votes (drill sergeant style).  This title definitely belongs to them too.
  • And last, but not least – the two people that cast those last two deciding votes.  There would be no title if it weren’t for them.  A very humbling realization indeed.

I have come to realize that life is made up of collaborative efforts in our pursuits and endeavors.  Whether it’s work related, life as parents, fundraising, making the world a better place, or just deep in prayer – we are never, EVER alone.  Thank you God, and a huge heartfelt thanks to all of you!

 

 

Winning the real challenge


 

I’m not sure why I am so blown away by the love and support of EVERYONE for the picture of the triplets in the BEST NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHER contest.  Considering the history of family, friends, and strangers across the world reaching out to bless these babies, I should have predicted the same enthusiasm from all of you again.

Those of you that have voted may know that there is one {super adorable} competing image in particular that has been neck and neck with the triplets.  The photographer is wonderfully talented and also owns a very successful and popular newborn prop business {that I adore} – I envy her notoriety and network in the market for sure!  I sent her a message complimenting her on the beautiful image and wishing her the best of luck.  She responded with compliments for my image as well and wished me luck.  The next sentence filled my heart with joy,

“your support from your family and friends is beautiful”.

I can’t put into words how grateful I am to be blessed with all of you.  Although the contest goes until August 31st, I know in my heart that whether or not we have the most “likes” is not what really matters.  With all of the random acts of kindness, sharing and votes from strangers, encouraging comments & messages, prayers, endless love & support we have already won the real challenge.

Thank you.

 

Best Newborn Photographer Nominee | Clarksville, TN | Fort Campbell, KY


Like most other mornings, I started my day Wednesday responding to emails, Facebook messages and comments on my fanpage.  Upon reading a wall post of congratulations from a fellow local photographer, I did a double take.

“I am so excited your image of the triplets was chosen for top 10 of best newborn photographers, you know you have my vote! :)”

Do what????  I scurried over to the Best Newborn Photographer contest page expecting to see the “Sugar, Spice & Everything Nice” image of the triplets I was coaxed into submitting by a few beloved photografriends.  I immediately realized I was wrong – a different image of mine was chosen in the top 10.  It was still of the triplets, however, one that didn’t receive much publicity and definitely one that I did not submit.

I am still uncertain as to whom I owe this gratitude, but thank you regardless.  You can imagine the surprise and excitement that came over me once it all sunk in.  I’m working the job of my dreams, I’ve grown leaps and bounds in a little over a year in business, and I’m surrounded by people that love, encourage and support me enough to nominate me anonymously.  As if that isn’t enough of a blessing, then add the fact that the chosen image was of the triplets – the tiny little miracles that have changed my life.  Ironically, although my mission was to help make a difference and give to the babies, they have been the ones who have given so much to me.

If you have a moment and love this portrait as much as I do, please head over to the contest and click on the picture of the triplets.  Be sure to click “like” so that your vote will count, and spread the word by sharing on your Facebook page.  I would be beyond ecstatic to win, however, I am in a state of pure bliss to even be included in the top 10.   Thank you all!

VOTE HERE!

Best Newborn Photographer Nominee | Clarksville, TN | Fort Campbell, KY


Like most other mornings, I started my day Wednesday responding to emails, Facebook messages and comments on my fanpage.  Upon reading a wall post of congratulations from a fellow local photographer, I did a double take.

“I am so excited your image of the triplets was chosen for top 10 of best newborn photographers, you know you have my vote! :)”

Do what????  I scurried over to the Best Newborn Photographer contest page expecting to see the “Sugar, Spice & Everything Nice” image of the triplets I was coaxed into submitting by a few beloved photografriends.  I immediately realized I was wrong – a different image of mine was chosen in the top 10.  It was still of the triplets, however, one that didn’t receive much publicity and definitely one that I did not submit.

I am still uncertain as to whom I owe this gratitude, but thank you regardless.  You can imagine the surprise and excitement that came over me once it all sunk in.  I’m working the job of my dreams, I’ve grown leaps and bounds in a little over a year in business, and I’m surrounded by people that love, encourage and support me enough to nominate me anonymously.  As if that isn’t enough of a blessing, then add the fact that the chosen image was of the triplets – the tiny little miracles that have changed my life.  Ironically, although my mission was to help make a difference and give to the babies, they have been the ones who have given so much to me.

If you have a moment and love this portrait as much as I do, please head over to the contest and click on the picture of the triplets.  Be sure to click “like” so that your vote will count, and spread the word by sharing on your Facebook page.  I would be beyond ecstatic to win, however, I am in a state of pure bliss to even be included in the top 10.   Thank you all!

VOTE HERE!