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 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 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!

 

 

Little Miracles. Clarksville Triplet Newborn Baby Photographer


 

Sometimes life is just HARD.  Circumstances change in an instant – one minute on the top of the world and the next feeling as if you’re at the end of the world.  People come in and out of our lives and we may never know the mountains they’ve climbed or the storms they’re enduring.  They may never know our battles either.

Since childhood, I’ve always been the one intent on rescuing everyone.  I can’t count the number of times I brought home a stray animal, invested in a homeless person or took in a friend in need – much to my mother’s dismay.  The one thing I have always struggled with is rescuing myself in times of need.  I wouldn’t ask for help, I would bottle up my feelings, and I’d keep on truckin’ with the infamous mantra “fake it til you make it”.

This past Winter and Spring, I endured one big monster of a storm.  Although I continued to move through life as if I was just fine, I wasn’t getting better emotionally.  No matter how much I “faked it”, I couldn’t seem to “make it”.  I felt as if I had lost my spirit – my joy.  Bitterness had overcome me and I couldn’t see past my own pain and circumstances.  I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to shake this “funk” that I was going through.  My Aunt Mona casually suggested to maybe do something for someone else.  I will admit that I thought she was ridiculous and that she couldn’t possibly understand my pain.

Shortly after, my pastor challenged our church to commit to random acts of kindness that week.  Convenient, right?  I felt a little tug on my heart – I knew God had a plan.  After posting a casting call, I had the newborn triplets lined up for a free photoshoot.  My dear friend Jamie drove up to help {posing 3 babies takes extra hands for sure!}.  During the 3-4 hours we were photographing, we learned this family’s story – that the triplets were naturally conceived, joining 3 siblings ages 4, 3, and 2, facing a military relocation to Oklahoma in 2 weeks, and that the family hadn’t received any aid whatsoever from their Army “family”.  I knew what God was telling me to do – there was no doubt.

The fundraiser started out small with $5 – $20 donations here and there from average families living paycheck to paycheck.  A handful of big contributors stepped in with $100 donations, and families all over brought bags and bags of items for triplets.  Two cribs, a stroller, boxes and boxes of diapers and wipes, bags and bags of clothes, baby toys and gear, and so much more.  Jamie Lynn Photography offered to donate $1 for every new Facebook fan she received until the fundraiser ended.  She challenged other businesses to match her pledge and 4 very charitable small businesses took her up on that.  In a week’s time, we were able to give the triplets and their family $2,100 and more than a van full of material donations.  It was truly amazing – my heart was filled to the brim with joy.

During that week, I babysat the babies a few times to allow the parents time to pack, get moved out of their apartment, and go out to dinner for a date {I had to force them to do that one}.  I became so attached to these little angels – my heart would pound and tears would well up in my eyes at the thought of them leaving the next day.  Mulling over the past week, I realized that I hadn’t thought about last spring’s “storm” and the “funk” I had battled for so long.  The relentless hurt and painful memories barely crossed my mind the whole week.  I was driven and focused on helping this family and easing their struggles.  I wanted to rescue them.  Never in a million years would I have imagined that these babies would have rescued ME.

I cried my heart out when we said goodbye – partly because I was going to miss them to pieces and I wouldn’t get to watch them grow like so many other babies I photograph.  Honestly, the majority of the tears were pure love and gratitude for the little miracles these babies have been to me.  Because of them, I have finally found my joy.

Abigail, Gabriel, and Lucas – thank you.  From the bottom of my heart, to the moon and back, thank you.

 

Triple Generosity! Clarksville, TN Triplet Newborn Photographer


“Let’s all commit to performing two random acts of kindness this week”, my pastor suggested.  Who would have thought the this would have ensued?

I challenged my clients and fans to committing to a random act of kindness as well, and was pleasantly surprised by the responses and eagerness from all of you.  Mine started as a complimentary newborn triplet session for the family with the disk of images for them to keep.  I hadn’t decided what my second random act of kindness was going to be yet until the photo session took place and I got to know the family more.  They are a young, lower enlisted military family with a 2, 3 & 4 year old, about to be relocated, with naturally conceived newborn triplets.  Because multiples are more common these days with IVF, it’s not as common for the community to help families anymore.  I knew that my second random act of kindness was going to be helping this family – even if it were a small donation.  I knew I had the MOST AMAZING CLIENTS AND FANS IN THE WHOLE WORLD!!!!  I knew we could make a difference.

All of you started pouring in DONATIONS – mostly between $5 and $20.  It was a profound realization to me that every day people living paycheck to paycheck could make a BIG change with just $5 – IF we all came together.  I started receiving checks in the mail for the family and a few $100 donations as well.  Families have donated baby clothes, diapers, and wipes.  As of right now we have raised over $500 for this family!

I was blessed to have the help of Jamie Lynn Photography for the triplet newborn portraits – she committed to donating $1 for every new fan of her Facebook Page until August 5th, and challenged other businesses to do the same.  So far, these wonderful businesses have taken her up on the challenge, and have ALL committed to donating $1 to the triplets and their family for every new fan between now and August 5th!!!

Tiffany Klusacek, Realtor

A. Landscape and Concrete

Beyond Design & Graphics

Artisan Laser Skin Care Center

I know what you’re thinking:  How can I help??  🙂
FIRST – be sure to click the above links and “like” their pages to become a fan, earning the triplets more donations.

SECOND – SHARE the news!!!  Please share this with friends and family and help us gather support.

THIRD – DONATE!  If you have a triple stroller, we’re in dire need for one.  Baby gear of any kind would be a huge blessing.  If you have an extra $5 – $20 that you feel moved to give, thank you!  We only have until August 5th to give the family all of our blessings and send them on their way for their relocation.

FOURTH – Last, but surely not least:  commit to a random act of kindness today.

Thank you all for your love and support, always.

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Triple Blessed! Newborn Triplet Photographer | Clarksville, TN


When I put out a casting call for newborn triplets, I never imagined how much these little angels would change my life.  I wanted to photograph triplets for selfish reasons – I wanted them in my portfolio!  The session was complimentary for that reason, but once I met the parents and learned their story, I felt called to attempt to make a difference.  Being a lower enlisted family of 5 prior to the natural conception of triplets, you can image the shock these parents must have experienced.  As if that weren’t a large enough adjustment, they learned they were also facing a military relocation within a few weeks.  I knew that enough wonderful people subscribed to my page that we could possibly help this family.

After sharing a sneak peek image of the babies and a synopsis of the family situation, the donations have poured in from all over the world.  Countless fans have given a few dollars here and there that have added up to make a huge difference.  A stranger to the family donated $100 and a newborn photographer of triplets located in Canada donated $100.  Another stranger to the family is shipping a very expensive triplet stroller from Florida.  A struggling military family with 7 children dropped off diapers and $30.  Moms all over town have messaged me with clothes that their babies have outgrown and they will be dropping off for the family.

I am truly in awe of the generous people I am surrounded by.  The family will be relocating next week and I can’t wait to shower them with love from all of you.  Your gifts and donations will be priceless to this family.  You, my friends, have changed this family’s life.

If you would like to contribute, please DONATE HERE.  If you would prefer to mail something, please email me for my address:  mypicturedmoments@yahoo.com.

Triple Blessed! Newborn Triplet Photographer | Clarksville, TN


When I put out a casting call for newborn triplets, I never imagined how much these little angels would change my life.  I wanted to photograph triplets for selfish reasons – I wanted them in my portfolio!  The session was complimentary for that reason, but once I met the parents and learned their story, I felt called to attempt to make a difference.  Being a lower enlisted family of 5 prior to the natural conception of triplets, you can image the shock these parents must have experienced.  As if that weren’t a large enough adjustment, they learned they were also facing a military relocation within a few weeks.  I knew that enough wonderful people subscribed to my page that we could possibly help this family.

After sharing a sneak peek image of the babies and a synopsis of the family situation, the donations have poured in from all over the world.  Countless fans have given a few dollars here and there that have added up to make a huge difference.  A stranger to the family donated $100 and a newborn photographer of triplets located in Canada donated $100.  Another stranger to the family is shipping a very expensive triplet stroller from Florida.  A struggling military family with 7 children dropped off diapers and $30.  Moms all over town have messaged me with clothes that their babies have outgrown and they will be dropping off for the family.

I am truly in awe of the generous people I am surrounded by.  The family will be relocating next week and I can’t wait to shower them with love from all of you.  Your gifts and donations will be priceless to this family.  You, my friends, have changed this family’s life.

If you would like to contribute, please DONATE HERE.  If you would prefer to mail something, please email me for my address:  mypicturedmoments@yahoo.com.