Inside the studio...the tiny cottage with all things tiny!

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When you trust Brookside Baby with the creation of your newborn's first portraits, you won't need to lift a finger - and that's good, because you'll have tons of things on your mind. Keeping up with baby's feeding schedule, attending well check ups, healing your amazing body if you just gave birth, battling jet lag if you traveled the world to adopt, helping siblings adjust if this isn't your first, and if it is - well then, just generally settling into the this brave new world that is parenthood! So, your newborn's session is a great time to relax - once you've had a snack or two. No need to remember clothing from home - you'll choose from our carefully curated collection of props and outfits from around the world - all perfectly sized for your tiny human, so they'll look their absolute best!

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The Original Brookside Baby

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Today we're celebrating the 14th anniversary of the start of my very own Brookside baby's wild and precious life. Granted, he's a teenager now - his height is on the way up (taller than me!) and his voice gets lower with each passing year, but I remember that night we first came face to face like it was yesterday. We celebrated the next day with fireworks just outside our window - the hospital threw those in free of charge! Now that he's a young man, I'm so grateful for this visual and tangible reminder of his start as a very tiny human. There is wonder in each stage of a child's growth, but something so very special about the beginning. It's cause for CELEBRATION! I'd love to pass my joy along to you and your new tiny human - any inquiry on July 3rd or 4th that results in a Newborn Session booked will enjoy a complimentary gift created from their custom portraits. Set up a time to visit the studio to learn more about the experience and offerings. Use the code INDEPENDENCEBABY when you inquire. Now, cue those fireworks!

The Marvelous Lil' Miss Mae!

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Little Mae is a character! Full of sweetness, and almost always on the move, but she slowed down just a minute (or was it only a few seconds?) to capture some one-year-old moments. She also took a moment to blow me kisses before leaving the studio this morning. Just another reason this work leaves me with a full heart!

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Pip, Pip, Hooray - Pippa is One!

What a perfect time to capture these four siblings at play! We started the day with an early morning hike to a favorite spot along Forbidden Drive. Each day is surely an adventure for Pippa with three animated and endearing older brothers, and this day was nothing short of that. Did I mention they are all quite the conversationalists? The weather was warm and breezy, and lots of creek play was encouraged by Mom and Dad (how great are they?!) Pippa was equally fascinated by bubbles and smooth river stones, and her brothers gleefully showed me how many times they could skip the flattest stone. Once Pippa had soaked her blue smocked dress, she donned her crown and tutu and held court among the river rocks. All in all, it was a fantastic way to spend a Sunday morning, and with custom wall art, they'll remember this moment in time for years to come.

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Bonita Isabella

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When Baby Isabella picked up her Fine Art Heirloom Prints today, her expression was EVERYTHING. Her mom asked her if she saw how beautiful she looked, and her eyes were full of smiles. She immediately recognized herself in the portraits, and her face lit up with delight. Studies show that children's self esteem grows when they see themselves featured on the walls of your home. This is why I do what I do! Custom portraits are the perfect way to celebrate your little ones and make them feel loved

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Baby Nella

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At Brookside Baby, we just love to capture the impish adventures of your little ones, and Nella is no exception. When Mom wasn't looking, she found her way into my jam jar...probably because it's as sweet as she is! What will your baby get up to during their portrait session at the studio???

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Baby Declan

This sweet pea is the youngest of three - all of whom wore a special green knit "pea-pod" as babies - can you spot it in his portraits? It was made with love by their great grandmother, and upon seeing Declan's portrait, Big Sis exclaimed "I wore that, too!" How special is it to add a third little one to the tradition?! As we viewed Declan's images together, Mom noticed how much he's grown and changed in such a short amount of time. I'm so glad I could help her freeze a few moments with him at 10 days old. When he goes off to Kindergarten, or graduates from High School, Mom and Dad can sneak a peak at how tiny and precious he was when he was new. 

Sarah Grace

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While Sarah Grace may have an Autumn birthday, she sure is channeling a Midsummer Night's kind of beauty, complete with her delicate leaf crown. She was amazing throughout her session, and even smiled on cue for her loving big brother - I'm sure she can sense how much he loves her! Mom told me Lucas even chose her sweet name months before she was born - he knew her before he ever laid eyes on her - swoon! Love abounds for sure in this family, and they'll be reminded just how much each time they flip through their heirloom album in the years to come. 

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Giving Love this Tuesday...

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In honor of Giving Tuesday, Brookside Baby would like to gift a newborn session to a special needs infant. Babies with an in utero diagnosis, early life complications, or a stay in the NICU often miss out on newborn portraits, but these little survivors and their parents need to see their gorgeous faces displayed proudly, too. If this sounds like your family or someone close to you, please get in touch today! Visit the "connect" tab, click "request a consultation" and be sure to mention #givingtuesday in the comments section.

Frankie!!

Frankie and his lovable crew spent a couple of hours with me when he was just a week old, and Mom says he's grown and changed so much since then! Luckily, she'll be able to freeze time with these portraits, and always remember how tiny he was when he was new. Stay tuned for more of Frankie in December - he's volunteered to be one of my elves this year - check back to see what mischief he gets into!

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Riley's got the moves!

While she doesn't stay still for long, we took a little time last week to capture her two year old cuteness...and boy, is it abundant!

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Full of Wonder

 

"One"-derful Evie! 

From meeting you at your first portrait session in the hospital just after your birth, to seeing you toddle around the other day, watching you grow this year has been so much fun! I think my favorite moment was  the excitement you showed at your portrait reveal when you realized it was you in the picture! Peek-a-boo around the table comes in at a close second, though. Here's to a childhood full of wonder, baby girl.

 

Lucy Jane

What I love about what I do is the personal connection with each family - I had such a nice morning with Lucy's Mama, who is a fellow admirer of all things coffee. It was great to hear how Lucy has changed since her session and how much her big brother loves her. Take a look at this darling girl and her family filled with...

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Terrific Trio

 

Oh, Brother...

Samson sure is lucky to have two big brothers to show him the ropes! They were so excited to spend some time behind the camera with him. The only thing more evident than their excitement was the love they had for their new little bro!

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