This little llama rider (and future quarterback) loved posing herself - she crossed her ankles and smiled on cue - throughout her first portrait session. The sweetest little bundle (she'd arrived early at a petite 5 pounds, 3 ounces), she came in to the studio ready to go and finished in record time! But, not before we captured some super sweet, peachy, moments of her tiny self. Wishing Maddie (and Mom Megan) sweet dreams, since she recently decided to stay up all night - she doesn't want to miss a thing!
Another little one who had some important business to take care of during her first few weeks - some extra time at the hospital brought Maisie to me at just under a month old. With a couple tricks up my sleeve, she was the perfect little subject - so no worries if life's circumstances push back your little one's studio debut by a week or two. Maisie was loving her "baby spanx" - she felt so safe and secure that she settled into a deep sleep and totally rocked her portraits. She might just be the cutest little mouse I ever did see...and koala, and llama, and...the list goes on and on. I can't wait to have her back to the studio when she's a little older - it will be great to see her with her three older siblings!
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!
From the moment I met them, I knew this family was special. They came to me when Violet was three weeks old, wondering if they'd missed the ideal time for a session. You see, they'd just returned from adopting her on the West Coast! I assured Moms Dina & Zena we'd still be able to capture their new daughter in all her newborn goodness - and we did! Violet was a dream and didn't mind the curled up poses at all. It was wonderful getting to know these three and I'm so excited to help them capture their family as it grows!
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!
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!
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.
Jack arrived in studio with three doting older siblings in tow - what a lucky little brother! Before they know it, he'll be chasing behind them as they teach him all the best ways to be a kid. While there are joys at each milestone reached, there is something uniquely precious about the beginning. With her mounted archival portraits, Mom will have a tangible reminder of just how little he once was - they're only this tiny once! Whether you're expecting, adopting, or using a surrogate, reach out to us in the months before baby arrives to learn more about preserving the moments that matter for generations to come!
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.
& the Apricot Jam
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???
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.
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.
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.
At Brookside Baby, we have a love for all things small, and this Saturday is the perfect time to celebrate the tiniest humans in your life. Schedule your complimentary consultation and enjoy a $150 credit toward your session and portrait package purchase.
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!
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!
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.
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...
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!