Mackenzie Grace

Back in January my family welcomed its newest addition: my perfect little smush of a niece, Mackenzie Grace, more commonly known as Macky. A few days after lil Mack was born, I took photos of the new family of three. I love newborn photos, because first of all, who doesn't love babies? They're so fresh and new and tiny and perfect and they have that new baby smell. Sigh.

But what I love, being behind the camera, is just documenting life in the first few days when everything is new to everyone, and the parents are so in love with this little miracle that is all theirs. It's so beautiful, and I'm so lucky I get to do this. I love to see the new family just be. Just be together. Just stare at their precious new baby and snuggle and love, and even though they're exhausted, it's all worth it. 

Introducing... lil Macky. 


And Mackenzie Makes Three

My dear friends recently welcomed a beautiful little girl into the world: Mackenzie Rae. This pretty lil' lady also happens to be my goddaughter, so I'm especially proud. I was very excited to take photos of this beautiful family, and I had dreams of Mackenzie perfectly posed with props and cute toys and fuzzy blankets. Basically I was going to Anne Geddes the sh** out of this photo shoot. 

Alright, so, it didn't quite turn out that way. What I realized is that a) it's really, really difficult to get a newborn baby to do anything you want, and b) it turns out those beautiful posed newborn pictures aren't really my style. But I have major respect for the newborn photographers who can make these sweet babes pose and look angelic. It's just not my thing. 

So what is my style? I found that I love pictures of the family together, and I love the moments that aren't the "traditional" posed photos. The moments when they are just doing their thing, and I am like a fly on the wall getting to witness life together as a new family, Jess and Kevin beautifully working together to figure out this parenting thing. And they are amazing parents to this lucky girl. 

This newborn session was a HUGE learning opportunity for me. I learned a lot about newborns and I learned about myself and my style. Although I was frustrated with myself for much of the shoot, I got some really nice photos out of it all. And most importantly, my friends were happy with the finished photos.