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!!What A Year!!
2018 was a year of change!! After much prayer and contemplation, I went full time with my photography business at the beginning of the year and I can honestly say that it was undoubtably THE best decision!
Here is a quick recap of 2018:
I photographed families that have been with me since the beginning
I met quiet a few new families
I began to offer a Baby Plan so that I could see those sweet newborns grow and document their milestones
I stepped out of my comfort zone and got into commercial photography for Bella Vita, Itty Bitty Bella and The Backroom
I taught a camera class to multiple moms to teach them how to operate their camera in manual mode
I took pictures of baseball teams and branched out into professional headshots
I photographed my first preschool offering classic fine art images to over 250 students
I loved each and every session this year and I am SO thankful to the families that I have worked with this year!
I have been photographing this family for a few years and I was thrilled when the mom emailed me from the hospital to tell me that she had had a baby girl! You can see her maternity session here and you will be seeing more of baby Hannah Kate as the year goes on because she is a part of my Baby Plan where I will document her milestones along the way. Her two big brothers didn't phase her a bit and their at home newborn session was all about pink and the new girl in town!
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Well I first met this little guy when he was in his mommy's belly (you can see her maternity session here). But at the time none of us knew the sex of the baby. Fast forward a few months and I got to meet George and I just love the simplicity of his newborn session! He rocked his white onesie and he eventually conked out towards the end for some sleepy baby shot. I look forward to seeing him twice more this year as he is a part of my baby plan.
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Being a boy mom myself, I can totally relate to a mom of three boys! I have had the privilege of photographing each of these three boys as newborns and they have each been amazing during their photo sessions! I haven't quite figured out her secrets to getting each boy to cooperate both as newborns and as big boys, but I am so glad they do!
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Most of the newborns that I photograph are either wrapped in a swaddle or in a simple onsie, so I was so excited to see this sweet girl in a white vintage dress! I don't know that it could have fit her more perfectly and it didn't seem to phase her one bit because she never woke up during our newborn photo session. I definitely loved the word art in the nursery and the bassinet that she ultimate took the rest of her nap in was so stunning. Congrats Mary Martin on rocking your first photo shoot!
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I am more and more grateful each and every year for every client that comes my way and entrusts me to document these special moments in their lives! To me, "client" is such a weird word, as I feel like I have become friends with so many of the moms I have photographed!
In 2017, I photographed families with dogs, families that just moved to Memphis, families that were leaving Memphis, families that are survivors, extended families, new families through adoption, and families that loved hard and laughed harder.
Thank you everyone for making 2017 a year to remember!
If you have followed along with me and my business (formally Pea Pie Photography), you have probably noticed that my newborn sessions have evolved over the past 5 years. I started off posing newborns with blankets and wraps and hats and bows but that really isn't what made my heart sing. I have come to find, that for me and my art, I am most in love with the connection, the newness and the simple moments from newborn sessions. So during my lifestyle newborn sessions I focus more on the family and give a littler extra attention to the big brother or sister if needed, rather than getting a newborn to sleep so that he or she can be posed a certain way. I loved getting to know the A family and I am kicking myself for not sharing this post sooner because it is clients like these that make it all worth it for me!
This session was a first for me and I am so thankful it was with this sweet family! The S family had been praying and waiting for their adopted child and finally that all changed on June 29th when this blessing came into the world and they were able to call her their own! If you are interested in their story of adoption, they have a website that shows their faith and joy through this process. Addie, you are so loved and congrats to the S family on now being a family of three!
Newborn Walt really put on a show for me!! He didn't even open his eyes once and I think his parents were in shock because the day before they said he had been a screaming maniac. So just call me the baby whisperer (but I really had nothing to do with it). This session flowed like a dream and I am so grateful to have gotten to know the G family!