Newborn Session with Baby D ~ Connecticut Photographer

Our story with Jim & Keri began almost five years ago to the day. Jim had reached out with the loveliest email, asking  whether we would be available to photograph him asking his then girlfriend, Keri, to marry him, while they were visiting their favorite place…Cape Cod the week before Thanksgiving. Despite our 11+ years of photographing hundreds of weddings and countless engagement sessions, we hadn’t before then documented a real life pop-the-question, proposal.

Needless to say, we jumped at the chance, and with each new conversation with Jim, I became more smitten. He really is one of the sweetest guys on the planet. And, the way he loves Keri…well, let’s just say, she is one lucky gal!! Jim & I spoke several times, planning out all the details to his exacting and romantic standards. We had a lot of fun and when the day came, it was everything I knew it would be for him and more! Keri, of course, said “Yes!” and so their love story embarked on a new and happy chapter.

Keri & Jim live in Connecticut, so we figured the wedding would be there…still, we held our collective breath that they might want us to be a part of that too. And, happily, they did. We got together again with them the following May, for their engagement session, which was again held here on the Cape. Then, in September of 2015, they said, “I do!” surrounded by family & friends at the stunning Branford House in Mystic Connecticut.

We were there for all of it, every happy, love-filled minute.

When they announced they were pregnant earlier this year, Jim reached out again about having me take some newborn photos. I can’t really express how happy this question makes me. For starters, Andy & I don’t have any kids of our own, but we LOVE them!! And babies make me go all gooey inside. I feel my maternal instincts go into overdrive. The smell of them makes my hormones go wacky and I feel a kind of regret I don’t like to feel, but that’s hard to escape in their presence. Mostly, though…there’s just lots of love. A calm, beautiful, this-is-what-it’s-all-about kind of love.

Getting asked to document the earliest days in the new life one of our wedding couples has created also brings me such a sense of gratitude…..that wonderful couples like Keri & Jim want to keep us in their lives and want US to be the ones documenting the person most special to them in the whole world. Well, there really is no better endorsement, no greater gesture of love & trust and it reminds me why I got into photography in the first place.

It’s all about relationships for me….building them, witnessing them, documenting them and nurturing them. And, I feel so blessed to still be doing so 16 years later.

Jim & Keri have been wickedly patient waiting for these photos, which took longer to get to than I either care to admit or than was promised, so I think it’s time to stop blathering on and just get to the good stuff. Without further ado….I present to you Day 9 in the life of sweet Baby D, starting with a sweet corner in the nursery and a portrait of Jim & Keri’s first baby (furbaby), Brewster.

Waking up from a nap to greet me….eyes full of wonder and a head of hair like you read about! Hello sunshine!

The whole family gathers as it’s time for a feeding. Love these in between moments!

Food coma setting in and our happy new mom & dad transfixed by their wee little man.

It’s amazing to me how quickly babies grow and change. Perhaps it’s easy for me to say that, from the comfort of never having experienced the sleep depravation of parenthood, but still….one minute their these wee little love nuggets who do nothing but eat, poop and sleep….and cry when one of those needs isn’t being tended to to their liking. And, then the next minute they’re smiling and crawling and babbling in a way they only understand, looking like a completely different person. It’s just the coolest.

Love the way Jim is looking at Keri in this next one…not sure who he’s more smitten with…his wife or his new son! Just as it should be!

Perfection….from the swollen baby eyes and little back wrinkles to the perfect baby skin…Just heavenly!

I mean….is there anything better than a sleeping little nugget of love? I think not!

Just so yummy!

Sleep my beauty….sleep.

Kisses from momma….Mmmmm good!

A little quiet time with Dadda, in his favorite chair. Heaven lives here.

So much has changed since we met these two lovely people, they got married, built a new house and had a baby. But, their love remains the same. So happy for these two!

Love is this….having a best friend and partner and multiplying that love to infinity and beyond with a new baby. Just the bestest!!!

These sweet little feet will carry you as long & far as you dare to dream! May they also dance and leap and feel the joy of sand between your toes until they are old and wrinkled, with lines as deep as those you carved in my heart! Go forth with love, Baby D! Go forth with love!

These next two crack me up!! In the one on the left it looks like Baby D is covering his private parts and looking none too pleased I’m photographing him in this way. And, in the next, it’s like he’s laughing and telling me, “Just kidding….we’re pals, you can photograph me.”

Brewster is looking a little put off by the loss of attention he’s been getting since his baby brother joined the party. But, don’t worry little guy…there’s plenty of love to go around!

There’s no better place in the world, then in the arms of the ones you love….snuggled on a super cozy couch.

Our new happy family! Welcome to the world Baby D! So glad you’re here!!

Night night sweet pea!

Jim & Keri….how to properly thank you both for sharing this incredibly special time with me!?! Just no words, really. Andy’s a bit jealous he didn’t get to meet Baby D, but we’re hoping to see you all on Cape Cod next summer, when I suspect much will have changed for your little love nugget! Thank you so much for welcoming me into your beautiful home, for sharing your beautiful son with me and for entrusting me to document his first days of life. It means the world to me…as do both of you! With so much love & hugs, Chris & Andy xo

Maryellen & Kevin’s Mashpee Family Session

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Spending time with our families is super important to Andy & me. Our moments together aren’t nearly often enough, so when we do gather, we savor our time with one another.

Recognizing how important family time is for so many, we find it an honor & a happy privilege to be invited to document gatherings for some really warm, wonderful, incredibly loving families, who open their hearts and lives to us and ask us to preserve the fleeting moments of togetherness in photographs.

We were recently asked to photograph an afternoon of togetherness for one such family. Maura & Patrick had reached out to us to photograph Maura’s family during their time together in Mashpee. We actually met Maura & Patrick a few years ago, when they were planning their Cape Cod wedding, but it didn’t work out that we could be there to capture that happy celebration.

So, we were thrilled when they reached out to us again more recently to photograph Maura’s side of the family and also her and Patrick’s new little bundle of love, Cullen.

Please say hello to Patrick, Maura, baby Cullen and their crazy cute fur baby, Riley. We met these guys at Maura’s parent’s beautiful New Seabury home. Her dad, Kevin, watches as we photograph his growing family…

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Babies change everything and make family life so much richer. I think these happy, albeit slightly sleep-deprived new parents would agree.

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Who’s a happy boy? Cullen is…that’s who!

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Nighty night sweet pea!

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We actually got to meet Maura’s baby sister, Katherine, and her fiance, Dan, months before the session, when we got together with them to discuss their plans for their Wychmere wedding next summer. Happily, we are able to be there for this exciting family milestone! Wooo hooo! Say, “Hi!” to Dan & Katherine….are they adorable or what?

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They were so nervous about being photographed they kept giggling….

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Which besides making me totally giggle, also makes for some super cute exchanges!! Just adore these two! Cannot wait for their e-session later this fall!

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Katherine & Maura’s super sweet parents, Maryellen and Kevin….the proud grandparents to baby Cullen. It must be so wonderful as parents to watch your kids grow and blossom, to stretch out their wings and take flight in life, to bring more life and love to the family. Just can’t imagine how wonderful that feels, but their faces say it’s pretty wonderful!

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The whole gang, including Maura & Katherine’s super sweet sister, Megan, who was a total trooper wheeling onto the dock and down to the beach. Thanks Megan…you rock!

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Sisterly love!! As one of three sisters myself, this sister is one I wish I had of my two sisters now that we’re all grown up. Hey Deb & Kim…what do you say we make this happen!!??

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Patrick getting baby Cullen settled and ready for one more family pic…such a sweet pea!

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Hey pretty ladies…

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Sunset at South Cape beach.

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Thank you all so much for a really lovely evening! It was wonderful getting to know you all a bit better and made us even more excited about next summer’s celebration! Cannot wait for more giggles with you, Katherine & Dan!! Thank you most especially Maura & Patrick for making our gathering possible and for reaching out to us again! It means a lot that you kept us in mind after all this time and that we were finally able to have your beautiful faces and most especially your beautiful babe in front of our cameras! Cullen is a total lovebug! Looking forward to photographing you all again soon! With big love & hugs, Christine & Andy

 

Wellesley Newborn Session ~ Boston Family Photographers

We’d been excitedly awaiting news of the arrival of Ashley’s & Patrick’s new baby, but we didn’t expect that it would come just hours after she was born. Literally, less than three hours after giving birth, Ashley sent us an email saying that their daughter, Libby, had been welcomed to the world, and momma & baby were doing great.

“Can’t wait for you to meet the little nugget,” Ashley wrote.

I mean, come on….how lucky are we to get to work with such amazing people who share such intimate news with us in such a loving….and super speedy way? It’s just so awesome and also incredibly flattering!

Ashley had first reached out to us last year, when her oldest daughter, Winnie, now 14-months old, was born. She had hoped to do a newborn session with Winnie. But, as any new mom knows….life can get really busy and sometimes the things you want to do get passed over for the things you have to do. But, with her second pregnancy, Ashley was determined to document the experience.

I first got together with Ashley & Winnie last month at the family’s Wellesley home for a maternity/Winnie session and we had a great time! I got some photos of Winnie on her own….she’s such a little charmer, and then took some of Ashley looking ridiculously beautiful at nearly 37 weeks pregnant. Honestly, it was mind blowing how much pregnancy suits Ashley. See for yourself HERE.

After our time together, I was really looking forward to seeing Ashley & Winnie again, and having some new baby time. There’s something so amazing about documenting those first couple of weeks of life, when babies are just sleeping, eating, pooping machines, who grow and change in a blink.

It can be hard for parents to document that time on their own. Let’s face it, when you’re not sleeping more than an a couple of hours a night (if you’re lucky) it’s all you can do to brush your teeth, never-mind get your camera out and snap photos of the sweet little energy-sucker responsible for your temporary sleep deprivation.

Normally, for the maternity & newborn sessions, I work alone, because having both Andy & me there can be a little too much. Since we do these sessions in the comfort of our couple’s home, we’re often working in a confined space, so having one photographer works better and, it can be a bit less intimidating for new moms & dads to show a little skin when there’s just one camera pointing at them, and not two.

Plus, if you’ve read this blog before, you know….I’m crazy for babies! Andy is the Pied Piper of children. As soon as they’re old enough to speak, kids will flock to Andy like he’s made out of candy…truly. It’s something to see. Even kids he’s meeting for the first time hang on his every word…it’s one of the things that made me fall for him. But, when it comes to fragile bambinos, I think he’s a little intimidated. Me….I could eat them up at any age, but I’ve got a soft spot for the wee ones. I love the way they smell. I love the challenge of trying to interpret their unspoken cues and how sometimes just a warm, loving touch is enough to completely soothe them.

Being able to interact with newborns, to photograph all of their sweet little bits, and calm them with a quiet whisper…..I don’t know, it stirs something in me and just feels right. And, when those newborns belong to a couple Andy & I got to photograph when their new family was first born with the words, “I do!” well, that sends me over the edge and makes my baby-loving heart purr! (Hint, hint to all of you bello brides & grooms still maybe reading this blog.)

Without further ado….here’s a look at lovely Libby, just two weeks old and six and a half pounds of pure Yummy!

I don’t know what’s more delicious, her perfect little ear, her heavenly soft shoulder fur, or those few sweaty little strands of hair on her perfect head.

Libby how lovely you are….every precious little bit.

Majorly munchable…

Woot Woot….my sweet sleeping owl. I’m not normally one for props when it comes to babies. To me, less is more and a naked baby is as perfect as it gets. But, this hat was just too cute and it was one Libby’s big sister, Winnie, wore a lot in her early months. If we’re going to use props, I can’t think of any better than those that have real personal meaning. I just love it!

Libby’s big sisters are quite excited about the addition of the fourth girl to the family. Happily, Molly & Meaghan, who are from Patrick’s previous marriage, were able to join us for a bit of this session. They are super sweet girls and are such great big sisters to Winnie & Libby. Love these happy girls and can’t wait to spend more time with them!

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Four fabulous girls…sugar & spice and everything nice!

Winnie being as young as she is isn’t exactly cooperative when it comes to asking her to do certain things for a photo. But, she was totally on board with holding her new baby sister. We had about 5 minutes of over-the-top cuteness as she showed off what a good big sister she is….honestly, it was too much. At one point she was “rocking the baby,” which looked a bit more like shaking the baby than rocking, but mom & dad were close by to reel in our excited little girl.

Oh, it’s so hard being a big sister, eh Win? Love this exchange almost as much as the sweet girl hamming it up. Libby is just taking it all in stride. Adorable!!

Meanwhile, big sisters have some fun of their own….pretty in pink!

Meg enjoys a little one-on-one time with her baby sister. Oh, the look of love…precious!

Sisterly love at its best! Hey, look who’s awake….can we talk about those big beautiful eyes for a second? Just like her gorgeous momma!

A quick snack break for our star model…as her attentive sister looks on. Such sweetness.

And with a full belly, she’s fast asleep….held safely in the hands of mom & dad. If only life was always so good.

Love. Love. Glorious love! Patrick & Ashley take turns with their sweet, sleeping girl.

Hands and hearts and sweet baby feet.

Andy & I love light, bright scenes for our photos, but I wanted to try something new and opted for a few “low key” shots with Libby and I just LOOOOVE them. Low key involves using a black background so that the subject becomes the sole focus. What do you think?

Well, I have a feeling much has changed in the week since I met & photographed Libby. Happily, Andy & I will be getting together again with this sweet family later this summer. Can’t wait to see everyone again! Until then, big, big thanks to Ashley & Patrick for entrusting me with their sweet girls. You all have been so warm & welcoming and I have absolutely loved our time together. Thank you so much for sharing this special time in your lives with me in such an open way! I hope you love these photos as much as I have loved getting to know all of you. I hope too that they serve as happy reminders of this amazing time in your family’s life. With big love & hugs, Chris & Andy xoxo