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

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!

Hey cuties…

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

 

 

Ashley & Winnie Maternity Session ~ Boston Family Photographers

I’ve always thought pregnant women were magnificent. There’s something so incredible about a body growing, feeding,  and sustaining life inside itself that just blows my mind.

I’ll never forget something I saw years ago, back when I used to commute to work in Boston, on the train. It was a stinking hot summer day and I was sitting across from a very pregnant mom-to-be in a pretty sundress that was clinging tightly to her beautiful round belly, when all of a sudden her belly moved.

I’m talking, alien-like, holy moly, this-baby-wants-its-head-on-the-other-side-of-your-body kind of moving. I literally gasped when I saw it and had to hold myself back from asking to touch her belly. It was so cool and completely mind-blowing at the same time….undeniable proof that there was another life inside that pretty young woman. So totally awesome.

I never thought then, that many years later, I would get to photograph expectant moms, in all of their super-human glory. I never imagined that they would entrust ME with their perfect bellies….inviting me to document this beautiful, vulnerable, incredible, powerful, emotional time in their lives.

It’s such an intimate exchange we share and I am beyond humbled to do this love-filled work. I don’t gasp anymore when I see a baby move inside its momma, but I do squeal with delight and ask for a feel.

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of photographing Ashley, an expecting mom to 14-month-old Winnie. Ashley is the dear friend of one of our Bello brides, Aimee, whose wedding we photographed several years ago, and have since had the pleasure of photographing her crazy cute little girl, Tess, and Aimee’s extended family.

Ashley had first reached out to us last year. She wanted us to photograph Winnie when she was just a newborn. But, as any working mom with a newborn knows…life can be cuckoo and it just never happened for us to get together.

Until now….

I traveled off Cape to photograph these two sweet ladies at their home in Wellesley. I had so much fun with them and cannot wait to meet baby #2 when he/she makes their debut next month.

In the meantime, here’s a look at sweet Winnie and her beautiful momma…who makes being 8 months pregnant look way too easy….and glamorous!

Winnie was having so much fun with this colorful toy….I just love the tongue out in concentration, and the far away perspective before she notices her new friend is gone.

A quite outfit change and some more toys to play with….can we talk about those angelic eyes for a second? I want to much her like she’s munching on that block!

Another change and a little snack time….birds and flowers and eyelashes…oh my!

Playing with Grandpa….woooo hooo for funny grandpas!

We decided to give Winnie a little break and headed outside to check out the snow. I predict a snow bunny in the making. Winnie was crazy for the snow, delighting in it…and even having a taste. Can we talk about the lamb hat? Come on!!

Playing with her sled and her sweet Nana Gail. I don’t know whose face lights up more when she smiles…but both gorgeous faces had me smiling from ear to ear!

Back inside and between wardrobe changes…the tights and no top…I can hardly stand the off-the-charts cuteness, particularly as she holds lammy by the tail!

Now for some momma time….heeelllllloooo beautiful!!! I mean, come on!!!

Ashley is stunning and pregnancy suits her in a way that takes this photographer’s breath away!

A little vintage wet plate look….

Heavenly curves highlighted by heavenly light…

Are we happy about Baby #2….ohhhh yeah!!!

I just love these next two of Winnie. The left one I just love…don’t know why. And, the one on the right speaks to Winnie’s curiosity and her sense of wonder. Just adore this sweet girl!

Ashley, thank you so very much for sharing this exciting time in your life with me. I absolutely loved photographing you & Winnie and cannot wait to meet your new little lovebug when he/she joins the party in a couple of weeks. Until then, we hope these photos serve as happy reminders of our time together and some special time with your sweet girl! Thank you too to your mom & dad for their warm welcome, and to sweet Kensey for keeping Winnie smiling! Looking forward to seeing you all again, to meeting Patrick, Meg & Molly and introducing you all to Andy when we get together again this summer for some family time! With big love & hugs, Christine xoxo