Simply Devon

I recently shared a post about my session with my friend Linda and her (growing) family at their cabin in PA (check those images out here). And although I loved those photos, I consider these the true pièce de résistance.

Introducing Devon.

20120228-153618.jpgHe is just so wonderfully and adorably precious. And, might I add, he looks just like his daddy.

Not long after Devon was born in December, he was showing signs of lung trouble. Nothing major came of it, but about a month ago he was sick again. Linda is such a trooper; when telling me about little Devon’s ordeal, she seemed so collected as she wrote:

“He was having a lot of trouble breathing and his heartbeat was all over the place and his skin was really blotchy. They checked him for RSV the flu, pneumonia – all negative. Then they thought he had a problem with his heart so they called in an echocardio gram. It was normal. No fever. They also gave him a bag of fluids cause he wasn’t eating. So once he was able to breath normally and his heartbeat was normal they let us go home.”

Here’s a photo by Linda of Devon, about three hours before he was released from the hospital:

20120228-152216.jpgAll the while, daddy is on a submarine and has no communication with the home front…

Which brings me to the next point. Linda really wanted to do a session with baby D before daddy gets back. She wanted to surprise him (sweet, yes?) with the pics when he gets home. So as soon as Devon was better, we set up a session on one of those 60-degree February days we’ve been having, hoping to head outside. Well all baby D wanted to do was eat. He’s putting some of the weight he lost while sick, so I don’t blame the little guy.

And then – finally – the thing photographers hope for the most for a newborn session: sleep. Glorious, deep, malleable baby sleep. Linda was so patient through it all. It helped that I wasn’t rushing off anywhere, and we had time to wait for him to fall asleep. The waiting really paid off.

Happy viewing!!

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20120228-153334.jpgBig sis (aka B) had to get her own pictures of D

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Enough said…

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And… sleep.

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I adore how his right cheek is all squished up!

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Beccue Family Cabin

I meant to post these a while back. I really did. But I got swept up with busy-ness. First with all the fall weddings and then with Holiday portraits at Love Life Images. Then with making homemade Christmas gifts and working on DIY (do-it-yourself) projects for our wedding this May. Then with Josh coming home from deployment after a year (finally!). So yes… I was preoccupied.

But now I’m settled back in a routine of sorts – and more importantly I recently held the newborn session for this family, which prompted me to finally post these pics.

Linda and I met for the first time several years back at a picnic on base. Our guys knew each other in previous job assignments, but Linda had just moved to the area from Texas after having Brinley (pictured below), and I had just moved to the area with Josh. So I met baby B when she was just two weeks old. (I can’t believe she’s 3!!)

Linda and I talked about doing a session for a while, but it just never worked out. Until this fall. We just decided to go for it. Besides, Linda was expecting #2 so it was the perfect time. Linda suggested using her uncle’s cabin up in PA and I jumped on the idea.

We made the drive, and the weather was just perfect – mild and sunny, the way it has been all winter. So we strolled through the woods for some family pics, and ended with maternity. We even snuck outside for some more risqué (tastefully nude) maternity shots (not pictured here). We ended the night by eating a new tasty recipe Linda and I found, and chatting for hours.

In other words, it was just perfect.

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This had to be my very favorite family shot. It’s so real, and so them.

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B, posing like mama.

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I just loved this shot.

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B with Acey Boy (Ace).

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20120228-093156.jpgThe cabin in the evening.

20120228-093211.jpgHope you enjoyed. Stay tuned for newborn pics of Devon!

Day at the Park: Taylor Arboretum

Visiting my aunt in Pennsylvania is always a treat. And a bit of a retreat. I get to go there and sample my uncle’s homemade beer (and most recently wine and honey mead too), hang out in the kitchen chatting, and usually see some family too. During my most recent visit, my aunt suggested that we visit my younger brother on a whim.

Now, this isn’t always an easy feat. In the past 5 years my brother has changed his number about twice as many times – and almost never tells me what the new number will be. So tracking him consisted of writing to his wife on Facebook (he isn’t a social networking type of guy) and hoping that the timing of things would work out. Imagine, then, how bummed I was when, the morning we were supposed to visit, I couldn’t reach my sister in law. I knew they had a Halloween party the night before, and that my brother had to work the very early shift that day, so I was afraid they’d be sleeping in like – pardon the pun – zombies. I decided to try my brother’s most recent phone number after all, just in case and – miracle of miracles – it worked!

My aunt and I made the 1-hour drive to my brother’s home, and were immediately greeted at the door by my brother and my nephews, Tommy and Aiden. “Natalie’s down for a nap,” he said. That’s right. Three little ones. (Despite the fact that he’s got three kids and is 10 inches taller than me, I still call him my “little brother.”) Their house was fully decorated for Halloween. Remnants of Halloween makeup and hairstyling aids were further evidence of a late night. But we were all there, if barely functioning.

After hanging out a while, we decided to take a walk to the nearby Taylor Arboretum. The boys were full of energy, and needed to get out. My brother, still in work gear, dressed the little ones and out we went. Here are a few of my very favorite photos from the day.

I have a photo of my brother with his younger son from years ago that closely resembles this image. I was thrilled a similar moment happened with the younger one during this visit.

This tree was simply gorgeous. Despite the poison ivy on the trunk (we didn’t let the boys near it!) and a rather large garter snake we found nearby, I just had to snap a few photos. This one was my absolute fave.

Told you: work gear and all.

Had to set up the auto-timer for a group shot.

Solemn moments with the boys, but still adorable.

My aunt, walking with the boys.

I just can’t get enough of his eyes…

So, this might not be the greatest “photograph” in the world, but I had to share it. Tommy was just enthralled with my aunt’s camera. Wouldn’t put it down. Think he’ll follow in his Auntie Ann’s footsteps? Tee hee…

Heading home.

Natalie’s awake! (Don’t you just get lost in her eyes too?)

And finally… meet Pathic. His big sister’s name is Psycho. (Put it together. Go on. Yep. You’ve got it.) He was just the sweetest little thing. I put him down on the floor after snuggling with him a few minutes, and he came running back to my lap. He was the last to bid farewell to us that day.

I always look forward to seeing my family, however far apart the visits might be. And I do savor the moments I spend with my brother. Partly because, well, he’s my brother. And I kinda like him. 🙂 Partly because I see him only once a year on average. And partly because, how could you not LOVE spending a day with (and taking pictures of) these little munchkins?

Look Who’s Blogging

Welcome to my blog. I can’t claim this will be the wittiest blog in the world. But that’s not why you came here, now is it? You came for the pictures. And that’s just what I plan to deliver. But first, a little about myself.

I started photography as a hobby in 2004, and taught myself by way of an old photography textbook and a Nikon FG 35mm film camera. For the first few months, I dutifully took notes frame by frame so that I knew what I had to do to produce the same results the next time. At the time, it helped that I worked at a photo lab at a nearby drugstore; can’t beat half off processing and getting to choose which images you want to print when you’re still working in film.

Soon enough, though, I started on with digital, and began photographing friends. Then friends’ weddings. Then friends’ babies. And wouldn’t you know, I was hooked. I have worked as a freelance photographer in this way since 2005, photographing not only friends and families, but also modeling head shots, singer-songwriter portraits, and even the occasional advertising campaign image.

In March of 2010, I began working as the Client Liaison (that’s fancy for “The Person Who Answers the Phones and Responds to Emails”) at Love Life Images, in Savage MD. The photographers and other team members are amazing, to say the least. Every day I feel honored and privileged to be a part of their crew.

Which brings me to my biggest point of all. I am honored and privileged to be doing what I love. Nothing compares to waking up feeling excited to have not only a job that you love, but also a lifestyle that you enjoy. Every day I have a session, part of me feels like I’m just hanging out with friends. I just happen to have a huge camera in my hand, capturing it all on “film.”

And now, for a few of my very favorite recent pictures. Since that’s what you really want.

the lovely Angelina:

the debonair Wes:

the cute Kirsten and Jon:

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your life, and thanks for sharing in the milestone of my first blog post. See you again soon!