Hadley - 7 Months

What better location for a Spring photo session than a greenhouse! Greenhouses work great for photo sessions with small families, couples, children, or milestone babies. They also work well for middle of the day photo sessions, when it's raining outside, and when you want to add color to the background. I recommend scheduling a session in a greenhouse at a time when the shop is not as busy with customers. Also, always make sure to confirm a photo session with the owner of the greenhouse before scheduling. There are certain times of the year when greenhouses will not allow photo sessions to take place in their shop due to their high customer traffic. 

For Hadley's 7 month photo session, we wanted to take the photos outside with flowers in the background but at the time the regular flowers and wildflowers were just starting to grow back from the long winter we had. Most of the greenery outside still looked pretty dreary. Utilizing a greenhouse was the perfect location as it added vibrant colors and textures to the photos. Pierson's Flower Shop and Greenhouses, Inc. located on Ellis Road in Cedar Rapids was so generous to open up their shop to us and they were excellent to work with.

At the end of April, Hadley turned 7 months. At this age in her life she loves her family pet dog, Benny, and hearing kissy and animal noises. She also enjoys playing peekaboo and being tickled by others. I loved getting to spend time with her during her session. I couldn't get over her big blue eyes, adorable smile, and those cheeks! She's definitely a cute baby. 

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 A father with his baby girl in Pierson's Greenhouse in Cedar Rapids. 
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 At Pierson's Greenhouse in Cedar Rapids, Iowa a baby girl is sitting in a wire crate around succulents and plants. 

Easter Minis - 2018

My Easter mini sessions this year were a success! The theme was carrots and bunnies and the sessions took place at my in-home studio in Cedar Rapids on March 10 and March 18.  We had perfect natural lighting both days due to the gorgeous weather outside. Multiple children participated; most were familiar faces with a couple of new ones. I loved seeing them all in their Easter attire. They all looked great for their pictures! 

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Quinton - 6 Months

This little boy turned 6 months on February 10 and visited me about a week later for his milestone photo session. His mother mentioned he's hard to get a laugh out of and smiles for a few people. The moment he walked through the door, he was all smiles. He couldn't stop smiling throughout the entire session! And even let me pose him however I wanted. I LOVED IT!

Want to know a "Fun Fact" about Quinton at this age? He loves to grab his socks on his feet! :) 

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 Photos of a baby boy laying on stomach and back during photo session in Cedar Rapids, Iowa using natural light. 

The Boys in Blue

Vincent (5 years), James (3 years), and Rhett (4 months) visited me back in January (yes, I'm behind on blogging....again) and I had so much fun with them during their photo session. They listened to me so well and were not afraid to talk to me, especially about their interests. Vincent and James love the movie, Paddington 2 and told me all about some of the funny things Paddington Bear does throughout the movie: accidentally squirting ketchup across the room; flooding the bathroom; and getting pancakes stuck to his bottom. All of these incidents made them laugh as they recited them to me. It was so cute. 

Vincent and James are also into trains right now so his mother brought along some of their trains and train tracks to incorporate in a few of the photos. His mother told me Vincent loves to lay on the ground as he plays with his trains. The boys also wanted balloons for their photos so their mother picked up a few colorful ones for the session. I loved the bright colors! 

Rhett is such a happy baby and will smile at anyone who speaks to him or smiles at him. And his older brothers can always get him to laugh. He is adorable! 

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 Three boys smiling at camera during indoor photo session located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 
 Three year old boy sitting during photo session in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 
 Five year old boy in blue sitting and standing during indoor photo session located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 
 Four month old baby boy laying on stomach and smiling during indoor photo session in Iowa. 
 Two boy children playing with toy trains during indoor photo session in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
 Two boy children playing with toy trains during photo session in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in black and white. 
 Three year old boy in hat holding balloons during indoor photo session in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 
 Five year old boy in hat with balloons during indoor photo session in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

Jack is TWO!

This little guy turned two on January 27. As a two year old, some of Jack's favorite things are balloons, trucks, painting, riding his wooden rocking horse, playing t-ball, jumping, and reading books. When his mom and I started to brainstorm ideas for his photo session, we decided it'd be fun to incorporate some of his favorite things at this age. 

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 Jack will laugh if you tickle him, make funny faces or noises at him, or tell him you're going to chase him. During his session, I told him I was going to chase him and he immediately popped up from his seat and ran towards his dad. :) I was still able to get a smile out of him before he was out of my camera frame. 

Jack will laugh if you tickle him, make funny faces or noises at him, or tell him you're going to chase him. During his session, I told him I was going to chase him and he immediately popped up from his seat and ran towards his dad. :) I was still able to get a smile out of him before he was out of my camera frame. 

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 At age two, Jack is into TV shows  Puppy Dog Pals  and  Mickey Mouse . He also likes to sing nursery rhymes such as "If You're Happy and You Know It," "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star," and "Itsy Bitsy Spider." During this photo, he sang and did the moves to "If You're Happy and You Know It."

At age two, Jack is into TV shows Puppy Dog Pals and Mickey Mouse. He also likes to sing nursery rhymes such as "If You're Happy and You Know It," "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star," and "Itsy Bitsy Spider." During this photo, he sang and did the moves to "If You're Happy and You Know It."

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 Why not take a break from painting on your easel to paint on your body?!

Why not take a break from painting on your easel to paint on your body?!

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Ryan - 9 Weeks

Ryan was born November 4, 2017 and I got to meet her at 9 weeks old. She visited me early January and I got to spend a couple of hours snuggling her - she was so precious and did so well during her newborn photo session. I was a little worried I wouldn't be able to get her to stay asleep since she was older than 14 days, but another newborn photographer told me the key to getting an older baby asleep is to wrap him/her. It worked like a charm! 

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 Just look at those eyelashes! 

Just look at those eyelashes! 

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 And those perfect tiny toes...

And those perfect tiny toes...

 Ryan's mother brought a quilt that a relative made for her. I'm so glad she did because it added the perfect touch to some of her photos. Those pastel colors are gorgeous together. 

Ryan's mother brought a quilt that a relative made for her. I'm so glad she did because it added the perfect touch to some of her photos. Those pastel colors are gorgeous together. 

 Those beautiful eyes. <3<3<3

Those beautiful eyes. <3<3<3

 And I was able to catch a few yawns from her...&nbsp;

And I was able to catch a few yawns from her... 

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 Her mother also brought this adorable tutu and matching headband. The outfit was perfect and I loved that pink color.

Her mother also brought this adorable tutu and matching headband. The outfit was perfect and I loved that pink color.

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 Ryan's older sister and brother were so proud and excited to have a baby sister.&nbsp;

Ryan's older sister and brother were so proud and excited to have a baby sister. 

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 Ryan and her beautiful mother.

Ryan and her beautiful mother.

Hadley - Fresh 48

Hadley Melloy was born on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 5:39 a.m. at St. Luke's Hospital. She weighed 9 pounds, 5 oz, and was 20.5 inches long. She's beautiful! I got the opportunity to meet her on Sunday and captured a few pictures of her in the hospital at just one day old. She has so much hair and rosey, red cheeks. Her parents are so in love! I can't wait to do her newborn photo session in just a few days. 

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Kelsey - 3 years

Kelsey is three years old and loves to swing and play in the water with her rain boots. So what better way to capture this time in her life than to let her do what she loves during her photo session. I love when clients want to do themed sessions like this as it allows the child to play and it's a way to preserve memories of your child's favorite activities.

We started off the session at her house. Kelsey's grandfather does woodworking on the side so he was able to build her a tree swing that her parents hung on the tree in their front yard. It turned out amazing! 

 

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We then headed to Palisades Park where Kelsey began to explore in the sand. She searched for acorns and rocks to throw in the water. She also loved throwing the sand around. ;) 

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 After turning my back away for one minute, I found this happening... :)&nbsp;

After turning my back away for one minute, I found this happening... :) 

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We ended the session putting on Kelsey's rain boots and rain coat and letting her play in the water. She looked adorable! 

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 And we handed Kelsey her umbrella for a couple of photos.&nbsp;

And we handed Kelsey her umbrella for a couple of photos. 

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 Her boots were on point! So adorable. &lt;3&nbsp;

Her boots were on point! So adorable. <3 

Leo Turns One!

I had the opportunity to capture Leo's one year photos in August. I can't believe he's one already! It seems like just the other month, I was taking his 6 month photos.  He's grown a bit since then. He's now standing on his own and can take a few steps. He loves watching the Mickey Mouse Club, and when you give him a goofy, silly face he becomes all smiles. 

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Weslyn - 2 Years

I am SO far behind on blogging! 

This girl is TWO already! How can that be?! I have photographed Weslyn since she was three months old and have felt so lucky to be the photographer who captures moments of her as she grows.  I love every opportunity I get to spend with her and capture her joyful personality.  At the beginning of this session, she was a little shy around me but gradually started to warm up.  By the end, she was full of smiles once the word "candy" was said and wasn't afraid to get close to me and my camera. Success!

 I am obsessed with her curls!&nbsp;

I am obsessed with her curls! 

Theo - 1 Year Cake Smash

I also got the opportunity to capture one-on-one photos of Theo for his One Year photos and his more formal cake smash session.  Check out his adorable baseball outfits! 

 Those sandals were the perfect touch to his outfit. Too cute!

Those sandals were the perfect touch to his outfit. Too cute!

 That cake!!&nbsp;

That cake!! 

 Theo wasn't overly excited about diving into his cake but with a little help of a fork and some baseball toys we were able to get a few bites out of it.&nbsp;

Theo wasn't overly excited about diving into his cake but with a little help of a fork and some baseball toys we were able to get a few bites out of it. 

Theo's Baseball-Themed 1st Birthday Party

Theo celebrated his first birthday late last month with a baseball-themed party.  His mom did a fantastic job making his party extra special with all the cute decorations and that awesome baseball cake.  

 The decorations were on point! His mom even transformed the napkins into a home plate - how cute is that?!&nbsp;

The decorations were on point! His mom even transformed the napkins into a home plate - how cute is that?! 

 I think it's safe to say he made out pretty well in gifts for his first party! He especially enjoyed sitting in his new chair and scooting around in his red and yellow car.&nbsp;

I think it's safe to say he made out pretty well in gifts for his first party! He especially enjoyed sitting in his new chair and scooting around in his red and yellow car. 

 And that cake! I was pretty obsessed with it. &nbsp;Theo wasn't interested in diving into it with just his hands, but once he had access to a fork, he was able to dig a chunk out of it. He enjoyed that frosting!&nbsp;

And that cake! I was pretty obsessed with it.  Theo wasn't interested in diving into it with just his hands, but once he had access to a fork, he was able to dig a chunk out of it. He enjoyed that frosting! 

This photo session was a great idea! It allowed Theo's parents to focus their time mingling with friends and family, watching their son as he opened his gifts and dig into his first birthday party cake without having to worry about grabbing a camera to catch every moment.  If you're interested in hiring a photographer to capture these kind of moments for you and your little one's birthday party, please contact me to discuss details and pricing.   

Jaxon Harold Newborn - 6 Days

Meet six day-old Jaxon Harold! 

 I loved his chubby cheeks and his long toes.&nbsp;

I loved his chubby cheeks and his long toes. 

 What a handsome boy! And he's already becoming a Cubs fan, just like his father.&nbsp;

What a handsome boy! And he's already becoming a Cubs fan, just like his father. 

 I even was able to sneak a photo of him with his older brother, Bennett. Bennett is a proud big brother and loves Jaxon dearly. &nbsp;During this photo session he came home from daycare and immediately went to Jaxon to say "hi brother"&nbsp;and gave him a kiss.&nbsp;What a sweetie! &nbsp;

I even was able to sneak a photo of him with his older brother, Bennett. Bennett is a proud big brother and loves Jaxon dearly.  During this photo session he came home from daycare and immediately went to Jaxon to say "hi brother" and gave him a kiss. What a sweetie!