“Giving birth and being born brings us into the essence of creation, where the human spirit is courageous and bold and the body, a miracle of wisdom.”
“You are pregnant and you are powerful. You are bold and you are beautiful. Go forward in your boldness, in your beauty and in your contentedness. Trust your body to birth and know that the collective power of women worldwide will be with you.”
“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new…and so in you the child, your mother lives on, and through your family continues to live… so at this time look after yourself and your family as you would your mother for through you all she will truly never die.”
“To be pregnant is to be vitally alive, thoroughly woman, and distressingly inhabited. Soul and spirit are stretched – along with body – making pregnancy a time of transition, growth, and profound beginnings.”
“Before you were conceived I wanted you. Before you were born I loved you. Before you were here an hour I would die for you. This is the miracle of Mother’s Love.” – Maureen Hawkins
“In giving birth to our babies, we may find that we give birth to new possibilities within ourselves.” –Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn
“A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten and the future worth living for.”
I’m grateful to have captured these fun and precious moments in the park for this family who will soon meet their child #3!
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“I love you, Daddy,” in his own words and writing. Look at that pencil-holding form! And his serious focus on his task! What a memory to preserve! He’s the little guy who drops what he’s doing to run to the door and hug Daddy’s legs when he gets home from work. Who could ask for anything more?
This is a sample of my lifestyle (aka “follow the child while he/she plays for precious captures”) photography.
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Tagged Children, creativity, Family, Life, Parents, Relationships, Toddlers
This sweet family welcomed their second daughter into the world just a few days after I captured these photos for them in a nearby park.
Lilly looks forward to sharing her beanie animals with her baby sister Abby.
Big sister Lilly was excited because she got to choose Little Sister’s shoes for some of the photos.
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This tiny tot just turned TWO and is mesmerized by all the magic of the Christmas season! She has the clearest, bluest eyes and gorgeous eyelashes … as well as perfect “angelic” hair!
Willow held the soft, plush baby Jesus and rocked him in front of the Christmas tree while I enjoyed every minute of this session for her family.
Merry Christmas to Willow and her entire family, and may your new year be bright and wonderful!
There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million. ~Walt Streightiff
When I got to capture photos of little W for her mommy and grandma at the playground, I hoped so much to catch the bright lights sparkling in her blue eyes! Though W was working hard on getting new teeth, and enjoyed being held by her mommy while I got some closeups, she had fun on the slide and tilty swing. Her face especially lighted up when she saw the “baa baas” and the mini-goats in the farm area of the park.
Words to describe W include words in these favorite quotes of mine … wonder; radiant; light; fresh; thought of God. And beautiful!
The brightest light, the light of Italy, the purest sky of Scandinavia in the month of June is only a half-light when one compares it to the light of childhood. Even the nights were blue. ~EUGENE IONESCO, Present Past / Past Present
Every child born into the world is a new thought of God, an ever fresh and radiant possibility. ~Kate Douglas Wiggin
Eyes are truly the windows to one’s soul. God bless this dear, cherished soul!
Happy 18 month birthday!
hugs her fuzzy cat
then jumps from her white rocker
and gives me her best flirty eyes!
I could eat her up!
Be sure to check out all the beautiful b&w captures for this month’s challenge at i heart faces!
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Tagged babies, Baby Ava, child's play, Children, creativity, Families, Family, I Heart Faces, natural light, Snapshots of daily life, St Louis area photographer of families and children, Toddlers, Winter
Almost a year ago …
A wee bit of heaven drifted down from above,
a handful of happiness, a heartful of love.
~Helen Steiner Rice
Singing, dancing, clapping her hands, laughing and smiling, and trying her best to make a fast getaway — Willow is so good at all of these!
On a cold, windy Autumn day, I got together with her and her grandparents for an indoors playtime/photo shoot. Willow got to meet and greet Leo the Lion, my vintage puppet, who never fails to set the friendly tone for our time together.
This almost-year-old babe/toddler is pure joy–she fills many hearts with love!
Her grandpa already has her helping him in the garden, and grandma has shown her around the kitchen too. But for now, Willow prefers the bookshelf, where she sits surrounded by all her colorful storybooks. In the Spring I look forward to capturing her with her trowel and watering can.
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God gave us a gorgeous afternoon for the P Family photo session at a park …
Gianna recently celebrated her FIRST birthday. She’s a real-life doll with a twinkle in her eyes.
Big sister, Mary Rene, is caring and sweet. She loved every minute on the climbing wall and the playground slides.
I hope the P Family enjoys their captures, and I thank the Lord for just the “right light.”
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Tagged Autumn, child's play, Children, Families, natural light, Relationships, Snapshots of daily life, St Louis area photographer of families and children, summer, The P Family, Toddlers
This sweet little guy just celebrated his first birthday!
He was so content to sit in the grass, wiggle his feet, look at his Hungry, Hungry Caterpillar book from all angles, and watch the leaves fall.
A big thank you to Evan’s daddy and mommy for asking me to capture his sweet nature!
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Tagged Autumn, babies, birthday, child's play, Children, Evan, Families, Family, natural light, Relationships, Snapshots of daily life, St Louis area photographer of families and children, Toddlers
It was a great privilege and honor to follow three generations of the R & C Family yesterday and capture some everyday-living snapshots of them in their beautiful yard and home. What a blessing to have five beautiful grandchildren age 5 and younger! They alone made the day quite exciting!
They laughed and played. They read books and had snacks. Rain fell while we made our own sunshine.
Just being together was a gift–their real presence in the present.
Thank you for having me shoot you all during your precious moments!
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While Logan played in the children’s garden, I followed him and captured him doing things he likes to do —
play with boats in the wandering stream and fountain …
watch helicopters and airplanes in the sky …
climb, jump, and hang from the colorful pipes …
look at the fascinating, realistic sculptures of animals and reptiles in the park …
build and “tumble” the giant blocks.
This toddler is ALL boy, full of action, and his big brown eyes say it all: I’m interested in my world!
I was privileged to shoot Bene, her sons Logan and Julian, and her niece Constance in a beautiful garden recently.
Constance visited her Aunt Bene and Uncle Jean Michel this past month and will soon return to Belgium.
She adores her little cousins Logan and Julian, and gave them her precious attention and care as we played in the children’s garden. Constance enjoys modeling so I also took some individual photos for her to save from her visit in the USA.
Bon voyage, Constance! Au revoir!
Thank you, Bene, for giving me this fun photo opportunity with your kiddos!