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“Babies are soft. Anyone looking at them can see the tender, fragile skin and know it for the rose-leaf softness that invites a finger’s touch. But when you live with them and love them, you feel the softness going inward, the round-cheeked flesh wobbly as custard, the boneless splay of the tiny hands. Their joints are melted rubber, and even when you kiss them hard, in the passion of loving their existence, your lips sink down and seem never to find bone. Holding them against you, they melt and mold, as though they might at any moment flow back into your body.” ~ Diana Gabaldon, Dragonfly in Amber

It is an interesting thing to simultaneously have a 7 year old and a 7 month old. One with gummy grins potentially growing teeth and one in the process of losing teeth.

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One who wakes up showing a gummy smile behind crib bars and one who grumpily gets dragged out of bed to go to school. In these situations, chilled cinnamon rolls that are baked for 12-16 minutes definitely help in luring a 7 and a 5 year old out of bed.

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Each age has its own beauty and of course challenges!

Baby H has morphed from a tiny newborn into a round featured baby.  And I have morphed into an older child’s mother back into the mother of a baby. Where basic needs are attended to, over and over again. Where little arms reach reach reach for you and the weight of a baby in one’s arms feels refreshingly heavy and just right.

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IMG_5182It is an interesting thing to spoon feed a baby real food after having fed it only milk for so long, and am finding the process more fun than I thought. A, who is now 5 year old, will sometimes offer to feed baby H, hence the pictures above. I remember when Z was a baby and how she did not like to eat and the challenges around that! But when a little baby is willing to eat, it makes the whole process much easier! If anyone has any suggestions of food for a Desi (Indo-Pak) baby, please let me know. I have been making kichri (mushy lentil rice) for her over and over.

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And over-and-over seems to be what happens with the movements and process around baby. Feed Baby. Nap Baby. Take Baby to school to drop and pick up Big Sisters Z and A. Change Baby. Bathe Baby. Feed Baby. Sleep Baby.

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So that when someone asks what you did all day, you look around at little toy animals scattered on the wood floor, sticky dishes in the sink, scratch your head and can’t really remember what you accomplished per se, but you know that your mind feels mostly full, but the good type of full…

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More later!

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Jackie’s Family Session in Spring!

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“Peace is the beauty of life. It is sunshine. It is the smile of a child, the love of a mother, the joy of a father, the togetherness of a family.”
Menachem Begin

I have had the pleasure of photographing Jackie and Sam’s beautiful family for a couple years now since their babies were literal babies!

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Above was my first session with Jackie’s family! Below is our most recent spring session! If you’d like to see how much they’ve grown, here are some from my last year’s fall session! 

I love how you can see Trinity’s spunky personality and fun expressions and little sister Milan’s so grown up now and playful!

We really lucked out with the weather as it was springy. Atlanta weather is so moody and the back-up date we chose in case it rained was a grey, gloomy day, so I’m so glad our first date worked!

I can’t wait to photograph this beautiful little family again! Below are some memories from our recent session!

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and for fun the next image is from last year and the last image is this year!img_7906-4fall 2017 above!IMG_5895spring 2018 this year!

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Thank you Jackie and Sam!

The Parsons Family

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What happens when three siblings each have a baby in the same season? — You have a photosession of course!

My college friend Alexis (the one with the gorgeous curly hair) reached out to me about a photosession this spring as her baby Aurora was meeting her cousins for the first time! Alexis’s husband and his two siblings each had a baby and I was excited and honored to have the opportunity to capture this beautiful family below. It was so fun to reconnect with Alexis after all these years and my first question to her via email was “Does your baby have curly hair?!” Aurora does have some beautiful golden fuzz and her boy cousins Asher and Hunter were adorable as was her older cousin Avery!

I typically photograph smaller families, so it was a good opportunity for me to photograph this big family. Each baby took turns getting nursed by their mother, so after all the babies were fed, we managed to get everyone together for a family photo. The grandparents were soaking up the babies and when I spoke to Grandma, she commented how neat it was that each of her 3 children were different ages, but their babies all happened to be the same age!

I  loved getting some images and memories with the grandparents below! Too hard to choose just a few so enjoy!

 

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The 3 cousins – Hunter, Aurora, and Asher! A friend pointed out how Asher and Aurora are holding hands!

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IMG_5710post photosession meltdowns!

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The 3 siblings and their newest additions above!

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18 Month Photosession

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“There is an endearing tenderness in the love of a mother to a son that transcends all other affections of the heart. “- Washington Irving

Below are some images of this beautiful mother and son duo! I have captured this little one since he was a few days old so it’s been a true joy to see him grow and to watch mom celebrate the days with him.

Please click here to see how far they’ve come! This mom just emailed me a couple of days ago as she ordered some holiday cards on Minted.com and was approached by the personnel to see if our photos could be featured. How exciting!

I have some more photos I may try to share later and some of my family moments these past couple weeks, but have run out of photo space (the joy of running a photo blog!). Once I’ve added more photo-space, I hope to be blogging some more images soon. Spring is approaching and I’m looking forward to some more sunshine images and an allergy-free season! I am looking to open bookings for spring on March 4th and/or 11th! Message me if you’re interested!

Below, this mom and son braved a chilly wintry day, but when I see these images, I don’t remember the cold. I see golden warmth! What do you see?

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Conversations of Cashiers

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Your baby is crying inconsolably. She is cranky and clingy, clingy and cranky.

The usual things that work are not working and you are not home.

Once she is home again, she starts to settle. Maybe the familiar walls and clutter soothe her. Maybe the way the familiar sunbeams befriend her transform her from an inconsolable infant into a consolable one.

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Home, the one syllable word, has more weight than you think. As your feet brush against crumbs on the kitchen floor, you do not think of sweeping, but are simply grateful to be home again.

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Later, when you are at the grocery store buying frozen waffles (the waffles to help you reach school by the dreaded time of 8:00 am), the cashier strikes up a conversation, the way they often do.

“Enjoy these days,” she says. You nod an “Of course,” in agreement before confiding, “I really am trying to, but there are moments when the baby is crying and I haven’t got enough sleep… ”

The other cashier joins in, “I do not miss these days,” she says shaking her head vehemently, confidently. “I do not want to have another one,” she says before casting a quick look at your baby, complimenting her, turning her back, and resuming checking out groceries.

When you’re pregnant, the cashier will look at your belly and confide, “My labor was the worst pain I ever felt in my life…” before she resumes to dutifully scan apples.

When your toddler sobs when the cashier scans items because she thinks the cashier is taking everything away from her cart, the cashier will look at your toddler and say, “Spoiled, isn’t she?” before going on to scan the toothpaste with a resolute beep.

I admire the conversations of cashiers. The way they comfortably slip into a place where they can offer unabashed advice, controversial or not. Direct. Quick. Honest.

So as you walk away to your car, you ponder over what was just shared, wondering if you agree or not. You hope that honesty can coat your tongue the way it coats theirs.

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Photos below from this month:

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Metamorphosis

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“When they are a few months old, they lie and look around and wave and smile and undergo a constant gentle agitation, as though they were sea anemones, gently waving in some other element, delicately responding to currents we cannot feel.” – Margaret Drabble.

Baby H is not a newborn anymore.

She has already morphed into a one-and-a-half-month old. In baby days, that seems farrrr away from that of a Newborn. The itty bitty size NB onesies already seem small and when I look at old photos like this one from below, I am struck by how fragile she once was.

Baby H a month ago!

 

Baby H now!

 

I love the delicateness of babies.

IMG_2683Of how they really stretch their bodies as far as they can go, which isn’t really very far. Of how their bodies stretch into a curly question mark after you lift them out of a car seat. Or how their legs and arms cycle, cycle, cycle. The above anemone quote and image of baby A here reminds me of the constant gentle motion.

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When you have an infant in the house, it is easy to sometimes forget to take photos of the bigger ones. The bigger ones suddenly seem more giant like and savoring them becomes a feat when you have to deal with issues like homework, morning routine, and bathing because they lack that sweet newborn smell that reminds me of cocoa puffs.

With that in mind, I picked up my camera with the goal of photographing the older two. When I pick up my camera, I love the perspective it gives me. I love how raindrops freeze in motion, how vibrant the colors look from behind the lens, and how happy jumping 7-year-olds are suspended in mid air.IMG_3247

Z’s ice cream art

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why can’t adults have nifty pockets like above?!

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Glimpses

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Preschooler hands cradling a little fussy newborn!

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when Z bought a pack of construction paper from Walmart! These are skirts with bows she created.

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a picture of me holding baby H! I love how A drew her hair in three crayola spikes!

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a Turkish mother delivered her baby next door to me at Piedmont Hospital. The day they got discharged from the hospital, her mother brought over the most delicious food!

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My uncle’s beautiful calligraphy. This text means The Pardoner, describing God’s names.

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needing snacks post school!