Another graduating baby planner!! The year FLEW by for this little guy. I feel like I just did his 6 month session last month! So we did this cake smash session last week … he was so good! Typically for my cake smash sessions I’ll do a normal session followed by the smashing. He was so happy and smiling and running around … perfect little subject. And while he DID smash it cake quite well … the side closest to the camera looked pretty much untouched until mom and dad decided to give him a helping hand.

Enjoy.

little boy laughing in a fieldlittle boy smiling at the cameralittle boy kissing his dadlittle boy hugging his momlittle boy on a bridge picking up a leaflittle boy looking out from a bridge with his momlittle boy walking awaylittle boy hugging his mom in a fieldlittle boy smashing a cakelittle boy eating a cake face firstlittle boy with a cake

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Oh how I love this family. Let me count the ways. 🙂 Seriously though … this is the third/fourth year I’ve photographed them … they get cuter every year I think. The first year the youngest was just over a year old if I remember correctly. Now she’s four … and the changes are amazing! I’ve watched the kids go from being best buddies (year one), to her loving him (year two), to him loving her (this year) … I’m curious what the relationship will be next year!

This year mom said she wanted a covered bridge specifically. So … there aren’t a lot of those on this side of Pittsburgh. I asked around and was told there was a rather dilapidated, not-quite-a-real-covered-bridge, at Schramm Farms. Not quite real because you can’t actually drive through it and there’s no road. But it is a bridge with a cover!

So off we went to Schramm Farms for our family portraits. One side of the bridge was entirely overgrown and there were tons of crickets and grasshoppers hopping around in there. A little creepy for me … but the pictures turned out great!

Then the kids had fun running around … boy child especially enjoyed playing with the bugs, sticks, hay stacks, pumpkins, and pretty much anything he could get his hands on. He climbed to the top of the hay stacks and posed for me. He POSED for me. Oh how things change.

Enjoy.

little girl peeking out the windowfamily of four standing in a covered bridgetwo children running in the grasslittle girl with her daddy looking at flowersboy walking through tall grassesboy posinggirl with her dad

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Last week I finally got to do newborn photos this sweet little girl (she took some time to make her appearance). Yes, another girl! That’s 3 in a row! Possibly more than I’ve photographed the entire rest of the year. Mom and dad were definitely NOT expecting a girl though. It was quite the surprise!

So this little one wins the award for “most awake baby.” I’ve had a handful of sessions in which I had to resort to a lifestyle session instead of a posed one … but this would be the first that the baby didn’t sleep AT ALL. Even after we switched to lifestyle she remained awake. It wasn’t until the very end of the session and I had actually packed up my stuff to go, that she fell asleep. So we plopped her down on the couch to take a few. She immediately woke up. But she still let us take the photos.

But … she was RIDICULOUSLY cute. And the house had amazingly gorgeous light. So it all worked out.

Enjoy. Especially the last photo. Extra points if you know what book he’s reading.

newborn girl smiling on the couchmom and dad cuddling with newborn baby girl on the couchdad feeding newborn baby a bottlenewborn feetbaby girl looking at her daddydad holding his new baby on the couchparents gazing at newborn girl on the couchmom holding baby girl in the rockermom kissing babyparents reading an inappropriate book to baby girl on the couch

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About two weeks ago I met this family one dreary day. Mom told me that her brother was in from out of town and so re-scheduling really wasn’t an option. The rain held off for most of the session though. It started to rain at one point and we moved under the trees and it stopped shortly after.

But I really enjoyed photographing this family. I was pleased how the pictures turned out in the end. Lots of very natural posing … which we all know is my fave. Plus, two super cute babies. You just can’t go wrong.

baby girl with her parents in the grassbaby girl laughing with her parents in the grassbaby girl crying in the grassbaby girl in the grass looking bewilderedextended family laughing togethera family laughing togetherbaby girl with her grandmother in black and whitebaby girl peeking over her dadbaby girl playing with her mom and grandmababy girl holding her grandpas fingerbaby girl with her grandfather

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This was a first for me!

Back story! About a month ago this mom contacted me wanting me to do her fresh 48 session (a session, in the hospital, within 48 hours of birth). Her main goal was to capture photos of big sister meeting new baby brother for the first time. I told her I’d never done one, but would love to! Unfortunately, I was going to be away for the weekend before her due date. She decided she couldn’t take the risk of me missing it and hired somebody else.

Somebody who happens to be a friend of mine.

So baby-having time rolled around and the photographer they hired found herself without a car the day they needed her. She called me and asked if I could do it instead. And in the end … I got to do the Fresh 48 after all!

Which was a lot of fun! Seriously this is something I would love to do more often. And I have to admit I really thought mom and dad would be disappointed when big sister (who is only 2) didn’t actually give two hoots about her new baby brother. But I was wrong! She loved him! I could tell how great of a big sister she is going to be.

Also … baby brother made a point to purchase his new big sister a super special fairy outfit (and crocs) which you will see her wearing … and dad as well. I don’t think he makes a habit of running around in fairy wings (but what do I know) but it’s clear that he’s a pretty great dad that he was willing.

newborn boy in the hospitaltiny newborn baby feetmom and dad with their new baby boyover dadmom holding her newborn sonbig sister coming into the hospital roombig sister seeing her new brother for the first timemom and little girl cuddling on the bedbig sister holding her new brother for the first timelittle girl with her new fairy wingsdad wearing new fairy wingsgrandparents holding the new baby

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