Look at this cute family! And they’re about to be one more. We’ve got the newborn session scheduled for next month!

We decided to meet in Highland Park for this maternity and family portraits session. I’ve done several sessions there before but never one in the morning. I had no idea how gorgeous it would be! It’s a nice spot in the evening but beautiful in the morning. I’ll be using it more often! Points for it being close to my home.

I love that mom and dad wanted to capture their family before it changed forever with the addition of another little one. They may be “incomplete” but this is certainly something to remember. And once the new one joins the family it’s hard to remember what it was like before they were there. Something to consider for all of you mommies pregnant with your second, third, fourth, etc! 🙂


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Yes indeed in Boston!! My best friend just had a baby, 2 weeks early, and she lives in Boston. So I hopped onto a plane and flew up there as soon as I could. I brought along the bare essentials for a newborn portraits session: 2 backdrops and my camera. It was a pretty rough set-up. But we made it work. And then of course we did some lifestyle as well.

It was so nice getting to spend the weekend with them, meet baby girl, and see her in her new role as mommy. I know she’s going to be a great one!

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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.


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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.


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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.

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