There is nothing cuter than doggies and babies and this in-home newborn session has both! Baby Oliver is the sweetest little boy. He is such a good baby for his parents, sleeping soundly most of the time. He's a tiny little thing, tipping the scales at just over 7 lbs. Maybe that just seems tiny to me right now as my baby is currently waddling around in 24mo clothing! Oliver Gray made his debut just a few weeks before Christmas, making the most special gift for the whole family!
What's the best early Christmas gift?! How about a new puppy!!!
It's always so nice to see friends when we visit Orlando. Aren't these dapper little guys the cutest?! This was their first day with their brand new, blue-eyed puppy!! I'm so glad we were able to sneak in a few holiday pics...and this adorable little pup with that brown patch over his eye, kind of makes me want to get a dog! Kind of. Maybe after our littlest animal, I mean toddler, is potty trained.
At one year old, this little guy is all smiles. And how can you not notice those huge, beautiful blue eyes?! He's a little charmer. Jeffrey definitely lives in a football household. He must enjoy cheering on the Buffalo Bills. His favorite moves are clapping and "touchdown" where he throws his arms up over his head! He is the most adorable little fan!!! The photos of Jeffrey in his buffalo sweatshirt and that little crocheted blanket, I can't even take it. I love all of his animated faces! That blanket was hand made by his Aunt. It's so gorgeous, I want an adult sized version!! Happy first birthday sweet Jeffrey!
I met Ally back in 2008 when I traveled from Orlando to Rochester for sales training. We were in the same training class! We hung out in Rochester for a few weeks, had a ton of fun, and have kept in touch through social media. We were pregnant last year at the same time and our babies are just a few weeks apart in age. I was ecstatic when Ally messaged me about photographing her wedding! Alicia and Todd are incredible people. They have a grand total of 7 kids, ranging from 19 years to 1 year. Yes, that is not a typo. This day was the most incredible union of two amazing families. It was so emotional for Ally and Todd and for their kids. Everyone was so happy, crying tears of joy. It was very sweet and everyone's makeup stayed put! Yes!!!
The day began with hair and makeup at Groom Service in the Hotel at the Lafayette. Ally's hair and makeup were gorgeous and paired with her champagne colored, embellished gown from The Jacqueline Shoppe, she was simply stunning. The girls wore floor length, multi colored dresses from Lulu's that were beautiful. The guys were looking sharp in suits of various shade of gray and the baby adorned a cap and suspenders. I mean...can he get any cuter?!
Ally and Todd wrote their own vows and the intimate ceremony of family and their closest friends was very emotional. I'm not sure there was a dry eye in the room! You could feel the true love and deep devotion between them. It was a beautiful moment as all of the kids listened to their parents describe their feelings and how they planned to spend the rest of their lives together as a family. They looked on with heartfelt smiles and weepy eyes. Ally's daughter, Kenzie, sang the song for their first dance and it was magical. Then, Ally and her son danced as he told just how happy he was for her. It was so touching. As a mother of boys, this really pulled on all my heart strings. I was crying behind my camera, witnessing this moment of unconditional love and happiness.
Congratulations Alicia and Todd! You did it!!! I am so honored to have been there to document your amazing day and I wish you a lifetime of happiness together!
Venue: Hotel at the Lafayette
Hair and Makeup: Groomservice Beauty Bar
Dress: The Jacqueline Shoppe
Girls Dresses: Lulus
Rings: Bomi Jewelers
We had a lot of fun at our Holiday Mini Sessions this year and oh, how we loved the beautiful set up by Quaint Rentals! These mini sessions always give me total anxiety as we wait to see what the weather brings in November. We lucked out with a sunny day in the middle of a week full of freezing rain, and you can't ask for more than that! I loved seeing all of these families again and I can't get over some of these adorable holiday outfits!! Thank you so much, Mary O'Sullivan, for all of your help and for always being able to make the kiddos laugh! I hope everyone has an amazing holiday season! Below are a few of my favorites from our minis!
This is one of the happiest little boys I've seen! He is also the spitting image of his Daddy, I can't get over the likeness! Leo loved hamming it up, as we watched him and laughed. He was keeping busy crawling, kneeling and dancing. It was all fun until we tried to make him eat cake! Haha. Some kids just don't like it. My first two kiddos wouldn't eat cake at this age. Of course, they have caught on and figured out cake is delicious! Leo was having a great time knocking his personal cake over and squishing the icing around in his hands, but he did not want to eat it!! I've never seen Leo cry, until we tried to make him eat his birthday cake! Poor guy. He was still so cute! The world was good again once he crawled away and Leo was back to doing his happy dance! Happy first birthday little Leo!
So much love for this sweet baby girl! Lace is such a pretty little baby with bright, blue eyes, long blonde lashes and the fairest skin. She has a beautiful, floral nursery with hand made accents created by her mama. It's easy to see that Lindsey and Rob are already so in love with their beautiful baby girl! Baby Lace is a growing girl...she was eating every hour during the day and every 2-3 hours at night. Ahh, I remember those days! Even with little to no sleep, mom and dad are so happy!!
Adorable Oliver is soaking in the last few weeks of being an only child as this sweet family is expecting baby #2 very shortly! Enjoy it, little buddy!!
Current obsession...baby nurseries. I love them all. You can just feel all of the love and thought that went into planning for this sweet new soul that will one day inhabit the room. This navy and blue themed nursery had the most adorable DIY touches such as mason jar book ends and framed sheets of music because Dad is a musician. So cute!! Don't let him fool you...This normally very sleepy boy did not want to go to sleep! Ben was showing off those big, beautiful eyes the entire time. Poor baby was so tired at the end of his photo session, he didn't know what to do with himself. I bet he zonked out in his Rock n Play the minute I left! Peggy and Matt are just glowing with joy over their new baby. He is such a happy boy, as long as he can chew on his tiny, little hands!!!
I love a good nickname and they call the baby Lil' John. Automatically, the background music and chorus of the song "Yeah" start playing in my head. Usher singing "Lil John.. Yeah-ah!" Hahahaha, I love it! This precious little one is very sweet and so far, Mama says he has been a laid back kind of guy. He probably figures that right now, it's easier to just close his eyes than try to keep up with his big sister. Oh, they will be trouble together once he's mobile! Baby John is adorable with his brown locks and long brown lashes. These little boys get all the good lashes! Big sis, Ella, came along for the photo session and was excited to play and not so excited to pose. The outtakes are hilarious! Poor baby has puffs in his hand, on his head, basically everywhere to try to get Miss Ella to come near him! Let the fun begin with 2 under 2!!