Why Lifestyle Newborn?

Because of so many reasons!!  But, before "Why", I want to to quickly say what it isn't.  These are not heavily posed portraits.  This isn't about perfection.  This is about your family connection, adoration for  your new baby, and the way your spouse has morphed into a mother or father and how amazing that really is!  I never did these sessions with my own newborns, and my sentimental mama heart wishes so much that I had.  

These sessions are little time capsules to treasure; it has it all, your young family, your house and nursery, and your pets, all in one session of love and goodness.  Not everyone has time to read blogs so I will make a list of all the best parts of why, just in case you're on the fence of scheduling this for yourself and family.  

    •    Your family, your home.

    •    I come to you!  You're not traveling to me with a new baby and a sore body!

    •    You get to have your nursery professionally photographed!

    •    Show your favorite spot in your house to rock and feed your baby. 

    •    Siblings are much more comfortable in their home, and they love to be on your bed anyway!

    •    Baby needs to eat?  Perfect!  We don't have to stop the session, it becomes part of the session.

This session below steals my heart! 

 

 

Maternity; Courtney

My heart gets so happy when I look at these, we had a lot of fun and giggles along the way, and she made my job so easy.  Classic, timeless, and personal, the robe was hers and she bought it for her delivery in the hospital.

Maternity; A&A

What a foggy day we had here!  I couldn't even see the woods from my house and that's saying something since I practically lived in them.  This is their second child, and their first boy.  She wanted Maternity Portraiture done since she regrets not doing it with her first pregnancy.  The best thing for me about this session was just how sweetly connected they are, what a good team. He was very helpful, supportive and protective of her, making sure she didn't trip, slip or fall.  My heart melted.  

Maternity; Caila

Caila was expecting her first child last November and she knew she was carrying a boy!  We wanted a more timeless look, more classic than feminine.  For her milk bath, I foraged twigs and berries that were in season around my little area in Bavaria.

The "L" Family

First was a son.  Then, came twins, so now that's three.  Pregnant again, Yay, it's twins again!  Now, there's 5.  Pregnant again, wow, just wow - twins, again!  Seven little babies for mom and dad!  

Bavarian Fields; K&G

The last in the "Bavarian Fields" breastfeeding sessions.  The sunflowers had just bloomed, just in time for her as they are her favorite.  So much sun, so many lovely flowers and tall grasses, and corn growing in the farm fields.  I feel their connection.  The comfort baby gets from mama.  The laughs she has with her husband.  All good stuff; the stuff of mothering, the stuff of families.

My Why; N&T

"I breastfeed because my mom breastfed us, and because God gave me the ability to feed my baby.  It's the healthiest for him, and I love that I can feed him from my body.  It's amazing!" - N

"M" Turns 10

This is a few years ago now, again in England.  His mother wanted to celebrate his age by having portraits done on the land they were privileged to call home.  It boasted a wonderful cottage with a famous kitchen, a lake, a vineyard and butted up to ancient woods famous for it's Roman history.  

The "B" Sisters

This is taking me back to beautiful and beloved Suffolk, England.  I loved having these fun and pretty sisters for a session.  Every time I look at these I get all excited again, it was just so much fun to meet their grandmother who also came along with their mom.  I eventually convinced mom to get in a photo and she ended up loving it so much she printed it on acrylic blocks as gifts!  All natural light, courtesy of England's glorious September sunshine.

Turning 12 in Bavaria

I love doing sessions with Tweens, maybe because I have two now.  His mom contacted me as she was soon due to give birth to another son, and wanted to make sure she had a few portraits done while he was still her one and only.

My Why...

"Breastfeeding to me means... Love and Sacrifice.  There are no two greater words to describe the last 15 months of my life.  Being a mother in general is one of the toughest jobs out there but when you add in breastfeeding you can face even more challenges.  I have given up a lot to nurse my daughter...time with my husband, dairy and many other foods for 6 months, having more than a few hours to myself, feeling touched out at times because of having someone on me for so long and so, so much more.  Despite all of that, I continued because of this amazing thing called love.  The connection and bond I've created with my daughter, the beautiful memories made and the fact that I've given her the best start to life possible made it all incredibly worth it.  I wish more were able to experience this beautiful thing but whether you make it to 15 months or 15 days you will feel more love and sacrifice than you think it's even possible to feel." ...E.

Why I BreastFeed....

"I breastfeed because I want the best for my children.  I have the amazing ability to nourish my child with what is naturally meant to nourish them.  I breastfeed because I can't birth my children naturally, the way I instinctively feel I should, the way my body was made to.  So, I feed my children the way I instinctually know how to feed them, the way my body was intended to because somehow I feel like it makes up for my shortcomings.  I breastfeed to create a bond with my babies and to assure my babies that I will always be there." ... K.