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Wyatt Has Arrived || Spring Hill, TN Photographer

Newborns are always fun for me, but sometimes the siblings can be challenging. Not this one! Weston was the perfect older brother, so gentle and sweet with little Wyatt, and easy to instruct too! Wyatt was only a few days old, but really wanted to stay awake! We coaxed him into sleep eventually, though, and took some really cute pictures of him with his big brother, and then mom and dad too. Look at these two!SarahMariePhotography_0042See those bright eyes? He was so interested in what was going on!SarahMariePhotography_0043Family pictures with a newborn can be tough, but these guys cranked them out. The trick is for the older child to be held by the parents, so they don’t sink!

SarahMariePhotography_0044The first two in this mommy and daddy lineup were inspired by some that Weston had when he was a newborn, so now they’re matching!

SarahMariePhotography_0045Perfect toes and gorgeous hair. Sigh. I. Love. Newborns.

SarahMariePhotography_0047I always make sure to get at least one with that crazy belly button! You never want to forget this time, it passes so quickly.

SarahMariePhotography_0048He woke up again at the end, but look at those eyes! He’s the wisest looking baby I’ve ever seen. Beautiful!

Thank you Hannah and Wes for inviting me into your lovely home to capture such a beautiful and special event in your lives! You are lovely people and I’m so glad we were able to connect.  ~ Sarah-Marie

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Fall Mini Sessions Are Here!

Fall Sessions
Mini sessions are always popular, especially in the Fall. They are the perfect little nugget of time to get those Christmas card pictures, or just the family photos updated. The weather is crisp and cool, the colors are gorgeous, and the low sun in the sky is so beautiful. I’ll be taking reservations and payments for these session beginning Wednesday (payment in full up front to reserve your time), and you can pick a time slot on a first come first serve basis. Let me know if you have any questions!!

Anonymous - August 19, 2014 - 2:22 am

We definitely want to be a part of these mini sessions. How do we reserve a spot?

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Fictional Characters Who Deaths I Mourned In Real Life

(Warning! Spoilers for Glee, Downton Abbey and Spider Man)

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I really love Fiction. TV, movies, or books. I like to get lost in worlds where they are different problems, heroes in real people, and resolutions at the end. I really get into them too, and laugh aloud or cry when the time appropriates. Longer movies or series affect me even more since there’s more time to get invested in them. With books, I finish a series and can’t pick another book for a day or two while I go through “book mourning,” but in television or movies, my recovery time is usually just the end of the movie while the credits roll, while I peruse the trivia on IMDB. Sometimes though, when there is a truly devastating end, or a death of someone important, I can’t move on.

There are three instances where those deaths moved me so much, that it felt like mourning for a real person. I found myself thinking about them all of the time, tearing up whenever I thought of it, and not wanting to watch anything else until I could get over it.

Finn-HudsonThe first one is saddest, because it came about because of a real death. I’ve watched Glee since the pilot, months before the season 1 came out. I love music and dancing, and the characters in the show have become so real. I know this next season is the last one, and I feel like I’ll be saying goodbye to my friends! When Cory Monteith died last year, and subsequently his character Finn Hudson on Glee, I was broken up for months! Every time I would try to watch another episode I would cry, and every time I read or saw anything about his death, or his girlfriend both on Glee and in real life, I would cry some more. Senseless death is hard to swallow because we always want to know the why, and death from an overdose right after rehab treatment is just sad and dumb. It’s really the left behind that I mourn the most, but in any case, this death still makes me sad every time I think about it.

1090803_ca_adv_downton_abbeyUhg!! Seriously?! Stupid Dan Stephens. We watched on Downton Abbey for three seasons as Matthew and Mary try and fail over and over again to find happiness. It’s just a beautiful and haunted love story (one of my all-time favorites), and because the actor who played Matthew had no loyalty to the fans that made him famous, we couldn’t even have a satisfying ending. It ended in just a few minutes, with no warning whatsoever, and after such a happy event, it was the ultimate betrayal. I mourned for weeks, watching youtube tributes, crying all season four long, and hating anyone that Mary even smiled at. Plus, when a husband dies, I can’t help but think of how devastated I would be if Jason died, so I cry even more. This one made everyone mad, so I know I’m not alone in this, but man, it was a very hard pill to swallow.

906429 - The Amazing Spider-Man 2I remember the first time Jason and I heard that they were re-doing the Spider-Man movies. We were like “What? Really?” We liked the original ones, and it was only a few years in between the two series, so it seemed completely silly. Even when we saw all of the original trailers, we were unimpressed, and didn’t plan to see it. Our mind was changed when we saw the very last trailer, and we ended up LOVING the new movies! Spider-Man is so much better, and so is his lady interest. I always knew from the comics that Gwen Stacy was supposed to die (go ahead, I know you’re shocked, but yes, I did used to read the comics), but after Emma Stone was so incredibly popular, I thought they would put it off inevitably. I’d heard all the speculation about her in her “death outfit” but I still hung on to the hope that she wouldn’t die. When she did I was in so much denial! I hate to cry in front of people, and I was at the theater, so I couldn’t properly mourn, which made it even harder. I ended up just thinking about it constantly, reading up about it and getting other people’s reactions. It stunk:-(Emma Stone is one of my favorite actresses, so to have her gone from the series just makes me sad. I’ve only seen the movie that one time, but I know my reaction the second time will be just as forceful.

What about you? Any character deaths that put you into mourning?

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Graham is Here || Spring Hill Newborn Photography

I always give a set of instructions to new parents when we are setting up our newborn session, and they’re extensive. Make it hot, no elastic, full belly, etc. All those things together make my sessions run really smoothly, and usually I’m done in one to two hours.

Ashley and Matthew had an extra challenge, because they were brand new to their home! They wanted it ready for both their new baby boy, but also for pictures. Graham’s baby room is decorated rustic, and the bathroom is black and white Mickey Mouse, so they were very smart and set out blankets and simple props that they wanted to include in the session to make the pictures match their home. I matched my wraps and lighting to match those rooms, and they turned out great! Such a cutie!
SarahMariePhotography_0029We snapped a few impromptu images of mommy and daddy doing their thing. Mommy was so natural, it was hard to believe she only had five days of experience.SarahMariePhotography_0030The baby room was so cute!!!SarahMariePhotography_0031*Wink* Here’s lookin’ at you kid.SarahMariePhotography_0032Their incredibly beautiful new home, complete with a new baby…it’s a dream.SarahMariePhotography_0033Meet Graham! Those perfect lips!SarahMariePhotography_0034This is the set I imagined for the baby room. I think they look awesome side by side.SarahMariePhotography_0035I don’t use a lot of props, so I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with Mickey, but this is SO magical. It just screams Disney to me.SarahMariePhotography_0036Bits and pieces of baby, my favorite shots from the session.SarahMariePhotography_0037You have to get at least one completely naked shot, for future ammunition.

Thank you Ashley and Matthew for sharing Graham with me! He was so precious, and I loved meeting you two. Congratulations on this amazing child and on your new home, and I hope to see you again soon!

 

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6 Fast, Organic GOOD Meals (That You Can Make With Two Awake Kids in Tow)

As a nanny for the last year and a half plus, I’ve cooked four meals a week every week for the family I work for, and I bring home portions for Jason and myself. It’s a great arrangement that lets me spend the three hours I have at home at night until bedtime NOT cooking, and I get to make things that I normally wouldn’t be able make (because Jason’s only fault is extreme pickiness. If he doesn’t happen to like the meals I make now, he eats a sandwich or salad). Well, four months ago things changed up a bit, because the family added another kid to the mix! Now I have a four year old and a four month old, and I’m still cooking organic meals for the two families. It’s actually been a really good experience, because it has forced me to become much more creative, and find meals that are still organic, light on the bad stuff and heavy on the good stuff, and, above all, FAST. I know there are lots of moms who want to make these kinds of meals, so I thought I would put some of my favorites altogether in this blog. Here goes:

Tips: I buy my groceries from Whole Foods (I push the stroller and the four year old pushes a little cart on his own), and I always get an organic rotisserie chicken, which I debone right after I get back from the grocery store, while the big kid is eating and the little kid’s bottle is warming up. I get two meals out of that chicken, and it’s been a huge time (and money) saver.

1) Organic Chicken Stir Fry
It’s fast because I use frozen organic stir fry vegetables and an organic rotisserie chicken from Whole Foods, and serve it with a side of organic quinoa from Whole Foods. To make it, start the quinoa according to the directions, and while it’s simmering for those 15 minutes, throw in the chicken you deboned right after you got back from the store, the frozen veggies, some hoisin sauce, black bean sauce, and a little bit of soy sauce into a large fry pan and saute’ them up. By the time the quinoa is done, 15 minutes later, so are your veggies and chicken! For extra protein, sometimes I fry an egg and put it with the quinoa together with the veggie mix, and make it a little more like fried rice, except without actually frying it.
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2) Organic Chicken Tortilla Soup
It’s fast because I buy all organic canned or frozen veggies and ingredients, plus the rotisserie chicken. You throw all of the ingredients into a crock pot, and wait five hours. Done in 15 minutes or less, and the big kids can help with this one. The little one is in a bouncy seat, looking at us the whole time.
Ingredients: Organic Frozen diced onion and corn (sometimes I buy them separately, and sometimes I find a “Spanish mix” of veggies with those ingredients that I just buy instead), organic canned chipotle peppers (only if you like it spicy), pinto beans (drained), black beans (drained), diced tomato (not drained), and organic chicken broth (about two quarts). Throw it in the crockpot with some cumin, salt and pepper, chili powder and cinnamon, to taste, along with some of the chicken and some garlic. Done! I mix up the amouns depending on what my families like, so there’s no set recipe.

3) Organic Tacos
We always buy lettuce, tomato and avocado, so all we need is organic cheese (shared with meal #5), organic shells, meat and a seasoning packet. Brown the meat, add the seasoning packet, and let everyone build their own tacos the way they like them.

4) Organic Chickpea and Vegetable Tagine
Just make this organic by using organic quinoa and veggies, and again, by the time the quinoa is done, so is everything else. Very simple. Save time by using leftover frozen diced onions from recipe #2, and use the rotisserie chicken for an extra protein kick if you like.
http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/chickpea-vegetable-tagine-50400000135972/

5): Organic BBQ Chicken Pizza
Definitely recruit the kids for this one, and it’s not a chore at all. Just buy a frozen organic pizza crust from Whole Foods and roll it out. Add BBQ sauce, cheese, red onions and rotisserie chicken and bake it for 20 minutes. You can use the cilantro and pepperoncinis if you want, but I didn’t find them necessary. This was a huge hit!
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/bbq-chicken-pizza/

6) Organic Polenta with Chicken Sausage and Peppers
This one is sooooo good! Just buy the premade organic polenta from Whole Foods, cook it in the microwave, and choose organic sweet peppers (I use red, orange and yellow), and organic sausages (chicken or any other kind you like. Sometimes we buy apple chicken or mild Italian) and stir fry them. The sausages are already cooked, so you just need to brown them, and chopping up and sauteing three peppers takes very little time. Done in 15-20 minutes.

I hope you like these! They’re only a few of the recipes I’ve used in the last two months, but they’re some of my favorites, and I hope you enjoy them:-)

 

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