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A Newborn Session Walk-Through || Spring Hill Newborn Photographer

If every session went exactly like this one, I’d schedule 10 a day because it would be so easy! Aside from those perfect pouty lips and curled fingers, little John Oscar slept so soundly, and was so easy to pose that it was over in no time. Bliss. I think it runs in the family (you’ll see).

Recently I’ve had a lot of questions from parents about how and why I do certain things, so for a change of pace I thought I’d do a session walk-through. Enjoy!

In this first set, we just used a soft blanket and a simple wrap and just captured him as he was, in the natural way newborns sleep. Since he was 15 days old (and as a general rule, you should always shoot newborns in the first ten days, fourteen at the most), he was as curled up as usual, so we emphasized his stretch. He’s a long baby! The room was very warm, we had a noise machine going, and his belly was full!
SarahMariePhotography_0056I like to use blankets that the parents supply, and I only bring one with me. I do this because then I get really beautiful pops of colors like this one below, and they always match the rooms in their house. John’s baby room is bright and sunny, and this green blanket will match perfectly on the walls. At this point, seeing how good John was doing, I decided to risk no diaper, and was rewarded with no accidents and perfect skin.SarahMariePhotography_0058For a touch more of color, I added the blue wrap, simply folding it around him, without changing his position very much. It adds a dramatic depth to the images and makes the baby really stand out.SarahMariePhotography_0059Introducing Della! This little princess is the smartest tiny kid I’ve ever seen, I am consistently amazed at the words that come out of her mouth. Her family goes to my church and is in my missional community (small group), so I see her at least once a week, and man, she is entertaining! She’s also an excellent listener and marvelous big sister, so setting up these snapshots were a piece of cake.SarahMariePhotography_0060Newborn family pictures can be hard, especially on new parents who aren’t as experienced with holding a newborn, but this family was definitely the exception. They were all completely natural, and if add in their beautiful home, it was photography heaven.SarahMariePhotography_0061These are some of my favorites. I love to shoot close up for parent+baby pictures because it emphasizes the smallness of the baby, and the intimacy of the moment.SarahMariePhotography_0062Pure bliss, right? Uhg! I want to do it again!

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Micah's Adoption Story || Video by SMP

Adoption is beautiful thing. It is the perfect picture of God’s love for us. Here we are, these dirty kids playing in the mud, with no rights to anything, when God comes up and says “That one. That’s the one I want as my own. That’s the one I want to devote my life to, give my inheritance to, and love unconditionally forever and ever.” No matter what, and not for any reason, we are suddenly chosen. Amazing.

Scott and Leslie Lehman are good friends of ours from church who we’ve known for a few years now. They led one of the small group classes about marriage, and when it was over Jason and I just decided to take another one, and then another. They have this way of showing that even though marriage is hard, and love doesn’t always mean you like the person, it is worth the effort. We’ve learned so much from them, and we love them so much!

Almost two and a half years ago, Scott and Leslie decided to adopt, and started the process. At the time they expected about an 8 month journey, but it took two years for Micah to finally come home to him, and what a lucky kid he is! He is a bundle of joy, all energy and character, with the biggest smile you’ve ever seen. As I watched the entire story unfold, complete with updates and discussions, I knew I wanted to capture it in some way. Of course I took pictures when he finally arrived, but I wanted to do more, so, here it is. We got together before they left for Ghana and they opened up their home and shared their story with me. When Micah arrived (and settled in a bit!) I went back to get an update. It’s so beautiful. That place that was so open for him is now so filled and overflowing, and it is magnificent. I hope you love this story with me. Thanks for watching.

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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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