“Where did this past year go?” I asked myself as I was preparing for my son’s 1st birthday party. “How could it have already been a year? I haven’t done anything,” I think as I look at what I’ve accomplished professionally in the past 12 months. However, as I look at photos of my growing baby, I can clearly see where the year went – I see the countless late night nursings when I see how tall he’s gotten, I see the visit to Pigtails and Crewcuts when I see how his hair has changed, I see the innumerable trips to Target when I see what size diaper he’s now wearing. Most significantly, I see his, no, OUR resilience as I recognize the changing backgrounds in each of these photos. I have always been on the go and he is now a product of that lifestyle and he just rolls with it! I have changed just as much as my own son in this past year. We’ve both learned how to become who we are and love it. He’s cried. I’ve cried. Neither of us is perfect, but we give to each other a complete happiness that comes from living for someone else.
I think that Starbucks’ release of the Pumpkin Spice Latte is usually kind of rushing the fall season, but today was just a perfect day to enjoy one! Sure, I picked it up before heading in to the commissary to go grocery shopping, I spilled it not only once but twice, and I had to drink it at a pretty quick pace so that I could get my hands back to keeping the little guy in his seat in the shopping cart. Overall, I’d say it was a success. I was so inspired by the fall scenery today that I even convinced the hubs to go to the pumpkin patch in the evening so that I could get some photos of the little guy there. I just knew the photos were going to be outstanding, but I didn’t expect this! Be still my heart! I didn’t know I could continue falling more and more in love with my baby every single day!
Today my little guy is 10 months old and I can hardly believe it! Only 2 short months left until I’ve enjoyed him for an entire year! I photographed him last month to update his head shots for his modeling agency, Zuri Model & Talent. They have been a real joy to work with and I highly recommend them for anyone interested in getting their child on the road to modeling. I decided to get our little man involved when I kept hearing over and over that he was super adorable, with a great attitude. I figured that was a good combo, so I printed off some snapshots of him and mailed them off to Zuri’s submission address. As soon as we got settled in to our San Diego condo, I heard back from them and they were thrilled to invite Joseph to join their team. He’s already had 4 paying jobs. We’ve been putting his money into his own savings account, in hopes that he will use it for college when he’s come to that age. I am torn on whether we should let him know ahead of time this account exists or just surprise him with it once he’s been accepted to his dream university. Wow, I just watched 18 years flash before my eyes! OK, enough of that. Now, I’ve got to concentrate on planning his first birthday party!
The adorable rockstar-inspired baby bandana bibs that JT is wearing are made by the wonderful Brok Boys. You can find them on Etsy to purchase your own: http://www.etsy.com/shop/BrokBoys
They make great accessories for the edgy little man in your life.
There are few things more frustrating as a new mom (or a not-so-new mom) than the unnecessary waking of a happily sleeping baby. It’s a chance for mom to eat a meal or kick back and catch up on some DVR trash TV (no judging) or even sort through old photographs to try to get them back in to some sort of order from the 2 foot high pile that lays in front of her. Yes, that’s what I was doing when I was inspired to finally do something about those unwanted knocks at the door that lead to the dog going in to a fit of angry barking. Our dog is great! I’ve gotten quite a bit less patient with him since having a baby, but I still adore him. What I don’t adore is that he barks at everything that alarms him. What alarms me is that our USPS mailman, the UPS delivery man, and the FedEx delivery man (yes, they are all men in my case) find it necessary to drop off our large packages and ring the doorbell and vanish. In the best interest of keeping my sanity, I decided to kindly ask them to skip the doorbell step, thus eliminating the barking dog that inevitably awakens the sleeping baby. Here’s the sign that I came up with: “Please leave all packages and deliveries, without knocking or ringing the bell. The sleeping baby won’t hear you, but the barking dog will. Thank you!”
Yeah, so this totally happened the other day. I’m lucky to have one of the most patient and loving babies there have ever been! As JT and I were on a walk with the dog today, I noticed it was pretty overcast (which is PERFECT professional photographer weather) so I decided to finally make the time to photograph the baby in his bathtub, and also with a sleeve of temporary tattoos covering his arms. Yes, you read that right – baby bathtub and baby tattoos. As I’ve touched upon before, I’m kind of an anal planner, so I had it all figured out in my head. I laid him down for his 2pm nap and quickly looked around our new condo for my background stands, blue seamless paper, the baby bathtub and rubber duckies, and the temporary tattoos I’ve been holding on to for just this occasion. I decided to photograph him in the tub first, since he just needed to be naked baby for that, and then cover him in temporary tattoos and photograph him without his shirt on (to show off the heart tattoo), then finish up with his blue striped sleeveless onesie. He’s a freaking pro – no really, he gets paid to be a model, now that we live so close to Los Angeles – he gave me some awesome looks and he was moving fast, so I also had to move pretty fast.
I have been working with Pam and Dawn of D&P Celebrations for several years now as their photographer. Through them, I found my deep love of product photography and party photography. Even though we’ve recently moved from Denver to San Diego, they invited me to join their team of contributors. I was honored and happily accepted. My first task from them was to photograph a lovely 4th of July “Red, White & BBQ” set of printables. Since I was new to San Diego, I decided to reach out via Facebook and try to find some locals who were interested in collaborating with me. The fabulous Roni of Roni’s Sugar Creations got in touch with me immediately and offered to deliver some sweet treats to be used for the shoot. She hand delivered some beautiful and delicious creations – her signature chocolate and caramel covered apples decorated with red and blue stripes and sugar crystals. She also supplied me with some wonderful chocolate cake pops dipped in white chocolate and finished off with red stripes. The cake pop sticks were further embellished with a blue and white star pattern. I had a wild idea for the setup that I’ve been wanting to try out for a while. It turns out that our new condo has pretty bright lighting outside the front door. I decided to set up some colorful strings of lights along the door to the backyard and hand the D&P Celebrations banner over the lights. I then pulled one of my old studio chairs from the garage and used it’s perfectly beat up wooden seat as my working space for the printables and treats. The bokeh effect caused by the lights in the background is just perfect for this set, as it gives a colorful fireworks look to the entire scene.
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I had already planned to take JT’s monthly portrait on the 1oth, but then I got myself a little carried away and pulled out the entire baby setup, as you can see. I love having my own little model! It’s proven to be some really great mommy-son time!
On JT’s 10th day of life, I thought it was a good idea to take some snuggly, cuddly newborn portraits of him. I’m stubborn and completely just decided to toss aside the fact that I was still recovering from major surgery – I had a human removed from my body after all! I know I totally overdid it, but I just couldn’t help myself and I’m so incredibly happy I sucked it up and took these photos!
I was able to finally use my Posey Pillow to lay JT on for his photos. I also used my background stands to hold up the blanket that was used as a background. I found this fuzzy, fur-like blanket at Home Goods a couple years ago and knew it would be perfect for baby sessions.
My good friend Eunice knitted the adorable elf hat he’s wearing in the first photo. Isn’t it so sweet?! I found the vintage baby scale at a photographer’s garage sale hosted by Sandy Puc, another hugely successful baby photographer in Denver. The blue stand was something I found on my way home from work one day. There was a guy on the side of the road selling a bunch of colorful handmade wooden pieces and I knew I just had to have something. I’ve been able to use it for several photo shoots.
I’ll admit it, I was pretty nervous at first about taking JT’s newborn portraits. I’m not a newborn photographer and I was so stressed out that I’d wake him up and lose any chance of getting decent photos, that I just sweat it out and worked as fast as possible. I know they’re not perfect, but I’m still happy with them!
Here’s my birth story, in case you are interested in reading it. I had excellent prenatal care from Metropolitan OB/GYN and an incredible labor & delivery experience at Rose Medical Center. I highly recommend both facilities!
At my 38 week check up, it was determined that our baby was breech so we went ahead and chose to set a scheduled c-section. After discussing an aversion with the doctor, I decided I didn’t think I sounded like the best candidate. I was pretty freaked out, but we set it for November 13th, first thing in the AM.
I worked my last day of work this past week and was looking forward to having the entire weekend to just get prepared for baby. Instead, I woke up Saturday morning at 3:45 with incredibly painful contractions. As they lasted longer than the typical 5-10 seconds I’d been experiencing just weeks before, I decided I needed to start tracking them. After 1 hour of 10 minutes apart, I finally awoke Marty and we agreed I should call the doctor. The on-call doctor indicated I should wait until they were 5 minutes apart and then call her back. After another 2 hours, they had steadily dropped to every 5 minutes then 4.5 minutes. It was pretty intense. I would be fully functional for those normal 5 minutes then just bend over huddled over something to breathe & block out the pain & any noise or light for the contraction.
We called the doctor again and then headed to the hospital. It was about 8am at this point. I got checked in via the Emergency Dept and was wheeled off to Labor & Delivery where my cervix was checked. I was dilated to a 6 or 7 cm! I could barely believe it! I thought I was just being a wuss over what was probably a 2! I would have done natural childbirth pretty great!
The nurses indicated that we needed to move fast at this point to get the baby out and I was about to be swarmed with people. I’m actually glad she prepared me for that. I cried a lot, just because of the nerves & anxiety over the immediacy of the situation. I started shaking a little later and thought it was also from the nerves, but apparently that’s just a part of labor.
I was given an epidural and vomitted immediately afterwards. It made me feel pretty nauseous right away and I warned the nurse in a pretty quiet voice that I was going to get sick. I felt perfectly fine after that though and it was such a relief to no longer feel the labor pains.
The surgery was quick & painless, even though I was a complete ball of nerves the entire time. I could only feel slight pressure on my stomach & breathing as they pulled the baby out from the c-section. I heard the baby cry and I lost it. I was just so relieved to hear that. Marty announced it was a boy and we were both surprised and thrilled. His name is Joseph Thomas and he’s pretty much perfect, but I am his mom, so I’m biased 😉
We had our little surprise baby on November 10th at 10:09 am. We were discharged from the hospital on November 13th – his actual scheduled c-section date.
I wanted to provide you all with all the details just to let you know that it all works out. We thought we had a plan, but it didn’t work out that way – but we survived and still get the most precious gift out of this surprise journey! We are just so thrilled to have this little boy right now. It hasn’t been an easy road, but it will get better and I’m already so in love with him. It’s also such an incredible thing to see my husband as a dad. It makes me fall even more in love with him!