One of the best things about my library programs are the families I meet. I immediately hit it off with mom Nina when I met her and her son Owen at my first Islip Public Library pet portrait program. We connected on Instagram and I then shot her daughter Juliette’s 1st birthday photos and some adorable Valentine’s Day photos to surprise her husband Donald. I was so excited for them when I found out Nina was expecting again!
Nina told me her babies tend to come early, so we planned a session a little earlier than normal. Boy, was that a good idea. A few days after our session, she was put on bed rest. We got that in just in the nick of time! Nina was right about her babies too. At the time of this writing, little baby Evelyn has already joined us and she’s doing well!
Since Nina knew she wanted to take it easy for her maternity session, we decided to do it at my home studio. When they arrived, the light was still very nice out, so we ended up walking around my yard in a few different spots before heading inside. Juliette and Owen had a lot of fun and thoroughly enjoyed the spread of cookies I’d put out for the family to enjoy!
I’m so excited for this new party of five and I can’t wait to meet sweet little Evelyn! Here are some of my favorite photos from Nina’s maternity family session!
Originally, Nina was going to come back into the studio for her viewing appointment to see all her photos and we were going to take a few more photos of Juliette in her 2nd birthday outfit. But by that time, Nina was on bed rest, so I went over to their house and we took a few shots of Juliette in a little ball pit they fashioned out of a kiddy pool. Juliette enjoyed that and a little time in her swing. Their dog Bolt even made a quick appearance!
I’m so excited for this sweet family and for Juliette and Owen to get a new baby sister. I can’t wait to meet little Evelyn!
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Daniela and Mustafa went next, after the clean up crew took care of clearing the floor of pink confetti (don’t ask me how they’re going to get that stuff out of Daniela’s chandelier)!
They had opted for confetti-filled balloons. The first one exploded with... blue confetti!
They were so happy to be having a boy!
The next balloon was popped to reveal....pink confetti!
They're getting one of each! How much more perfect can you get?
I’m so excited for these sisters and their families. Here are some more photos from the day!
Congratulations to both of these beautiful families!
When I received a voicemail from dad-to-be Don inquiring about maternity photos, I was a little surprised. I almost never get to speak to dads until I meet them at the session. Unsurprisingly, moms are usually the ones who call to book me for these type of sessions (actually all types of sessions haha). I could tell Don was really excited to be a dad and he wanted to take care of everything for mom-to-be Talesia, so she could focus on looking spectacular for the photos and growing their beautiful baby girl.
I met Talesia when they arrived at the studio for their session. She was getting very close to the big day, so much so that she even had a Braxton Hicks contraction during the shoot! I was thinking for a minute there that the session was going to take an unexpected turn! But it came and went and even after that, she was eager to do lots of poses and she did them all perfectly. Talesia is wearing one of the dresses I keep in my client closet for expecting moms to choose from during their maternity session. It looked gorgeous on her!
Here are some of my favorite photos from the session!
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When I plan parties, I tend to try to DIY as much as I can, because I like to craft. This led me to make the favors for the shower. I was inspired by my cousin's wife Bonnie who makes excellent peppermint sugar scrubs every Christmas. Instead of sugar, I swapped it for sea salt to better fit the theme. I added blue food coloring and essential oils to make it smell like an ocean breeze (let's just all pretend an ocean breeze doesn't smell like low tide or fish butts). I wanted to use cute little whale tags but I couldn't find any I liked online, so instead I ordered blank discs and a metal stamp and hammered my own tiny whales onto each one.
also led me to make every shower game in Photoshop, to iron endless decals onto onesies, and to take a fluid painting class with a friend to make Lisa a piece of artwork for the baby's nursery. Not to mention, I also had to create a second invitation as a decoy when Lisa suspected the shower was at the aquarium! I convinced her it was at another local restaurant and that the theme was rubber duckies by "accidentally" leaving the invitation out where she could find it. Needless to say, I was happy to get all the help I could from Lisa's sister-in-law Beth, who made the excellent onesie centerpieces that say "Whale Come Baby Seth"! I had no ideas whatsoever on that front, so I was so excited that she knocked it out of the park.
Thank you to everyone who came to Lisa's shower. She had a really amazing time and got so many wonderful gifts. Baby Seth is well set up! Several people gave her really beautiful handmade outfits and blankets, which were so special.
Here are my favorite photos from the day!
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When guests arrived, they got the chance to cast their vote on what they thought Lisa’s going to have. I was pretty torn. I kept going back and forth. Scrutinizing the sonogram didn’t help because, let’s face it, those things are unintelligible blobs. I ended up guessing boy, because I have a really cute baby shower invitation picked out if it’s a boy. I’m going to love and spoil this baby either way, so it doesn’t really matter to me. When the guesses stopped, the votes stood at 15 for girl, 14 for boy. It turned out later we found out that Lisa and Will's adorable niece Peyton voted twice (once for her My Little Pony), so really it seems like it was a dead tie!
It’s a BOY!
Lisa and her husband Will started trying for a family in November of 2015. The first time Lisa told me she was pregnant was in October of 2016. I was overjoyed. Unfortunately, in December we got the heartbreaking news that Lisa had suffered a miscarriage. It hit our family hard. It was painful to see my sister going through something so unimaginably devastating.
In May of 2017, we found out Lisa was pregnant again, only to get the crushing news in June that she had had a second miscarriage. Compounding Lisa's sorrow was the fact that several close friends and family members gave birth around the time of both miscarriages, the fact that I'm a newborn photographer, and the fact that Lisa works at an OB-Gyn office. Every day, more salt was poured in her wounds. She was very close to giving up on having a family, but Will convinced her not to give up hope, and I'm so happy he did.
Her doctors began doing exhaustive testing and found that she has two different blood clotting disorders that caused her miscarriages. She now has to take aspirin every day for the rest of her life, and has to inject herself in the stomach with medication every day for the rest of her pregnancy.
Lisa became pregnant in November of 2017, and was understandably a wreck for the first many weeks. She didn't even tell our parents that she was pregnant until she was 15 weeks. She's at 18 weeks now and is still very hesitant to share her news because of how she was burned twice before. Every impending appointment fills her with dread, only to be relieved right after that the baby is perfectly healthy. The worry will probably never go away, but she is making a valiant effort to be positive and to share her news with the world.
Yesterday, I went to her doctor's appointment with her and saw the baby move on the sonogram for the first time. It was an incredible experience. A rainbow baby is a baby that is born after parents suffer a miscarriage or still birth, because a rainbow comes after a storm. I cannot wait to meet this rainbow baby and document its entire life.
We started the process with a photo shoot with my dog nephew Ash, and a few photos to commemorate the struggle that Lisa has been through.
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