Yep, that's what I call him! He is definitely mama's B (for boy) as he would say. And such a little blessing. I can't help but share a quick story about him.

Last night at dinner, we were taking turns telling about our day. I asked the kids to tell us their favorite part of the day, or their favorite thing that happened. So we each took a turn. When we got around to Callen, he stated very proudly his favorite part of the day:
"When the kids were at school, and Daddy was at work, and it was just me and mommy together. That was the best part."

OK. Just totally melt my heart. And the funny thing is that we didn't really do anything special. In fact, we had a totally lazy day at home. Never underestimate the importance of spending time with your babies. Even if it is just being with them. They obviously notice it!

Here is a shot of my littlest guy:



I came across this story in a recent email. I had heard it before, and had seen the picture, but it's so amazing I thought it needed to be shared. Here's the story. Read it before you view the image... it's so worth it.

A picture began circulating in November. It should be 'The Picture of the Year,' or perhaps, 'Picture of the Decade.' It won't be. In fact, unless you obtained a copy of the US paper which published it, you probably would never have seen it. The picture is that of a 21-week-old unborn baby named Samuel Alexander Armas, who is being operated on by surgeon named Joseph Bruner.
The baby was diagnosed with spina bifida and would not survive if removed from his mother's womb. Little Samuel's mother, Julie Armas, is an obstetrics nurse in Atlanta . She knew of Dr. Bruner's remarkable surgical procedure. Practicing at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, he performs these special operations while the baby is still in the womb.
During the procedure, the doctor removes the uterus via C-section and makes a small incision to operate on the baby. As Dr.Bruner completed the surgery on Samuel, the little guy reached his tiny, but fully developed hand through the incision and firmly grasped the surgeon's finger. Dr.Bruner was reported as saying that when his finger was grasped, it was the most emotional moment of his life, and that for an instant during the procedure he was just frozen, totally immobile.
The photograph captures this amazing event with perfect clarity. The editors titled the picture, 'Hand of Hope.' The text explaining the picture begins, 'The tiny hand of 21-week- old fetus Samuel Alexander Armas emerges from the mother's uterus to grasp the finger of Dr. Joseph Bruner as if thanking the doctor for the gift of life.'
Little Samuel's mother said they 'wept for days' when they saw the picture. She said, 'The photo reminds us pregnancy isn't about disability or an illness, it's about a little person.' Samuel was born in perfect health, the operation 100 percent successful.

Now see the actual picture, and it is awesome...incredible....and hey, pass it on. The world needs to see this one!



In every session I try to take a few close-up shots, just of my subject's face ( in the photography world, known as the "mug shot"). These particular shots usually end up being my favorite of the session, whether smiling, laughing, serious or silly. I recently had a session where the goal was to capture the kids entirely with close-ups. Yeah, I was excited! I love being able to see super crisp, clear and sparkly eyes. That's what I work towards achieving. So here is my modern take on the mug shot. This family is one of my favorites to photograph...such beautiful, sweet kids! I love the way these turned out!



I have had a couple more 1yr old boys lately... Here's a preview of a few for Jack's mama. She's been waiting and letting me know about it :0) I've also been playing around with some new effects. Here are some of my favorites from our session:

a vingtage look:

a grunge border:

added texture:



Yes, another little Maci!! Any more? Send them my way!

I am lovin' these little girl shoots-nothing against the boys, though. I can just try different things with the girlies....like laying them in piles of pink fluffiness! Thanks to J&M for their patience while I played. I think it was worth it-take a look.....



just in time! From our family....


I haven't posted much of my own kids...probably because they don't get their pictures taken as much as you would assume(like hardly ever, sadly). So here are a few taken last week for their v-day cards. It's amazing to me how old Cameron and Cole are starting to look. For those of you who don't know their ages, I'd like to see how old you think they are. Callen was really into these. He thought he was cool with the tattoos! And Chloe's just Chloe... always lovin' a photo shoot!


In one week's time I photographed two little girls with the same name! What are the chances? And might I also add that they were my first 2 girls in a very long time....so, of course I was excited to see some pink! I have lots to share....

Also, the blog has officially gotten over 1000 hits in one month's time! WOW!

Macy {newborn}

Macy {18 months}