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{Baby L. Sneak Peek} Richmond Hill Child Photographer

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Baby L. is the newest member of MMP’s Tiny Toes plan!! She came in today for her 3 month session. Mama isn’t on Facebook so I promised I’d post a sneak here on my blog. I just adore this precious little girl! We captured so many terrific images today … this is one of my favorites. So innocent and sweet!

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Thank you again, Lindsey, for bringing her in today. See you again soon!! 🙂

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DesiApril 15, 2015 - 1:49 am

She is precious. I love her eyes, expression and outfit.

adminApril 15, 2015 - 2:21 am

Thank you Desi! She is a doll! 🙂

LindseyApril 15, 2015 - 2:35 am

Love it! Thank you for being so patient today!

Deb DApril 15, 2015 - 4:54 am

What a beautiful picture of such a beautiful baby girl!

adminApril 15, 2015 - 12:14 pm

Thank you Deb!

adminApril 15, 2015 - 12:14 pm

My pleasure Lindsey!

{How Life Works} Richmond Hill Newborn Photographer

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It’s funny how life tends to work out the way it’s meant to all along. A last minute cancelation by another photographer brought the Norris family to me. Thankfully my schedule was flexible enough to accommodate them last minute, and I met adorable Baby P. in early January. Katie was as friendly and joyful as she seemed through emails and her husband, Kyle, was outgoing and cheerful. Like all two year olds, precocious, energetic big sister B. eagerly told me all about her new brother and inquisitely peeked behind doors, growing excited upon discovering my prop room (But who could blame her? It’s a treasure, truly).

Once their session was finished, Kyle and Katie mentioned how happy they were with how the situation came to pass. Panicked they’d be unable to find a professional photographer with such short notice, they both agreed that “everything happens for a reason” and that they couldn’t have picked a better choice in me. I definitely left smiling ear to ear that day. 🙂

Not only are the Norris’ friendly beyond compare, but did I mention how gorgeous this family is?

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Katie, lovingly overcome with joy and happiness over her sweet new son.

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Adore this stolen moment.

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The more I photograph newborns the more comfortable I become when they decide not to (ahem) sleep. Truthfully, when I first started, seeing the eyes of newborn staring back at me made me sweat! But now I love to take advantage of their tiny awake periods – if only for reasons such as this: bonding with daddy.

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Eventually the heat, white noise and Mama’s milk got to Baby P. and off he dozed … such a handsome little guy.

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Like so many other babies, Baby P. loved being swaddled. This blue set-up is one of my favorites for little boys.

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Unfortunately, this was my first and last session with the Norris family – they are off to start new adventures. Although it was chance that brought us together, I will be forever grateful I had the opportunity to commemorate this important milestone for them.

Best of luck Kyle, Katie, Lady B. and Mr. P. – I hope our paths cross again.

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{Lucky Enough} Richmond Hill Newborn Photographer

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I first met Megan at preschool, where both of our kids attend. I’ve been blessed to be the photographer at St. E.’s for the past two years, and Megan had fallen in love with M.’s fall portraits. We struck up a conversation one morning and Megan, nearing the end of her pregnancy, asked for me to send her information on a newborn session. We met for her pre-session consultation and thankfully Megan liked what I offer for I was lucky enough to become Baby C.’s photographer. 🙂

The Williams are such kind hearted, gentle souls. Both Megan and Neil are friendly and our conversation flowed easily during the session. Miss M. and Mr. C.’s grandparents came as well and it was clearly obvious how much these two children are loved. I appreciated that Megan felt comfortable enough to step away and chat with friends on the phone and took time to rest while I worked, giving herself a welcome respite. I want every session to be calm, relaxing and stress-free for you.

I must tell you that Baby C.’s big sister, Miss M., is a darling girl with an enormous personality. We had little trouble getting her to interact with not only her brother, but the camera. One of my favorite sibling poses … too sweet.

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Mr. C was so handsome. Perfect round nose, tiny soft lips, adorable chubby cheeks. He was a great sleeper for me.

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This is one of my absolute favorite images from C.’s session. I am actually ordering this as a new sample for the studio. I adore the soft color tones and, of course, his delightful baby yawn. 😉

Sigh.

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But oh, how I love this one too!!! His expression is so innocent and tender here. I’ve been lucky these past few newborn sessions at capturing some truly spectacular eye contact shots. I think they’re pretty amazing … makes me wonder what the little babes are thinking.

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Unfortunately, this session was the first and the last time I will photograph this sweet family, at least for the time being. They are leaving the area and moving on to bigger and better adventures. Neil & Megan, thank you for allowing me the privilege of photographing your family and Baby C. I wish you the best of luck on your upcoming journey and hope our paths cross again.

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LisaMarch 27, 2015 - 8:19 pm

These are just stunning! You captured such preciousness here, Megan. 🙂

Deb DMarch 28, 2015 - 1:56 am

These pictures are wonderful! Excellent job!

{Rainbow Bridge} Richmond Hill Family Photographer

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What do you wear on the day you know your dog, your beloved companion, is going to die?

I stood in the middle of my closet, letting the question rattle between the four walls, momentarily shocked by the shallowness of it. My question hung in the air like a bad smell, then gently slid between my neatly organized shirts and dresses, then burrowed into the pockets of my pants like a used kleenex, crusty and dirtied with tears.

And then I realized my query wasn’t callous, but a diversion. Like I’d already attempted to do that morning, by frantically scrubbing dirt off my kitchen counters. Dirt that no longer remained due to the numerous passes I’d already made, my arms weary from work but my mind still raging.

How profound that we measure the times in our lives with the pets we’ve owned. There was Patches, a dog from my youth, whom I mostly remember from slightly faded photographs and casual conversations with my mom, dug from memories long past, rusty and cobwebbed. Then Abby, the silly, affectionate wire-haired fox terrier we had through my high school and college years and into my adulthood. Even my husband still speaks fondly of his childhood pup, although she passed long before we’d even met. And while their sweet faces have faded to dusty glimpses in the mind, the grief at their deaths, experienced by those who loved them, is all but fresh and vivid. The endless tears, stained with love, happiness and, yes, even regret. And now it was our time, Taran’s and mine, to wade through the depths of such loss and sorrow.

Taran and I took turns laying by her, eagerly offering Zoe sips of water and dog treats that she continued to ignore. I curled my hair, applied a light base of makeup and sat, motionless in the car. My insides were filled with dread, I couldn’t ignore the relentless catches in my throat and my hands trembled beneath my thighs. I knew what was coming. I felt it in the depths of my bones and it left me breathless. How many mornings had we lightly joked about her surviving through another night? How many times had we stepped into a room and paused, cautiously watching to see if her chest would rise, if a paw would move, her nose would wiggle, sensing our presence?

And now how I ached to have those days back.

The boys played quietly in the backseat, not fully aware of what was in store, but knowing enough to hush their voices. Zoe had been a part of our family for almost 15 years and it seemed only fitting to have all four of us there to say goodbye.

I could hear the younger dogs’ anxious voices as soon as I emerged from the car. Taran had to carry our baby in, her back limbs too weak to support her ailing body. We were ushered into a room quickly, firmly closing the door behind the other dogs in the waiting room, one ironically a youthful version of our girl.

There wasn’t much to say. I heard the word “tumor,” understood that, at best, she might have two weeks, unlikely a month. Quality, not quantity I said. She was barely eating, couldn’t stand, unable to go outside without assistance. Our spunky, athletic, stubborn, intelligent, beautiful girl was a mere shell, gone most of the day – slipped away into her dreams – where she could run, play, eat and be free. Free from the body that had worn away, like the ocean gently molding the sandy beach each night.

Taran laid Zoe on the too-glistening table, and after a brief moment of struggling to sit, resigned herself. Our poor girl quit. She released herself into our trust once again as she had so many times before, a deep sigh escaping her lips. I held her, buried my face into the nape of her neck and sobbed. I don’t know if she understood what was happening, I could barely understand it myself. Where had all the time escaped to? Who had come and ruthlessly took the years away? I was angry at myself. Ashamed of the times I was too busy, too distracted, too selfish to give her what little she asked of me.

Did I even deserve her?

We gave the kind, soft-spoken veterinarian a choked sob of permission, then watched our sweet girl’s life fade gracefully from her eyes.  Within seconds our beautiful Zoe left us to go on to a greater place, one filled with endless pools of glistening water for swimming and lush fields of green, perfect for unending games of fetch. Regaining her full hearing and eyesight, Zoe’s weary body returned to that of years before and the legs that struggled to sustain her, restored.

How fragile life is. Like a soft, delicate puff of air, so are we. This chasm between life and death is no chasm at all, yet a mere fraction of a moment. Here one breath, gone the next. I had never fully witnessed death. It’s life changing, I think. I know I left Zoe’s side a different person. How quickly yet simply the balance shifts.

I imagine there are those reading this thinking, “It’s a dog!” but she wasn’t just a dog. Zoe was so much more.

Taran had just joined the Army, our first duty station was in Heidelberg, Germany. And we somehow found ourselves picking out a pup from a large litter of adorable, round black labs. Taran and I had traveled to a local American Airforce base about four hours away. Honestly, we knew nothing about picking out a dog; we figured the dog would pick us. And so she did. Taran and I were instantly smitten with Zoe’s outgoing personality and tiny patches of white fur on her chin and between the pads of her little feet. You see, we brought Zoe into our lives the day before Taran left for his first deployment, and she was with me for four other deployments. My steady friend through the nights I cried myself to sleep, afraid for my husband and his Soldiers, praying for him to be returned to me. She traveled the Atlantic, was welcomed into six other homes, five additional duty stations and countless road trips. She lived through the birth of both of my children, and was the first to teach them what it meant to have a pet.

So poetic that she began our military journey with us and saw our family through to the very end of it.

Oh, Zoe.

Like a friend reminded me, “All good dogs earn their rest.”

Rest well, sweet Zoe. I pray that my fond memories of you reside within my heat forever. And while I weep for you today, I know that I will see you again.

After all, we’re only a bridge apart.

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Jim RogersMarch 21, 2015 - 1:40 am

I could hardly finish your post through my tears. Well said. After we said goodbye to our Fletcher, I spent days gathering old and new photos of him as a form of therapy and healing. He went with us from Ohio to Fort Bliss then to Fort Leonard Wood. He helped us welcome and raise our two beautiful adopted daughters. I still keep his photo gallery for a visit from time to time. http://rmdphotos.smugmug.com/Jim-Rogers-Photography/fletcher-archive-photos/15429958_GS8gck
My prayers are with you and family during this hard time.
Warm regards, Jim

adminMarch 21, 2015 - 2:01 am

Jim, Fletcher’s gallery made me smile and laugh! What an adorable guy! It is beyond obvious how loved he was, and truly apparent that he was happy to be with you. Dogs are such an amazing blessing … thank you for sharing him with me.

ShannonMarch 21, 2015 - 2:58 am

This is beautiful Megan! Just a truly beautiful tribute to a sweet dog. I’m thinking of you guys!

adminMarch 21, 2015 - 3:12 am

Thank you, Shannon!

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Easter/Spring Minis & Something Extra {Richmond Hill Child Photographer}

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One day it’s warm and sunny, the next it’s cold and rainy … welcome to the crazy spring in Georgia! Please don’t despair, be guaranteed perfect light, warm smiles and oodles of silly laughter no matter the weather during our Easter/Spring Mini event happening this month!

That’s right! Easter/Spring Minis are coming! 9-1 on Saturday, March 21 at my RH studio. Price includes a 20 minute session, use of props, 5 digital images and a digital Spring/Easter card. The card is perfect for printing or digitally sending to family or friends just in time for the special holiday. Up to two children are welcome, additional kiddos are $10/each. Spots are going fast, so be sure to contact me ASAP if you’d like one for your sweet kiddos!

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And the something extra …

March is also my birthday month! Woohoo!! If you know anything about me at all, it’s that I love to celebrate even the tiniest of wonderful things, and a birthday is an amazing big thing! During the month of March any full or Tiny Toes session booked will receive a $39 print credit (hmmm, bet you can guess how old I’m turning, lol) and a special surprise (because who doesn’t love surprises?)!

And just like Baby G., I might cry and require a pacifier if you don’t come see me. You don’t want to make a birthday girl cry, do you? 🙂

(and for the record, Baby G. truly loved his cake smash, as evidenced by the state of his cake … although not so much by his sad face in this image)

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If you haven’t joined the MMP family yet, now is a great time! To those who are returning, you know I can’t wait to see your faces again!

Feel free to email, call or find me on Facebook!

Think Spring!

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