She is probably going to be thoroughly embarrassed by all the praise I am about to heap on her, but nonetheless:

This mama oozes love for her family out of every bit of her being.

You can see it in every image. It is woven throughout their entire slideshow. The way she looks at her husband, her parents, her eldest child, and her brand new daughter…

It shows in her generous smiles; in the look of contentment she has in her role as mother of two, in the way she still breathes in the smell of her toddler son’s hair.

She is one of the most beautiful women I know inside and out, and I was so, so honored to be there to capture these once in a lifetime moments. Enjoy these images from the birth of Emerson Kate!

 

Oh this mama…

I adore her so much. She is so real, and so strong, and so loving. You may notice that I have a larger-than-average number of photos of this beautiful laboring mother, but only because, well, she was just so beautiful. Baby boy ended up having to be delivered via c-section, but I loved being able to be there as she was laboring to get him down. You can see so much in the first few photos…pain, strength, peace, focus, support.

I just love them all.

Welcome to the world baby Malcolm! You looked so much like your brother on the day you were born, and I am anxious to watch you two become best friends!

How gorgeous is this family?!

They all have such a natural confidence in front of the camera, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t lovvvve going through their images again.  These boys….my goodness they were the sweetest little subjects!! Just wait.

And yes, still sharing fall sessions over here. Hoping to mayyyybe be caught up before the end of the summer??

 

Today when I was picking my daughter up from her summer “camp” at preschool I heard this little, sweet, familiar voice…”Hi Ms. Bree!!”

I knew immediately who it was, because this precious girl somehow remembers me every time I see her. I photograph them once, maybe twice a year, and yet she consistently recognizes me and says hello. Charlotte, you are a doll, and you make me smile every time I see you!

Additionally, this mama was actually the one who referred me to our school, and I couldn’t be more grateful. But, that is only one of the many reasons I adore this family. They are so laid back, so easy to photograph, and comfortable enough with me that they just allow me to follow them around as they interact with one another–which is my favorite thing to do with little ones.

Aren’t they the cutest thing you’ve seen all day?

There is something just a little extra sweet about having a baby boy after a girl. Or a baby girl after boy.

Heck, if you’re a parent you know that it  really doesn’t make it any less special if you have all boys. Or all girls.

But.

Having a girl after three boys? Three boys that are over the moon to have a sister?

Well, that IS something special. And it was.

My favorite parts of this day/s (I did go back the next morning and do a First 48 with her brothers meeting her, because, how could you not??)….

Mom getting her nose sweetly scratched from the itchy anesthesia. The way baby Madeline calmed as soon as she was put on mom’s chest. The way she kept her eyes clenched tightly shut for as long as I can remember (this outside world is not near as dark and cozy as mom’s tummy). The way her itty bitty ears were folded. How much she loved daddy’s arms right away. The curious and hesitant touch of the baby of the brothers. The curious and madly-in-love-touch of the middle brother. The way the oldest brother didn’t want to leave his mommy’s side. Madeline’s downy soft fuzzy hair. All the pink.

We are thrilled you are here Madeline. You are a very loved, cherished, and protected little girl!