introducing Griffin Emerson Block!

My sweet baby boy finally arrived on October 20, 2012 at 12:43pm. I successfully had a v-bac and have been quite busy with my two kiddos since coming home from the hospital. I have done a few shoots to document this special time but it has been tough to find the time to post them. Here they are and I am sure there will be more to come as I get the hang of being a mom of two!

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future rock stars!

Noah & Max are two sweet boys I photographed awhile back when Max was a newborn baby. Now they are big boys who are full of energy and smiles. We started the session at a local park and then went to their home. They love music and playing instruments, firemen and construction sites and trucks…..such boys! These things made for some adorable photos and there were so many cute ones I loved! Here are my favorites from the shoot:

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Growing baby boy!

Chase is a baby I photographed as a newborn and now again at almost 4 months old. With a face and smile that could melt your heart, I loved photographing him again! His parents are great friends of mine so it was fun to do the photos and watch them interact with their little cutie. We held the session at the family home and got some really beautiful photos. Here are a handful of my favorites:

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Soon to be five.

This beautiful family welcomed me into their home to document a special time in their lives. They are expecting a baby and thought it was a perfect time to capture photos. They had recently moved into a new stunning home which was the perfect place to hold our session. We did a handful of shots indoors and did most of the shoot outdoors in their breathtaking garden. So many beautiful moments, here are a few of my favorites:

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outdoor play.

Last spring I photographed this darling family at their home in the yard and then at the picturesque Greystone Mansion. The grounds at Greystone were stunning with lush gardens and beautiful English style charm. The stairways, fountains and gardens made for picture perfect backgrounds. The boys loved running and playing at this gorgeous location. Here are some of the photos we took during the shoot:

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twin boys!

Gabriel and Matthew were two sweet baby boys that I photographed in their home with their parents at our family session. They were each so expressive in the photos. Their parents were really sweet with one another which was nice to watch. It was a wonderful and relaxed shoot and here are some of the favorites:

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Baby Bentley was sweet as can be at his newborn shoot. He was quite sleepy and really easy to pose. His parents had some creative ideas which were beautiful additions to the images. We did mom’s maternity pictures not long before at the beach so it was nice to see them again as parents. Here are some of the darling shots we took:

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A very special experience.

Several months ago I had an experience that moved me in a way that I had never felt before. I was booked to shoot a maternity session for a woman who had gone into labor that morning. She expressed how she really wanted to do the session despite her pain and situation since the photos were really important to her. I came to her house and we did our best to shoot the photos through her contractions and pain (looking at the photos you would never know she was in labor!!) We did not do a lot of talking since she was intensely laboring at that point, so I shot between contractions and took breaks frequently.

About half way into the shoot, midwives arrived to the home to set up for a home birth delivery. At that point I did not know she was planning to do a home birth. They asked if they could take her in the other room to check her progress and see if the baby was coming. A few minutes later, her husband approached me and said that the baby would be arriving any minute and would I mind sticking around and taking a few pictures of her delivery. This was something that caught me off guard and I was really unsure. I agreed to stay but told him that this would be a first for me (especially since I had a c-section with my daughter and had never seen a birth before). It was a blur from that point on. Everything happened so quickly and I snapped pictures as much as possible while experiencing the miracle of life. As I watched a baby come into the world, I cried and snapped pictures and couldn’t believe what I had just been a part of. I took photos for several minutes after the baby was born and then I left the family to enjoy their newest little bundle of joy. A week later I was invited back to do newborn pictures and photograph the family.

This journey touched my heart in a special and life changing way. I am pregnant with my second and due any day now and it was this experience that is making me hopeful to have a v-bac with my own delivery so I can have this incredible journey with my own family. Here are the photos we took: maternity, delivery and then newborn pictures:

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sand, sun, surf.

I met this family at the beach early in the morning to capture the amazing light at the beach. The family wore a beautiful purple palate which made for some unique and gorgeous family photos. I have watched these boys grown up over the years photographically (shoot #3) and each session is more fun (shoot #4) as they grow and become more interactive. They had a wonderful energy and we took some of my favorite photos to date. Here are just a handful:

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go blue!

I always love when my clients have creative ideas for their shoot. Well, this family wore Michigan outfits to support their Alma Mater and I loved this idea! I photographed their son Ryan when he was a newborn so it was great to see how he has grown over the last 6 months! The kids were so cute and the little girl Alex loved having a dance party session in the middle of the shoot. Here are some photos from our session:

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