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This sweet, sweet, sweet….did I say sweet?? baby girl is my best friends daughter. I have had the extreme privilege to be photographing my best friend for quite some time now. There’s nothing quite like a friend that believes in you right from the start. And she always, always has. I’ve done engagement, maternity, newborn and now 6 month photos with this family. And every time I see them, I come away saying that these are some of my favorite photos ever. And how could they not be? This family is as beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside. But this session, this was really, really special. And here’s why.

I got in the car at 6am to get to their house early. It was supposed to rain this day. Im driving and the sky is turning black…I mean BLACK. (Just an FYI, Light is pretty much the #1 most important thing when trying to take photos…). I get to the house, baby girl decided to wake up early this day. LOL. Uh-oh… We start, Im literally pulling out my flash because the light is just, well, not good… Baby girl She’s not a happy camper. Right about now, Im panicking and silently crying inside…LOL. Okay, time for a break. Let’s just stop. We do. Mama decides to get a bottle ready for little Miss. She sits on the couch with her and ladies and gentlemen….I kid you not, the skies started to part and glorious sunshine started to flow into the window. But just on the couch….LOL. Well everyone, here is a life lesson for you: just go with it. We really don’t have control of most situations, you just work with what you are given. If the light is on the couch, the couch is where we shall stay. And we did. And it was MAGICAL. Turns out, the bottle is just what little Miss needed (well, that and Mama) to be a happy girl. And so, in the 30 minutes that we had, this is what we got. A happy, beautiful baby girl, in beautiful light. There are so many I love, so be prepared for an over share friends.

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  • Rhonda Merritt - Saying these are so beautiful is such an understatement Shannon. You did such a wonderful job capturing both of my angels. Thank you!!!ReplyCancel

Sometimes I have a hard time letting go of ‘things’. I especially have a hard time letting go of my boys’ baby things. My 2nd child will be my last baby. We are all done. For sure. So with each item that gets donated to charity, I shed a tear or two. And my Mama heart feels a little bit sad.

Tomorrow, the very last baby item in our home will be picked up and taken away for charity. It is the chair that I breastfed both of my boys in of their first year of life. It is the chair that I fell asleep in too many times to count. It is the chair that we read countless bedtime stories in and where cuddles and love and snuggles and tickles were given on a daily basis. A lot of hopes and dreams that I have for my boys were envisioned in the late night/early morning hours in that chair.

‘Silly girl’, I tell myself… ‘it’s just A CHAIR’. And yes, it is material. I have my sweet boys here and watching them grow is an incredible blessing. Of course. And yet, still Im sad. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to use that chair again. I would love another baby (or two), but the hubs says I’d never stop if we really did decide to keep going.. and he might be right. So Im not really mourning a chair, I know Im mourning a life of ‘could have’ in my mind. A dangerous thing to do, but still I do it. Probably too often.

So to make myself feel a little better, I did what I normally do… I took out my camera. I had my boys sit together in the chair that they spent so much time in, so long ago. And now I know, I’ll have these to look back on. To tell them how much it meant to me to sit there with them, no distractions, just them, in their sweet babyness. Something I’m so thankful for.

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And just for fun. My boys. Both 6mo old. In this same chair. It’s the benchmark (along with that Pooh Bear) that I used to mark their growth each month. <3


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Im back! With a newly designed blog. (What do you think??)  And a new found sense of inspiration in my shooting. My goal is to update here more regularly, at least monthly with my favorite photos of the month.

Here are my January favorites. I hope you enjoy and thanks so much for stopping by.


January Favorites

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  • Sabrina - welcome back friend, lovin the new look! And these photos are beautiful, as always. So happy for your renewed inspiration, can’t wait to see more.ReplyCancel

  • Best Sister Ever - Beautiful photos, great to have you back!ReplyCancel

    • Shan - Hahahaha. Love your name here sister. <3ReplyCancel

  • Christa - I’m excited to see this♡♡♡ love the new direction!ReplyCancel

These are my boys. My little bear and my bubs. They are my world.

When my first made his way into this world, my soul shook. It shook me so hard, I became a whole different person. A person I never even knew existed. When my second was born, I felt it again. You wouldn’t think it could happen twice, but it can. That’s what motherhood does…it shakes you, it changes you.

These boys. They have my whole heart, for my whole life. Plus infinity.


One October Day Photography Personal Sept 2014

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