Posts tagged newborn
At home maternity and newborn sessions with the Hamby family

This family has been with me since I first got to Charlottesville and they were expecting their first baby. A lot has changed since then, including my photography style and a second baby!

When we met for their first journey plan, they were in transition while they built their dream home. Now that they’re in it, we kept this maternity session cozy by celebrating a simple weekend morning of breakfast and backyard time, playing and reading books together. At this point, the nursery was still relatively empty, so we wrapped up by taking a moment in there to embrace the season of waiting and life before 3 became 4 (+ dog :-) ).

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Featured: Meet Baby Benjamin

All lifestyle newborn sessions are special, filled with joy and wonder in a baby's first home. But this session held a whole new level of emotion.

We recognize the joy in birth so readily, but sometimes forget that for many families, there is pain, hurt, or loss there as well. This family tragically lost their first son, so when they welcomed sweet Benjamin to the world, his life was precious in a whole new way. They asked to incorporate their first son's baby blanket into the images, so we literally wrapped Benjamin in the knitted memories of his brother. It was such a powerful sentiment to see these loving parents hold this sweet son, while also honoring the life of their first. 

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Featured: Welcoming Baby Ethan

Everybody loves a good before/after story. Well, baby plans are basically the best for that -- especially for a first child! How cool is it to capture the moments of waiting between a couple in love, excited to grow their family, but savoring the quiet connection between them that began it all?! When their kids are older, they'll see their parents' smiles, their style, their affection and joy. 

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Featured: Lifestyle Newborn Session with Baby Chase

Early in the year, we celebrated this little man in a big way with this fun balloon pregnancy announcement shoot (seriously, if you missed it, you should pause, check that out first, then head back over for the rest of the story!)

After a rough and troubling pregnancy, mom nurtured and fought hard to keep little man healthy and safe all the way past term, and finally, got to welcome their little miracle baby boy. The affection of these two parents was practically floating in the air. I lost track of the number of times we 'aww'-ed during this session because he was just so sweet. 

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Featured: Lifestyle Newborn Session with Baby Noah

It's always one of my greatest pleasures when the people dear to my life hire me to capture the milestones that are dear in theirs. Rachel and Jason came into my life through The Point Church when we started attending community group together over a year ago, so I was lucky enough to get to know them prior to parenthood and learn about their story and their hearts. 

I watched the Lord's hand in their lives as they settled from a move into their new life in Charlottesville, started new jobs, bought their first home, and then discovered they had a baby on the way! They are both such selfless individuals and we always joke that even though Jason is quiet and reserved, he's the wisest man in our circle because when he does speak, it's either incredibly profound or incredibly witty. Or both! These two are such a sweet match and it's been a joy to walk through this journey with them and capture their next big adventure unfolding. Baby Noah is surrounded by love and support and we can't wait to watch him grow over the years!

Enjoy some favorites from Rachel and Jason's maternity and newborn sessions and experience some true happiness from these new parents today <3 

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