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There are all sorts of movies and books that depict angels, ghosts and other outer-worldly beings that invisibly remain among us. If that were true, what do you think they would be doing all day long? I think my favorite theory of this is the movie, City of Angels with Nicholas Cage and Meg Ryan in which there are angels dressed in trench coats that watch the sun rise every day, sit on top of sky scrapers and even roam around the library secretly watching people in ‘the real world.’ Perhaps if you ever were lucky enough to meet one of those angels, one of their stories would go a little something like this..
Once I happened upon a house where a little boy was peering out the window..
“Caleb! Come up here and see your baby brother!”
A soft voice called out to the boy and I looked up to find his mother sitting on the bed, cradling a tiny baby in her arms.
I chuckled to myself at the look of wonder on the baby’s face..
oh how wonderful it must be to feel so much awe and joy about everything.
The little boy began to climb onto the bed and suddenly I heard what sounded like an elephant charging toward me from behind.
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I instinctively ducked out of the way as another little boy leaped over me and onto the bed, crashing into his brother. The sounds of children laughing and giggling filled the room..
ah, I could never tire of that sound.
I stumbled backward against the wall, and then looked to my left as the boys’ father entered the room and scooped the baby out of the mother’s arms.
“Boys!” the mother laughed, “No jumping on the bed. Remember we must be extra gentle when your baby brother is around.” She leaned over and gently tickled their sides before tugging on their pants and pulling them toward her.
“Can you believe we made these little monkies?” The mother said as she looked up at her husband with a huge grin on her face. She reached out her arms as if to signal she was ready to hold the baby again, and the man smiled back and obliged her.
The woman sat back and instructed the boys to sit still so they could hold their new brother.
“It’s really important that we sit still and listen to mommy okay? We have to be extra gentle with Hudson and make sure we keep him safe.” She laid the baby over the boys’ laps and they sat there, puzzled over what to do next.
One of the little boys reached out when suddenly the baby’s lips quivered and in an instant he began to cry out.
“It’s okay, he just needs you to be gentle and make him smile.” The mother encouraged her boys.
I was curious to know more about this family so I sat down in an empty chair against the wall and quietly watched as they passed the baby back and forth between the parents and the two little boys. They kissed, and hugged and played and laughed with each other – of all the places and great things I’d seen on this Earth, these were some of my favorite moments to watch.
When they were done playing, the mother stood up and said to the man, “I love you,” she leaned over and kissed him. “I’m going to feed Hudson and then maybe we can all watch that movie together?”
“Of course.” He smiled. The man stood up also and started waving his arms in the air and motioning the boys to come toward him, ” Okay, okay time to go downstairs!”
“Noooooooooooooooooooooo!” They protested as they laughed and hopped off the bed, charging around the corner and down the stairs.
The woman got up and also left the room, so I decided to follow her. We walked down the hallway together and she led us through a door and into a bright room, where she sat down on a tiny bed, lifted up her shirt and began to nurse the baby.
Oh how I’ve longed to know what it’s like to have children and nurse them while they grow..
The mother continued to nurse the baby until he soon fell fast asleep – I’m sure to dream lands of soft clouds to lounge on and rivers of milk to drink from.
NOTE: These images were taken while I was assisting a friend/fellow photographer at one of her own newborn sessions. Thank you Julia Franzosa for allowing me to tag along and to your clients for allowing me to to take some photos as well
A few weeks ago I met up with this Bump Club Chicago VIP couple to capture their lives right before their little one’s arrival and had the best time ever We hung out at home, tried to wear their pup Bea out with some play time, and then took a stroll around the neighborhood to enjoy some of the best street art around and watch the sun set in the city. It was everything I hope for when I’m showing up for a session.. fun people, beautiful light, and the city that I love. Needless to say I am so happy for these two on their upcoming new addition and can’t wait to meet their little guy once he arrives next month.
Here are but some of my favorites from our time together wandering around the city.. thank you so so much again Jennifer & Jeff for inviting me out to capture this time in your lives, I had a beyond awesome time getting to know and I can’t wait to come back and hang out again soon! XO
above: Okay okay, so Bea stole the show at home.. just a little bit ;)
above: I love this one of Bea playing with mom’s belly, as it is SO Bea (or at least what I got to know of her in the 45 minutes we spent together lol). Just like most pups her size, she has oodles of energy and totally reminds me of my own furry babies at home.
above: I just love the colors in the city and how vibrant everything looks in the afternoon light!
above: Hebru Brantley street art = the perfect place to take any family for an urban city session.
above left: One of my favorite shots. This kind of view from the train station totally brings me back to so many fond memories I have of college and my first years living downtown.
above: I love working with people who love to laugh
above: I actually took this right when I got home from our session and just minutes before the sun set.. and totally reflective of Jennifer & Jeff. Vibrant, warm, and beautiful people
The other weekend I spent with seriously some of the sweetest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. I originally met Kate through a mutual friend whose nursery she designed. After capturing her work for On to Baby and also getting to know her occasionally over the last year, Kate is my hands-down favorite interior designer in Chicago and the owner of Noble Design Group.
Needless to say I was beyond excited when Kate told me she’d be expecting a little girl of her own and I couldn’t wait to capture her own growing family and nursery
So the other week we got together for an early morning session to capture their life right before baby Piper’s arrival, and to spend a few hours with these two was just cloud nine for me. Their warmth was so infectious and they were even kind enough to invite me to stay for lunch afterwards. We walked around a local park, saw the duck pond and a pack of crazy squirrels (long story), and then walked back home to hang out for a bit more. Once we were finished shooting we enjoyed chips and salsa & enchiladas (which I must get the recipe for, they were so good!) and talked about technology overloading, helping the less fortunate, and their mission trips to China that they participate in often. It was the perfect session and I hope that these images reflect exactly what I’m talking about.
Anyway, thank you so much again Kate & Brandon for having me over and letting me capture your love, I can’t wait until baby Piper arrives soon! (only 3 more weeks!!) XO
above: Kate designed Piper’s nursery of course. I’m saving detail pictures for her newborn session, it is to die for!
above left: this was actually my test shot. I never delete them because often when I’m looking back I stop and realize I unknowingly captured an amazing split second moment
above: isn’t this outfit so gorgeous?? It’s from Akira, yes the whole thing (and I totally think I’m going out tomorrow and picking it up for myself)
above: Um, it’s really weird looking at yourself in the mirror posing for the camera lol! (forgot there was a mirror behind me when I was shooting this)
above: And the final question, what outfit will we photograph Piper in when she first comes home??