So babies?  They're pretty neat.  

There's a reason I enjoy doing newborn sessions and it has very little to do with the fact you get pretty pictures and very much to do with the fact I like what babies do to people.  Babies fascinate me.  A little tiny human being turned this Dad, who was most recently seen on the blog anticipating a stinky baby, into the baby whisperer...

and transformed Mom into a nursery decorator...

...and source of nutrition.

Babies are also ridiculously tiny.  I think I kind of freak some of my new clients out when I'm all trying to sneak in a sniff of the baby's neck or can't help but pinch their little teeny tiny toes.  (Seriously, look at a newborn's toenails or their hairy little backs and ears tell me that's not the most fascinating thing you've ever seen?)

Most parents create a (very) temporary "chaos is totally OK" bubble to practice in before routine sets in, and that's my favourite time to visit.  Maybe it's because everything is so raw and on the surface the energy is just electric.  I dunno how exactly to describe it, but I think know how to shoot it.

So *technically* I realize my job at a newborn session is to do stuff like this:

And *technically* I always try and get a family picture or two in...

(even if only part of the family is willing and able to cooperate)

But *technically* what keeps me doing newborn sessions more than anything else is the renewed fascination families have with each other and with their new baby in that first handful of confusing, scary, amazing, emotional, wonderfully exhausting days.  Your hormones are going nuts, you're baby's personality is just coming out, you have to work out things like feeding and diapering and bathing, and the learning curve is almost vertical whether you're adjusting to Baby No. 1 or Baby No. 5

Whatever the case may be, everyone adjusts and chaos eventually becomes routine... 

Some just adjust faster than others.

something blue

I was fortunate enough to have been able to cover this completely adorable wedding for a talented friend of mine who was struck down with a medical emergency.  Thank you SO much for trusting me to fill your big shoes (and getting me an early wedding fix!)  It was such a sweet and lovely day that even the less-than-sunny weather couldn't have made anyone blue.  Congratulations, H&P - best wishes and good luck for your upcoming move!  

love, cuddles, hats, sweetness, more love, mannies, love

I met Miss C's Mom just a few days after my firstborn son arrived and we became fast friends.  And I met Miss C mere seconds after she was born.  I've since adopted pretty much the entire family and think of them all as my sisters from other misters, other mothers, long lost cousins twice removed, and that sort of thing.  So when Miss C said she wanted some pics with Mr B I was delighted to have an excuse for a loooong-overdue visit, even though her beautiful Momma is getting married this fall and I'll get to hang out with them then.  This is what happened:

Making the day end on an EXTRA-awesome note, I got to see my beloved and beautiful K, who holds a very very EXTRA special place in my heart.  Kisses, hugs, love to the whole nutty bunch of y'all!!!

much epic many fun

So, last week someone shared a link to some clever guys at the Retouching Academy who decided to have some fun with a simple photoshop request,

and much hilarity ensued.  (Seriously you MUST go visit the original post...)

Of course, I was inspired to replicate this sort of delicious nonsense and so up went this picture with an invitation (and the model's blessing) to "remove the chair."

I can't pick  favourite.  You decide for yourself.  Thank you to all my talented friends who made this happen: