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Powell, Knoxville, TN

Monday, August 8, 2011
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I am so excited to share photos of this amazing little girl that I photographed yesterday. Although she was actually due today, little Harper Grace was born at 24 weeks gestation back in April. She weighed just 1lb 6oz at birth and was 11" long.

At long last, she is now home with her adoring parents Crystal and Matt and big sister Billie, and she weighs a whopping 5lb 4oz. She is the tiniest little princess but already has a lot of personality and spunk. She is amazingly strong for her size, and she is strong-willed with definite preferences. She is only truly happy and peaceful when being held, but there's no shortage of eager arms willing to do just that. I'm sure that she has been able to not only survive but thrive because of her family's love and faith and all of the compassionate support and prayer that they receive from the many who know and love them. They are an amazing family that I have been priveleged to know since I first photographed their wedding back in 2007, and I am overjoyed for them to have this beautiful, little addition.

I normally like to photograph babies within ten days of birth, but that obviously wasn't possible with Harper. Although she is still smaller than most newborns, she was much more challenging to work with. She really made us work for the photos that we got, but that makes it even more rewarding.

Baby smiles are so sweet, but capturing them takes a bit of luck and a lot of patience. I actually had to edit two shots together to get each of the finished photographs below, but I love the results.

Little Miss Harper Grace

Little Miss Harper Grace
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On Location, Sweden

Thursday, August 4, 2011
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Congratulations to Sara and Dan on their beautiful, little girl who finally made her appearance yesterday after 39 hours of labor! Unfortunately, I don't know when I'll get to meet her since they live about 4,500 miles away in Sweden, but here are a few photographs that I took of little Emelie Madelaine while she was still inside her gorgeous momma's belly last month.

My Newest Niece

My Newest Niece

My Newest Niece

My Newest Niece
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Fountain City, Knoxville, TN

Tuesday, August 2, 2011
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We're having a mini baby boom in my family where both of my sisters and my sister-in-law were pregnant at the same time as me. My older sister lives out of town but happened to be visiting Knoxville when she went into labor and gave birth less than half an hour after arriving at the hospital. Little Landon weighed 8lb 5oz and was only a few hours old when I took these photographs at the hospital.

My First Nephew

My First Nephew

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West Hills, Knoxville, TN

Sunday, July 17, 2011
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Here are a few more favorite photographs from my session with the triplets, including one of Alayna with her big sister Audrey. They were all three under 5lb when born at 34 weeks, and they did spend some time in the NICU. At this newborn session, they were just under a month old but still smaller than most full-term babies.

Charlie, Caleb, and Alayna

Charlie, Caleb, and Alayna

Charlie, Caleb, and Alayna

Charlie, Caleb, and Alayna

Charlie, Caleb, and Alayna

Charlie, Caleb, and Alayna

Charlie, Caleb, and Alayna

Charlie, Caleb, and Alayna

Charlie, Caleb, and Alayna
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South, Knoxville, TN

Thursday, July 14, 2011
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As I finish up orders from some recent sessions, I'm going to add a few additional photos to the blog. Here are more favorites of precious Josie at 8 days old.

Baby Josie

Baby Josie

Baby Josie

Baby Josie

Baby Josie

Baby Josie

Baby Josie

Baby Josie

Baby Josie

Baby Josie
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