Owen's Fresh 48 - GLWACH Fort Leonard Wood / Photos + Video

When you hire me for a fresh 48 photography session, I am "on call" similar to birth photography, but instead of showing up when you're in active labor I come to the hospital after you've had the baby. I do offer a package where I'll show up immediately after birth, but typically a fresh 48 session happens later in the afternoon or next morning depending on time of birth. Most mother's who opt for a fresh 48 enjoy having time to shower and recover a bit from labor and can even do a little makeup if they desire. Fresh 48 sessions are also great for documenting when the siblings meet new baby for the very first time, or if grandparents from out of town are traveling in and would like to be included in the first photographs. Unlike a posed newborn session, this is somewhat "fly on the wall" as I quietly observe how in love you are with your new one, and only give direction when needed.

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Gianni Jr's First Birthday - Lifestyle and Cake Smash

Keturah emailed me months prior, asking if I would be available to photograph and film her son's first birthday. After a few quick emails, we decided on an in home lifestyle session followed by a "where the wild things are" cake smash at Happy Hollow on Fort Leonard Wood. Mom and dad were super chill and trusted my documentary work. They just followed a typical afternoon, reading and playing with Gianni Jr and allowing him to be boss of the house.  Keturah is stationed here during Captains Career Course and her husband is prior military. You can really tell how much love they have for each other and their sweet little boy. After our cake smash session, we ended the evening with a bath and some nursing photos in mom's bed where they love to snuggle. With my own nursing baby these photos are always so close to my own heart.

Piper Jade

Piper is a rainbow baby, which meant I HAD to deliver an awesome gallery to her parents. I've never personally suffered a miscarriage, but I can only imagine the pain parents feel. Mom Rachel bought a sweet headband and we coordinated rainbow cheesecloth wraps to tie in the theme. Sweet baby "Pips" was SO GOOD during our session, sleeping peacefully almost the entire time. I can't get over her sweet little eyelashes and tiny nose.

Pumpkin Minis - Ashley

Ashley moved here in September and took the area by storm. She's a super fun chick whos also a talented photographer! So when she asked to trade fall pumpkin sessions I jumped on that bandwagon so fast!

lifestyle family photo at stillwater farms pumpkin patch in richland missouri

Even though she looks about 16, she has three adorable boys (ages high school to three!) and her husband is equally awkward and fun. We had a blast asking each other to do goofy things for photos-sake while enjoying the beautiful fall weather at my friend Monica's pumpkin patch. Her farm, Stillwaters, is located in Richland Missouri and is the best. They had hay rides, games, a zip line, maze, and plenty of sweet treats including their own honey. If you're ever in the area be sure to grab some- I've had a lot of raw honey and theirs is amazing. 

Christmas Minis - Bradley and Jake

While I didn't end up doing a Christmas mini marathon this year, I did have a ton of fun with my favorite sweet boys! I love how Jake is so skeptical of his older brother, probably because older brothers are known for being a little mean at times! They really do love each other when the cameras aren't around :)

Elektra's first birthday

Nailini found me through another friend (and client) that is also stationed here at Fort Leonard Wood. We met up for coffee and talked about how her firstborn was about to turn one, and she wanted to take the leap to hire a professional photographer for the first time and capture the day and love their little family shares.

When I arrived, I was greeted by the sweetest itty bitty little girl dressed in a pink tutu. We played hide and seek while chatting with mom and dad, and then she really broke into giggles when Daddy came in to play. After a bit the balloons and cake were broken out- she might be tiny but she was not afraid of that cake!

How did you celebrate your little one's first birthday? I love how laid back and intimate this was, while still capturing the moments and personalities.  This sweet, smart little girl is going to go so far in life and one day will look back on her very first birthday cake smash and see how loved she is!