As a photographer each session is special and unique to me so I have been struggling on which to blog about first. I knew I needed to incorporate sessions into my blog soon but which one to start with and then it just hit me… “I need to blog on Wednesday, I just shot Tatum’s 6 Month Session Saturday, She is 6 Months ON Wednesday”
So I introduce you to my sweet client Tatum! And her family!
One day last August I received a Facebook message from Stefani stating she had been referred to me from a friend of hers and she wanted to book me for the birth of her little girl in October! I was so excited, both because I LOVE when I get new clients from client referrals, and I love shooting Births and Fresh 48 Sessions!!! We scheduled a consult to go over details and most important, meet in person! I felt like I had known them forever, Stefani knew exactly what she wanted that day from their time with me. As a mother of 2, I totally got it and knew that I could capture Tatum’s first minutes & hours of life for her so she could cherish them always.
We knew Stefani was going in for a scheduled C-Section and more than likely I would not be allowed in the Operating room but we tried up until the min they wheeled her away to convince someone to let me in! It didn’t work, but she did have a sweet nurse who let me wait right by the elevator so I could start clicking away when Todd would bring his new daughter back to the nursery to get prepared to meet her new family.
While they took Stefani down to get prepped the nurse showed Todd and I to what would be her hospital room to put their things away and she would come get us when they were ready. We waited for what seemed like days!!! Poor Todd, this was his first child so he was of course a little anxious, after about 45 minutes of awkward silence/small talk (I had only chatted with him 5 min or so before the big day; ladies you know you are in charge of all this lol so I had only really dealt with Stefani) he says so serious “You don’t think they started without me, do you?” Just a few minutes later it was game time! And then just a short time later here he comes off the elevator with the biggest proudest smile on his face pushing his sweet baby girl!
While Stefani was in recovery I captured the first bottle, bath, weighing, foot prints, etc so she could see her new daughters first moments! The family that was excitedly awaiting the arrival from the waiting room was allowed back a short time after and that was when some of my favorite moments of the day really began! Jake meeting his new baby sister!!!
You see, I have a son and a daughter just like Stefani. My son is 4 years and 2 Months older than my daughter. When we had our ultrasound to determine her sex he pouted in a a corner that he wanted a brother not a sister and the told the tech she needed to look again. lol that’s all history! My son LOVES his sister more than anything! They have such a precious relationship and I am so glad they have each other.
Jake was the PROUDEST and Happiest little boy ever when he got to see his sister!! I always try hold all of my emotions during shoots but sometimes moments tug at my heart strings, & I did shed a couple tears because I knew in that moment Jake was going to be so good to Tatum just like my Trey is to Alee.
That is Jake & Tatum’s Pa giving his thumbs up to Todd after seeing his new granddaughter, but seriously look at that Smile and Sparkle on Big Brother Jake’s face!!!! Preciousness!!!
Not only did I get to capture all of these memories for Stefani and Todd, but I have captured these sweet kids at Tatum’s Newborn, Easter, & 6 Month Sessions. Here are some of my favorite shots from that day and Tatum’s 1st 6 Months of life!
Happy 6 Months Tatum!!
Stefani & Todd, thank you for letting me capture these precious moments for your family!
You can view all of the photos from Tatum’s Sessions on my website under Feature Photos.
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Have a Great Day!