Could this family be any more gorgeous or better dressed?

Highly doubtful.

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Amazing how fast they grow up!  Julianna was such a sweetheart at her newborn session too:).

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Thanks so much guys–I loved every minute:).

When I was pregnant with my first, so many people tried to tell me what an amazing thing breastfeeding would be.  I must say, I was pretty dubious at first, as Little Bits #1 took about 6 weeks to figure the whole thing out.  It did not feel amazing.  It felt stressful and frustrating and confusing and painful.  I often felt like I was failing.

It did get better.  So much better.

Now, 5 kids later, I get it.  I understand the beauty of being forced to take a break from the day-to-day craziness, find a quiet place, and just revel in my new tiny person every few hours.  To have that connection of sharing with and giving to my babies last just a little bit longer.

For months I had been wanting to have some nursing pictures taken, as there is a pretty good chance that I am almost done nursing forever.  I just needed to make it happen.  I was so grateful to April Newman for being willing to take those images for me.  I will treasure them always.

It just so happens that she has her own little person, so we swapped sessions.  Both Eva and Oliver are extremely distractable nursers so I wasn’t too sure how things were going to go, but I love what we both captured of these too-fleeting moments of quiet and love and connection.

(Disclaimer: these are breastfeeding images.  They are not graphic in any way, but if breastfeeding makes you uncomfortable, just skip down to the next posts where the babies are sleeping instead of eating:).)

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That look!  That’s the look I am going to always remember with my own little people.  That one right there:).

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It is with a sad heart that I announce that my family, and consequently my portrait business, is moving to Kansas City in a couple of months. While I have heard nothing but good things about the area, and I know that the move will bless my family, I am sad to leave all of my wonderful clients and friends of the past four years. I want to thank each of you for allowing me into your lives to capture beginnings and milestones, love and laughter in your families. Thank you so much for your kindness and for your business – I have the best clients in the world:).

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Again, I thank you for all of your love and support over the past 4 years. It has been a blessing to meet each one of you.

5 pounds, 15 ounces of pure perfection.  What more can I say?

Baby Jillian, 8 days:

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I don’t often have the chance to photograph families without an itty bitty person, but when I do, it’s so much fun!  I just love capturing those interactions between family members, especially siblings, so when my sister-in-law came to visit with her 5-year old twins I couldn’t wait to photograph them.  To focus on those relationships, we kept the clothing super simple in the studio.  We had so much fun playing games together, and I adore these images:).

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