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October 22, 2014 ~ DeLand, FL ~ Newborn Session: Phoenix Dahlia Brower 

On the morning after Phoenix was born, I called my friend Emily just to check in with her. I knew she was getting so tired of being pregnant (I can hear all you Mama’s going “mmmhmm!”), and I thought I could drop by and see her since I was in her area. However, plans had changed, even though I didn’t know it yet. 🙂
Me: “Hi Emily! I thought I’d call and see how you are doing!!” 
She whispered a soft “Hi”, and I instantly knew something was off. 
Me: “Are you okay? Did I wake you up?” 
Emily: “I’m holding a brand new baby girl in my arms….”
Me: “You ARE?!!!” *and then I instantly burst into tears* hahaha! 
6 days later, I was honored to meet Miss Phoenix Dahlia and shoot her newborn pictures. 
It was the most special and precious and “aww-worthy” of days. 🙂 These are just some of my favorite newborn pictures ever!! 

Hello, tiny wonder …
… you are one of my favorite people in the whole world….
… and I’m so happy to finally meet you! 
Remember the blanket from Emily’s Maternity session that she was knitting? 
Well, that’s the beautiful purple blanket you’ll see in many of these pictures. Wrapped up in her Mama’s adoration and love. 
So very tiny. 
 
*such big yawns!*
Oh, so precious!

Beautiful love. 

Oh, that little nose peeking out!
Protective and wondering kitties. 😉
Emily knitted this adorable sweater for Phoenix, as well as the little pumpkin (and the turban she wore earlier!), so we did a little “Fall” session. After all, an October Baby deserves some Autumnal fun. 
The scent of the lemongrass hung in the cool breeze, leaves hushed in a slight raspiness as they trembled against each other,
 and an Autumn Baby slept on a blanket on the lawn. 
Oh sweetness. 
Phoenix Dahlia, it was a joy to take your newborn photos, and hold you for the first time that October day! 
It’s been a lovely thing to get to know you since then! 
Thank you, Brower family!! 
~ Jean Marie ~ 

October 9, 2014 ~ Titusville, FL ~ Maternity Session: The Santoras

This Lifestyle Maternity Session was so fun to shoot around the Santora’s beautiful home. 
I knew Josh & Emily as a couple from our church, and was delighted when they booked me for photos!! 
Josh works for NASA, and I’m a huge NASA fan, since I grew up with space in my blood. 😉 
Emily had done such a cute job of decorating little Baby Boy J’s nursery, 
and I had a wonderful time getting to know them both better during this session!! 
Yes, I was dyyyyiiinnnnggg over this astronaut onesie!!! 
Dr. Seuss story time in the nursery with their sweet dog, Dakota! 
Dakota was making us crack up so much, hahaha!! 
… and also making us melt with her sweetest, protective doggie love. 
I think I’m addicted and obsessed with Pet Photography. 
We went outside for some outdoor shots! 
*favorite* 

Josh & Emily are such a fun couple and so sweet together! 

An equally exuberant man and his dog at play. 😉 

Hahahahahha. So great. 
 Hearing Josh play was such a delight! 
I grew up hearing my Daddy play guitar, and it holds a dear place in my heart. 

Baby Converse on Josh’s guitar. 
I’m absolutely in LOVE with this next set of images. They speak of Home to me. 

Beautiful Mama!! 

Waiting….
“Little Pumpkin” Fall Fun!! 
I told Josh that I felt like he was holding back a little back….so he did this. I laughed so hard, I was crying!!
There was a cool little ballpark with a wooded area just a few minutes from their house that I’d previously scouted out, so we went over there at sunset to grab these. 

I’m the hugest fan of tender forehead kisses now. 

Emily was soooo easy to photograph, she’s beautiful, stunning and smilingly agreed to everything I asked of her! 
Baby J, you are so very wanted and loved by your Daddy & Mama!! 

I love taking a few couples photos at the maternity sessions! 
Happiness & Joyful Laughter in his eyes….
 …. and in hers. 
Josh hilariously requested the “American Gothic” Farm Couple pose. Hahahahaha. 
… and we ended by taking a walk under huge oak trees dripping curtains of Spanish moss. A favorite Southern delight.
Thank you so much, Josh & Emily!!! Y’all were so fun to be around and capture your joy and anticipation of your first son!! 
~ Jean Marie ~