Maternity Session in Baton Rouge at Hilltop Arboretum.. and me 5 Months Preggo!

First Babies and making beautiful Maternity Sessions!!! 

Man, I couldn't REALLY know how exciting this aspect of Motherhood was until I became pregnant myself! I had done hundreds of Family Photography Sessions and Maternity Sessions since starting my business full time but honestly, I didn't understand the JOY behind this slot of time to really appreciate it all! 

Until now.... when I am almost 5 month pregnant! (Picture of me with Baby Charles in tow). Some people say I don't look 5 months pregnant but let me assure you, Natty is FULLY pregnant!! That tummy was non-existent till Baby Charlie arrived on the scene and I have 3 months of sickness to vouch for his growing little self as well! 

Maternity, Baby, Lifestyle Photography

So when I photographed Karla and her hubby the other day it was so much more meaningful celebrating in their sweet joy that's on her way! 

Maternity, Baby, Lifestyle Photography
Maternity, Baby, Lifestyle Photography

Of course my sessions will always look very lifestyle and classic. I asked Karla what her desire were for their maternity session and she was all about the great outdoors and nature. This of course made me more than happy to accommodate! We went to LSU's Hilltop Arboretum off of Highland Road to begin.

Maternity, Baby, Lifestyle Photography
Maternity, Baby, Lifestyle Photography
Maternity, Baby, Lifestyle Photography

We got some many precious takes with the three of them. I could not help myself but to of course utilize the Golden Hour. Did I mention how gorgeous Karla is and how impossible it was to get a bad photograph of her? Yeah... there basically was not one. And her hubs was such a nice guy- asking me if I needed help with my bags and always helping with the set up of shots. A lot of time guys are not the enthusiast ones with photography sessions so this is a real treat! 

Maternity, Baby, Lifestyle Photography
Maternity, Baby, Lifestyle Photography
Maternity, Baby, Lifestyle Photography

We wrapped up the Maternity Session talking about potential names and finding the best spots for the end of their session. 

Maternity, Baby, Lifestyle Photography
Maternity, Baby, Lifestyle Photography

What even BLESSED me more than I have expressed is this sweet lady brought ME a GIFT!!! Do I need to remind you that this was the first time we met? She didn't know me from atom and she was so kind to think of me when we were there for her!!! 

Thank you Jesus for some of the best clients a girl can ask for!! 

Happy Motherhood, Karla!! You will be an excellent first time mommy, I am assured of it... 

 

 

 

Baton Rouge Adoption and Family Session

These two.

Known for years. Loved since I met. Absolutely no one like them. 

Barton and Heather Pickens. 

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Within the last two years God has been doing something very, very special within my friend's lives. Unbeknownst to them until recently, their little story will be involving a special addition into their family. One that could not be any more welcomed. 

My dear friends will be adopting. 

Some people build corporations, some firms, other's build other people's dreams...

Well, these two will be building a child's life.

One who could otherwise have been... without. 

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When Barton approached me about sharing their story I was beyond thrilled. To be a part of what God is building in another friend's life, there is no greater joy. I loved his creativity to help share their news with friends and family. They were full of ideas and thoughts on how to best share their news so we set a date and headed to downtown Baton Rouge to capture their story.

It is a step of faith they are stepping but it one they wholeheartedly feel they need to move into. So we got together to share their news that they would be adopting a Baby Girl Pickens within their next year! 

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They have absolutely ZERO idea what state she will come from, or who her family is now or the color of her hair or the tone of her skin but they know this... she will be theirs and she will be loved. 

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Baton Rouge Photographer
Baton Rouge Photographer
Baton Rouge Photographer
Baton Rouge Photographer

I can not express enough how joyful I am for this darling, little family to begin! After much prayer and waiting and seeking they fully are prepared for the journey that lies before them. And I can't express enough how much they deserve it! 

This little duo is about to become a trio and there is just no amount of anything that can hold their joy back!!! 

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This little bebe to be, whether still in the womb, not even here yet or almost to her birthday, will be totally and outrageously loved and cared for by these two.... forever... 

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I just love documenting families and now families to be! 

So here's to a remarkable journey for a remarkable couple that will ultimately change all three of their lives forever and ever. Amen. 

Baton Rouge Family Session

Baby Emma arrived!!! 

Congratulations Powers and Ashley on your precious little Bebe... She is just too adorable. I guess we lucked out because her newborn session was a hit! Little lady slept the whole way through even when we brought the doggies in to say hello! 

I had the opportunity to photograph Powers and Ashley's wedding earlier this year and this was such a special treat to also be able to document their sweet girl's first couple days in the Big Ole World!

Welcome, Baby Emma! 

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baton rouge newborn photographer
baton rouge newborn photographer

Mommy and daddy seemed to be living la vida bebe!!

They were so smitten in the midst of the tiredness that newborns can bring. 

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baton rouge newborn photographer
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baton rouge family newborn photographer
baton rouge family photographer
baton rouge family photographer

I almost died when I was photographing Emma in daddy's arms. You would have thought she was in daddy heaven with her sweet head propping. 

baton rouge family photographer

Mommy is an avid horseback rider so we made her portrait dreams come true with baby Emma and her faithful saddle. Baby Emma loved it. 

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baton rouge family newborn photographer
baton rouge family newborn photographer

Enjoy Baby Bliss, you two! 

Baton Rouge Newborn Photography Session

Baby George in all his sweetness. 

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baton rouge photography

Georgie is a fan of the sea and whales even more particularly. 

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And Natty is a fan of little, tiny toes on little, tiny feets! 

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baton rouge photography
baton rouge photography

For some reason this face just says it all. "Ok, mom. Photoshoot almost a wrap? I need some milk."

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baton rouge photography

And this image right here has to be my favorite of all. Carolyn making motherhood look so flawless and easy. She is very smitten for her sweetheart, George Elliot.  

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This I love though. Someone is feeling left out. 

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Not for long though! 

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Still plotting on how to get Baby George's spot :)

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Home sweet home. Where life is best. 

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The end. 

XOX, Natty

Baton Rouge Family Photography Session

I like a woman who knows what she wants. Possibly, because I was not that woman for so long but oh, how the times do change. Meet Anatasia. She wanted sun flare. Lots and lots of sun flare. Upon leaving the shoot she even asked, "can you add the sun light to all the images". Uhm, not how that works but I will see what I can do :) 

maternity session

So we got that sun flare. Lots and lots of it. 

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maternity session
maternity session
maternity session
maternity session

Joshua and her were just darling and all about going with the flow of the session. I brought a favorite cloth from India for the ground and I let Joshua dose off for a nappy poo while we got some images of this Russian beauty. 

maternity session
maternity session
maternity session

We did have to wake him up eventually. 

maternity session
maternity session
maternity session

And he was a fantastic participator. Not per usual for the males :) 

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The two could not make a bad image if they tried. Just gorgeous. Plain, flat out gorgeous. 

maternity session
maternity session
maternity session

But baby is coming in just a matter of days so get all the sleep you can now because life will be forever changed soon!! 

XOX- Natty