Newborn Baby Esther

After doing Jessica and Kyle's maternity pictures (check out the rest of the slideshow here, it was a PLEASURE to get the opportunity to do newborn pictures of baby Esther. She is a stunning baby with a full head of hair! When I got there, I had the pleasure of meeting Jess's parents. Kyle and Jess were more than willing to oblige my every creative whim and, as always, it's just nice working with friends.

Matt and I have officially been married for one year and while we're waiting on the kids part (5-7 years sounds great to me!) We are really excited about being future parents. Based on how Matt acts around our adorable niece Blair (*cough* wrapped around her little finger *cough*) I'm pretty sure I'll end up being the disciplinarian.

Shoot, even how he acts around our dog, Max! Here is some typical dialogue from the O'Neal household: Me: Alright, Max. Time for bed. Crate time! Matt: Oh, he's alright! Let's just let him cuddle with us for a few more minutes. Fast-forward to around 2:33am, Max has all 69lbs of himself sprawled out on his back, mid-bed, legs splayed. Meanwhile, my 6'2'' hubby has contorted his body in an interesting shape so as not to disturb said dog, leaving his beautiful wife to lay precariously over the edge of the bed. Good thing they're both cute!

Sweet Family

I had the immense pleasure of photographing the Alexander family last week. Lakeyshia Alexander had just given birth to her sweet new baby, Khalip on August 8, 2011.He weighed 8 lbs 7oz and was 21 inches long. He also has a big brother named Bryce. Bryce was so helpful and sweet the entire time we shot.
And it looks like he is already the best older brother EVER!
As beautiful as this family is, it isn't complete without dad, who's been overseas fighting for our country. When I arrived last week to shoot these pictures, Lakeyshia told me that he would be returning home on September 10 to rejoin his family and meet his new son. I was so elated to hear this for them! There is so much love in this family for one another, and I am ecstatic to get the chance to get a family portrait for them once he gets back!


And as sweet and precious as brotherly love is, it is possibly even more precious to see a mother's love for her boys. 
It was such a pleasure meeting this family! And you can check out their entire slideshow here.

Love your guts out!

I had a shoot on Friday with Lisa and Rob Fortner that I thought turned out AWESOME! I love this family and how they interact. Not to mention, they're pretty :-) One of the cute quirks about Rob and Lisa is that when they were dating, they used to say "love your guts out" to show affection. I think that's awesome, and it's stuck with me. Now, they have two beautiful kids and a family solidly grounded on love with a side of goofball. It was a blast to hang out with them at the park. Enjoy the shots-you can view the entire slideshow here Now, everyone, go love someone's guts out! :-)