The 6 Month Mark

There may be nothing I love about photography more than watching how peoples lives evolve in front of the camera, it humbles me every time I’m asked to capture the changes and chronicle the key points in their lives as they happen.

Late last summer I took maternity photos of Gwen at the river, this winter I was given the opportunity to capture Levi not long after his entry into the world, and here we are at the 6 month mark of his life.  I’m in awe of how much can happen in such a short span of time.  I’m quieted by Levi – his expression filled eyes, his charming smile, his chunky little thighs, and the best qualities of both his parents seeping out of him.  The glances, the held stare, the bashful turn from the camera.  Here’s a tiny handful of what their love looks like.

Happy half-way-to-one mark, Little Man.  You’re still one of the luckiest kids I know to be born to such amazing folks with such kind spirits.


Cindy & Lolly

A month ago I received a late request for a photo session, which bothered me NONE since it was a client I’d worked with previously.  Or should I say clients?

Cindy, Lolly and I spent a winter afternoon together a year or so ago, which resulted in some beautiful images of them.  That’s due to the subject, not the photographer (thought I like to think I had something to do with it?).  With their imminent feature in The Decatur Patch, they needed an updated set of images, so I ran over  late one afternoon shortly after a rainstorm and fired off a series of shots.

Cindy and Lolly are dream clients, so at ease in front of the camera and so photogenic!  Cindy didn’t mind a bit as I asked her to move this way and that to get in tight with Lolly and Lolly? She did everything I asked her to do and then some.

Props to both of you for having your adoption story featured on The Patch, and thank you for letting me be a part of your story!




Little Man Wyatt (& Co.)

We all get caught up in our day to day, and only realize on our birthdays or major holidays how much has or hasn’t changed in the year that’s flown by.  The things we meant to do, people we meant to call, letters we meant to write.  It’s life.  On special dates (or days of the week if we’re lucky), we give pause to reflect and appreciate.

This particular one year mark rocked me off my chair.

In February of 2011, I’d been asked by Wyatt’s mom to come over for a shoot.  She wanted to capture Wyatt in his environment, on his terms, in his reality.  One year ago, that meant fresh from open heart surgery.  It meant tubes coming out of his belly.  It meant help breathing, and very grateful, anxious and adoring parents.

Here is an explanation that I took from the A Wish for Wyatt facebook page:

Wyatt was born on Aug. 1, 2010- 6 weeks prematurely and with a congenital heart defect, Critical Aortic Stenosis. Since there was no indication of a problem during Jennifer’s pregnancy, this came as a complete shock.

Wyatt underwent a balloon angio on August 5, which opened his aortic valve. But his heart’s left ventricle had been damaged in the womb and was unable to pump out enough blood to his body. Because of the LV problems, his mitral valve then began to leak. Wyatt struggled for 2 months in the ICU.

Egleston hospital in Atlanta did the best they could, but finally admitted that Wyatt’s only option was a heart transplant. Transplanted hearts live an average of 12 years and have a 60% chance of survival all together. If Wyatt did survive, he might be
eligible for a 2nd heart, but 3rd hearts were rarely transplanted.

On the advice of Jamie Annarino, Clint and Jen sent Wyatt’s medical records to Children’s Hospital Boston. Dr. del Nido said that he could operate on Wyatt’s heart and avoid a heart transplant.

On October 12, Wyatt was flown to Boston and on the 19th, underwent open heart surgery to repair his aortic and mitral valves. The surgery was a success! After 2 months in the ICU, his left ventricle recovered and he was sent home: a few days before Christmas and for the first time in his little life.

Today, Wyatt’s heart is still recovering and he will most likely require more surgery on his mitral valve. Hopefully it will be later, rather than sooner.

I was humbled by the invitation to do that shoot, and I loved Wyatt instantly.  He charmed me with those big, brown eyes and his strong, calm gaze.  He seemed to look straight through me, and he remains the most agreeable model I’ve ever had.

Too close to the one year mark not to be ignored, his mother invited me back to get a new round of images.  Wyatt was now a stumbling, burly toddler.  Wyatt also has a new little brother – Luke.

Here are a few of the images from that day, but for the real goods, you should click through and see the job their momma did matching up shots year to year.  I won’t lie, it made me weepy.


Baby Levi

A few months back, I took photos of Gwen and her lovely belly.  I’ve been busy since then with an arrival of our own, so I’ve barely lifted the lens.  In fact, Gwen is my last post and that was in September.  Oh, the shame!

Well, here we are, welcoming the arrival of her beautiful and charming son, Levi.  He arrived 12/11, went home 12/15 and on 12/26 I popped over for his first modeling job.  Since then I also had some site issues (which my brilliant friend Robert of WizKid Studios resolved for me today) and, of course, that puppy I mentioned.  Did I mention puppies are A LOT of work?  Did I mention how precious Levi is?  Perfect little fingers and toes and nose and ears and I could have gobbled him up.

Welcome to the world, little man. You hit the parental jackpot.


Beauty & “The Bump”

It’s not hard to take stunning photos of a mother-to-be when she’s as charismatic and photogenic as the lovely Ms. Gwen (not that I’d ever be so bold as to say my photos are stunning, rather that she is).  She’s also a planner, so when you put the two of us together for a morning of snapsnapsnap, you’re in for a morning of epic efficiency.  I had the spot and some ideas for posing, she had the wardrobe and more ideas for posing – we were in and out in an hour with 98 images I love.

Gwen has been a “victim” of my photography for a number of years, and as lame as it sounds to say I was stupid excited to part of this new chapter of her journey…I was.  Am.  Continue to be.

She’s one of those spirits that you come across a handful of times in your life if you’re lucky –  who makes you snort laugh, who encourages you to dream, and who lives with seemingly boundless enthusiasm. I am thankful for her, and envious of her child and the magnificent childhood he/she is in store for.

Please join me in celebrating Ms. Gwen, her man, and their growing Sagittarius bump by enjoying a handful of images from of our magical woodland themed morning by the river.


Baby Levi » Shooting Nouns - April 12, 2012 - 11:59 pm

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merrilee peterson - September 26, 2011 - 6:36 pm

Well, Gwen you make a beautiful mother-to-be!!!! Looking forward to your mom’s announcement that she a grandmother of a ___!!!!!!

I am afraid I have had to retire from the “wet nurse” business, but if you need any referrals I can help you out!

Best of luck and blessings, Your mom’s “hippy” friend