Olivia's birth {throwback!}

I've always admired birth photography. Weddings, engagements, family photographs are all wonderful and the chance to be a part of people's lives in those ways have been incredibly rewarding. But, at least in my mind, birth photography is somewhat different--it's really intimate. So of course {with their blessing} I had to jump at the opportunity to photograph my niece being born. I didn't post my photos at the time for a lot of different reasons; to be honest the photographs are not my best work. But looking back on them I can't help my smile. My sister's strength and resolve even during the day-and-a-half of labor {ahhhhh!} was astounding as was my brother-in-law's unwavering support and encouraging words throughout the entire process. Towards the end when Olivia was actually born I was jumping around and shaking so much that the photographs came out quite blurry. Forgive me! But I hope that the anticipation and excitement of that day (and a half) as well as the pain and suffering that my sister endured while laboring are palpable through the photos. I'm so proud of my sister and I don't think there are enough words in the world to describe how thankful I am. Looking back on these I am truly, truly in awe of Olivia's growth and development and I cannot believe that this newborn is now a boisterous tot! 

Ava+Thomas {expecting!}

Ava and Thomas are expecting their first child--a baby girl!--next month. In anticipation of the little lady's birth we decided to take maternity photos at Robert Moses State Park and Captree State Park. These high school sweethearts were absolute naturals in front of the camera; there was so much love and adoration bubbling over. I'm so grateful to have captured this exciting stage of their lives and cannot wait to meet their sweet baby girl!

Olivia {first birthday!}

My niece turns one tomorrow!

My sister and brother-in-law threw her a small party this past weekend in PA. Family came from NY, NJ, DC, Costa Rica, and Korea {crazy, eh?}. She walked towards all of the items during her doljabi but ended up selecting the mini-piano. So perhaps music is in her future?

Words cannot even begin to describe how a-m-a-z-i-n-g this past year has been. As the only baby in the family on both sides Olivia has profoundly enriched and infused our lives with abounding joy and laughter. Happy birthday beautiful girl!