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I’ve been photographing this family since there was just two of them, Ashley and Ryan, expecting their first. Last week we had our third newborn session together and with that many little ones now in the mix, it was our best yet. The more babies, the more love. The louder, the sweeter, the more fun. Sawyer Graham has been born into a pretty great home, and older siblings Lincoln and Ivy are pretty proud of their little brother.

Many thanks, King family, for allowing me to follow along and document your family’s growth and love!


Moccasins: Minimoc found at Spruce Collective
Swaddle blanket: Vonbon

PS: are you a bride looking for a makeup artist? Ashley is one of the best (she was mine when I got married!), so give her a ring!

I’m already looking back on our Montreal trip wistfully. It was quick – just two nights – but there was something about those couple days we had to wander about the city. Perhaps it was our small window of reclaimed freedom! Zaya stayed at home with Grandma and Grandpa, and as tough as it was to leave him, it was worth it to have those days just for the two of us. And really, I’m sure Zaya was much happier! I don’t think he would have enjoyed our 7:40am (eastern time, of course) appointment at the US Consulate – our reason for going.

The final step in my green card process was an interview and I’m thankful to stay it was a success! I received my approval right then and there, wrapping up our two year wait (which was only supposed to take nine months!). Another couple of weeks and my visa will be activated, making me an official resident of the United States. I will also be expanding my business to this side of the border, so Washington State brides (and beyond!), I’d love to hear from you!

With the rest of our time in Montreal, we set out to explore and eat (the best sandwiches at Olive & Gourmando) and drink good coffee (Lili & Oli with thanks to friend Jamie Delaine for the recommendation!). I had packed along my camera for the trip but when it came time to walk the city, I made a last minute decision to leave it in the hotel room…and simply take my iPhone. My pictures may be of less quality but it was pretty nice to travel so light.

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It’s always the sweetest pleasure being invited to photograph those first days at home with a new baby. Nothing else matters but this tiny little being and the family that they are surrounded by and loved on by.

I met Maddison when I photographed her sister Lexy’s wedding last September, and was all too excited when I received an email from her shortly after regarding newborn photos! Her sweet baby boy Declan was born early April and twelve days old at our shoot. He and his tiny features, soft rolls and bright eyes were oh so photogenic…


  • Valerie - April 20, 2015 - 6:36 pm

    These photos are absolutely beautiful. You have captured the love that these two have for each other and their beautiful little boy!! Wonderful, wonderful photos.
    Thank you.ReplyCancel