i knew after THIS gorgeous maternity session that baby clay was going to be a looker. when mama jen called to let me know that she and scott's little man had arrived i couldn't wait to meet the little fella!
meet baby clay :]
meet little daxton.
born three weeks early, dax's mama couldn't be more elated that she and hubby kyle got to meet their little man a bit sooner than expected. why? dax was wearing out his welcome! lisa's belly had grown into a torpedo of sorts. while they were expecting a giant of a baby (dad is over 6'4") they were greeted with this little man - emphasis on man. daxton was a mere 6 lbs, and the anderson's own little benjamin button.
"Picture a spot of beauty rare
Picture a sky so blue and fare
Paint it with rainbow hues so bright
Then tone it down with shades of night
Paint it with inspiration true
Then let it fill the heart of you
Picture a Tannadoonah like this
A camp of peace and bliss"
a tanna-what-a? tanna-who? simply put, camp tannadoonah is my second favorite place in the history of ever (if you follow this blog you'd already know notre dame takes the cake). it was here, at this campfire camp in vandalia, michigan, i first met the bride-to-be below.
picture this: we're gangly pre-teens, myself in braces, without our parents for a week, in a cabin in the woods, all hopped up on sugar from 'store' and giggly over those CUTE boys in luta koda (the only boys' cabin which literally means "little princess." mull that one over, why dontcha). camp was the time. of. our. lives. i still cherish memories i made there as a camper, and then counselor myself, to this day.
flash forward a decade+ and this girl i once knew is now a woman, and this man has won her heart...and declared it with a ROCK. i'm talkin a ROCK. i'm surprised carolyn doesn't need to visit a chiropractor on the regular due to her hand being dragged down (i luh-luh-luh-luhhhhhhh it).
so, sweet, sweet super slip, it only seemed natural that we'd do your engagement photos in the woods. i am so very happy for you, and i know you'll make a gorgeous bride. will there be any donkey riding at the reception?
jennifer and i have known one another since our elementary and middle school days. it was a sweet surprise to me when another of our middle school classmates bought a gift certificate for a friend and it turned out to be her!
while the weather was chilly the day of their shoot, scott and jen braved the cold for some snowy snapshots. we then followed those up with some photos at school; jen and scott are both teachers!
jen, i can't wait to meet little clay. i know you and scott will be wonderful parents as you're already a great mom and dad to your furbabies :]
sweet little sorin was born just THREE DAYS after i first met his parents for their maternity session. it was at their maternity session, i later learned, that i inadvertently helped name him! for those of you not up on your notre dame history, fr. sorin founded the university. during our baby bump shoot adam and jacqueline, both notre dame grads themselves, and i passed two different statues of fr. sorin, and with a glance at one another, the decision was made.
little sorin is sure to be a big irish fan; check out that bow tie!
while i get to hear about this trio daily, i don't get to see their personalities in action nearly enough. ethan, zeta, and azure are three of the sweetest, most bubbly and energetic children i've ever met. and can i mention adorable?!
i give you, my boss' children, the nunemaker kids!
watching babies grow before my lens is one of my favorite things i witness with my camera. it was just a year ago khloe was preparing for her first Christmas, and Santa (briney family [christmas]). this year, she's walking, talking, and has a mind all her own.
to say i'm smitten by this little one is an understatement. she's just so sweet! kyle and danielle, i love your little family, and that you've asked me to capture so many special moments in your daughter's growing up. she is precious, but i know you already knew that.
some may call it obsessed. i stand firm of the opinion that i just know a good thing when i see it.
the university of notre dame is a good thing.
growing up in south bend i was raised an irish fan. i remember being a little, little girl watching football games with my dad. by watching, i mean i was playing on my kitchen set while dad paced around the living room because he couldn't sit still. it was at this young age that something was instilled in me that notre dame, the irish, they're something special. in middle school, after my grandad's passing, my mom and gramma and i took an (ill-fated) trip to jacksonville, fl to watch the irish play in the gator bowl. the love-affair with the irish is a family thing, and my gramma knew how badly i wanted to see autrey denson's last game. while we may not have won the game...i may have inadvertently wound up with four broken toes after the loss...we may have been stranded for four days because there was a blizzard in south bend...and i may have missed my 13th birthday at school (big deal!), my love for all things notre dame football never faltered.
it occurred to me this past week, saturday around 11:30 to be exact, that this season is a bit of welcomed, good karma for all irish fans. you see, i wobbled around on crutches in three feet of snow after an irish loss in 1999. after that, it was a rough decade+. we, as fans, have learned there are few things more painful than faked field goals, last minute field goals, Bush-pushes, and worst-seasons-in-the-history-of-ever. i lived outside of michigan stadium for four years of my life; being an irish fan isn't always easy. but this year? this year has made up for it all.
this year i watched every home game at notre dame stadium.
this year we saw manti te'o lead his team to 12-0.
this year the university of notre dame will play for a national championship ON MY BIRTHDAY.
i cannot put into words how excited and still dumbfounded i am that i'm witnessing this season. i've always heard of the famed lore of winning seasons and championships past from my dad, but now i get to experience it. so, this is what winning feels like? i'll take it.
the following are a few images i captured from senior day against wake forest. i hope you enjoy them as much as i enjoyed being there to see manti take the field at home one last time. oh, and one last thing:
**images are for my personal collection only and are not for sale due to NCAA compliance rules.**