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Simpsonville Cake Smash Photographer: Silvia

Hannah’s mama Silvia called me a little after Hannah’s first birthday for  Simpsonville Cake Smash photos.

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Silvia wanted to memorize ever little detail of her little girl.  The time was moving so fast.

 

Silvia is from Germany and living and working here in the United States for two years.  While laughing Silvia requested a cake smash because “Those just aren’t done in Germany and it will remind us of our time here.”Greenville SC Cake Smash Photographer

So we set up a cake smash and bubble bath for sweet Hannah and we had a blast!

Session for a shy one year old in Simpsonville SCHannah was a little shy at the begging of her sessions which is truly normal for a one year old.   This image of Silvia reassuring Hannah is my favorite from their whole session.As you can see, I won her over with the rocking horse above!

In Germany, they don’t do cake smashes like they do here in the United States.  Silvia enjoyed creating a truly American memory.

Simple Simpsonville Cake Smash photos

But Hannah really loved splashing in the water. It was the highlight of her time in the studio!

One year old bubble bath pictures after cake smash

Babies always love splashing around after their cake and Hanna was no exception!

One Year Old Bubble Bath Picture Greenville SC

 

Silvia and Hannah, I look forward to seeing you again as Hannah grows!

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Simpsonville Studio Maternity Photographer: The Story of Lindsey

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Sometimes mamas amaze me from the very beginning.

Lindsey was one of those mamas.  Her very first email won me over immediately.  Her grateful heart and bubbly personality shone through from the beginning.

Lindsey’s baby was a complete miracle. A previous emergency surgery had given her a very small chance to conceive again.  Just as her husband Jason and she had surrendered their hope for another baby….

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SURPRISE!

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And even better yet, they took the surprise further by keeping the gender a surprise until his/her birth day!  I honestly can’t wait to meet s/he and find out.  I love that Lindsey is keeping it a surprise for me even after delivery.

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Lindsey chose to add hair and makeup onto her  maternity session and she was overjoyed with her choice.  Katie from Cotton Rouge made Lindsey feel and look so amazing that Jason and Lindsey spontaneously hired a sitter for date that evening!

Katie from Cotton Rouge

Speaking of Jason and Lindsey, their bond was one of the most beautiful husband and wife relationships I have witnessed in the studio.  When Jason brought the boys into the studio Lindsey pretty much glowed.  He made her smile and blossom into the most beautiful version of herself right in front of my eyes.  I couldn’t believe it.

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And their boys… ah Sawyer and Cole.  These little love bugs were adorable.

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Sawyer at two was the most obedient two year old I’ve ever had in the studio.  Although he did get a little flustered as his attention span waned, we almost always got the shot with Sawyer in the first couple of frames.
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Cole is Lindsey’s adventurous dare devil.  His personality shined immediately.  I’m not sure we got a single classic smile at all, but that’s okay because we captured his mischievous personality to the fullest.  I loved it.

Four Year Old Timeless Studio Portrait

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Lindsey, I can’t wait to meet your surprise miracle.  Thank you so much for trusting me with your memories.

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Newborn Pictures Greenville SC : Baby Zane

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Meet Zane who came for Newborn Pictures Greenville SC.  This little bundle won the award for best hair in the history of all newborns here at Quiet Graces.  We didn’t style it or anything.  It just stuck up like this! We called it “baby Elvis hair.”  And it’s to die for!Timeless Newborn Pictures Greenville SC

Zane has a remarkable story.  His adoptive mom Randi always wanted to adopt a little one with Down Syndrome.  It had been her dream since just 12 years old.  When the time was right, Randi connected with the National Down Syndrome Adoption Network. Randi’s little girl dream was coming true!
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After a year of waiting, Randi was matched with Zane’s amazing birth Mom.  Their relationship is beautiful.  Gifts and goodies are mailed to Zane.  Beautiful words are spoken between both of them to encourage and support. Their match was clearly a miracle of grace.Simpsonville SC Special Needs Newborn Photographer

Zane came to see us at 1 month old which is the perfect age for newborns with low trunk tone or hypotonia.  All children with Down syndrome have hypotonia which make them super flexible but also very difficult to keep in a pose. Their little bodies just don’t stay put in the same way as other newborns.  Greenville SC Timeless Simple Newborn Photographer

Zane’s mama Randi and I are very passionate about Down syndrome awareness.  Did you know that between 75-90% of babies diagnosed in utero with Down syndrome in the USA are aborted?   The list of those ready to adopt are around 100 strong, but most expecting mamas don’t know about the beautiful mamas ready to adopt. If you’re an expecting mama, please feel free to contact me here and I can put you in touch with Randi or Amanda to hear their stories.  Down syndrome isn’t scary, but it can seem overwhelming at diagnosis.Newborn Photographer Simpsonville SC Baby Detail Macro Pictures

Do you have or are expecting a special needs newborn?  We’d love to help you plan your custom session with us.  We want to help you show just how beautiful your baby really is.  Contact us today!Simpsonville SC Newborn Baby with Down Syndrome Greenville SC

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When McCall walked in the studio for this session he was bright eyed and curious. Like most 2 year olds, he needed a moment to get to know me.  I let him click the shutter a few times and talk to me while he began to be comfortable in the studio.
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The truth is 1-3 year olds are complete wildcards in the studio.  But I could tell that McCall’s mama April had read and followed a number of tips in my 11 Ways to Prepare and Young Child for a Photography Session.  McCall warmed up quickly and smiled easily while his mama changed into her gown.
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While I do offer wardrobe for all my mama’s in the studio, April chose to bring her own clothing.  And April’s gown was the perfect selection.  In fact, I’m still thinking of convincing her to sell it to me.
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The light and airy colors and length are just the perfect compliment to my cream studio.  The dreamy lighting techniques showed off her new mama glow perfectly!

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McCall clearly adored his mama.  Their bond over giggles and baby sister’s tummy and sweet hugs was just incredible.

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McCall will clearly be the best big brother.

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Seeking Rest: Ways to Avoid Mama Burnout

There’s a season for everything in motherhood.

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A season for joy in every giggle.
A season for potty training tears.
A season for hiding in the pantry with a Snickers Bar.
A season for cheering loudly in the stands.
A season for saying goodbye to training wheels.
And a season where mama is falling to bits under the weight of stress and needs to seek rest.

If you’re like me, most days you’re simultaneously pretty confident that you are the best mom ever and that you should be squirreling away money for the counseling your child will surely need in the future.

But when the balance starts to precariously tip in the direction of you’re sure you’re winning “the worst mom of the year….” I’m pretty sure it’s time to seek rest.

The last couple of weeks I’ve been ignoring my body and mind’s mental cues for rest. But after spending three days away from most of my mommy responsibilities at rehearsals (rest in an unlikely season of busy), I realized just how important seeking rest is for mamas.

If mama’s cup is empty (and I’m not just talking coffee), then it’s impossible for her to fill the cups of her children and spouse.

So if you’re struggling to seek rest in your mama days, here are some of the things that help me avoid mama burnout.

3 Ways to Avoid Mama Burnout

  1. Take Time During the Day for What Recharges You.
    I almost wrote “Take time for you to be alone each day.”  And then I realized not every mama is an introvert like me!

    Maybe you need to take the time to let the kids make a mess out of the living room while you call your mom or sister or best friend and share a bit about your day.  Maybe you need to lock yourself in the bathroom like I do and just read a little bit of your book or doodle in your journal. This happens best for me during either nap/rest time or scheduled “go outside and play!” time for the kids.

  2. Do Something Monthly Just for You.
    A hobby like painting. A jewelry making class. A rock climbing workshop. A moms night out to coffee once a month.  Volunteering with your favorite organization.

    A weekly walking date with a friend where you circle the playground at Runway Park (gated for the little ones) or to Cleveland Park (not gated but you can use the Swamp Rabbit trail to get there and then play afterward).  Read a book that you’ve been eyeing.  Join a MOPS group.  Or do something crazy like I did and audition for a musical (or something equally as daring that you’ve always secretly wanted to do)!

    I hear so many women say things like, “I lost myself when I had kids.”  And I really want to encourage you to find yourself again.  Do something just for you!

  3.  Let Others Care for your Kiddos.

    This can be your husband (yes, I’m looking at you mama who doesn’t think your husband can handle your brood alone.  Let him! He’ll manage), your mom, your mother in law, your best friend, a mother’s helper, or even a babysitter.  I know it’s tough to let our babies be cared for by someone else.  And I know how hard it is to ask for help when we need a day off.  I promise it’s good for both you and your helper.