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Newborn Pictures Greenville SC : Baby Zane

Greenville SC Newborn Pictures

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

Mommy and Me Maternity photos Simpsonville SC

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.

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Anticipation

The soft curves of promise swell.
Expectation grows.
Mother’s love growing clear each day.

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Want to capture your anticipation?  We offer a maternity add on to any newborn session as well as baby plans that contain maternity, newborn, and milestone sessions.  Contact us today!

Silas’s Greer Baby Safe Newborn Session

Silas’s mommy Jaden is the super talented photographer behind Rooted North Portrait Studio outside of Anchorage, Alaska. Her husband Mark and Jaden have been spending all of their school breaks (Mark’s a teacher!) in Greer as Mark’s father’s cancer became more serious.  This meant Jaden would be delivering Silas in Greer instead of at home.

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So when Jaden contacted me about Silas’s newborn images, I was super excited. There’s something magical about photographing another photographer’s baby.  There’s a level of collaboration with another photographer that allows you to try new and exciting things like the image above.  We dubbed this the “He’s got the Whole World in His Hands” pose and it was our number one desire for this session.  It’s even prettier in black & white.

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Baby safety is important to me so I always want to be transparent about how impossible poses like this one are achieved.  The following editing video shows you how Silas never supported himself in this position.  Jaden’s hands or my hands never left him and Mark was super patient and still throughout the posing process which took several minutes. The final creation of this image was done in Photoshop as you can see below.

Silas also slept beautifully for the rest of his session to allow us to get so many beautiful poses to capture his newness perfectly for his mommy.

Greer SC Newborn Baby Photos in a Little Bed

Family images are my absolute favorite.  I’ve said, time and again, that if I could only photograph one thing it would be newborns in the hands of those who love them.

Family Photos with a Newborn Baby Greenville SC

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Here’s a peak at our favorite images of Silas at this session!

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