Things have started slowing down, finally! We have a contract on a house, but won't close til February 14th. I think I have finally lined everything up (contractors, painters, insurance, etc) for the new house. I can't even start to think about starting the process of starting a business here in Oklahoma until after we get settled in the house (not to mention all of my newborn blankets, wraps, props, etc are all in a shipping container somewhere in Greenville). I am definitely going into photography withdrawal. Poor Jacob is probably really sick of me and my camera. I started going back through all of the sessions from the end of the year so I could update my website, and realized I never finished blogging all of my sessions from France. We were only in France for about 2 weeks to pack up the apartment, and during that time, I had 4 sessions in 3 days. I shared some of these pictures on facebook, but never added them here.
Sweet Olivia is the youngest daughter of a very dear friend of Matthew's. In fact, Matthew is the godfather to his son, Imanol. I took Imanol's newborn pictures back in December 2009. He was the 4th newborn I photographed. Boy, I look back at those pictures and I am almost embarrassed! I know I am constantly growing as a photographer, but it is kind of wonderful (and embarrassing) to see how much better I am from my first newborn in February 2009 until now.
Enough about that, onto little Olivia. Since we were in the US when Olivia was born, I missed that sweet spot for newborn photography (first 10 days). Olivia was 6 weeks old when I photographed her. I had little hope of getting those curled up, sleeping newborn poses, but with a little help from a hair dryer, lots of rocking, and some swaddling, Olivia succumbed to my baby whispering ways. I could have rocked this sweet little angel all day!