When Melissa contacted me over a year ago for maternity portraits, I was in the middle of introducing my First Year Collections. It is such a huge honor to be entrusted to document the first year of life, and it has been a wonderful journey getting to know Melissa, Gabe and of course baby Dawson over the past year. Melissa and Gabe treasure time spent outdoors, so as I was getting to know them during their maternity portraits, it became clear that we needed to do an outdoor maternity session as well. Melissa – you were so tough to brave the 30 degree temperatures to create some beautiful outdoor maternity images. Less than a week later Dawson arrived.
I didn’t get my hands on Dawson until he was almost five weeks old and was surprised by how expressive and active he was. Typically I photograph babies as soon as possible after birth and in the span of a month, it is truly amazing how much they change in such a short time. I loved capturing his already blossoming personality!
His next session was at five months and he was already sitting up and loved standing up and bouncing with Melissa. This was our last studio session with Dawson as everyone preferred to be outside and the beautiful summer weather was just too tempting.
Dawson’s nine month session took place in the mountains outside Boulder and it was so much fun to watch him explore the forest. He loved picking flowers and feeling pine needles and cones. I love the curiosity that came through in the images from this session.
I was honored when Melissa asked me to photograph Dawson’s first birthday party. I rarely get to meet grandparents and aunt and uncles, and document the relationship of a baby with his extended family. I loved capturing the variety of relationships that Dawson has developed in such a short amount of time.
Dawson’s final session again took place again in the mountains outside of Boulder and the entire family was so brave to venture out in freezing weather. The session was quick because of the cold temperatures, but it is one of my favorites because the joy this family shares is so apparent in the images.
Thank you so much Melissa, Gabe and Dawson for allowing me to document the past year for your family!
There are only 7 First Year Collection’s remaining for 2010, so if you or someone you know are expecting and interested in commissioning a First Year Collection, call right away to schedule a consultation so that you don’t miss out on this fabulous experience!