Big sister Addie just had her third birthday:
The triplets are crawling and sitting up, so we did their six-month photos to celebrate those milestones. This has always been my favorite age in babies, since it is when personality really starts to emerge. If you missed the triplets' newborn photos, you can look there first to see how much they've grown! Full disclosure--the babies were actually seven months old for this photoshoot (six months was based on their adjusted age since they were born a month early. As we did their newborn photos at one month, we have done their six month photos at seven months so they would be developmentally ready).
Can't believe how much the babies have grown since they were in this very same basket as newborns!
Now if you really want to see a behind the scenes pull-back, here's what we were working with half the time! Special thanks to all the lovely ladies who helped out. And thanks to the babies who forgave me for putting them in such absurd situations ;).
The babies passed their six month milestone a week after July 4th, so these Ragababies cloth diapers are in honor of that:
Now for their individual portraits.
Big sister Addie just had her third birthday:
Ryker turned on the charm:
Farmer in the making, anyone? As the biggest of the triplets, I have nicknamed Ryker "Chunk."
Darlin' Katie is positively perfect in every way.
There's a story behind this blue dress. Katie's great grandmother made it for Katie's grandmother. Her mother, aunt, and sister Addie all wore it too, so this is a very special dress, carefully preserved over the generations. I wonder if any of the preceding babies had such blue eyes that went with it though.
Oh Charlie, you dazzle my heart with your bright, intelligent eyes! You're going to be a book worm, I just know it.
I mean, look at those eyes!
Here are the boys in the same basket they nestled in as newborns (take a peak at that link):
These sisters have a special bond. Baby Katie tunes in any time Addie starts talking to her.
Kristi, I know you dislike platitudes, but you really have triumphed at this motherhood thing! Exclusively breastfeeding triplets for seven months and counting is an accomplishment that deserves sincere congratulations! Through all odds you have put your babies' wellbeing first by giving them the very best possible start to life anyone could have. I'm so proud of you as your doula, and inspired by you as your friend. God has blessed you with the armful of children that you dreamed of.
Meet Ryker, Charlie, and Katie--the Sage triplets--photographed in their Durango home at one month old (the week of their due date). I'm so proud of Kristi who carried them to nearly 36 weeks and has been exclusively breastfeeding/pumping! She is an amazing mom, just the tiger these babies needed to get them off to a great start.
When I first met them for postpartum doula services, I walked in and studied the babies for a few minutes in their crib and then I felt like I knew who was who (I had never seen a picture connected with a name of any of them, mind you, this was strictly a doula's intuition). I ventured a guess and tears sprang to my eyes when I was correct on all three. In the last several months, I have grown to love them each, anticipating their arrival, and now that they are here, they are all the more precious.
Left to right in the first image (above): Charlie, Katie, Ryker (They stay in the same color wraps throughout the photos. We thought about confusing you but decided against it ;)!)
Great Aunt Candy has been a huge help this month! I love this image of the babies in her arms, because of how gorgeously each of their wraps goes with her blouse:
Addie is such a good big sister at only two-and-a-half years old (she even showed me how to adjust the babies' oxygen tank knobs). Here are the sisters together:
The brothers--comrades in arms:
Welcome to the world little ones! I'm excited to watch you grow and interact with each other.
When Tara first contacted me to book a photoshoot for after the birth of her baby, I was amazed to hear of this baby's story of healing in answer to prayer. After a stillbirth, Tara and Justin were anxious when they got pregnant again to find out if the same brain condition was present in this baby. When they found out it was, their friends started praying like crazy. Here is their remarkable testimony (shared with permission). Long story short, God worked a miracle, and here is perfectly healthy little Garrett, pictured at less than 24 hours old.
We had some lovely window light on Tuesday in the hospital birth center.
On Wednesday, it was a lung-chilling 20* as I packed up props, backdrops, faux fir, a reflector, and camera gear to go meet five-day-old Elliot and her parents. This is one of those times when I'm especially glad the new baby didn't have to get taken out in the cold on a big errand just days after birth when everyone is still recovering. I love honoring new life by doing the legwork myself, and leaving the family to enjoy being home.
Elliot is a sweet chubby little girl, at just under 9 lbs. She broke her mom Talya's tailbone during the birth, but Talya has forgiven her and fallen in love. Her daddy Matt is vying for top place of being in love, however, by his devotion. He was actually the one who called me in the first place and coordinated the photoshoot.
Welcome to the world, little one!
I was excited to be able to incorporate this tutu prop for the first time (yes! new moms, you can select it for your own little girl's photoshoot if you'd like).
Tiny baby Otto was so sweet and cuddly for his photoshoot that all I wanted to do was hold him! With two older sisters doting on him, he will be spoiled for sure. He is such a dapper little man.
I love how the natural wood floor of their home creates a mirror effect in this image:
Melanie Ellison, Durango CO
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