{Sweet Child} Tara + Payton = Jake ~ Montgomery, Alabama Maternity & Newborn Photographer

These two.

So happy and ready to be parents.


In this post, you will get a “two for one” special because that’s how things happen these days…I’m so busy and want to be able to share everything I possibly can. And there is no leaving out this sweet, new family!


Tara contacted me around the middle of her pregnancy and inquired about my Belly to First Birthday session collection.  This collection includes 4 sessions – scheduled at various points from maternity through the baby’s first birthday.  They are some of my favorite sessions because I really get to know a family!  Some moms choose to skip the maternity session, but I certainly love when they don’t skip it – it’s such a special time.   Tara had decided to go with the maternity session…and I’m so glad she did!


Tara and Payton were just so sweet together – and it was such a fun first session.  We met early (early…dark’thirty kind of early) one morning at Fort Toulouse. I’d actually never photographed in that location and we wanted to make the most of the beautiful morning light.


We caught the sun coming up and I thought it was the perfect setting to celebrate the impending arrival of their first baby, Jake.  I just got a great feeling from these two…their love for each other and for the life they were getting ready to bring into the world.  I knew they would be great parents.


Fast forward a few weeks and Tara texted me to tell me that their sweet baby, Jake, had made it into the world!


To say that I was excited is an understatement of the grandest kind!


I like to photograph newborns sometime within the first 14 days of their life.  Usually, we work around the time that the new family comes home from the hospital – we schedule a tentative time and date, and then whenever they’re settled and ready for me to come to their home, they give me the go ahead to come on over.


I just loved meeting Jake for the first time and watching Tara and Payton in action.  They were so calm and collected.sides6sides7

And Jake was a sleepy little thing!  When I first arrived, he was asleep…and Tara informed me that he is a super fantastic sleeper.  That sort of statement usually jinxes a session…and when Jake woke up and was wide awake for the first few minutes, I thought that would be the case.  Then Tara decided to try changing and feeding him…it took a little while, but little Jake finally got comfy and sleepy. And then, there really was no waking him up!  Now, I’m going to hush and let you finish out this post by enjoying Jake’s photos.sides8sides9sides10sides11sides12

Payton & Tara, a huge congratulations to you both!  I hope you enjoy this preview of photos and cannot wait to see what this next year is going to bring for your sweet family!

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