{Sweet Baby} Everett ~ Montgomery, Alabama Newborn Photographer

First, came love.

Then, came marriage.

And I’m not particularly sure if they have a baby carriage…but Jarred and Aubrie have welcomed the newest member of their family into the world!

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In fact, baby Everett was due just after the first of the year and Aubrie was scheduled to be induced a couple days early.  And then, around 3 AM on Christmas morning, Aubrie’s water broke and…the rest, they say…is history.  She and Jarred were completely surprised with the best Christmas gift ever!

Their own miniature superhero.

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A very sleepy superhero…he must be tuckered out from saving the world every day {in his dreams}.

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I just loved Jarred and Aubrie’s choice for a baby nursery.  It is precious, now, and will grow with him as he grows!

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Everett actually had a hard time sleeping when we first started photographs.  I’ve come to believe that newborns – especially those who are usually sleepy just have a sixth sense and don’t want to miss out on photos.  After quite a while of holding him and giving him enough to eat, he finally did fall asleep and I’m not sure if I could’ve woken him up if I’d wanted to.

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This is what you might call a milk coma.

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Jarred and Aubrie, thanks again for letting me photograph your sweet little guy!  He’s the perfect addition to your family and I’m thrilled for you both!  <3

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Lisa Thomas Moore - He is beautiful! Great superhero themeJanuary 11, 2014 – 8:11 am

LOIS - absolutely beautiful.
he is one handsome boy, AubrieJanuary 11, 2014 – 3:28 pm

Kristi White - Love, love, love all the pictures!!!January 11, 2014 – 6:13 pm

Jo Ann Taff - Great pics! His room turned out great love the super heros. ,January 11, 2014 – 8:21 pm

Terri Holland - What great pictures! Thanks for sharing pics of your lil’ guy.January 12, 2014 – 3:27 am

Morgan Dye Johnson - Love the pictures!!!! We can’t wait to meet him!January 13, 2014 – 3:25 am

Julie Moore - Rett’s Aunt Julie can’t wait to hold him. He’s such a Blessing from our Faithful Father!♥January 20, 2014 – 10:31 am

{Sweet Baby} Cooper ~ Montgomery, Alabama Newborn Photographer

Well, hello there!

Let me be the first to welcome you myself back to the land of blogging! 🙂  I have lot to catch up on (a LOT!) but more on that later.  For today, I wanted to share a super precious newborn I got the absolute privilege of photographing.  Meet little Cooper.

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His mom, Katherine, emailed me several days ago, telling me that me she’d had plans to contact me regarding a newborn session for later on this month – she had been due toward the end of January.  And then, surprise!  Cooper decided it was time to make his grand entrance before the first of the year {3 weeks early!} and so I got the email after he was actually born.

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I’m so glad it worked out that we could schedule this session.  He is such a cutie.  During our email exchanges, his mama told me what a good sleeper he is and that we shouldn’t have any problem keeping him asleep during our session together.  Of course, Cooper must not have gotten the same memo because…well, he decided that today was actually not a good day for sleep.   But as I’ve said many times before, that’s perfectly fine!  Babies do what babies do and I work with it.  **And he did take a little catnap, so we can’t say he was awake the entire time!

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One thing I love about living in Montgomery is our proximity to the air force base.  During any given year, I am afforded several opportunities to photograph military families and every experience getting to know these families is so special.  Thanks to the nature of military life, they usually don’t stick around for long, so I often only get to see them once or twice…but I do enjoy all of the people I get to meet.  And Cooper and his mama and daddy are no exception to this rule!

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Katherine and Cedar seem to have things so under control – and are going to be great parents to little Cooper!

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And now, I am going to hush and just let you enjoy the {incredibly precious} view from my lens.

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Thank you, Katherine and Cedar, for sharing your sweet, new little boy with me! I enjoyed meeting you all, so much, and wish you all the best this New Year!

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Carol Templeton Brix - Oh, Katherine and Cedar, he is so adorable. The photos are outstanding. I love the look on both your faces when you are holding Cooper. May God bless you with many happy memories as a family.January 10, 2014 – 2:31 am

Valerie Hardin Padgett - These are adorable, he is so beautiful. I mean that in a manly way. You can see that you are both so in love with your little man. God picked him just for you!January 10, 2014 – 3:18 am

Angela Higbee - I love the pictures, looking at them over and over again, he is so precious.January 10, 2014 – 11:37 am

LydiaBabe McKnight Francis - A perfect angel. Beautiful. God Bless!January 12, 2014 – 12:31 am

Edie Rainey Massey - Cherub….sweet little cherubJanuary 12, 2014 – 1:05 am

Winona Fisher Eichelberger - Wow what an alert little man. So beautiful!January 12, 2014 – 3:01 am

Jo Messer - Just amazing! January 13, 2014 – 12:37 am

Catherine Stroud Schrader - What a blessing…..beautiful photes! January 20, 2014 – 3:46 am

Linda Hill Link - Precious moments!February 8, 2014 – 4:12 am

{I Will} Dean and Sarah ~ Montgomery, Alabama Engagement Photographer

I’ve known Dean and Sarah for a few years, now and they are some seriously super awesome people.

When Dean proposed, they asked me to take their engagement photos…and you know I was thrilled! 

It’s such a happy thing to see them happy and in love…and I was beyond excited to capture this moment-in-time for them.

We went to one of their favorite places and wandered around, taking photographs in the beautiful, unseasonably cool weather.  Honestly, we couldn’t have had a prettier day!

Dean and Sarah are so funny together…their sense of humor is great and it’s clear they will have a marriage that’s full of laughter and happiness.

Dean’s son came along for the ride {this is his favorite park, too – there are ducks and turtles galore} and I sneaked in a few photos of him as well.  I love to see the father-son bond in these two.  Sarah is one lucky girl!

And, Sarah is also one very, very lovely person – both inside and out!

Dean and Sarah, this is an exciting time for you and I’m so happy for you both! I pray you will have plenty of laughter and happiness throughout your life together!  <3

Rebecca Manning - Sarah I love all of these pictures! Can’t wait till your big day! You’re going to be such a beautiful Bride! Love ya!May 2, 2013 – 3:49 pm

Celeste Berry Peters - These are outstanding. You captured all of them beautifully.May 2, 2013 – 3:59 pm

Richard Pierce - Awesome pictures.May 2, 2013 – 5:09 pm

Lisa Pirtle - Great job, Melissa! These are beautiful. Dean and Sarah I’m super happy for y’all! May 2, 2013 – 5:50 pm

April - My favorite it the one to the right of the one where he is handing her a flower. Did you get that? I love it!May 2, 2013 – 9:27 pm

Kerry Stone Mclachlan - What excellent pictures. . Gorgeous couple. . XMay 2, 2013 – 10:27 pm

Deborah Luttrell Walker - Beautiful pictures! You look so happy!May 2, 2013 – 10:37 pm

{Sweet Baby} Chloe ~ Montgomery, Alabama Newborn Photographer

About a week after I took maternity photos for Becky and Bobby, Becky began experiencing somewhat minor(ish) complications with her pregnancy.  Baby Chloe wasn’t due to arrive until the first part of April, but it was becoming more and more apparent that she would probably make her appearance a bit earlier than planned.

Then a week before Chloe’s scheduled arrival, Becky went to the doctor and didn’t come home again without her sweet baby in tow.

I am so excited to be able to share Chloe with you, now.

Be still, my heart….

I called it…Becky and Bobby are great parents.  They were so calm and casual…I could tell they love Chloe so much.When I go for newborn photo sessions, there is never any knowing how the baby will do.  Some babies stay pretty groggy and sleepy.  Others just will. not. sleep.  Others wake up and need some food a few times. I just never know and it’s one of the things that makes a newborn photo session so much fun for me.  Capturing the baby in the moments I am present.  In this case, Chloe slept the. entire. time.  She was zonked when I arrived and woke up at the very end, just before I left. 

In this photo, she looks JUST like her mom.

She may have her mama’s nose and mouth, but Becky says that Chloe has her daddy’s long fingers.

And – again – be still, my heart.  She sucks her fingers.  (I have 2 finger/thumb suckers, myself, so I have a special affinity for babies who also do this :))

Becky and Bobby visited Italy not too long ago and purchased the most beautiful custom-made baby blanket that is sure to become a family heirloom piece.  We were sure to get some photos of Chloe in her special blanket.

And this headband.  I take back my previous comment about Chloe sleeping the entire time…as I’m looking through these photos, I remember – she did not care for the headband one bit….and made sure that we understood that fact.  🙂 

I got a few photos of not-upset-Chloe-with-the-headband-on and then she got upset with us.  Once we took it off, she went right back to sleep again.  Like magic. 🙂

She’s not picky about which finger she sucks just yet. 🙂

There are her little eyes! <3

Becky and Bobby, I can’t tell you just how much I loved getting to see you again…this time, with Chloe in the world.  She is precious and beautiful and I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I do!  Thanks again for allowing me to share in this time with your newly formed family!  <3

Hiu-Tung Chow - Beautiful! I love those photo. Congratulations guysMay 4, 2013 – 2:34 pm

{With Child} Becky & Bobby ~ Montgomery, Alabama Maternity Photographer

I love maternity sessions. 

I love all maternity sessions…but the first-child sessions are always so much fun to me.  I think it’s because a family is getting ready to expand beyond just husband and wife.  It’s a marvelous, anxious, and overall exciting time in the life of a couple.

Becky and Bobby are a super fun couple…they’ve been together for many years and are going to be awesome parents.

I actually know Becky from a previous life when we worked together… since that time, she has experienced a lot of life changing events.

She got married to a great guy.  Together, they experienced great upheaval in their life together…and they are now quite happily expecting that newest addition to their family!!

Baby Chloe is going to be the very luckiest little baby girl ever. 

Becky is absolutely radiant…

…and I love how much Bobby’s love for her shows.And now, I’m going to hush so that you can enjoy this special couple as they prepare to welcome their sweet baby girl in just a few short weeks.

Judy Odom - Love these they are so good!March 6, 2013 – 1:42 am

Eva-Lin Bartel - Beautiful pictures y’all!March 6, 2013 – 1:47 am

Tamar Till Lisenby - They are great!March 6, 2013 – 2:30 am

Patrice Barber McClendon - ~WOW! These are GREAT! …..and , Judy, this good-looking celebrity couple looks a lot like yours!~March 6, 2013 – 2:36 pm

Jo Ann Corley - Beautiful so excited for everyoneMarch 7, 2013 – 4:06 am

Natasha - Congratulations!March 11, 2013 – 12:55 pm

{Sweet Baby} Chloe ~ Montgomery, Alabama Newborn Photographer » Melissa Bridges Photography ~ Montgomery, AL Child & Family Life Photographer - […] a week after I took maternity photos for Becky and Bobby, Becky began experiencing somewhat minor(ish) complications with her pregnancy.  Baby Chloe […]April 10, 2013 – 5:57 pm