I met baby Marley on a sunny Seattle Sunday morning. I walked into their home and immediately felt welcome. Baby Marley is the third baby to join her family so they all seemed very laid back. Of course, big sister, who is only two, was still adjusting, but that is always to be expected. I try to be very sympathetic to the toddlers in the family when a new baby arrives. Their whole life just changed in a big way, but what they don’t know is that not only is there a new baby in the house but a new best friend. Her big brother was so gentle and loving. He reminded me a lot of my boy. He held her and cooed at her so sweetly, it made my heart burst. Mom and dad had a smile on their face the whole time, in complete love with their new baby girl and with the new rhythm of their family. Baby Marley was peaceful and sweet, only crying a tiny bit to be fed and changed. She cuddled happily in her family's arms and so obviously enjoyed all the love surrounding her. Newborn photography is a very special privilege. I am being invited into the home during a very emotional and fleeting time and I do all I can to capture it for all it’s beauty and simplicity. I no longer “pose” newborns, but rather find positions that are natural to them and comfortable. Newborns don’t need to be posed or surrounded by props. They are absolutely perfect just as they are, pure and natural, fresh and new. The cleanest of slates.

I enjoyed every moment with this sweet family. I came home feeling warm and peaceful. This little one is so loved. Such a beautiful start to what is bound to be a wonderful story. Welcome to the world, Marley. I am so glad to have met you.