Pankratz Family: Hudson’s Being Promoted to Big Brother!

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Oh man, this kid cracks me up. His joy and unceasing happiness is contagious.

All of his expressions had me laughing out loud as I edited his photos so I just had to put together this little animation to document all the little moments in between.

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See, now don’t you love him too? 🙂

A small reason I got to take his pictures this day was just because I hadn’t been able to get him in front of my camera in such a very long time. But the second reason, the biggest reason, was to make this announcement to the world….!

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But as a bonus to the announcement of Hudson being promoted to big brother, we just had to document this adorable chunky stage of his life. Thanks little guy was letting your mommy and me dress you down, make you lay in grass, and even stick you in a crate. You gave us some funny faces, looks of confusion, but you were a great sport. And you better get used to this craziness!

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Oh, Hudson… I’ll eat you up, I love you so!

With all my love, your crazy Auntie Sammi xoxo

Amelia’s 9 Month Bubble Bath and Easter Photos, Menifee Baby Photography

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Rachel and I had been racking our brains trying to come up with something unique for the little miss’ 9 month photos.

rachel bathtubA few times Rachel had mentioned wanting to get a photo of Amelia in an old wash tub—like a photos she had of herself as a child—so that inspired our outdoor bubble bath session!

But first, we had to get a few photos in her Easter dress!

What I love most about having these sessions every 3 months is capturing the ever changing personality of a child. Mia loves to clap and gives these amazing crinkle nose smiles!

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And for awhile now she’s been standing up—when holding on to anything she can, but holding mama’s hand is definitely the sweetest!

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And now time for the bath photos!

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Again, I love how these capture Mia so perfectly. She’s so observant, always looking down to explore everything within reach. And of course, once that new found object is within her little hands, in the mouth it goes!

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These last few remind me so much of Mia’s newborn session when she would not leave her mama’s arms. So so sweet!

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Baby Mia… I will forever love you as you’ve captured my heart with your sweet smile and curious personality. I am so blessed to be able to watch you grow and honored to be able to capture all that you do with my lens. <3

Some tips for you, if you plan to totally “wing it” with your own outdoor bubble bath photos….

I really wanted to make sure the setting had the depth and wide open light to really make the bubbles shine, however this led to us having to transport many gallons of water in the trunk of a car. So preferably, having a hose nearby would have been pretty nice! 🙂

Also, make sure the water isn’t too cold… since I’m not a mama, I definitely didn’t think of that going in to this shoot so it took Mia quite some time to allow us to sit her down in the tub. Oh well, the standing photos are just as cute if not more so!

And of course, bring lots of extra bubbles for the bubble machine!

Rachel and Amelia’s Bedroom in the Trees, Mama and Baby Photography

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This photo shoot came to being when Rachel and her little babe stayed the weekend at my house. Seeing them snuggled up together in bed sparked an idea to make a little outdoor bed complete with a wooden pallet headboard, a bedroom among the trees if you will.

We definitely were just “winging” it the day we scampered about town looking for a location and finally found this grove of trees within a 5 minute drive from my house.

In my head I pictured our little sleepy baby from Amelia’s newborn and 3 month photos, but of course the little miss was wide awake… and probably wondering what in the world her mama and auntie were up to!

Either awake or asleep, these photos came out like a dream… I really love each of them and I feel like they truly capture the snuggles that only a mama and her babe share!

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I think this may be my favorite. I love how Amelia is holding on to her mama’s sweater.

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Some tips for you if you want to try something like this…

  • Off white sheets would probably work better as a lot of the details were lost with the bright white-ness!
  • Find a spot with lots of shade so your “bedroom” scene doesn’t look quite so much outdoors.
  • And of course, plan around the babe’s schedule for when she’s sleepy, if that’s the look you’re going for. 🙂

Amelia’s 3 Month Portraits, Outdoor Newborn Photography, Lake Elsinore

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Oh how this little babe loves to sleep!

When we took Miss Amelia’s photos at 1 week old, she wouldn’t wake up for anything… this time we got a few smiley awake moments but otherwise she really didn’t want us to interrupt her beauty sleep yet again!

At least she’s just as darling asleep as she is awake.

So without further ado… say hello to miss Amelia at 11 weeks old.

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And finally she awoke with some adorable gummy grins before passing out again… after getting to spend a whole weekend with her in the beginning of September, I truly fell in love with this girl even more. She’s just such a happy baby with the cutest gummy grin that she puts her whole body into. Too cute, little love!

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And back to sleep she goes…

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And since her mama is a model, we just had to get a few shots of the sleeping babe snuggled up in her mama’s arms.

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Looking forward to the 6 month photos… hopefully she’ll be awake and ready to strike a pose!

Amelia Celine, Newborn Photography and Birth Announcement, with her Mama Rachel

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Miss Amelia made her debut a few weeks early, gracing us with her presence on June 8, just weeks after her baby shower.

Rachel and I wasted no time in getting together for photos exactly on her one week birthday.

The little princess did not want to show us her skin but I did manage to snap my favorite photo before we bundled her back up!

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She just loved being close to her mama…

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And we just finished Miss Amelia’s baby announcement—matching the colors to her outfit but the fonts to her shower invitation! With love, Hello, to you too Miss Amelia! I love you so much already!

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