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Would you believe this glowing mama is expecting her THIRD baby? She’s absolutely stunning, and when Kelly of Kelly Roth Photography invited me to join the fun I eagerly accepted.

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We selected a beautiful rainforest location for her maternity session, quiet and private. Lush green foliage to symbolize the growth of new life within.

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When the sun came out from behind a cloud for a few brief moments, it illuminated her and her perfect round belly perfectly and I think Kelly and I both gasped out loud- it was a divine touch, bathing her in a halo of light.

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I can’t wait to meet her sweet baby. Kelly and I are guessing girl, and we should find out if our guess is correct any moment now. K, we’re wishing you a peaceful, incredible birth and lots of love.

One of my favorite babies is moving! I will miss the cuddles and baby bubbles, not to mention the gummy grins. Usually I recommend a sitting session at 7 months, when babies are sitting confidently, but any age is a great age to capture especially when they are this happy.

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To show how much Dillon has grown, we tried out the new scale. Safety first- he was never suspended in the air and mom’s hands were on him at all times.

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When I bought this hat, I had Dillon in mind. I knew he could rock a fedora and he didn’t disappoint! With charm like this, I’m sure everyone he meets will become his friend.

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Dillon, you (and your family) will be dearly missed! I wish you all the best and look forward to watching you grow.

I couldn’t have asked for a better way to wrap up 2013 than with baby Kala’i’s newborn session. Not only was he gorgeous with a full head of hair, he was an absolute dream to photograph.

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And he was a smiley little guy too- this is just one of the smiles we captured!
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The light in the studio was especially beautiful that day, highlighting every precious detail.
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I’m always on the lookout for new props, and I was excited to try out this scale. As always, safety first- parents were edited out of this image, and he was never more than a few inches above the beanbag.
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I love witnessing the bond between parents and baby, and while not all parents are comfortable with shirtless portraits I love the intimacy of skin to skin. Holding baby close is comforting and helps regulate their temperature, heartbeat, and sleeping patterns. And of course, with ink like this, who wouldn’t want to show it off? I don’t think I’ve ever seen such beautiful and detailed work, and I just may have squealed a bit (quietly of course!).

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Last but not least, swaddling is a great way to help babies relax after a feeding break.Swaddled newborn portrait

I’m so glad I met you, sweet boy! I see wonderful things ahead for you.