Miss G. is One! | Wye Mills MD Children’s Photographer

We got up bright and early to catch this little miss at her finest (unlike grown ups, it seems that all kids are morning people ;-)), and she did not disappoint! She dazzled us with her beautiful smile and was a total joy for her session. Singing the theme song to her favorite show, Bubble Guppies, definitely did not hurt either :) Her grandma and grandpa's house provided the perfect backdrop for this gorgeous morning. Her mom and dad wanted to capture her in this moment and remember her at this age, and I can't say I blame them. One is such a blast, their personalities are really developing and they are such fun little humans. Happy birthday sweet little G, it was wonderful to meet you!

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Finn is One! | Easton MD Children's Photographer

This little guy is one! I don't know how it happened, I swear his newborn session was like, last week! I love this family, they are awesome and it is always so great visit with returning clients.  The older I get, the faster time goes, and watching these little people grow up right before my eyes is pretty special  :)  Getting to check in with people is something I look forward to - I'll be excited to see Finn and his parents next year as well! So, Finn.  He's a busy, rowdy, spunky, awesome little dude.  One is such a fun age.  He showed me his back yard, he smashed a little cake (he wasn't so sure what to think of it, but dug in a little!), had a little bath, and hung out with his very cool parents.  This was a fun session :)

The R. Family | Easton Family Photographer

It was awesome to kick of my final November mini session date with this trio.  This family is a recent transplant from California, and I think they fit right in over here :)  It seems like they've been here forever! I know their west coast family misses them - I mean, how could you not? But we're pretty psyched to have them here.  Baby Z. is absolutely adorable, and smart as a whip just like her mommy and daddy.  She was pretty excited about the just-her-size rocking chair :)

Say Hello, S. Family! | Annapolis Family Photographer

You recognize these guys, right? At least this guy, for sure? They are far too cute to forget, right? :)  I was so excited to see one of my favorite families at my first November mini session, and we had a great time shooting in historic downtown Annapolis.  These boys are so smiley, I just love photographing them! <3  I know I'll catch up with these guys again soon, I can't wait :)

Meet E, C and W (and their awesome parents, too!) | Annapolis Family Photographer

I love this family.  It helps that two of their kids have the same names as members of my own family, so I feel like we're already on the same wavelength.  They have three kids, we have three kids.  Their kids are crazy, silly and fun... MY kids are crazy, silly and fun.  They're just all around awesome and adorable.  I was so excited they came out to my early November mini session day, despite the rainy/cloudy weather - we didn't miss a beat! Nothing gets these guys down :-D

Mark is One! | Easton MD Photographer

Mark is a warrior! A heart warrior, that is :)  This little fighter faced open heart surgery shortly after his first birthday, to repair a large atrial septal defect.  He came through it like a champ!

Before that, though, his mom asked me to document his first birthday by capturing some pictures of him pre-surgery, and tasting his first cake.  He wasn't sure about the cake at first, but he got the hang of it pretty quickly.  I <3 this little guy, he is pretty awesome. (PS Do you remember him from his newborn session last year? He was the squishiest newborn I've ever seen... ahhhhh, so much chunk! <3 http://www.catandfiddlephotography.com/mark-washington-dc/)

Want to learn more about congenital heart defects, and provide support to those brave children and parents dealing with them? Check out Mended Little Hearts, they are a fantastic organization dedicated to support, advocacy and awareness.

Letters to my Daughter | Wye Mills MD Children’s Photographer

My Darling Claire, My one and only baby girl! You're a big sister now, and seeing you in that light is both heartwarming and heart wrenching at the same time.  When did you get so big?? You are such a little mommy, you have quickly learned how to kiss and pat and shush Ben and you want to do it all the time.  You also want to "hold it!" and get a little jealous that Mommy has to spend so much time feeding your baby brother... but we have our special snuggle time still.  It's amazing to watch the relationship between siblings develop. I only had one sister, so I never knew what it was like to grow up with multiple siblings, let alone multiple brothers.  I can only imagine what your life is going to be like, everyone's little princess? Or maybe a tom boy, trying to keep up with - or maybe showing the ropes to? - your rowdy brothers.  However you grow up, you will always be our cherished girl.

Please continue around the circle, your next stop is my very talented friend Jessie Wixon, a lifestyle photographer from New York.  See what she has to say to her beautiful daughters this month!

November Mini Sessions! | Eastern Shore Family Photographer

I was so excited to offer mini sessions for the first time this year, and even then they blew my expectations out of the water! It was a perfect day, with absolutely beautiful weather, stunning families, and a great location.  It's a great time of year to do a mini session, because you can use the picture on your holiday cards and show off your rockin' family :)  Thank you to everyone who participated, I'm hoping this will be an annual event!

Mine on Monday | Eastern Shore Baby Photographer

They grow up so fast.  They really do.  Everyone always said it, but until it happened right before my eyes, I didn't realize how fast it really went.  I want to hold her close and remember her every baby everything, every roll, every giggle, every step, every sweet smell, every reach and glance and inquisitive look (there's lots of them!).  She's always been my beautiful baby, and now she's becoming my beautiful girl.  But in the meantime... I want to capture every single baby moment there is.

Mine on Monday | Eastern Shore Baby Photographer

Eastern Shore selfie photographer, this week! :) This is a great article (and hint hint wink wink, hopefully a great motivator to get some pictures for and of yourself and your family!), and it really touched me.  I am so used to being behind the camera, I know I need to hand it off to my husband to make sure I'm pictured in at least some of these memories :) And you know what? I can also do it myself.  No shame in a good selfie!