Meet Baby Leith

It has been a ghost town around here and my Facebook page the last few months. I have a perfect reason for the silence, this beautiful little boy, Leith Alexander.
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I stopped taking sessions last October due to having difficult pregnancies. It was more than that though, I really wanted the freedom of being able to take the time to savory those last few months of being pregnant and being a family of 2. I was able to really enjoy that time of my life and help make the transition easier on our older children. I am so grateful for being able to take that time. During this time I have really been able to sit back and think about what I wanted for my business and my photography. I am very excited to share these changes with you in the upcoming weeks.
But for now let me tell you more about this precious little boy: Leith Alexander joined our family on January 10th (birth story and photos to come). We could not be more smitten. He is so perfect. We are mesmerized by him. I love watching Lila and Lucy swoon over him the way his father and I do. That is new for us, when we added Lucy to the family, Lila was not old enough to understand and be excited. This time Lila and Lucy both are. They love being big sisters. Leith is so blessed to have siblings that love him so much already.
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Having 3 kids 5 and under all at home on top of 4 pets is a crazy, to say it is a ton of work is an understatement. Our house is full of blissful chaos 90% of the day. We have earned the right to say we thrive in chaos with our houseful of babies, furry and otherwise. Leith is mommy obsessed. I spend all day and all night holding him. He is in my lap right now as I type this. I get maybe an hour combined through out the day where he is not being held by me. I am not complaining, please don’t think I am. I love every second of it. My arms feel empty in the fleeting moments when they are not full with his little body. I don’t know what to do with myself when I try to take a moment for myself and just sit by myself. I want to take in every moment of this stage where all he wants is me. I am already saddened by the thought of his wanting to play and be independent as his babyhood evolves. I spend most of my days just staring at him to memorize him in the current moment as he is today because tomorrow he will be just a little older, a little different.
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I just adore being a mother. Not that it should be a surprise to anyone seeing as how I now have 3 little children, but I am overwhelmed with the love I have for the minions that fill my house. That is really all I can say. I leave you with a flood of Leith photos that I have taken over the past 5 weeks as well as some highlights from our posed newborn and lifestyle newborn session.


The following photos were not taken by me. We were so blessed with the amazing talent we were able to work with to capture the memories of Leith’s first weeks. The amazing Meg Newton Photography is responsible for his newborns. When I say amazing I mean it. I can not say enough good things about her work and our session. I will cherish these forever. If you are pregnant and in the market for newborns, message me right now. You will not regret it.
Click her name above for her website, here for her facebook or you can find her on instagram here!


We also were lucky enough to be have a lifestyle newborn session of done by Allison Turcotte Photography. These photos mean so much to me because they took the stress of trying to pose Lila and Lucy with Leith from me. They give us family photos with such ease that even my picture hating husband said that it was an easy session. This session sold me on lifestyle. I am converted. If you want those first moments in your house captured or a stress free newborn session in your own home message her now.
Click her name for her website, here for her facebook and here for her instagram.

DIY Family Photos

I got this crazy idea to try to do our own family photos. Last weekend we headed out right after dinner to give a go. I was expecting a frustrating experience with rowdy kids that weren’t listening, 5 or so keepers and walking away never wanting to try it again. Haha. At least that is how it has always gone in the past when I have tried something like this.
But this time I came armed with a game plan. We were going to just go with the flow of chaos. Let the kids be rowdy and run away like the little destructive monsters they are. Instead of trying to pose them, we just interacted with them. I held so true to this I didn’t even question Lila bringing baby bear, a .10 thrift store teddy bear she has been in love with for over a year, and Lucy bringing her favorite baby doll of the day. The end result was awesome. I am so happy with these images. I can not wait to put them up on the wall. To give you an idea of how well this went, these images are better and more true to us as a family than the last time we paid a (Very talented so nothing against them!) photographer a few months ago. We just finally found a style that works with our children. It is also the current style of family photos that I am in love with for my own clients. 😉

I also have to give my husband a shout out for not only being a trooper but getting some great shots with me and the girls as well. I have taught him well! Haha.

I hope you enjoy these images of us and the insist into our family they give! We cheated a little on the DIY part and met up with another photographer who was a sorts of “human tripod” as we used to call it in NY! She helped take the shots of the 4 of us with my camera and I am so thankful! So much easier than trying to use a tripod and timer with kids.
Next personal blog post will be with our gender reveal photos done by another photographer!

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Back At It…

Back at blogging…
Lets do a brief recap of the going ons here at CCP before I flood you with all the sessions I have been doing! First off, and the main reason this blog has been so quiet, we are expecting our 3rd baby in January!
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Morning sickness kicked my butt! But I will be 20 weeks along this week (so be on the lookout for a gender announcement soon as we find out on Wednesday!) and am getting back to my normal self! We are all so excited for this next adventure, especially Lila who spent a whole year asking for a new baby! I have been savoring every moment of this pregnancy from the horribly sickness and heartburn to the sweet little kicks. ❤

As if a new baby wasn’t enough, about a month ago Rollie aka Roland joined us after we sadly lost another one of pets. He is a Newfy (50%), Saint B(25%) and Great Pyr(25%) mix that is 3 months old and already huge! He earned his nickname, Rollie, after we quickly learned there is very little this puppy loves more than food! He is the 101 Dalmatians character reborn into a much bigger and much fluffier puppy! For more photos of this cutie and his big brother, Louie, follow me on instagram! It is mostly filled with their snuggles.
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We seem to thrive in chaos in this household. Lol. But we absolutely love it.
The goal is that starting next month I am taking more time off from photography to focus more on doing more lifestyle images for my own family. These past 4 months have been so jammed packed with sessions, I have barely picked up my camera for my own family. Being busy is of course such a blessing but I also feel that with my body telling me to slow down (I have rough pregnancies guys. My body does not like growing babies.) so it is the perfect time to take a step back and refocus on my crazy gang of babes at home. You can expect to see a lot more personal posts like this one mixed into to the session recap blogs. Full of our journey as a transitioning familiy going from 4 to 5 with 4 pets, homeschooling 2 young kids, and exploring Washington. All while balancing military life. Sounds easy, right? Haha.

Here are a few recent photos of my gang. Its a tiny amount since I have been so swamped! I am hoping by next week I will have many more photos to share with you!
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