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.

Hess Family

I can honestly say I will be sad to not be able to photograph this family again. 😦
I first meet the Hess family before little Dani was born, I did their maternity, birth and now these family sessions. Dani is so stinking cute. We turned 6 months old recently and I saw the status her mom posted on Facebook and literally said no way out loud. I can not believe that it has been that long. When you welcome babies into the world, I swear they grow up faster than even your own kids. You blink and then they are already crawling or getting ready to celebrate their 1st birthday way too soon. I feel like mothers and birth photographers should unite to help slow down time! 😉
Samantha is also an new and upcoming photographer in the Drum area! So I have been helping her out get started and grow over the past few weeks. I can’t wait to continue to watch her talent grow and little Dani, even if it does have to be from a far!

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Hall Couple

I love couples sessions. They are always my favorite shots of shoots so when that’s all you are doing it is pretty fun for me. It is even more fun when you know the clients well. 😉
This was my 3rd session for these 2.  We have a good time. Haha.  So when she sent me a message about how she wished that I could fit her in one last time before we left, you can bet that I worked a slot into my schedule to make it happen!

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Goodbye NY

A Blog post dedicated to just the personal memory lane of our family and the time we spent here at Fort Drum. Sadly this is missing our first year hear due to only having prints of those pictures. But hey you get the idea. 😉
This are images from the past two years. I did not take all of these images from where taken by other photographers currently at Fort Drum or were here at the time. (Jessica Souza Photography, Kristin Charles Smith Photography, Brittany Besaw Photography, and Karen’s Captured Moments). Also I did try to keep pet photos out for the most part. This is mostly just the humans of the family. 🙂

Making this is very weird for me, I am so excited to leave this area. I am overjoyed to be moving to Washington, bigger and better things await us there and everyone knows it. But over the past 3 years some much has changed. We added members of our family and we have grown and matured so much. When we moved here I was 18. 18 guys. We were so stupid. Lol. We have grown up so much over the years (I mean heck last night I renewed the registration of my car a month early and increased my insurance coverage!). When I look back at where I was when we first moved here it is crazy.  Whew, glad I changed that around.

There have been some serious bumps in the road here, but all in all I feel like this place has done us a great service. Within all the suck we have dealt with and the hardship, we have become such more more and because of it our life ahead will be much smoother. We spent the past 3 years making mistakes really, whether in personal life or even in business. But other past 9 months the after effect of that has hit me hard. We are actual adults now to be taken seriously, respected, and held accountable! It might not sound like such a big deal but remember, we were 18 and 20 we got here. Christian hadn’t even had his own apartment thanks to being away at basic, and we were always right by family to be able to bail us out when we wanted to act without thinking. Now, we get to do the bailing out!

Maybe I am just being silly about this. Lol. But Fort Drum will always has a spot in my heart for helping us grow, in maturity and in size. Lucy, and Addie are both in our family because of Fort Drum. It is were my baby was born. It is were I met some of the best friends I have ever known who will be my friends for life. I may not miss the cold or the boredom, but I will miss (some) of people and memories we have here.

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Brittany Besaw Photography
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Ps there would me more pictures from the before I had a full frame camera, but it is being a butt to load and nobody got time for that. Haha.

Lizarraga Family

There is no bigger complement than being asked by another photographer to do their pictures! You will hear this a lot from photographers but it really is true, there is no better validation in this business.
Mayra’s kids where seriously the easiest I have EVER done. Those kids know how it goes. 😉
I only had to stop and try to get little Chris’s attentions once, once guys. And even then all I had to do was get his attention before he flashed a winning smiling.

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Fultz Maternity

Maternity sessions rank up to be one of my favorites. There is just something to perfect about a ready to pop bump. ❤
Posting this is bittersweet for me. I love this season, and this little boy was so cute for his season. He was one of my easiest littles to work with. But this family was my very last official session at Fort Drum for this babies newborns, that will be blogged in a few days. Fort Drum sucks. Lol. But this was the place that I stared this business and spent 3 years growing as a photographer. I’ll save that speech for another time though.
This is about Katie and her growing family! 😉
This session was a little different than most maternity sessions because it doubled as some of my favorite family shots!

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Allaway Maternity

It doesn’t show it, thanks to the wonders of scheduling posts, but this is my 4th session to finish and edit today. That is on top of being a mommy and getting ready to move almost 3,000. So to say that I am pooped is an underestimate.  😉
But this session was exactly what I needed to boost my spirits. These images are stunning. I love every single one of them. After I shoot this session it made me honestly sad that I was moving and leaving this location. And that is really saying something since we went through some pretty high hoops to get this move going. Lol. I’d say it was a good farewell though. 😉

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Besaw Couple

Uh oh… I forgot my favorite Fort Drum photographers sessions forever go…. Oops.
Brittany is awesome guys. Go ahead and check out her Facebook and website now because everyone is getting her as their recommendation for Fort Drum pictures. 😉
But for real this chick is an awesome friend and it really sucks that we are moving so far away. It is only a “see you later” though! These two are also a blast
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Mezzles Birth

My last NNY birth. 😦
I miss them already. I am really starting to get sad about leaving Fort Drum. I have meet so many wonderful people and this was were I really jumped into this crazy dream of owning my own business.
Kristin is one of those people. She is such a sweet heart. She helped walk me through the steps of figuring out essential oils (which are amazing by the way seriously check them out) and has been nothing but patient since my laptop broke the morning after her deliver of precious Kyleigh.  This was also one of my favorite births. I drove to Syracuse at midnight and got there 10 minutes before the pushing began in a room with only the delivery spot light on.
I also want to take a moment and talk about this dad. I have had some pretty awesome dad to bes in the past. But none of them can compare to this guy and his excitement to be a father for the first time. ❤

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