14.3.13

Shelby Leigh + Brian + The Three Girls | Newborn + Family Portraits

"is there any way that I can tell you how my life has changed? 
any way at all to let you know what sweetness you have given me?"
elise mckenna - somewhere in time
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Not many hours after Esme Rose snuggled into her first days of "outside" life, this beautiful family and I met up again for one more story time.   We started back in December, with simple portraits of a mama-and-dada-to-be.    Within weeks, we were huddled together in a bathroom, with a couple more daughters and supporters, watching Shelby and pleading to Esme with our hearts - "Come on, sweet girl.  Come out!  We're waiting for you!".   This brings us to early spring and a family of five.
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Inside the white picket fence, and red front door, up the wooden stairs, past the dusty rose and khaki nursery, on a white bright bed was a crew full of sunshine.
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The ladies of the house are, well, stunning.  Each and every one of them.
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And papa is a brave soul ;)
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The delight I had left behind that cold night was just as complete when I came back in the daylight.  The big sisters were still intrigued and comfortable.  The whole house attracts itself to mama and baby.  They all love to be near.
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Esme had quite the stare-down!  It's breathtaking!
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Soon the little cupcake won't be eating every hour or two.  Soon she will know her sister's names.  Soon she will jump on dad, and break mugs, and fill up a little purse with goodies, and count to eleventeen and beyond.  Soon she will clap for herself.  Soon she will ask for what she wants with words.  Soon she will ask dad about his tattoos and if she can play with mom's hair and "are we there yeeeet?"  Soon she won't be a baby.  But today she's quite baby.  And absolutely incredible.  She is loved, and has been for some time now.  She is here and she is there's.
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It's been honor and fun to be a part of this story; to record and tell something that can never be told again.  Esme Rose will never go back into her mother's belly or be delivered or be a few hours old ever, ever again.  And it really resonates in my heart the sweetness I've been able to join in on by photographing this entire, lovely family.  

19 comments:

  1. So sweet! These are the best kind of family photos.

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  2. I am so very much in love with this family.

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  3. oh, wow, kristen. so much light and love in these images. being able to see the story from the first photos, to now -- a beautiful anthology of much joy and rich wonder. individually lovely, collectively powerful.

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  4. Anonymous14.3.13

    These are awesome Kristin so incredibly special!!!!!

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  5. Anonymous14.3.13

    By the way the anonymous is Cassie Shelby's mom!!!!

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  6. Wow. Wow. Wow.
    It's hard to find words to describe the beauty of these! The joy, the warmth, the contentment... so powerful. And powerfully captured, as well. :)

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  7. oh my. these pictures are incredible. so much love in their faces, and such joy in their expressions. and gosh, that baby has got to be one of the prettiest babies i've ever seen. :) love these! these are absolutely precious... what an incredible family. :) x

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  8. tearing up at these wonderful photos. such a beautiful family. so much love and joy and laughter and togetherness. it's breathtaking. :)

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  9. GORGEOUS. Love these and the wonderful light. :)

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  10. These are some of the most beautiful images I've ever seen. Wonderful.

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  11. stunning work Kristen! :)

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  12. This is probably my favorite post from you. Ever. As I read your words and ate up your pictures, I was stunned by the BEAUTY of family. That they are yours and you are theirs. For forever. Thank you for sharing these.

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  13. Oh, WOW. These photos are gorgeous and just perfect. What a sweet family.

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  14. These are wonderful, Kristen! They fill my heart with wonder.

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  15. So, so precious!!! I love these. <3

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  17. Oh my goodness, this is just breathtakingly beautiful! :)

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