Becca’s 1st Birthday

We celebrated Becca’s first birthday with a BIG party! About 50 people were in our house. It was crazy but so very fun! On her actual birthday I made some cupcakes and thought I would do a little photo shoot with her. She wasn’t feeling it. Becca 1st Birthday-5 Becca 1st Birthday-6 Becca 1st Birthday-7


For the big party I didn’t go with a theme, just some colors. I did pink, mint, and gold. I mad the rag banner that is on her highchair and the table. I used this tutorial from Pinterest. Becca’s Birthday Girl shirt was from Oh Sweet Sprouts on Easy. (LOVE THEM!) The tutu was Smocked Auctions  (it isn’t available right now but they always have some good stuff) and the moccs are Freshly Picked (My favorite!). The cake was from Amy Cake’s in Springfield. Oh my gracious it was so good. I don’t think I’ll buy a cake from anywhere else ever again, well as long as I’m in Branson. Joe doesn’t like cake that much and he was eating the leftovers. We did strawberry and almond vanilla with a buttercream frosting. The cake topper was from an Etsy shop, SweetEscapesbyDebbie. The tall candle was also an Etsy find, CohassetPartySupply. The massive balloons were 24 inch balloons from Party City. Getting those into the car was a nightmare. I knocked the top box off the cake and ended up having to put down all of my seats, the carseat was in the front (Becca was at home with dad), and sat with the smash cake basically in my lap. Along with the fresh fruit and flowers I had picked up. What an adventure! She wasn’t too interested in her presents or the cake because there was just too much going on. She was busy being social. It was lots of fun and was a good marker for the end of year 1!

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Ellie – Senior 2017

I did a senior shoot with a special girl a few weeks ago. We shot for 2 days and had an exorbitant amount of photos to sort through. I’ve picked out a few of my favorites to share here!



















12 Months

12 Months-2

Height:  28.2 inches per her 1 year checkup!

Weight: 18lbs 5oz at her 1 year checkup! She has gained a little bit 🙂

Eat: We are now down to 2 bottles a day and 3 full meals. And sometimes a snack! The 2 bottles are currently half formula, half whole milk. So far I’ve learned that Becca definitely doesn’t like cold milk and if it isn’t mixed with the formula she won’t drink it. I can’t blame her, I don’t like milk either. She loves broccoli, turkey and cheese quesadillas, and usually peanut butter and jelly. Strawberries and watermelon are still her favorite fruits. She like blueberries but they give her a bad rash so we steer clear of those for the most part. I’ve been giving her whatever we are eating at dinner and most nights she does well with it.

Play: This girl loves to play, especially if there are other kids around. She pretends to talk on the phone all the time, likes to play with her bath toys (in or out of the water), and loves to use the play vacuum she got for her birthday. She walks everywhere so she is usually dragging a toy and her blanket around with her.

Sleep: Sleep is SO SO SO much better. She is taking at least one 2 hour nap and most days a short nap in the early evening. Most nights she is sleeping for 10-12 hours. Yes, you read that right, 10-12 hours!!!!! Mama is VERY happy about this.


The last month in Becca’s first year was busy! We got to see our friends the Braschlers, celebrated the 4th of July, and planned a birthday party. She experienced her first fall down some stairs at my parent’s house. She fell from the very top to the very bottom. I think it was more traumatic for me than for her. She had a red mark on her forehead but that was gone within a day or 2. She brushes her hair, we’ve started brushing her teeth, tries to put on her shoes, figured out how to take off her diaper, and had her first Imo’s pizza. She liked the pizza but I think she liked the Mountain Dew that her daddy gave her even more. Peas in a pod, those two. She loves loves loves her daddy. She spends her whole day saying “dada” and looking at the front door. She gets so excited when she hears him coming up the front steps. She has started fake sneezing which is hilarious. I mentioned above that she likes to pretend she is on the phone. She will put her hand to her ear (if her play phone is not close) and says hello! This past week she has stated talking a bit after she says hello. She also loves to use the play vacuum. It sings a song so she pushes it back and forth and dances. She is working on talking and is starting to mimic the words we ask her to try. The words she consistently says are: mama, dada, hi, hello, uh-oh, deer, duck, baby, shoes, and purple. She points to a baby and says that voluntarily so I know she knows what it means. Most of her toys she calls purple.

It has been a wild year but we made it! We’ve used all of the stickers in our little container so this will be the last Becca monthly update we have! Enjoy the pictures!










Vera Fern

Miss Vera has impeccable timing. When we set up this birth we knew that there was a very good chance I would be at the beach and would miss her birth. As it turned out, she decided to come the day before! Her mama, Bess, had a tough labor with her older sister so we were all hoping for a successful VBAC. And boy did she get it! Vera was born within 2 hours of arriving at the hospital. It was so exciting hearing how different this birth was and how empowered Bess felt afterwards. The sweetest moment was when Vera cried and her sister Maeve said, “I think she needs me”. Big sister, she will always need you. It was such a joy doing this Fresh 48 shoot. I’ve known Bess for a very long time so being asked to come document these moments was very, very special to me.