When I found out I was going to lose all my hair again, I immediately contacted a photographer. Despite the fact that I'm not a fan of my new short style and dark color, I wanted to get a family picture before I was sporting a shiny dome again.
The photographer I got in touch with at the last minute, Kathleen Smith, is part of the Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation. Photographers who belong to this group offer their photo services for free to parents whose babies pass away at birth or soon after. Kathleen was the photographer on call when my friend's baby, Nathaniel, was born. Having pictures of their newborn son, who joined us in this world for 20 minutes, was such a blessing to my friend Andrea. And the pictures Kathleen took were amazing. (You can see Nathaniel's slideshow if you scroll down to the bottom of Andrea's blog).
I just felt so moved by her photos of Nathaniel, and to me, it was an honor to have Kathleen come to my home to take pictures of my own family.
I could write all about how Max would be laughing one minute and whining the next. Or I could go on and on about how Ella refused to smile at all and just would not cooperate. Or could write about how it started raining in the middle of our outdoor shoot, and so we had to move indoors.
But instead I'll just boast about how great Cameron was during the entire session; how adorable Ella's curls looked, even with her frowning face; and how Max's dimples saved him once again.
Finally, and most importantly, our photographer was wonderful. She was kind and patient and took so many pictures, we're sure to get something good, even with my stubborn little munchkins. Kathleen even offered to come back, when Ella's more photo friendly, to get any shots we might have missed.
You can check out more of her wonderful work at her website http://www.kathleensmithphoto.com/. Thank you Kathleen for a great afternoon!