Introducing, the newest addition to Project Ten - our son, Theodore Matthew Hall. We welcomed 10 pound 12 ounce (yes, you read that correctly) Theo on July 21st and have loved every ounce of him ever since. The little face that we only imagine we would see, after a long road of infertility and pregnancy loss, has stolen our hearts and our attention day in and day out. You can see more of the birth of Theo here by our amazing birth photographer and friend, Cait Jensen. Welcoming this little boy into our family has been wonderful and difficult all at the same time. Sleepless nights and adjusting to the new pace of life with a newborn while still occupying two little girls during the hot summer months before school begins has proved difficult. Things like showering and sometimes eating (and definitely taking photos) fall to the wayside and nursing and rocking and shooshing take over. I mostly sit on the couch cuddling our sweet boy while texting the other mamas (6 of my friends, to be exact, who delivered babies in a 3 week time period) about nursing habits and how much sleep they got the night before. It's all been a little bit of a blur but I've already reached the 3 week mark and thought "it's going too fast."
I will always be thankful for this project for pushing me to look for and capture moments of the mundane that will one day make my heart ache to remember the little sounds of a newborn, the R sounds that sound like W's of my middle child, and the cackle laugh of my oldest when she plays with her sister.
Sweet moments in the early hours of the morning and the early hours of new life.
Our little man with alllllll the hair.
Big sister who protects her brother and soothes him with a sweet, soft voice when he's crying. And when I ask her to do me a favor and "go get mommy a few more diapers" she runs away and says "Super cat speed!"
Forgoing another bite of breakfast to love on her little brother.
Tiny baby parts.
If you could hear the sounds of this photo you'd hear the softest and sweetest version of "I See the Moon" being sung.
In the last few years, I've found what types of photography makes me energized and excited to book a client and capture images that I know they'll love. Documentary sessions, also known as "lifestyle" sessions are one of the areas that I have grown more and more in love with thanks, in part, to my personal monthly photo project - Project TEN. This session was one that Rae called me about doing and I was excited at the chance to just hang out with their family - all four cute kids - in their typical Saturday evening fashion. Chris and Rae made homemade pizza with the help of their kiddos, and Rae even let the kids wear whatever they want (which I know was hard for her to do seeing that she's a photographer and used to coordinating outfits for sessions). We cooked and ate dinner, played in the backyard (in their awesome playhouse) and then I got to witness the Barnes' family bedtime routine - including all 6 of them in the bathroom to brush teeth.