Jen & Alex Engagement Session | Rising Sun MD Engagement Photographer

Bling, bling! She got the ring! Congratulations to my childhood friend, Jen, and her husband to be, Alex! I seriously cannot get enough of these two. They are so silly, adorable, fun and most importantly IN LOVE!

     Jen & Alex's story was so sweet, I could have fainted. Jen is a pediatric nurse in the ER of one of our local hospitals. Alex, an EMT, brought a patient in and there are two versions of what happened. When I learned they met when he brought in a patient, I asked "So that was it for you then?" Alex shook his head yes, with a big smile. Jen shook her head no, with a bigger smile. He looked at her and joked "Well, I had to chase her." So I'm guessing it took some convincing, but alas... they fell in love! Alex had me laughing the entire time and he looked so handsome in his button up tiffany blue shirt. And I could not stop admiring Jen's glowing smile and beautiful white lace dress from Macy's! She is going to make one spectacular bride.

     Jen and I grew up in the same neighborhood when we were kids. She lived about 8 or 9 houses down, and a skip across the road. We shared many friends and although we were never extremely close, she was always so kind and loving to me... and everyone else she met. Her little sister will soon be opening up an amazing small restaurant called "Spork" in Elkton, MD sometime this summer. It's so fun to see what your friends do when they grow up! I really can't imagine Jen being anything else but a nurse though... she really is kind, caring, compassionate and I'm sure all of the children she helps fall in love with her.

     Jen & Alex's wedding colors are Tiffany Blue and Purple, surely a beautiful combination for their big day! June 3rd 2017 is going to come up so very quickly for them and I know they'll live happily ever after as Mr. & Mrs. Wibirt! I hope you enjoy their images, and there are a few more special ones below to view as well. Congratulations to the future Mr. & Mrs... happy planning!

 

 

Emily Michelle, 7 Days New - Rising Sun Newborn Photographer

     From both a personal and professional standpoint, I am so happy to introduce to you my friend Amy's beautiful little darling, Emily Michelle who has FINALLY arrived! Emily was born on her mom's sister's birthday which makes her arrival EXTRA special! Aunt Lauren is surely through the roof with excitement to share a birthday with such a precious little girl. Captured at 7 days new, Emily was an absolute DREAM to work with. She had the hair, had the skin, the perfect lips, slept like a champ.... seriously.... she is every newborn photographer's dream baby! I can't help but swoon....

Emily, 7 days new

Emily, 7 days new

      Amy actually told me she was pregnant very early on, exactly a week before I delivered my own baby girl. We were getting pedicures to relax and hopefully bring on labor (which didn't work) and out came the big news while we soaked our toes! I had a small feeling she was pregnant, but hearing that news was music to my ears. Between the two of us we now have 4 children and each of them are tiny people we worried we would never have only 4 short years ago. What a blessing!

     Emily is Amy & Randy's second girl, and both girls were a surprise gender through the entire pregnancy. Much to my surprise, they couldn't have turned out more different looking! Abigail was born with no hair and a sweet, tiny face with zero interest in posing for newborn photos. Emily came out with lots of dark brown hair, round cheeks and slept solid the entire time! Abigail seems to really like being a big sister so far, but was just not feeling a photoshoot with me I'm guessing ;) It's a good thing I adore her and she can pull off any facial expression!

Emily, 7 days old. Abigail, 22 months old.... and clearly not impressed.

Emily, 7 days old. Abigail, 22 months old.... and clearly not impressed.

Emily, 7 days old. Abigail, 22 months old.

Emily, 7 days old. Abigail, 22 months old.

     I shot this session with my trusty (but getting old) Canon 5D Markii, my workhorse that is my 50 mm f/1.4 and my 100mm f/2.8 macro. All of my lighting is studio with an Alien Bee, B400 and a giant Octobox. I hope you enjoy these beautiful images, which are only a few, from Emily's beautiful session! Thank you so much for reading and if you are interested in a session, get in the books as early as you can to ensure a wonderful experience with your little miracle!

I had to leave my hand in this shot, as it's just so special being able to capture these beautiful children! I make a living off of soothing newborns to sleep and photographing them.... I'm not quite sure how I got that lucky, but I am so very blessed. Thank you for those sweet smiles and snuggles, Emily! Another miracle in the books.

I had to leave my hand in this shot, as it's just so special being able to capture these beautiful children! I make a living off of soothing newborns to sleep and photographing them.... I'm not quite sure how I got that lucky, but I am so very blessed. Thank you for those sweet smiles and snuggles, Emily! Another miracle in the books.

Amaya & Family

     Behind this little smile is one big story. This is Amaya. She is a little petite and extra sweet! In May she will be turning two years old, and not long around then.... she will be having major brain surgery.

Amaya, 21 months old

Amaya, 21 months old

     When Amaya was about two months old, her parents would notice she would stop breathing and have strange movements when she would wake or fall asleep. After some time, they came to find out she was actually having seizures that would cause her to stop breathing.... every parent's worst nightmare. She was ultimately diagnosed with epilepsy. I can't imagine the fright dealing with one of my children not breathing, but for it to be a regular thing with seizures? Her parents are so strong. The only thing they can do while she isn't breathing is to rub her chest to help remind her body to breathe, and keep medicine close at hand that will also help if she continues not to breathe.

     As it turns out, there is a "cure" for these seizures, but it requires a surgery.... in my book or anyone else's, major surgery. Amaya will have to have the entire right side of her brain removed to prohibit these reoccuring seizures. Until talking with this family, I did not even know such a surgery existed and it's something I think about every day.

     Amaya has a big sister named Aubrey, her mommy Tia, and her daddy Matt. Tia and I have known each other since Kindergarten, and while we were never super close friends... she was always very kind in school and we would chat from time to time. About a week ago, Matt contacted me letting me know about the brain surgery and asked how to book a session with me before Amaya has to lose her beautiful head of hair. It was no big decision that we had to get them in as soon as possible before the big surgery, which should be happening within the next few months... right around the time Amaya turns two. Both of her parents are incredibly hard workers. Tia is actually a nurse at A.I. Dupont... a hospital that I absolutely adore that saved my own brother's life when he was a baby.

     I have so much respect for any parent going through the illness, disability or surgery of a child. As you can imagine their medical bills are already extremely major and this surgery is going to be scary enough with their child going through all of this on top of the cost. Amaya's surgery date has yet to be decided, but they should know soon and it will be in Ohio. I have put the link for the Go Fund Me account below, and truly hope you'll consider donating to help this family out. It really would be an incredible blessing to have even half of this surgery taken care of.

Donate and receive updates here: https://www.gofundme.com/amayamccoy

     In addition, our friends over at My Baby's Heartbeat Bear have generously offered to donate a beautiful heartbeat animal to this precious family. A heartbeat animal will be chosen, and within it a small recorder that will hold the sound of Amaya's heartbeat. I have a few, and they are the most treasured items I own. Please learn more about them at http://mybabysheartbeatbear.com/ and give them a like on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mybabysheartbeatbear 

Thank you so much for taking the time to read, send healing thoughts and prayers their way, feel free to share, look on my website or fan page for an update (with her parents' permission) after Amaya's surgery and enjoy a few more sneak peeks from their session! Thank you!