Ariel's Oh The Places You'll Go, Hot Air Balloon Cake Smash!

I love when babies come back to see me for their first birthday! In this case, I took Ariel’s Mommy’s maternity photos, AND newborn photos, AND now her first birthday cake smash! How fun! I love love love it. Here’s her beautiful Mommy’s maternity session from August 2018;

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Isn’t she absolutely gorgeous? I mean, WOW! And those turned out incredible even with us rushing them in about 10 minutes, with police having to come unlock her car (where she accidentally locked her other outfit in… oops!) It was eventful haha!

I loved these so much, she’s actually featured on a wooden print in my studio as well. SWOON!

Then her newborn session;

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She is absolutely adorable right? I love this sweet girl.

Now for the main event here, her BIRTHDAY SESSION! We celebrated with a hot air balloon setup, with pastel colors going on -

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Then we had Ariel tot around for us and show off her little baby wobble she has going on. She’s full of smiles, and just the sweetest faces ever!

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& then the cake! WHICH SHE LOVED and squished, and smashed, and then I popped a balloon that made her cry with the cutest little cry face (I’m so sorry Ariel haha I still feel bad!) The cake is from the lovely Market Street Bakery, located on Market Street in downtown Mabank Texas, in the heart of East Texas.

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Thank you so much, Yessenia, for choosing me to capture all these beautiful memories for you, it has been such a joy and I’m so lucky to have clients like you in my life.

Happy Birthday Ariel! It has been so lovely seeing you grow up this first year.

With love

-Traci

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7,000 miles to Pyper

A few months ago I received a very special request, one I'll never forget. Nicole, a beautiful soon-to-be mommy, messaged me to find out about Belly to Baby portraits. This time it was a bit different than my usual inquiry, because she was a military wife! Wesley was going to get a short leave when the baby was born, but they wanted to hire me to document the maternity, birth and newborn sessions, with a twist! Nicole was bummed that Wesley wouldn't be there for the maternity session, so we came up with a plan. She had seen the pictures where the spouse was faded into the picture, and asked if we could do something similar. 

We recently did Nicole's maternity session, in bluebonnets, with Wesley being overseas, I had an idea to use the Texas bluebonnets to emphasize how she was MILES away in Texas, literally 7000 miles, and yet they were both waiting for Pyper, together.

Originally, Nicole told me to be prepared for the 22nd and beyond, that's when she was going to have Pyper, if she didn't decide on her own when to come. They planned to have him fly home then, and we were talking about the birth story process. Then she finds out there's complications with waiting that long, blood pressure being involved, preeclampsia, and she needed to deliver THIS WEEK! Over the weekend I've been talking to Nicole, she was upset because Wesley wouldn't be able to fly for the birth, being so soon. We talked about having him on video chat, recording the birth on an extra camera, and things started to seem like it would be a little easier, with him not being there, that way. 

Well, guess what?! He's home! She's being induced TOMORROW (Wednesday) and he's home RIGHT NOW! I'm so excited for them both, and can't wait to meet Wesley AND Pyper all in the same 24 hour span (sorry Wesley, I'm more excited to meet Pyper).

I have to also add, Nicole and I couldn't stop giggling the entire time we took these. It's been such a great time, getting to know her. I can just imagine how precious her little girl is going to be. We had to take so much time to ourselves to breathe and relax, before each shot was taken.

Everyone please keep this sweet family in your thoughts, as they welcome their little sailor baby into the world. Thank you so much, to everyone for the support these photos have received over the week or so. It's caught wind with a few news channels, and went viral on social media. 

I'll be updating as soon as we have photos finished, from the birth story, and newborn sessions! Congratulations, Wesley & Nicole, I can't wait to capture more amazing moments for your family.

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