Countdown to Baby Hecht / Winter Garden Maternity Photography

When I got the text back in January asking about my plans for July (accompanied by an ultrasound image) I actually squealed. Two of my favorite people were having a baby and I couldn’t have been happier if I tried. Elise and Jeremy are two of the kindest, sweetest people I’ve ever had the pleasure to photograph and the idea of documenting their growing family makes my job way cooler than most:)

Before we knew it, July was here and it was time to brave the horrendous Florida summer (pretending we weren’t going to be dripping in sweat) and meet up for their maternity session. We met in Downtown Winter Garden and ended up in a random field near Oakland (where Elise got the ab workout of a lifetime that may or may not have started preterm labor). The end result is a set of images I absolutely ADORE!

Baby Noah decided to come early and arrived yesterday. I CANNOT wait to get my hands on his squishy little face:)  Until then, check out some of my favorite images from our time together:Blog_Hecht_Maternity_15Cutest belly EVER:
Blog_Hecht_Maternity_14Blog_Hecht_Maternity_02Blog_Hecht_Maternity_03I have NO idea how she did this. It was a ONE shot chance to recreate an image from their engagement session and (thank goodness) I got it!Blog_Hecht_Maternity_01We had to work a little magic for this next series . . . stopping traffic isn’t always the safest thing to do, but HOLY COW I love these trees:)Blog_Hecht_Maternity_04Blog_Hecht_Maternity_05Blog_Hecht_Maternity_06Blog_Hecht_Maternity_07Blog_Hecht_Maternity_08Blog_Hecht_Maternity_09LOVE – LOVE – LOVE
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Aiden Turns ONE: Catching up with The Rivers Family / Orlando Family Photography

It is SO hard to believe that an entire year has passed since I met Aiden for the first time. We had so much fun with his Harry Potter newborn session that it seems like yesterday.

When you are born in July and live in Florida, it can make for a double-sticky birthday session. We met first thing in the morning, but that didn’t seem to help us avoid the humidity. Leu Gardens is always beautiful, so when Denise mentioned it for the session I was thrilled. Little did we know just how much humidity would hang around us in the shade. We just kept thinking how grateful we were that we weren’t in the wedding that was taking place in the Rose Garden!

Thank goodness funky-hot doesn’t show in these pictures. Ricky and Denise did a great job of hiding just how sweaty they really were:)I am super-excited to finally share this cake smash session. Happy Birthday, Aiden–may you always be as sweet as you were on your 1st birthday!

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Blog_Rivers_Family_06Aiden did such a great job keeping his hat on for this picture–Denise and I had to work quickly, but it paid off!

Blog_Rivers_Family_09Blog_Rivers_Family_07I cannot get over how big Cameron has gotten since the last time I saw him. He was a great “adventure” leader for this session.

Blog_Rivers_Family_15While getting Aiden changed into his formal cake-smashing attire, I turned around and saw Ricky talking to Cameron, relaxing in the shade and I am so happy I caught this picture in time–it’s one of my absolute favorites from the day:

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Welcome to the World, Ethan / Winter Garden Newborn Photography

I cannot think of a better way to spend a morning portrait session than to spend it with this snuggly little guy! Meet Ethan–he’s the newest addition to the Tanner Family and I am so excited to have been there to document all of his cuteness.

Amy and James are such calm parents and that shows in this little guy. He was a such a superstar for this session. He slept pretty much the entire time and only got cranky when it was time for a snack–photoshoots are such hard work for the model :)  Amy’s sister and her daughters were there for the shoot, too and they were such a big help in making this a successful session.

It was so hard to narrow down the images to just my favorites, so I gave up and decided to post a bunch!

I am still so thankful that Amy’s cousin, Madeline agreed to make a larger version of the blanket she made for Little James when he was born. Thanks to her, Ethan was able to snuggle on the big one!

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Welcome to the World, Roman / Winter Garden Newborn Photography

I’ve been taking a bit of a break from photography to get caught up on life. But when I heard this little guy decided to make his arrival a few weeks early, I knew I had to take a break from the break and meet him! Roman decided that his due date was wrong and made his way into the world much earlier than anyone expected. Parents, Lori and Alex, and big brother Xavier were thrilled (and a tiny bit unprepared) for his early arrival. Everyone is doing great and I am thrilled to be the one to introduce this sweet little guy.

Meet Roman, he’s pretty new around here:)

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Go Bears!

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Contemplating life at a very early age:)

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Oh, these lips!

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Catching up with The Pham Family / Loch Haven Family Photography

Of all the little girls I get to photograph Gwendolyn is, by far, one of my absolute favorites. When you spend the morning with Gwendolyn you never know quite what you’ll get. She sees the world through the most hysterical and insightful eyes. Her imagination is second to none and she will keep you thinking long after you say your goodbyes. For this shoot, we spent the morning on the lookout for tiny doors. Turns out The Mennello Museum of American Art has an exhibit of Fairy Doors that were installed in various locations outside the museum and it was Gwendolyn’s quest to find them all:)  It was really great to see Sarah and Viet–we never seem get the chance to spend much time together outside of birthday parties, so I am always thankful for the chance to catch up when we meet for their family pictures!

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Blog_Pham_Family_06Blog_Pham_Family_04Blog_Pham_Family_08One of my favorite pictures of Sarah & Viet!

Blog_Pham_Family_09Blog_Pham_Family_10I just love this little girl:)

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