The Daughertys | New Adventures | 2018

I’ve been attempting to write this blog entry for some time now, and the time is finally here! If you’ve been following my personal Facebook or Instagram, you know that my little family is expecting a new addition any day now!

With that comes a ton of changes, and much needed maternity leave to snuggle my precious baby girls. I’ll probably watch a ton of Netflix and catch up on some of my photography/business education courses, in between caring for a toddler and newborn. Here is now where I will ask for a ton of prayers to help me transition to a mom of 2 under 2. 😅 and for Nic’s sanity as a girl dad. Haha!  We are thrilled though and can’t wait to see how our family grows and changes.

Before heading on leave officially, I met up with my friend, Kaitlin Beckwith of Captured by Kaitlin Rose Photography, to have my maternity portraits taken. We captured these sweet moments in Beaufort, South Carolina, my hometown. I’m so thankful for these portraits and a glimpse of just the three of us before Hattie Leigh makes her grand entrance.

It was a humid day, and EvaJean was her sassy little self, not wanting anything to do with her momma since daddy was with us. She’s definitely a daddy’s girl, so maybe Hattie Leigh will be her momma’s sidekick.

Since EvaJean wanted to stick by her daddy’s side during our photos with Kaitlin, I had my friend, Jessie take a few of EvaJean and I around one of the local farms in Summerton. EvaJean had other plans, so these are mostly fun candid images, but precious nonetheless.

I’m so thankful for both Kaitlin and Jessie taking the time to help me remember these moments with my first little slice of heaven and capturing these last few weeks of maternity with Hattie Leigh. 

For my clients, I’m going to try to keep up with blog posts and keeping you guys informed on all things business related. I’m hoping to be back in the full swing of things by Septmeber. I’m finishing up the last few things I have in my queue and will be sending those out soon! In the meantime, I will be responding to emails and messages as best and quick as possible, but please bare with me as this new adventure is going to take some getting use to. I’m so thankful for all my wonderful clients and I promise I won’t be gone too long! Stay tuned for new blog entries to include EvaJean and Hattie Leigh! 

❤️ Love, Leah 

 

The photos below were taken by Jessie Shipp, and are a clear representation of mine and EvaJean's relationship when naps are not taken and snacks are much needed. She was a wild child this day and these candid images crack me up! Especially the last set during her meltdown. I like to blame these meltdowns on family members (you know who you are. Haha!) that wished my kids to be 1000x as bad as I was when I was EvaJean’s age. 😅

Meet Eli | Cake Smash | First Birthday | 2018

Today is such an exciting day! Today we celebrate this little fella and his first birthday! Eli is my best friend's, Kristin, little cup of sugar. Eli is roughly 4 months younger than EvaJean, and we hope that they will be lifelong friends! Right now they just  tolerate one another! haha!

Today, Eli officially turns one, and I have been so blessed to watch him grow this year. It is so hard to believe that a whole year has past! I remember the day he was born and finally meeting him in the hospital. The saying "Babies don't keep" is so true! It goes by so fast! He is such a sweet, handsome baby boy and I am so excited to see him and EvaJean pal around and grow up together. Eli wasn't so sure about his photo session, but we eventually made our way outside, with his daddy, Evan, and he lit up like the sunshine. We now know that he prefers outside portraits for sure! We can't wait to celebrate his birthday this afternoon at the lake!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ELI!!! WE LOVE YOUUUUU! 

Leave Eli some happy birthday love below and check out his cake smash session portraits!

Meet Tallie Mae | Newborn | 2018

This precious little girl, Tallie Mae, came and visited me last week! I was so excited when I found out her momma was expecting again. Last year I had the fun opportunity to photograph her big sister, Gainey Grace. They are such beautiful little girls.

Tallie Mae was such a sleepy head during her session, which isn’t typically common for a four week old! But, she dreamed sweetly the entire time we were together, which always makes my job that much easier.

Her session is considered one of my simple posed newborn sessions. During these sessions, I will swaddle babies, but I don’t put them in “studio poses”, such as the froggy pose or potato sack pose, etc. Those types of poses take a ton of safety measures and should always be done as composites. One day I will be comfortable doing them, but for now I’m still learning and educating myself on newborn safety. Instead, my approach is more relaxed posing, and allowing the baby to settle into their own comfort level. Tallie Mae did just that! She was the perfect baby model for this type of session! I am in love with all of her images, but maybe I am a little biased.

Check out some of my favorites from sweet Tallie Mae’s session below and leave a comment or two!