Saturday, December 29, 2012

NOTE: It's no news that I'm behind on blogging. Baby Michael arrived in August and his newborn session is yet to come. But for now, enjoy his hospital newborn pictures. :)

After some patient waiting, baby Michael made his grand entrance into the world! I stopped by the hospital to grab some shots of baby Michael and the proud parents. Isn't he CUTE? :) Click HERE to view one of my favorites.

I just want to eat him up! And if you couldn't tell already... I love me some baby feet. Austin Newborn Photographer - Toni Marie Photography Austin Newborn Photographer - Toni Marie Photography Austin Newborn Photographer - Toni Marie Photography Austin Newborn Photographer - Toni Marie Photography Austin Newborn Photographer - Toni Marie Photography Austin Newborn Photographer - Toni Marie Photography Austin Newborn Photographer - Toni Marie Photography Austin Newborn Photographer - Toni Marie Photography Austin Newborn Photographer - Toni Marie Photography
I've known Tamara since middle school but since she moved away in high school, it's been years since I've seen her last. So imagine my utter glee when she said she'd be making her way down to good ol' Texas for a visit.

AND did I mention, she's expecting?!? There's one thing I love more than photographing maternity sessions and that's photographing a maternity session of one of my very good friends!

It was so great reconnecting and for both of us to meet the other's families. <3 I can't wait to meet baby L when she arrives! Round Rock Maternity Photographer - Toni Marie Photography Round Rock Maternity Photographer - Toni Marie Photography Round Rock Maternity Photographer - Toni Marie Photography Round Rock Maternity Photographer - Toni Marie Photography Round Rock Maternity Photographer - Toni Marie Photography Round Rock Maternity Photographer - Toni Marie Photography Round Rock Maternity Photographer - Toni Marie Photography Round Rock Maternity Photographer - Toni Marie Photography Round Rock Maternity Photographer - Toni Marie Photography

Saturday, December 15, 2012

When I came across Red Thread Sessions, I was ecstatic. Not only does it pair two of my passions together -- adoption and photography -- but it gave me an opportunity to give back. So I signed up...and waited. And when my first inquiry came in, I could barely contain my excitement!

Here is what Angela shared with me about her journey towards adoption:

I have always wanted to adopt a baby for as long as I can remember. I have a long standing dream of having a multicultural home with kids that need a place to land. We did however want to try and have just one of our own. We dealt with infertility that did not come as a surprise to us, and did several procedures and one round of IVF before I said NO MORE. It felt wrong, it wasn't working, and I knew there was another plan for us. We stopped everything and went straight to adopting.

I tell people that it was not plan B, just in a different order than originally planned. I am a pediatric nurse and my husband is a social worker--we see lots of people and children that need a hand to hold and some stability. We wanted to be that family for someone and after one adoption fell through, we met Aven's birthmom after only waiting three months. We all quickly agreed on an open adoption and will try very hard to make sure that continues. We feel it will be the most healthy for Aven and so far things have been great with our contact. We plan on adopting from the foster system after Aven gets a little older to add to our family and hopefully get closer to my dream. :-)

It's no surprise that I absolutely hit it off with this sweet family. :) Robin and Angela are nothing short of amazing and Aven is officially the happiest baby I've ever met. Robin said it best when he sang "You Are My Sunshine" to her because her smile and personality really do just brighten up your spirits.

Their session reminded me of two things: 1) I truly love my job and 2) that adoption is beautiful. Family is beautiful. austin adoption photographer - Toni Marie Photography austin adoption photographer - Toni Marie Photography austin adoption photographer - Toni Marie Photography austin adoption photographer - Toni Marie Photography austin adoption photographer - Toni Marie Photography austin adoption photographer - Toni Marie Photography austin adoption photographer - Toni Marie Photography austin adoption photographer - Toni Marie Photography austin adoption photographer - Toni Marie Photography austin adoption photographer - Toni Marie Photography austin adoption photographer - Toni Marie Photography