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The Newborn Session of The Next Houdini… Better Known As Landon (by Josh & Kelley)

Imagine that you are a parent to an absolutely adorable silly little girl.

Now, envision adding an darling newborn baby boy to this perfect imaginary life.

Seems too good to be true huh?

Well, for the Smith family, this wonderful scenario is real life.

It’s true!  Jen and Chris have enjoyed being Lexi’s parents for the past four years.

Now, they also have the pleasure of calling themselves this little guy’s mom and dad.

Landon was born in late August, and it’s clear that the entire family is absolutely thrilled with his arrival.

There’s no denying it, this little man is cute!

Apart from being cute, little Landon is also a pretty skilled escape artist. Jen, a swaddling master, would spend a few minutes wrapping him up like a tight little burrito, and he would wiggle his little fingers and arms out within seconds!

Then he would just look up at her and make silly faces as he stuck his little fingers in his mouth.

I’ll say it again:  He. Is. CUTE!  And he’s the perfect addition to this sweet little family!

Jen, Chris, and Lexi, enjoy the newest member of your family, he’s pretty amazing!

Oh, and Landon, we’ll be looking out for you and your future act as, “the next Harry Houdini”!

Click to see the rest of the photos from Landon’s Newborn Session.

Macaley's Sleepy Newborn Session (by Josh & Kelley)

You guys remember Kim and Jose from the library-centered maternity session Josh and I (Kelley) did with them right?  Well, just as I suspected, they had an absolutely adorable child.

Dear world, meet Macaley.

Isn’t she just the sweetest?

Josh and I sure think so.  And I’m pretty sure her parents are quite fond of her as well.

Seriously, every time they looked down at her during this session, they would both get huge grins on their faces.  It was the cutest thing!

Not only is Macaley adorable, she’s also an overall awesome newborn.

In fact, when Josh and I showed up for the shoot, Kim and Jose told us that Macaley slept for at least five hours the night before!  Now I don’t have any children, but I’m pretty sure that’s amazing for a newborn!

Even after five hours of sleep, Macaley still snoozed during most of the photoshoot.

Once she fell asleep, Kim said that she’d likely stay that way for a while, as she’s a pretty heavy sleeper.  Boy was she right!  Don’t believe me?  Here’s some proof:

We set her in a basket, and Macaley slept…

We dressed her up in a tutu, and Macaley slept…

We squeezed a little headband onto her head, and Macaley slept…

We took a walk over to the nursery, and Macaley slept.

For reals guys, this girl is a sleeping machine!

It wasn’t until the very end of our photo session that she decided she better wake up and let us know she was done being our model.

Kim and Jose, congratulations!  We’re so excited for both of you as you get to know, and get to love your new daughter more and more in the coming days.  Thank you so much for giving us the honor of capturing some of your first and most precious moments with her.

Click to see more of Macaley’s Sleepy Newborn Session here.

Multiple babies, mutliple moms, and multiple photos: Mom’s Group photos (by Scott & Breanna)

One day Scottie and I were strolling through the park and we just found all these babies sitting together. They were all the same age and they were just chilling on a blanket together, so we took a picture.

Did that really happen? No, of course not.

What did happen is that our friend Allison (you may remember her and little Vincent from the baby story video we made when they were expecting him!) gave us a call to come and meet up with her moms group for a little photo shoot!

So we all got together and the kids were perfect, smiled, did exactly what we told them to, and were happy the whole time!

Did that really happen? No, of course not.

These are tiny little children we’re talking about people!

Photo day isn’t as easy for them as you might think! You’d have your moments too if everyone around you was poking, prodding, taunting you by holding up toys you can’t have, setting you on the ground before quickly running away, and acting like crazy people for reasons you can’t possibly comprehend!

So taking all the typical photo insanity into consideration, these little ones did incredibly well holding up to it all! Things went very smoothly and everyone involved had a lot of fun!

Did that really happen? Why yes, yes it did.

Click to see more of the moms group photo session here.

Kim’s Exciting and Ever So Organized Maternity Session (by Josh & Kelley)

What could possibly be more exciting than expecting your first child?

If you ask Kim and Jose that question right now, they will likely tell you:  Nothing. Nothing is more exciting than that!

You see, these two are expecting their first little one, a girl, next month, and they’re as happy as can be.

When Kim first contacted me (Kelley) about setting up a maternity session, I could feel their excitement, and that was through an email!

Not only was Kim super excited, but she was extremely organized and thorough when it came to planning her session.

After contacting Josh and me about setting up a shoot, she sent me another email that contained three location choices, website links and photos for each location, and photos of her and her husband so that we could see what they look like!

I’ll tell you what, THAT is my kind of email!  With all of that organization and planning loveliness, I knew right away that Kim and I were going to get along just fine.

As soon as Josh and I saw the images for this library location, we jumped on it!  Kim and Jose added it to their location list because they fell in love with its interesting architecture, and who can blame them?  This place is amazing!

Now, if you’re not aware, it is usually the case that photographers (especially those with flashes and a few not so inconspicuous lenses) and public places do not usually mix well.  Knowing this, Kim (being her ever-so-wonderful organized self) called ahead to make sure we would be permitted to take photos inside the library.  To our surprise, they were completely fine with the idea!

Josh and I were so surprised by this, that we showed up to the location extra early just to double check on the whole shooting a giant camera in-doors thing.  Not only were they okay with it, they LOVED the idea and were genuinely excited about it!

The four of us were excited about it as well, and for two main reasons:  Awesome photos AND air conditioning!  That’s pretty much hitting the mother-load when you’re doing a July photo session in Phoenix, AZ with a mother-to-be.

Kim and Jose, you guys are absolutely amazing, and with so many things working out perfectly in our favor, Josh and I are pretty sure that this maternity session was simply meant to be.

We had a blast quietly sneaking around the library with you, and we can’t wait until August when we get to meet your sweet little girl, and maybe read her a book or two.

Click to see the rest of the photos from Kim’s Exciting and Ever So Organized Maternity Session.

Amanda and Javier and their wedding day “Amandiers” (by Scott & Breanna)

If I had to choose, I’d have to say that my favorite thing about Amanda and Javier’s wedding was that they made it their own.

Sure, they had some typical traditional stuff in there, but it was mixed in with just the perfect amount of personal flair to make it classy, yet fun and unique. In fact, I’ll call all the details in this wedding that show off their unique style, “Amandiers”!

The traditional part consisted of having the wedding in a BEEEAUTIFUL location at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort!

The only thing that ALMOST ruined it was the dust storm that tore through right after the ceremony (narrow miss… phew!).

(The sunset through the dust and the mountains half hidden by the dust rolling through… crazy!)

The location was a stunning venue with equally magnificent views to go along with it (when it wasn’t covered with dust that is!).

As far as the unique parts (Amandiers) in this wedding go… let’s start with the groomsmen’s shoes!

Javier comes from a wrestling sort of lifestyle.

He lives and breathes it in fact. And his shoe choice for the guys made that plain and clear! Definitely some of the most unique man shoes we’ve seen at a wedding yet, I loved it!

Not to be outdone, the girls put their own spin on their bridesmaid gear by throwing in a little parasol action to brighten up the photos. Love!

(Amanda and Javier also handed out parasols and sunglasses to the guests to protect them from the burning AZ sun during the ceremony!

Another of my favorite Amandiers was a photo idea that Amanda emailed me about weeks before the wedding so I could plan it into our photo time and that was this bar photo with all the girls taking shots!

What better way to showcase you hanging out with all your friends on your wedding day than to show you living life and having fun together?!

(Like our Facebook page to tag yourself in some of these photos).

Some of the Amandiers were incredibly sweet and sentimental.

For example, the activity left on the guests tables was a great idea! Each table number represented a year in the couple’s marriage and each guest at the table was to fill out a letter that the couple would read on the anniversary year that corresponded to their table number!

So on Amanda and Javier’s 5th anniversary they would read all the letters written by table 5! Such a great idea and I’m jealous that I’m not reading letters every year from my own wedding guests!

On top of the table activity, the guests had another fun thing to play with and that was the Wedding Snap app. Have you seen this? Basically, instead of having little disposable cameras at every table, there’s a card with instructions to download an app so that all the wedding pics you take on your smart phone, can be added to the app so the couple can have them all. So genius!

This little clever wedding day find was courtesy of Shannon Smith with Sassy Soirees Wedding and Event Planning. Shannon was the mastermind that brought all these little Amandiers together into one smoothly running wedding day.

She did such a great job enacting the couple’s vision while adding in her own expertise and ideas (like the app). Shannon, you’re a pro and I can’t believe how perfectly you coordinated this wedding while being six and a half months pregnant! SUCH talent… and stamina!;-)

And about the reception… oh the reception! Talk about an incredible party! Drinks were flowing, the band was rocking, the dance floor was full, and both the couple and their guests were having the time of their lives!

And in typical Amandier style, the fun was mixed in perfectly with the sentimental.

(I LOVE this photo of Amanda and her dad dancing while her mom and company are huddled together watching through tears!).

(Another great daddy/daughter moment was when he looked high and low to find her after the ceremony so he could give her this hug).

Midway through the reception, Amanda and Javier presented Amanda’s parents with a very special gift that had been planned long ago. In honor of her parent’s wedding anniversary, the bride and groom presented them with an exact replica of the top layer of their own wedding cake!

It was such a special moment filled with tears and heart felt speeches. After that perfect moment, the dancing resumed and the joyful celebration continued on and on as the couple’s happiness grew with every moment that passed. What an amazing day!

Amanda and Javier… what a WONDERFUL wedding you had! We had so much fun and were incredibly happy to get to be a part of it all! Congratulations and may your celebrations together always be as happy as this one was!

Click to see the rest of the photos from Amanda and Javier’s joyful wedding.