Emma Claire Newborn Session, New Jersey, Noelle Bell Photography

Last year my husband and I took our first long vacation to New Jersey where I was born and raised, and we visited family and close friends.  Last year we were also up there to celebrate one of my best friends 40th birthday’s.  So less than a year later I was up just a week before her birthday to celebrate the birth of her firstborn Emma Claire, who was promptly nicknamed E-Claire.   She can blame that on her Aunt Noelle!   🙂

It was a perfect 4 days that I had to spend with Trish and Emma Claire.  So of course I packed my car full of props so I could capture newborn pictures.   E-Claire did a great job of posing and we were able to capture her in her mom’s West Virginia University colors while she was sleeping.  I have a yellow tutu for the next time I’m up there.   I’m sure she will have lots of WVU attire to pair with it.

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I also captured her with all of her animal siblings.  She has a very protective sister in Pasha and Stryker is a very protective big brother as well.  Here’s Pasha giving kisses!  🙂

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Here are some other images I captured outside of Stryker and Pasha.  They are the most beautiful shepherds I know and they are actually sister and brother, from different litters, but they have the same mom and dad.

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Here is Patton, who normally stays up on his shelf in the bedroom where the dogs can’t reach him.  But since the dogs refused to leave the room that Trish and E-Claire were in, he got off of his shelf and was playful as I captured some images of him.  He is a 27 lb cat but he fit on the chair.

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It was really special to capture some of E-Claire with her daddy loving on her.  It was the perfect time to visit as the following week John’s father passed away.  I’m so glad that He will always have pictures of the first weeks with his little girl.  And I plan to be around for many more pictures of them together.  And I was thrilled to hear that they were able to get a few pictures of her with her grandpa.  That will be a wonderful memory.

Newborn Pictures, Family Portraits, Baby, Newborn Portraits, Dad Newborn Pictures, Family Portraits, Baby, Newborn Portraits, Dad Newborn Pictures, Family Portraits, Baby, Newborn Portraits, DadAnd here are a few with mom and dad.  I love the one of her with Trish and John holding her little feet.

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Newborn Pictures, Family Portraits, Baby, Newborn Portraits, Sleeping Newborn Pictures, Family Portraits, Baby, Newborn Portraits, Velvet Chair Trish wanted to be sure we captured some images of her on her daddy’s uniform as John now serves in the Air Force reserves.  I’m not sure if Emma will follow in dad’s footsteps, with this face, but she is going to grow up and be whatever she wants to be!  And she’ll be great at it.  I just know.

Newborn Pictures, Military Newborn Picture, Baby, Newborn PortraitsAnd finally for some of her faces….the best

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Newborn Pictures, Family Portraits, Baby, Newborn Portraits, Dad, MomI loved every minute of my visit and I can’t wait to see them again and capture more pictures of E-Claire as she grows up!  And thank you Trish, spending time with you was wonderful and I can’t wait to see you next time!  Thanks for sending me the picture last week.  Love and miss you girl!

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Mothers Day portrait sessions, Knoxville, TN

Mothers Day is just around the corner and I can’t wait to celebrate it!  There is something special about spending time with your mom, the woman who has become a friend, the one who always cares, the one who has encouraged me to dream beyond where I am at and the one who has given and continues to give so unselfishly in so many ways!

In all honesty, it has been quite a few years since I have invested time to get out from behind the camera and capture an image of the two of us.  As the years have gone by, time passes quicker and quicker and though we get together to spend time, I have found that I am not capturing images of both of us, but just of her.  And since my mom is like me with the camera, we might both be out capturing images of events and nature, but rarely of ourselves.  The awareness came when I took an image of my parents last year at the wedding of some dear friends, and it was an amazing natural light shot of both of my parents that was beautiful!   The smiles on their faces in their wedding album were the same smiles that were on their faces that day.   I wanted an image of that with my mom this year!  One that has been at least 3 years since we have taken one together.  This time no more excuses.

At Imaging USA this year, I was moved to tears when David Williams shared a story of a photographer who took a picture of her husband and her daughter  just before her husband left, and he never made it home.  The picture that she took was the last picture they would ever have together.  He was a young man (late 20’s) and the little girl was maybe 6 years old.  For her that will be the last photo of her and her dad.  That has weighed on my mind as I get older and approach a milestone birthday in just a months.  I want more memories to preserve what someday time will strip away. 

So value the time you have with your mom this year, and dad’s this would be a great idea for a gift as well.  Something you can never replace anywhere other than in your mind are the visual memories of the time you have with your mom.  Take time today to schedule a session so that you too can preserve the most prized gift you are given, the gift of a mom!  Celebrate her and your relationship with her this year in a way that she will treasure.

I look forward to talking with you soon! 

Noelle

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