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It was a few weeks before little Lyla was due to arrive when I got a text from Lily letting me know that her contractions had started and they were getting stronger and closer together. They were on their way to the hospital and I was perusing the aisles of Lowes picking up some supplies for the studio. Knowing that the process of admittance and labor progression would be a lengthy one, I assumed I would have plenty of time to finishing my shopping, head home for some lunch and then get an update in an hour or so. Not even twenty minutes after that first text, I get another, “…she’s breech, heading in for a c-section within the hour…” I left my cart in the middle of the store, and b-lined home to grab my camera, and turn around for the hospital (luckily it’s only 8 minutes away from my home).

When I arrived at Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville, Lily’s contractions were powerful and she was being prepared by doctors and nurses to meet her baby girl. The room was calm but anxious. Ryan was there, right by her side, lending his gentle support, and her mom reassuring her that everything was going to be alright.

I gave Ryan a camera (and a crash course on using it) before they wheeled her back to the O.R., and I waited patiently in recovery to photograph the very first moments when they would meet their little girl. Everything went perfectly during the delivery, Lyla and Ryan came in first to check vitals and measurements and Lily came soon after, eager to finally hold her baby.

The entire day, even though it wasn’t the delivery they had anticipated, was perfect. They were surrounded by family and friends on the most amazing day and their little Lyla was finally here and perfectly perfect.

Here’s just a little of the story of the day she was born.

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Ryan captured these two sweet images inside the O.R. as soon as little Lyla was delivered.

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As they moved over from the c-section recovery room to the L&D recovery room they had to pass by the waiting room where all of their friends and family were eagerly waiting to catch that first glimpse of sweet little Lyla. No one knew they were coming so their expressions of surprise and pure delight were so genuine and perfect.

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And back to spend a few minutes as a new family of three in their own little room.

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  • MARY

    tHESE IMAGES ARE STUNNING. bEAUTIFUL FAMILY AND BEAUTIFUL WORK!ReplyCancel

  • Birth is such an amazing event, seeing life in a new light. Beautiful imagesReplyCancel

Oh Winston. I just love his name and I just love his cute little face! He was the sweetest little muffin during his newborn session here in my studio in Bentonville and I just loved getting to chat with his sweet family. His gorgeous mama is one of the founders of “3w Magazine” here in Northwest Arkansas and is just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. Their magazine alone is dedicated to charitable social events and inspiration in this area, that just tells you a little bit about how amazing this family is! If you haven’t ever had the chance to peek over and read their blog, you definitely should!

I loved getting to snuggle and style this little guy’s session with some gorgeous neutral pieces from my studio collection. It all came together so beautifully! His big sister was a little shy at first and a little unsure about holding her sweet baby brother, but with a good pep talk from daddy (total daddy’s girl), she was all about it! I just love everything about their perfect family newborn session!

I’m so excited to introduce you to my new little friend, Winston.

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  • These should be in a magazine!ReplyCancel

  • Your work is just amazing!  Beautiful baby and images!ReplyCancel

  • Erica! These are gorgeous. wonderful jobReplyCancel

  • Tam

    These are incredible!!!! I LOVE your work!ReplyCancel

  • LOVE those neutral tones and set-ups! And the family shots feel so natural and sweet. ReplyCancel

  • Sheer perfection. Love.ReplyCancel

  • Casey

    Oh my goodness, Erica! These are JAW DROPPING! Momma is Stunning and her little family and new arrival are just perfect and precious. Fabulous job!!!I’m with Julie… these belong in a Magazine. Momma should just pop these into hers. ;) ReplyCancel

  • What a little smoosh! I love him all swaddled up :) And big sis’s expressions are just the greatest! gorgeous job as always!ReplyCancel

  • krystal

    Those pouty lips are perfect.ReplyCancel

  • Isabel

    beautiful newborn images like usual! love your work erica!ReplyCancel

  • Perfection Erica!!!ReplyCancel

Sweet Elianna’s newborn session was the most thoughtful gift from her amazing Godmother. She was slightly over the typical newborn session age at almost 8 weeks old (we like to shoot for under 2 weeks old while they are still extra sleepy and curly), but she was still so (relatively) new and her parents really wanted a true newborn session. With just a little extra patience and a few extra snuggles, we captured the most beautiful newborn images of their gorgeous baby girl, both sleepy and wide awake!

And can I just stop for a minute to talk to you about my serious hair-envy! I may have run my fingers through those thick, gorgeous locks one or two times, and I’m pretty sure I talked mom’s ear off about how beautiful little Elianna was every time I got the chance. Her mom and dad were so precious with their baby girl. They were both loving and kissing on her whenever she was near. It was the sweetest!

Now, without further adieu, here’s Elianna at 8 weeks old.

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This sweet little boy is so incredibly loved and so incredibly blessed to have such an amazing little family to love him so. His mom and dad told me he is their first and their last, so they’re ready to give him the world :) This was already his second little newborn session and he was only just over a week old, because as they said, you can never have too many pictures!

Wren was such a darling little guy. He hardly made a peep through his entire swaddled session. His gorgeous porcelain skin was swoon-worthy, and not to mention those killer lashes. (I swear, those boys always get the best lashes!)

I loved getting to spend the morning with this darling little family and hear their sweet story. Allow me to introduce you to my new little friend, Wren.

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Kamryn was another one of our models from a recent 1:1 newborn posing workshop that I hosted in my Bentonville studio. She was every bit as dreamy as she looks in her gorgeous photos. So sleepy and cheeks and hair for days. Her mom was adorable, watching her sweet baby girl and gushing over how angelic she looked in all of her adorable poses and the sweet little hats and headbands we selected for her session.

It is always such a joy to be able to work with these little ones, so fresh from heaven. It truly is an honor to be trusted to do just that. And it is equally joyful to be able to share my knowledge with photographers from across the country who come to learn how to do what I love to do.

Allow me to introduce you to, Kamryn.

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  • oh my word! That hair…. she is absolutely stunning. Gorgeous work as always!ReplyCancel

  • Erica, these are stunning! what a beautiful little girl. I’m sure your workshop went great, you are a wonderful teacher.ReplyCancel

  • Oh my goodness. The detail in these is amazing! So pretty, what a great session! Beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Penny

    I just cannot handle her! Her hair and squishy lips! Gorgeous work as alwaysReplyCancel

  • mary

    Beautiful baby and beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • So much squishiness! I can’t handle it! Adorable!ReplyCancel

  • So much squishiness! I can’t handle it! so cute!ReplyCancel

  • Gah!!! I love her! I wish I was close enough to come hang out with you at a session. I’d bring coffee. Or bloody marys. Whatevs. ReplyCancel

  • LOVE all of these poses! All babies need beautiful photographs like these.ReplyCancel

  • These are perfect! So squishy :)ReplyCancel

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