My Greta Charlotte- Newborn Session {LaPorte, IN Newborn Photographer}

I am writing this to brag on my new little baby as much as just have this documented for my own sake years down the road.:)

On August 8th, 2013 I received the biggest shock of my life and caught a baby girl. I was really expecting to see my fourth son in my arms. After a few minutes my midwife Nancy convinced me to look at the baby and discover that she was well a SHE! I will never forget that moment and am so thankful that we chose to have her birth photographed by Michiana Birth Photographer. I will treasure those images forever!

I was blessed with a few photographer friends that came and took pictures of Greta for me. It was so great to sit back and let them do their magic. I also though finally got trigger happy and started posing her whenever I had the chance. Here are a “few” images I captured of her within her first month. She was a rock star baby and did so well for her pictures and continues to let me pose her still! Check back over the next year for updates on my little pea.:)

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Greta Girl’s Vintage Nursery

Some girls dream about their wedding. Not me.  I was honestly never really into the whole fancy wedding thing. I just wanted to marry Cabana Boy. That was all I cared about. Me… I dreamed about decorating a little girl’s nursery.:)

When I was young I grew up collecting various little antiques. My parents were/are still antique dealers. I fell in love with Shirley Temple items. So when I thought about a nursery I knew I wanted to incorporate Shirley Temple somehow.

When I was given the shock of a lifetime and caught my little girl on August 8th. I immediately started envisioning her nursery.:)I wanted to put a lot of love into it so most of the items in her room are either mine from when I was little, hand made by me, from my parents or photos taken by wonderful friends.

Since a few friends (ok. Manly Jaci Forshtay):) have asked to see what her nursery looks like I thought I would show her off to all of you.:)

It is a sweet tiny little room that I enjoy being in. Miss Greta still hasn’t slept in it b/c I am spoiling her too much and letting her sleep right by me still. I just don’t want to miss a minute of her being so little.:)

So here ya go… Here is Miss Greta’s nursery!

Ashley of Ashley Thunder Events asked if she could blog about Greta’s mobile. She saw my  previews on instagram- “atonagel”. I was thrilled that she would love my little design so much that she wanted to share it!

I love this little shelf decorated in hankies from Plain and Fancy Antiques and filled with some special items. The Madame Alexander doll was mine when I was little along with the Shirley Temple memorabilia. The “G” planter is for my Greta Girl (#mygretagirl on instagram). The name plaque was made by her Auntie Megan and I picked up the antique toy clock for $3 at a sale.

The changing table was made by my dad. It will be a keepsake forever!

This picture frame is obviously an old window. It is actually one of the original windows from our new house that we are fixing up. So glad I thought to save two of the windows to use in her room! The photos in the frame are beyond priceless to me. I have some wonderful friends! Jaci Forshtay, Jeri Hoag, Leah Hoskins and Traci Shupert all took these photos. I am grateful to them for blessing me with these wonderful memories of my Greta.

This lamp and the suitcases featured below were all purchased at Plain and Fancy Antiques in La Porte, IN

I bought Greta’s crib bumper from Target.:)I wanted something ultra girly and light pink. Score!

The bench that you can just barely see was made by me in 8th grade woodshop class. I think I got an A-.:)

This photo was taken by myself using my all time favorite props.:)The doll bed is an item I have been lusting over for 2 years in my parents’ shop and the pink blanket was mine when I was little. Oh and I can’t forget to mention the rocking chair. Cabana Boy gave that to me for Christmas right before our first baby was born.;)

This pink flotaki rug was my first splurge. I have been wanting one for photography for forever! I could now justify it a little bit.:)

The footstool is an antique from my mom’s family and I had it recovered with fabric from Hobby Lobby. 

I hope you have all enjoyed seeing Miss Greta’s sweet little room.

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Kathy Monesmith - October 19, 2013 - 2:14 am

It is adorable–the mobile is so neat and I love the antiques in it! She will love it!

rachel - October 20, 2013 - 2:50 am

SO adorable! :)

Cassidy’s Summer Belle Session- {LaPorte, IN Senior Girls’ Photographer}

This pretty young lady is my niece Cassidy! No way is she old enough to be a senior!!! She was just born a few years ago when I was a junior in high school!:)Oh wait… crud. I am getting old!:)

Cass is getting ready to start her senior year at New Prairie High School. She will then be heading off to Goshen College to play volleyball!

Here are a few favorites from her session the other night.

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Lyla and Gray- {Children’s Photographer- LaPorte, IN}

These two are my niece, Lyla and nephew, Gray. They have been visiting for the last two weeks from Texas. The night before they left to head back home we grabbed a few quick shots in the pasture at my parents house. They are such a cute pair. Sure wish they didn’t live so far away.:(

lots of love, aunt mandie

 

 

and then I had to grab a few of my pretty sister. :) 

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Newborn Baby Boy- Dominic {Valparaiso, IN Newborn Photographer}

I was so happy that Wes and Sarah chose me as their photographer for her maternity and newborn photos! I have loved getting to know these two and am so happy for them and their sweet little miracle Dominic.

They put up with a lot from me. For those of you who don’t know I recently moved from Syracuse, IN to LaPorte, IN. To be exact 4 days before their newborn session I moved! oy!  To say my house was a little in shambles when they showed up would be the understatement of the year!:)They were so gracious though and completely understood the chaos and mess. I was thrilled though to have them as my first clients in my brand new studio!!!! The space worked perfectly and I can’t wait to do more.

Here are a few of my favorites from Dominic’s session. We went with a grey and orange color scheme to match his nursery and also an aviation theme! So fun! I loved using these props! Oh and we also did my favorite kinds of shots… parent shots. Wes and Sarah are just stunning in front of the camera!

Enjoy their sweet little boy! I know they are!

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Breckyn Wilson - July 3, 2014 - 2:32 pm

My name is Breckyn Wilson and I am looking for someone who can shoot my three month old. Please let me know if you’re available! Thank you!