Welcome home, Melinda | Bucks County, PA
I left the Monico home with an agave plant and four different tomato seedlings. That should showcase how warm and inviting this family is. The first thing Dave asked me when I put my camera bag down was if I wanted some water, and their three-year old son Louis shoved a blue non-permanent marker in my direction and asked if I wanted to color Olaf with him. Can you say, "Awww".
Over the several months leading up to our shoot together Janine and I discussed updates on her pregnancy (several health hiccups including a pre-eclampsia scare and being in triage three times in seven days, but boy was this momma focused on growing a healthy baby) and her vision for the shoot. She was set to be induced on May 24th and on May 30th I received an email from Janine including a precious photo of her new baby girl, Melinda. Melinda is named in honor of Janine's Mother, and 'Somewhere over the rainbow was 'there song', hence it being the song choice for this blog.
Check out the music link below.
This song allows you to connect with the photographs on a more visceral level.
Please enjoy a highlight video from Melinda's newborn session below the photo gallery!
"The best thing about having a girl so far: ALL. THE. BOWS! I went a little crazy in the nursery and covered the outlet covers in glitter. Now I'm transitioning from giraffe print to fairies".
"I've suffered from a debilitating chronic pain condition since 2007, so for years I worried that I wouldn't be able to survive pregnancy, let alone parenthood. But becoming a parent showed me strength I didn't even know I had. So much so that I wanted another baby! These tiny humans rely on you for everything, so you find a way to separate yourself from the pain to give them whatever they need".
"This morning I opened my eyes to see Louis gently rocking the rock-n-play back and forth whispering to his sister "it's okay Melinda, don't cry, Mommy's sleeeeping".
"Dave didn't have any experience with babies before we had our son, so watching him get comfortable handling Louis and take charge was incredible (and sexy!). It's been a few years since we had our son, and he still feels awkward holding other babies, but once our little girl was here, he was a natural all over again".
"We tend not to stick to gender norms. For instance, Louis LOVES Frozen and rocks his sparkly pink Ana & Elsa sunglasses everyday. He was so angry when he was potty training and there were no boys underwear with Ana or Elsa on them, only Olaf and Sven)".