Welcome home, Leela | Allentown, Pennsylvania

I remember the morning conversations I had with Vhada and Ronak while photographing their darling family at Lake Nockamixon for a maternity session in June 2017 (click here to view). They spoke about the soon to be arrival of their second daughter, and how wonderful it's been raising their first, Ariyana. Vhada told me her favorite part has been teaching Ariyana about the world, being kind to animals, and how to be a good human. Those memories in mind, I headed to their home to photograph their newest daughter - Leela.

 

Upon arrival I was greeted by Ronak's mother who had a warm smile while guiding me to the living room. Immediately Ariyana came to investigate, repeatedly asking me throughout the shoot what my name was. What a personality that little girl has! Every now and then I'd respond with, "Tree", or "Ocean", and she would giggle and say, "No it's not! It's Liiiiiiz. You're silly, I like you".

 

I photographed Leela on the couch lying on Ariyana's baby blanket, helped Ronak move toys out of the way so I could fully utilize the light pouring in the dining area, photographed Vhada breastfeeding and Ariyana jumping on the bed, then finally we all headed outside to take advantage of the morning light.

When I finished the session, I drove along long stretches of road lined with corn fields, a blue sky filling the windshield, and a smile that lingered until I got home...

Please enjoy a highlight video from Leela's session below the photo gallery!

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I fiddled with the light coming in through the blinds until I was content, then walked over to the spot I wanted to photograph Vhada and Leela from. I only pressed my shutter button once, and this was the result. Quality > Quantity.

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"There is interesting work showing that mothers who have just given birth, their skin area on their chest is a degree or two higher than the rest of their body, creating a natural warming area for the newborn. They have the ability to thermoregulate for the baby—if the baby's temperature drops, the mother's temperature rises, and if the baby's temperature rises, the mother's drops. There is a connection between mother and baby from the birthing process itself." (Click for article)

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That moment when watching a two year old be a two year old reminds us how sweet life is...

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Ariyana is one of the most intelligent, observant, fun, kind, warm, loving little humans I have ever met. The smile never leaves her face and she chases laughter. Her goal? Make those around her happy. Personally I left this session with a wonky face from how much she made ME smile...

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Ronak is such a present, gentle, loving Father. I enjoyed documenting him play with Ariyana, give both daughters kisses and cuddles, and really display patience through the rest of it...

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Two world's colliding - Vhada's 17 year old dog Buttons with the arms of her first born wrapped around her.

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