Welcome to the brand spankin' new Worthington Photography Blog! We are Sam and Mel, a husband-wife photography team based in the "rivah city" of Richmond, Virginia. We hope you'll come on in, sit a spell, and browse through Mel's journal of our most recent shoots and adventures. If you wish to reminisce, you can still access posts from our old blog here. Enjoy!

Welcome, Baby Eli

April 19th, 2011

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Amber and Justin proudly welcomed Baby Eli on March 22nd.   Two weeks later I packed up the car for a solo road trip to Baltimore to pay them a visit and boy-oh-boy was it worth braving the morning commute!

As I began shooting, I assured Amber and Justin that this time would be much easier than the belly portraits because all they had to do was love on that little baby.   They took to their task and I to mine.  Every new parent spends hours staring at their baby, studying every feature and just watching them breathe.  You can’t even believe how the time passes while all you are doing is counting fingers and toes.  What’s sweet is that Eli is every bit as interested in studying his parents, he can’t get enough of looking into their faces.  In fact, he was awake almost the entire time I was shooting, a rare occurrence in a newborn shoot, and all he wanted to do was stare into their eyes.  He is in love with them too.  It was wonderful to watch.

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Eli has the best baby legs… ever!

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And then finally, Eli couldn’t help….getting….sleepy…. and the Sandman won towards the very end of our shoot.

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I’m not sure exactly why this shot sums up those first couple weeks at home with a baby for me.  Maybe its Justin’s socks, or the comfy bed, or the car seat sitting in the corner of the room and begging go somewhere when all that really matters is happening right here.  As sleepless as those first couple weeks are, its also a beautiful and quiet time when the outside world ceases to exist and life is allowed to be delightfully simple for a short while.

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I could keep typing but I’ll let the pictures do the talking.  Congratulations, Amber and Justin, on such a beautiful baby boy.  And welcome, Eli, its going to be an amazing year!  Here’s the slideshow and click here to see the online gallery.

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Posted by Mel @ 7:12 pm, in Newborns, Portraits, Wee Ones | Comments Off | Permalink

Welcome, Little Brother Merritt

April 8th, 2011

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Roscoe’s family has been pretty special to me ever since I photographed his birth back in 2009.  The plan was to photograph his little brother Merritt’s birth as well but Merritt had his own plans… he arrived 7 weeks early!  Safe and healthy, thank goodness, but definitely not a candidate for home birth or an ideal photography scenerio.  For over a month after Merritt’s birth, Jacqueline spent her days in the NICU doing everything possible to be there for her baby while Andy and Roscoe held down the fort at home.   It was an extremely frustrating and split existence for Roscoe’s family, both necessary for Merritt’s safety but against the grain of all parental instincts.  Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to jump in the car and make the drive to see this family reunited: healthy, happy, and adjusting well to a new life together.

Hey, Roscoe.  I love that his famous bunny is in the background of my greeting shot.

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Roscoe isn’t even two yet but he’s so enthusiastic about his little brother.  “Mairt!!!”, he cried and held out his arms to hold his little brother…  Merritt, however, may not be so sure about this.

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But it was all kisses.

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I remember the phone call well, I had called a friend to see how her family was adjusting to baby #2 and asked about her eldest.  “Oh, he’s fine most of the time”, she said, “but he has started nursing a stuffed shark.”  I remember laughing out loud but is it really any surprise when kids imitate their parents?  Its especially nice when children grow up knowing that breast feeding is just a normal part of family life, something that this country has yet to really accept in the public sphere.  So you go, Roscoe, you feed that hungry baby… anywhere you want, buddy…

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The past couple months have been a real bonding experience for Roscoe and Andy, who spent a lot of time together while Jacqueline tended to Merritt in the hospital.  I really enjoyed photographing the boys together.

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I love this beautiful portrait of Jacqueline because its also a beautiful portrait of motherhood.

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Ah, new baby smell.  It kicks new car smell to the curb every time.

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Its amazing how much Merritt looks like his older brother when he’s sleeping.  That’s newborn Roscoe, on top, and Merritt below.  Crazy, huh?

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But, when awake, Merritt has expressions all his own.  That, and a pretty cool baby mohawk.  He’s going to have a style all his own…

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While the nursery, understandably, isn’t quite finished yet, its got such a cool star and space theme going on that I can’t wait to see it when its complete!  Andy and Jacqueline painted his zodiac constellation on the wall as well as the GPS coordinates of the house.  Which I hope they keep, because even though Merritt wasn’t born an Aries or at home, who would be the wiser?  Its so creative and full of love…  Oh, and a cool twist of fate: in the NICU, Merritt was given a blanket at random made by a volunteer which just so happened to have a space theme.  So the plan really was written in the stars!  I couldn’t help but include that blanket in few shots against the star wall, it complimented the sleepy little star gazer.

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Here’s a slideshow from the day and click here to view the online gallery.  Jacqueline and Andy, congratulations on yet another beautiful boy and thanks once again for bringing me out to document this little slice of life.  Its definitely the good life…

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Posted by Mel @ 8:05 pm, in Newborns, Portraits, Wee Ones | Comments Off | Permalink