Introducing Baby Maya

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I decided to switch things up a little: rather than updating our blog with each sequential shoot since Fiver’s arrival, why not mix in a few recent shoots here and there to keep it fun?  This blog is more of our story than our chronology, afterall…

Maya Hayden was born on December 4th to proud parents, Liz and Greg, weighing in at a whopping 9 pounds 10 ounces and 21 1/4 inches.  Maya is still in the 97th percentile on height!  Sam and I shot Liz and Greg’s wedding in beautiful Cape Cod back in the summer of ’07 and we’ve become good friends since then, I was so excited when Liz confided that they were expecting a baby just a few short months after we were.

Liz and Greg wanted to keep the sex of the baby a surprise and did an awesome job preparing a gender neutral nursery without making it lemon yellow or drab.  Its hard to feel anything but happy amidst the bright aqua walls with orange and yellow details including window treatments that Liz sewed herself.

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I don’t often use the word “radiant” to describe much of anything, its a word used too frequently in shampoo and skincare commercials, but its the best word I have to describe these images of motherhood.  Liz is radiant.

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Liz and Greg are so in love with this little girl.   When I look at these photos I am reminded that parenthood is the purest kind of love we have the privilege of knowing as human beings.  It doesn’t matter how much you prepare yourself intellectually for a new arrival: no matter how much time you spend on the nursery, how many classes you take or how many books you read, the world stops at the moment of a birth and slowly realigns into something brand new that you were incapable of imagining until it actually came to be.  I’m so happy to be documenting this new world for Maya and her family as they journey through her first year.

Here’s a slideshow of my favorites and if you want to see their online gallery, click here.  Congrats to Liz and Greg and a warm welcome to beautiful Maya, we’re so glad you are here.

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