Baby Cannon surprised his parents by arriving a month before his estimated due date and the week after Christmas. Born at 4 lbs, 6oz and measuring 17.5 inches long, he was tiny but strong. We waited a few weeks to make sure Jill, Todd and Cannon were recovered from the emergency surgery and settled into a routine together before planning his newborn shoot. Cannon is gaining weight steadily and is absolutely angelic!
Despite the early arrival, Cannon’s nursery is surprisingly complete and truly adorable- kudos to Jill on that one! The cowboy theme is so fun, Jill commissioned an artist to paint the letters spelling out his name above the crib and had a seamstress create window treatments, pillows and closet curtains with vintage style rodeo fabric. Sweet accents like the a stitched denim burp cloth, cowboy boot piggy bank and Hushabye Baby’s Johnny Cash CD make the room both functional and cozy. Giddyup!
I loved watching both Jill and Todd cuddling up to their perfect son who slept peacefully through most of the shoot. Every newborn shoot since Fiver’s birth brings me right back to the newness of parenthood – the days where you watch your baby’s tiny face like television, totally rivited, the days of disbelief that something, someone, so amazing came from you.
The family pup, Louis, ran protectively to Cannon’s defense whenever he cried and was game to get in on the family shots.
The painting in the background is of the Tuckahoe Plantation House where Jill and Todd were married last spring. It made a sweet backdrop to these family photos.
We even got some shots while Cannon was awake and aware. I am a sucker for baby yawns on film and I just love that spikey hair!
Here’s a slideshow with my favorites and click here to visit the online gallery. It was such a pleasure to shoot for such a sweet little guy and his family, I can’t wait to see Cannon grow big and strong!