Welcome, Baby Piper!

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Remember these two?  Well now they are three and as I pulled up to their home to meet two week old Piper for the first time I was greeted at the door with a cheerful sign made by neighbors:

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Even Gibson seems to approve…

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Piper’s lovely nursery is now complete.  The cast Ali made of her pregnant belly sits beside the rocker and became a piece de resistance as I took pictures.  It always seems so impossible to believe that this tiny little person was living in there, and in this instance not but three weeks prior!  What a difference a mere three weeks can make in life.

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Ali and Michael are already such pros, they have taken to parenthood with admirable calmness and confidence.  Michael has already mastered the football hold for fussy moments…

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And Ali has the magic comfort touch, Piper just melts into her.

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I thought we could do a few spring time shots in the backyard as Piper napped.  I couldn’t help but juxtapose young, budding plants with weathered, rooted trees.  Cliche?  Yup.  But pretty and sweet still featuring a shade of green that only spring can truly deliver.

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My favorite place to shoot though, crazy as it may sound, was their kitchen.  The wooden windows were all thrown open, bathing the white walls of the room in late afternoon light.  I think a lot of families knock down walls in their kitchens to achieve the feeling inherent to Ali and Michael’s kitchen: airy, inspiring, inviting, a hub.

As you can see, the kitchen worked its magic:

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Gibson, once again, was ready for his close up!

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Newborn shoots are the best because all I really have to do is watch parents as they watch their babies.  As a new parent,  you just can’t stop looking into that face, studying it, you can’t believe that its real and so pure.  Works for me!

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I know that newborns can’t, physiologically speaking, see very much but Piper has the aura of seeing everything.  Or maybe she just knows how to take it all in.

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Ali asked me if Beyonce’s Halo would be a weird selection for the slideshow but, as you can see, it couldn’t be more perfect – just like Piper.  Here’s a gallery with all the stuff I couldn’t squeeze into the show.  Congrats, y’all.  Thank you for everything you share and I can’t wait to see y’all again soon…

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