newborn

Meet Leland Theodore

This post is just a little late, but I think that is just how most of my life is going to go from here on out!  The past 4 weeks have been the most beautiful blur as we have adjusted to being a family of three!

Our son, Leland Theodore Beatty, joined our family on Friday, July 20 at 5:55 p.m.  He came into the world at 8 lbs 7 oz, 21 inches, and we just can't get enough of him! He has a full head of hair, a nose just like his Daddy, and so far he is as social as his Momma. 

We cannot thank you enough for all of the messages, texts, gifts, cards and prayers.  We are feeling so loved and supported as we adjust into parenthood.  This little guy has stolen our hearts and we are just feeling so thankful to God for blessing us with this precious gift! 

Baby Sophia

I have to be completely honest with you here.  Sophia may have been one of my easiest babies to photograph.  She was totally out when I got there and pretty much stayed in a deep sleep the entire shoot.  I also have to be honest, I had some awesome assistants for this shoot- Mom, Dad, Grandma and an auntie- they helped streamline everything and doted on little Sophia.  They moved props, changed Sophia and came up with some of their own fun poses.  So, what I want you to know is that I can't take all the credit for how amazing Sophia looks, because between her awesome nap skills and her kind family- it basically took a village for these photos, and I am so grateful for that. 

This little lady arrived early, so when her mom e-mailed me to say she was ready to schedule her shoot I was a little surprised.  It wasn't even her due date yet!  But, as babies sometimes do- Sophia made an early entrance into the world and thankfully she is doing great.  Mom and Dad seemed to have everything under control, and I couldn't help but watch as they lovingly passed Sophia between the two of them.  I know I have said it before, but one of my favorite interactions to watch is between a new mom and dad.  They pass their little one back and forth so gingerly, basically radiating love between the three of them.  I mean if you ever need a good dose of positiveity in your life, just watch a brand new mom and dad pass their little one between the two of them.  It is the sweetest.  

Sophia is undoubtedly already so loved.  Remember that village I was talking about?  I think they all would do just about anything for Sophia.  She is going to be so lucky growing up with that kind of love and support around her.  I am continuously grateful that I get to share in these moments with families and feel that indescribable love in their homes.  Enjoy loving on your little lady, Giannosa family! 

Baby Shea

Photographing the Barlage family is always such a treat for me.  Jess and I were good friends in high school and played volleyball and softball together.  After graduating and attending different colleges we didn't see each other much, so it has been so wonderful seeing her and her family regularly to capture this season of life with them.  

Their newest addition, Shea, totally rocked her newborn session.  And by rocked her newborn session I mean she slept the whole time and let her older brother crawl all over her.  What a champ!  Her big brother was so excited to introduce me to Shea and he wanted to be near her at all times.  Too sweet!  

Being a part of these special moments with families is something I will never take for granted. It is so encouraging for me to see the way these families adjust and welcome their newest additions with such selflessness and love.  How did I get so lucky? I will always feel so thankful to be capturing these irreplaceable memories with families.

Baby Elias

This newborn shoot was so good for my heart.  I walked into Heather and Joe's home and it was a photographers dream- beautifully decorated to reflect their family's unique style. clutter free, natural light pouring in, and a bedroom with a big bed with white linens.  All of the good things.  Not to mention, it smelled heavenly- so basically I was about to move in.  We chatted for awhile and then quickly got started on the shoot since little Elias was sleepy and clearly very ready for his time in the spotlight. This guy was an angel, and didn't make a peep until the very last set of shots, where he politely let us know he was done modeling for the morning. 

Heather and Joe doted on their little guy.  They passed him between mom and dad, giving him gentle kisses with each hand off.  They seemed to have settled into their role as mom and dad seamlessly in the week since they brought Elias home.  When I asked them to just look at their little guy, they would really look at him- just get lost in his little features and whisper to each other how in love they were with the newest addition to their family.  

During my time with Heather and Joe we started chatting about all of the things that a baby brings into your home- the toys, clothing and blankets.  I asked Heather how she kept things minimal, and she shared with me the sweetest reminder I have heard in awhile.  She said, "all he needs is to know the love of Jesus displayed through us."  Wow, powerful, huh?  In a world where we think about the registries and showers, headbands and blankets- it was such an amazing reminder.  I am not a momma yet, but one day I do hope to be one, and I hope I continue to repeat Heather's words to myself.  Because what more can we give little ones than to truely display to them the love of Jesus. 

Baby Emma

Currently we have a whole bunch of friends expecting little ones and growing their families, and it is pretty much the best.  It has been such an honor to walk through these seasons of life with those closest to me.  Being a photographer I get to spend even more intimate time with friends in these seasons- spending the whole day with them on their wedding as their photographer, capturing their family a few days after their little one is born and joining them in their homes for personalized lifestyle shoots.  It really is such an honor and these are memories I will always cherish.  

Chris and Lindsey welcomed their second child early this year, making that 2 under 2 for their family!  We captured their sweet family during a lifestyle newborn shoot a little over a week after Emma was born.  Big brother Ethan was cautiously curious during the shoot.  He wasn't sure how he felt about all of the attention being on Emma, but he was willing to give her love and spend some time quietly cuddling with her while Mickey Mouse played in the background.  If you follow along on Instagram you may have seen Ethan in my stories.  He decided he wanted to sit on my lap while I photographed Emma, and he was sure to approve each photograph on my screen before we moved to the next pose.  It was so sweet and also totally hilarious.  Thank you for letting me be a part of these milestones with you, Tapping family!  

Baby Luke

Oh you guys, can we please take a minute to talk about how cute big siblings are with their newborn baby brother or sister.  Yes, I will be totally honest that when parents e-mail me saying they would like to get some photographs done with their 1 week old and 2 year old a slight wave of panic runs through my body.  Attempting to get a 2 year old to sit still can be exhausting in itself, but add a newborn baby to their lap and who knows what will happen!  But when it goes right, it is so good! Thankfully, I have met some pretty amazing big siblings these past few months and they are willing to love on their new baby sibling for at least a few moments.

Graham was such a rock star big brother during our time together.  I first asked him if he might want to hold baby Luke and he answered with a very direct and very polite, no thank you.  Oh no, I thought.  As we talked to Graham about how important his job is as a big brother, he slowly decided that he was up for the task.  He held his brother, laid with him on the floor and kept placing his little hand right on Luke's head.  These two are certainly going to be lucky to have each other.  

The interaction between big and little brother was so sweet, and I feel so thankful I was able to capture it.  Welcome to the world, little brother Luke! 

2016 Highlights: Part 1

Wow- what a year!  2016 has topped them all, and as we close out the year I am welcoming 2017 with a grateful heart and big goals.  But before we get ahead of ourselves, let's take a little walk down memory lane together, shall we?

The year started with the new Caryn Ashley Photography brand.  It was a dream come true to see this brand come to life.  One of my closest girlfriends helped me dream and plan for what this new sight and brand would do for my business and I wouldn't have wanted to share that experience with anyone else.  Once the new brand launched it really felt like I could jump into the year ready to better serve my clients with an elevated experience.

And from there I spent every possible moment documenting life with all of you.  I met so many new couples and families in 2016.  Together we explored new parks, you opened up your homes to me during lifestyle sessions, and even shot through rain and snowstorms.  During these shoots it not only felt like the Caryn Ashley Photography family was growing, but that I was gaining close friends.  Friends that I look forward to seeing every few months or once a year to capture life's ever changing seasons. 

2016 will also be remembered as the year my little business grew up right in front of my eyes.  Shoots and more shoots started coming, and my calendar filled up.  You have all been so kind as you display, share and post your photographs.  It feels like I constantly have a team of cheerleaders in my corner with clients like you!  Your sweet texts when you receive your flash drives and thoughtful Facebook reviews are the best motivation I could receive.  

I have to be honest with you on something here, I hadn't completely prepared myself for what this growth would look like.  I have been so beyond grateful that all of my goals and dreams are coming true. There have been multiple little dance party celebrations, popped bottles of champagne and quiet prayers of thanksgiving in this season.  But you know what?  It also took me some time to get my head above water.  With every weekend packed with sessions I worked to stay on track with my promise to return photos to you in 2 weeks. Thankfully in that season Ted stepped in and took over all of the tasks necessary to keep our household running smoothly- making the coffee, cooking dinner, cleaning the bathrooms- he was a lifesaver and I just loved him all the more for serving my business in that way.  You all also showed me grace and flexibility as we packed in as many shoots as we could in October.  Thankfully mother nature was a saint this year and we had a few extra weeks of gorgeous fall weather.

So that brings me to looking ahead, planning and goal setting for 2017.  In 2017 I want to serve my clients better.  I want to run a transparent business that shows my heart, the good and the work in progress.  I want to maintain better communication with my clients and create a seamless experience that makes you feel comfortable and cared for every step of the way. 

I write these things here because I want you to hold me accountable to these goals.  I don't ever want to take one moment of this work for granted.  In the off season, as we dive into the cold of January and February, you can find me working hard to elevate my client experience.  To love and serve my clients in the most beautiful way possible. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for being a part of this journey, I cannot wait to see where 2017 takes us.

Baby Lily

I have been friends with Katie and photographing her family for a few years now.  She is one of those moms that you just have to marvel at.  She has three little ones, manages her own business and has a beautiful home that is filled with love and laughter.  She and Ted seem to juggle life brilliantly and it is is genuinely encouraging to see.  Maybe there is hope for the rest of us ;)

Lily is the first little lady in her family and has two active older brothers.  I grew up with four older brothers, so I totally feel for little Lily- she is going to have to get tough fast!  I am only slightly kidding about that.  But what I do know is that is she certainly going to be lucky to have those guys to protect and encourage her as she grows up.  I loved growing up in a house full of big brothers and I am sure she is going to feel the same.  There is something really special about that big brother little sister bond.  Clearly her older brothers are already enamored with her, and I hope that love and protective spirit over their little sister just continues to grow.  

Baby Clay

Clay was an absolute champion during his newborn shoot.  He decided that he didn't need any sleep, and he wanted to be awake to celebrate the special occasion.  Sometimes an awake newborn can make me a little nervous since they typically want to be held or fed, but not Clay!  He was wide awake to show off his little personality, but he never made a peep.  He just happily listened to the shutter on my camera click and watched the sun stream in through the window where we were shooting.  

Clay has two older siblings that I have been photographing for the past couple of years.  They patiently waited next to me as I photographed Clay and waited for their turn to get into the pictures. I love the pictures of their whole family together cuddling up on the bed, it is clear that there is a lot of love and laughter in their home and I am so glad I was able to capture a few moments of that.  Through all the chaos of gummy snacks and cookies and tickling these two cuties just wanted to hold and love on their little brother.  You are one lucky guy, Clay!

Baby Gracie

Can we talk about all of the little emotions Gracie is showing during her shoot!?  She was just a week old for her newborn session and she clearly already had a lot to tell the world!  I love when I can capture these sweet little faces during newborn shoots.  They are so unexpected, and I am typically frantically reaching for my camera to snap the photographs.  But when I do get those sweet emotions they are so good.

Gracie’s parents could not have been more excited to welcome their sweet little lady to their family.  They completely doted and loved on her in all the ways new parents do when they are thinking to themselves, this is too good to be true- this little lady belongs to us. I am so lucky that I get to share just a small piece of that joy with families, it certainly is an honor.