Last fall our family grew by two feet. My very dear friend from college called and announced her baby boy Ariel had arrived. She now had a home full of boys. With over 2,000 miles between us, this distance did not negate the joy I felt for my dear friend, Jamie. Her third boy. Even through the years of relocating from state-to-state and country, our families have remained close. In over 20 years, no matter how far apart we have been, we have celebrated each other’s milestones and achievements. Ariel’s arrival would be one celebration I was not to miss. We hung up the phone and I immediately solidified my travel plans. Phoenix to DC – during election week – here I come.
Those of you who know me well, know that mornings aren’t my easiest time of day. But, for this trip, I pressed on. A flight at 5 am to Charlotte and then onward to Virginia. I made it. No issues. Camera and gear in tow traveling with carry-ons only. I seriously gave myself a high five in the airport restroom. I would literally have only 48 hours in town before I would need to catch the same flights to return home. November for a photographer is literally like tax season for an accountant and I had to return to work. I felt the pressure.
Upon my arrival, my friend and I went to Home Goods – one of my favorite places to find special things to snuggle newborns into. We purchased a few things and headed home before heading out to dinner. In the morning, all of the travel and lack of sleep fell to the wayside and I was in my zone. I walked through her beautiful Virginia home retrieving items to use as studio equipment like: an ottoman to use as a beanbag, bedding from her boys’ bedrooms for fabric layers, sheets from the hall closet to diffuse light, and so on. It was incredible what we came up with in our haste but what we accomplished was so worth while and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Ariel is a lucky little brother. He was born into a home with two older brothers who absolutely love him. There is no doubt in my mind his brothers will be there for him teaching him things like skateboarding, soccer, and football. It was exciting to see each brother bond with him throughout the session – a moment which also happened to be one of the first times they held him on their own. They were cautious, curious, and most of all, loving.
And I am absolutely loving baby Ariel in this sleepy cap from my friend Cristina who hand crafts the most beautiful newborn caps, wraps, and rompers at The Buzy Bee Studio.
Reaj Roberts Photography specializes in natural light, organic and neutral color tone newborn, baby, maternity, family, and child photography in Chandler, AZ and surrounding areas including Phoenix, the East Valley and Maricopa and Pinal Counties. In home lifestyle newborn sessions are available.
Please contact Reaj at firstname.lastname@example.org or 602-430-3712 for bookings and additional details.