Jax \ 5 weeks \ at home

Before and After, in the bathroom:

Jax is the son of my best friends, Jalayne and Justin. You can see the progression of their life together here and here and here.

I spent a weekend with them in May, documenting what their days were like with newborn Jax. I set out to photograph the things that I wish had been photographed for me when I had new babies. Putting together a new swing, breastfeeding and cuddles, soothing a tired little man, before and afters…

We also went to Justin’s woodworking shop on our last day together, to capture the family in another personal, special kind of place. Those will be posted tomorrow.

I love these pictures, I love him, and I love them. With all of my heart.



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  1. Wow, what a great gift you have given them! I never got a nursing photo of my first two, I have some with my third but nothing like those. Time goes so fast, those photos will be something they will treasure forever.

  2. Tara, your mama and baby nursing photos are totally GORGEOUS! They completely capture the beauty & wonder of breastfeeding…love, love, love them!

  3. I don’t know if I’ve commented on your blog before, but I’ve been stopping by for a while. Just wanted to let you know how inspired I am by your vision and the honesty you find with your lens. CA holds such a special place in my heart and you capture the landscape and the people that make it great so beautifully!

  4. Gorgeous. I love the one of her nursing. I wish I had an image like that to remind me. Of the beauty and the pain and the knowing that my body was still nurturing this baby boy of mine…all four of them :)

  5. Thank you Tara for sharing all these pictures with us. They are beautiful: the photo treasures, the memories, the people in front and behind the camera. Merci!

  6. Tara, The love just shines in your photos. Thank you for sharing your work here at your blog, I quielty visit often. I aspire to take photos that show such emotion and plain ole love. xo laurie

  7. that before and after? i have never seen anything like that for a family documentation before. breaking ground, tara. THIS IS WHY I LIKE YOU! you follow your heart, do what you love, throw expectations out the window and say: hi world, this is what i see.

  8. the image of him eating and looking at you is priceless. I agree with you. I wish I had these moments documented myself. HEck, I wish I had maternity pictures. Newborn pictures. They are so very luck to have you capture these moments for them.

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