My February travel took me back to San Francisco, no complaints. In fact, BREAKING NEWS: please hire me in the Bay Area, all the time, because then I get to spend time with these favorite people of mine. This baby. I can’t believe how much I care about her. A very surprising natural instinct kicked in the first time we met, that made my heart grow a little bit more to include her. I am the worst baby hog when she is around, and all I want is for her to lock eyes with mine and coo at me forever. I began to refer to her as madame Ellie. “Would madame desire a boob?” Yes, the answer is always yes.

Shane and Rachel’s apartment can be a little tough to shoot in. They have large open rooms with only one natural light source: sliding glass doors. The doors are fantastic but because the light is so one directional it can be a little harsh. Rachel has sheer white curtains hanging from them, which also creates a really beautiful ambient light at certain times of the day. This is when I usually shoot them at home. This trip, I just left my camera out on the counter, ready to go anytime something sweet or funny was happening. So I dealt with all of the lighting conditions their apartment has to offer. One evening during the harsher light time of day, I just decided to work with the shadows and ended up loving the results.

On my last morning, I got her naked and threw her on some sheepskin, because when it’s your niece you don’t care about cliches.


I have a pretty good feeling there will be a lot of Ellie photos in the future, so she got her own category.

You can see her newborn session here, if you’d like!

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  1. I can see why you find her so irrestible – what an adorable baby!! And she’s lucky to have you as an aunt. I would place a bet that she’s going to have lots of adventures with her Aunt Tara over the years!

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