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Oliver Leon, Time Machines and Appreciation

Hello out there! (Insert the sound of me tapping on a microphone.) Is this thing on? It’s been a while. I’m sorry. It’s been longer than I’m comfortable with since I’ve blogged. But there’s good reason. I know everyone says that. But, in October, this happened:

NHP_7450And earlier this month, this happened:

NHP_9271NHP_93702And, in between, there have been approximately four minutes. Nobody told me that once you have a baby, you’re the proud owner of a time machine that only travels into the future at an alarming rate. It slows down for no one. (And, actually, in those four minutes, I did blog a couple of times. So, I already feel better about things.)

But the neat thing about this time machine I’m on is that it has given me a renewed appreciation for my job. I have always known that people treasure photographs but, to be really honest, it had been a while since I had photographs of anything in my own life to treasure. But the photographs of Oliver when he was born are totally a treasure to me. I have never in my whole life had photographs capture me or my loved ones in such an emotional way. And when I look at those photographs, I am immediately transported back to those precious first moments with my new son and I feel ….thrilled. I am SO glad I have them. And I feel the same about the many photographs we’ve already taken since then.

I tell my clients this all the time – it is an honor for me to be their photographer. It is an honor for me to photograph weddings and families. It is an honor for me to be included in special occasions and milestones. I love recording emotions. One of my goals has always been (and will always be) to capture those emotions so a couple or a family can relive them each and every time they look at their photographs. And I feel so fortunate to be on that end now. I hope I can take this renewed appreciation I’ve found and take photographs that are just as meaningful to those I work with. Now more than ever, this will be my guiding principle…so I just wanted you to know. I’m so excited for the many photographs I have yet to take!

In closing, some sweet little baby toes from Oliver’s newborn session with Aruna B. Photography:

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Darc - I love him (and you) xoxoFebruary 27, 2015 – 4:11 pm

Sarah Postma - Such wonderful words, Nicole. Thank you for writing this, for your renewed appreciation, and sense of excitement and wonder. It’s contagious. And these photos are beautiful!February 27, 2015 – 3:15 pm

Dustin - Such a great little post! Congratulations on your new mommy hood, I definitely think it fits you well and Oliver is lucky to have great parents. We (photographers) are very fortunate to be able to do what we do and it truly is an honor to create the lasting memories we do from the tiniest of moments. I hope to someday have the honor to share with you my approach to documenting families :) Love you friend!February 27, 2015 – 2:52 pm

Lindsey & Dave | Ann Arbor Engagement Session

Meet Lindsey and Dave! They will be getting married later this year so we took an opportunity over the holidays to get together for their engagement session. These two met in Ann Arbor but now live in Arizona so it was a big honor for me to get to walk around town with them and hear their story – starting with their first date at Jolly Pumpkin and ending at Vinology, where their wedding will take place. It was quite a unique way to see the town!

Congratulations, Lindsey and Dave! I’ll be looking forward to July!

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