Archive for January, 2011

Luka was my first newborn of 2011, and my last before my maternity leave. He was just over 2 weeks old by the time I got to him, but slept nice and sound after much sshhhing and rocking on my part. :) P&L, congrats on your new addition and I hope to watch him grow this year through my lens!






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14 day old miracle

January 21, 2011

I have been meaning to blog about Mason for about a week now, but words always escaped me. Seeing him today gave me the little boost I needed.

When my dear friend Amy found out she was pregnant with her second child, Mason, I was over the moon happy for her. Amy and George had struggled with infertility issues for quite a long time before Mason was conceived, so I was a little more than anxious for his arrival during her pregnancy. ;)

During her 23 week anatomy scan,  the dr. found a hole in Mason’s heart. It was shortly after discovered that he had several issues with his little heart that would need to be fixed after he was born. Mason was born on January 6th, but Amy likes to consider his real birthday as January 10th, the day his heart was fixed <3

He is at Children’s hospital in Los Angeles right now, recovering from surgery and dealing with some respiratory issues. You can read all about his journey here (his mom and dad are awesome about keeping friends and family updated with their blog!) I had the chance to visit him again today, and he is one strong little boy. I cannot wait to see him go home and meet his older brother. (hopefully very soon!)

Here is a photo of Amy’s first time seeing Mason on his birthday (I was lucky enough to be allowed in the c section room!


And here are a few of Mason today, 14 days later.



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April C: Amazing story! Beautiful little boy!!! Thanks to you and the family for allowing us this peak into their lives! Saying prayers for a speedy recovery!!

alicia: Wow! He is so cute. What an amazing little story, thanks for sharing.

Adrienne: Wow! What a mighty little warrior!

Reyna: this amazing! I love how you captured his eyes! Best of luck to Mason and his family

I met with this adorable family last weekend. I love when families just *click* with each other. Watching mom and dad interact with their son was so special. They are expecting another boy to add to their bunch in a few short weeks, and I am so so glad we were able to get these photos in beforehand, despite reschedules due to so many different things.

Thanks J&N for meeting up with me! I had fun hanging out! These photos aren’t new to them, but I needed to share them with you, internet!





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Francine: Georgous family...fantastic work as always Val ;-)

*blows dust off blog* Well hello there. I have been MIA on the blog for a few weeks now. I do apologize, I have had a lot going on in my personal life. Alas, no excuses! I am back to blogging.

Addison was my last newborn of 2010. I photographed this gorgeous baby girl before Christmas. Mom and Dad have placed and received their order since, but I am just now getting around to sharing her sneak peek. She was hands down, one of, if not the best newborn I’ve photographed. She barely made a peep and was so content just sleeping as I posed her around. I almost felt guilty for leaving, because she was still soundly sleeping. I could have stayed with her all day!

Here’s her “sneak peek”. She was so chubby! I wanted to kiss her little cheeks, but that might have been a little inappropriate.;)









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Lynne Beitler: Just love baby Addison! You did an awsome job Valerie Ackerman.

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