In Category: ‘Family’

January 15, 2014 Baby Palmer

Last year, I received an email from a newly pregnant Mama. She was having her first baby and wanted me to shoot the birth. Seeing as though THIS IS MY FAVORITE THING TO SHOOT, of course, I was THRILLED! So just after 10am on January 6th, I got the ‘we’re at the hospital and they are prepping her for surgery RIGHT NOW’ call. Thankfully, a delay in bloodwork allowed me to get there before they whisked her away… Here is Mama, just before heading into the operating room.

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Time check. Baby was born a mere 10 minutes later.

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Hanging in the labor and delivery room with the grandparents and coworkers was sweet. Everybody was happy and anxious and many of them expressed their ‘feelings’ about the new baby being a BOY. I’ve been there. You just KNOW it, right? WRONG! It was a GIRL! We were all shocked. Even the Mama and Daddy thought it was going to be a boy! Everyone was so excited! Seriously, smiles all around, everywhere I looked. This makes waiting to find out the sex of the baby totally WORTH it!

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Every time I’ve shot a birth, I’ve cried a little happy tear. What can I say? I’m an emotional sap when it comes to love and babies. This time, it was right at this moment. Proud Daddy and his proud Dad. Both incredibly happy and in love.

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Here are some other photos I captured of this happy family and sweet baby girl. This is one lucky little girl!

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Let me tell you, this couple should have LOTS of kids. The world would be a better place if all babies came from such loving, patient, and tender families.

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Congrats to the Bradley and Palmer families! Thanks again for letting me capture your special day! -kw



One of my favorite things about being a photographer is that I get invited to some pretty important milestones in other people’s lives. Like a child’s first communion. And it really is a win-win for me and the client because Jen, who hired me to photograph her son’s first communion, doesn’t have to worry about getting photos of the day. She can just sit back and enjoy the ceremony and dinner, without the additional worry of sufficiently documenting it. These are some of the photos I took that day at the beautiful Blessed Sacrament Church in Warren, Ohio. Man, I hope to do more work in that church. It was so bright and airy in there, which is not typical of churches, as you probably know.

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I love this one. The teacher was having the kids ‘practice’ holding their hands correctly in order to receive their first communion. Think he’s got it…

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Here, the priest is splashing holy water on the congregation. I had to duck and weave to avoid the water. Holy or otherwise, my camera is not a fan of water. No, sir.

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What do you do when you’ve had a long day and you’ve pretty much had enough? You cuddle with your Mama, that’s what.

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Congrats, Eddie! I hope you feel as loved as I know you are. -kw

This is only the second birth that I have had the pleasure of witnessing (besides my own 2 C-sections) and man, it just never gets old. In fact, I’m willing to bet it’s awesome EVERY SINGLE TIME! I just find it so incredible even though scientifically, it’s business as usual. Baby Faith’s loving Daddy in the photos below is my cousin. It took a little convincing to get his wife to agree to let me photograph their baby’s birth, and I’m really glad she finally agreed. I’m holding out hope that someday she will look back on these photos and be so thankful that she has them. Sadly, I only have a few snapshots of my babies getting yanked from my innards, and now that they are 5 and 2 years old, I SOOO wish I had hired a photographer to document their births. You just can’t ever get that day back. That sweet but exhausting day you meet one of the most important people in your life.

On the day before Faith was born, I received the email update that not much progress was happening yet with the progression of the labor. After all, the due date was still a few weeks away. That night trying to get caught up on some editing, I chugged some sweet caffeine and stayed up until 2am, taking full advantage of a quiet house. An hour and a half later, I get the call from my cousin that they were at the hospital and the baby is a ‘comin! Whew. Some people don’t need much sleep to function like a normal human being. I’m NOT one of those people. Nevertheless, I couldn’t have been more excited to be heading to the hospital to call ‘Witness!’ to this miracle. Here are the pics of adorable baby Faith and her happy but exhausted parents.



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Then at 7:16am, out she came. Welcome to the world, little Pumpkin!




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Thanks again to my cousin and his wife for letting me be a part of their incredible and life-changing day! Congrats to you both! Big kisses to Faith!

July 21, 2011 PA or BUST!

Shhhh… I’ve got a secret to tell you: Pennsylvania  is BEAUTIFUL! Contrary to popular belief, our sister-to-the-east state is certainly NOT all Steelers fans, hillfolk and civil war buffs. Who knew?! Ok, maybe you did know. But I just found out. And I fell in LOVE with that state. Our little family spent 6 days there last week. Five straight days of amusement and/or water parks. Yyyyeeaaaahhhh…. Sounded like a good idea when I booked it. But think about it. A 5-year-old and a 2-year-old, walking in the heat or standing in line. For 5 whole days. And no naps. Sometimes it was a bit much as evidenced here…

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Nevertheless, we vacationed our little hearts out. Partially because I am too cheap to let those expensive amusement park tickets go to waste. Suck it up and get in the stroller, kids!

Yeah, this ice cream was a bad idea. Midway through eating these cones, the kids were sticky from head to toe and I am still trying to get that ice cream out of her clothes. Dang.

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Here are a couple of the exhibits at the Children’s Museum in Pittsburgh. The kids look like ants in an antfarm, no? This other shot is of a big rainstick. You just had to drop the stones into the little holes and they hit wooden pegs on the inside, plinking and plonking all the way down and out of the hole. I love that sound, so does Teagan…

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While at the Children’s Museum, the kids played in the water with provided raincoats and Crocs.

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From there, we went on the Ducky Tour Boat. It’s a pretty cool amphibious vehicle from the tail end of WWII. It is just so weird to be cruising along the streets, then drive right up the curb and into the water. Cal got to drive it briefly once it was in the water. Wish we had those things here in Cleveland. Sad face.

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Next, it was on to Hershey Park. The kids were so excited to stay in a hotel. Yet, with no cooking or cleaning to be done, there is no way anyone in this family enjoys hotel stays more than me…

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Check out these silos. They are full of cocoa beans. Now THAT’S a lot of chocolate!

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A couple rides at Hershey Park. Man, I wish I was on one of those roller coasters right now.

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Which ride do you think Cal likes better? The bumper cars or the frog jumper? He tells me he likes them both equally.

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This is how Teagan rode any of the ‘spinny’ rides, or as I like to call them, the ‘puke-fest’ rides.  Cal is so sweet. During the ride he just rubbed her head and said, “It’s ok, Babe.”

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Cal pretended he was having a campfire in the hotel room with his new stuffed owl and duck. Oh. And some beers, of course.

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While at Sesame Place, the kids got their faces painted. To avoid licensing issues, they couldn’t paint anything with a specific brand. So Cal got the generic superhero and Teagan got a butterfly. I was hoping for the Ultimate Warrior, but the whole legality thing put a damper on that.

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Here I am playing Peek-A-Boo with T while we wait for the boys.

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What could be grabbing the attention of my kids so intensely? The GARBAGE TRUCK, of course!

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Exhausted? Sure. But happy to have spent a week away from home and work. Excited to have created memories for our kids. Looking forward to finding another state to explore next year. Michigan, perhaps? Can’t wait!

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So the itinerary went like this:

Day 1: Children’s Museum and Ducky Tour in Pittsburgh, PA

Day 2: Hershey Park in Hershey, PA

Day 3: Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster, PA

Days 4 & 5: Sesame Place in Langhorne, PA

Day 6: Brief stop at the beautiful Victorian Loft B&B in Clearfield, PA

It is worth mentioning the useful website I used to help plan and book this trip. It is called Disney Family but it gives information on lots of different areas and attractions, complete with suggested ages and reviews. You can find it HERE.

If you are bored and happen to be interested in seeing all of the 483 photos I took during this week in Pennsylvania, feel free to visit them HERE. Set it to slideshow or you’ll end up with carpal tunnel syndrome.

Thank you Pennsylvania for being so fabulous. I’ll definitely be back!

Happy, happy first birthday to my precious niece Bella! Many kisses and hugs to you. Aunt Kris loves you!

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