In March of 2015 when we announced the launch of Starfish Infertility Foundation (Starfish Infertility Foundation – A Dream Finally Realized ) I wasn’t exactly sure what I was doing or how I was going to do it! So unfamiliar in the territory of non profits that I actually announced the launch before I had received my 501c3. Why? Because why WOULDN’T I receive it?!?!? Haha! That IRS machine can be a fickle little beast! Long story short, we received our official letter in October of 2015 and gave our 1st grant short thereafter to Casey and Tracey Hightower. (Meet Tracey and Casey Hightower)
News followed of Tracey’s pregnancy and by October we were all anxiously awaiting the arrival of this little miracle boy Duncan. (Our First Starfish Baby!)
And then…..then he was here! This gorgeous little hunk of chunk that put a face to why I was doing what I was doing. Believe it or not, this little boy finally showed me why I went through the years of struggle to conceive. It was for him, and hopefully so many more after him!
Duncan’s mommy and daddy have been SO wonderful to me since this little boy arrived! I was able to be there for his very first bath (Sweet Baby Duncan gets his First Bath) and I have absolutely LOVED watching this little guy (and all of his personality) grow!
So here we are…. a year later. How is that possible?!?!?
Nothing calls for a celebration like a one-year photo shoot! So we did it right!!
Of course there was cake…..Duncan had NO problem digging in and enjoying it!
And what’s better to clean up a boy covered in cake and whipped cream??? A bath of course!!
Happy Birthday little man! You are so very loved by so many people, and I am happy and humbled to be one of them!!
If you, or someone you know is looking for infertility support, please don’t hesitate to reach out! If you are looking for an amazing non profit to support this holiday season, please visit Starfish Infertility Foundation. Your donations are 100% tax deductible!
If you can’t already tell from that Adorable Face, Miss Blair was one of the Sweetest Girls I’ve ever had the Pleasure of Photographing. Her Precious Poses and Poised Demeanor made this Session a Breeze, and can I just point out how Amazing the Shot of her on her Daddy’s Wake-board came out! This Little Lady is all about the relaxed Lake Life for Sure!
Sweet Tiebacks by The Ants go Marching
Such a Sweet and Happy Girl! Nothing is more Special than Celebrating your Child’s First Year, and as you can clearly tell from these photos, Maggie is VERY excited about her Accomplishment (Not to Mention Gorgeous!). After being lucky enough to have the Pleasure of Photographing her as a Newborn, I can’t believe how quickly this Little Lady is Growing Up and what a Beautiful Girls she is Becoming! Congratulations to both Maggie and her Proud Parents on this Amazing Milestone!
Gorgeous White Dress by Persnickety Clothing
Sweet White Tieback by Twine and Lace
What’s better after a Cake Smash than some Warm and Bubbly Suds! It’s the Perfect way to keep the Fun going, and the Only thing Better than the Bubbles were the Awesome (and quite Large) Rubber Duckys! What a Great way to Cap off an Amazing First Year!
Not only was Baby Ellison such a Sweet and Cute little Girl, but Ellsion’s big brother Owen was Absolutely Amazing! I don’t know which was Sweeter, her Precious little Face or all the Sweet Cuddles and Kisses her Big Brother kept giving her during their Session. Either way, Jason and Meagan are two of the Luckiest People I know to have been blessed with this Amazing Family!
Nittaya and Peter are Among some of the Nicest People I’ve had the Pleasure of working with. After having done a Session for their Daughter as a Baby, naturally I jumped at the Opportunity to Work with this Couple Again! And their Newest Little Bundle did not Disappoint! He was so Sweet and Cuddly, and all that Gorgeous Dark Hair….AMAZING! What a Great Session and Congratulations to the Family on the new addition of a Baby Brother!
Being a Mom to 2 Energetic Boys is no small task, yet Annie somehow powers through and then still decided to take on a 3rd! Whew! Lucky for her Baby Ezekiel and a little Dream and his two Older Brothers were amazingly Well Behaved and Mindful….at least in our presence anyway! What a Loving and Lucky Family, Congratulations to the New Proud Parents and the Awesome Big Brothers I’m sure Ezekiel can’t wait to get to know and will definitely learn a lot from!
Baby Ezekiel’s Soft and Cozy Wraps by Little Ewe Props
Baby Elle was Perfect as could be, especially with with that Precious Angel Face and Sweet Demeanor, that could only to be matched by her Adorable Big Brothers! But don’t let their Cute Cherub Faces and Innocent Smiles fool you! Behind the Scenes Carter and Christian had us all cracking up with their Hilarious Antics! What a Great and Entertaining Session!
Headband by Pretty Luxe Designs
Wraps by Little Ewe
One reason I absolutely LOVE Milestone Sessions is because your Baby changes SO much during their First Year of Life. From being a Newborn, to reaching the 6 Month mark, and even upon reaching their First Birthday, He/She is Growing and Changing every single day. These Moments and Stagess are a Once in a Lifetime Experience for you Child, and something that can never be recaptured or replaced. That’s why it’s my Privilege and Pleasure to capture all the amazing ways your Little One grows over their very First Year of Life!
In my former life as the Entertainment Manager at the Wildhorse Saloon in downtown Nashville, TN I crossed paths with my share of singers, musicians, roadies, etc. Some were wonderful to work with, and others….well let’s just say it was wonderful to see the door close behind them on their way out…. but that’s another story.
Holland was one of the good guys (gals) in the biz, and still is! Her energy on stage with Whiskey, Cash, and Roses is rivaled only by her personality off. She is sweet to the core, mixed with a bit of sass, which I love!
Marrying Jared made life a bit more special as it brought along with it bonus daughter Rosie, who tenderly refers to her as Momma HaHa. When news came they were expanding their family, I could hardly wait! I swear it seemed as if Holland might be pregnant forEVER (pretty sure they felt the same!) but alas perfect little Graceland was born at TriStar Summit! (Side note** How ADORABLE is the name Graceland????) Being there with Ashlee Vallett of Ashlee V Photography to capture some of those first snuggles and Rosie’s sweet words and kisses as she met her new baby sister was incredible. I know these first few days will end up being a blur, so I am honored Ashlee and I can provide this perfect little family amazing memories to relive whenever they want!
Please enjoy this little glimpse into their session.
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I don’t know you, but I adore you. (even more than I already did.)
As an avid fan of The Big Bang Theory, even 10-year-old reruns, I’ve always loved your Bernadette character. Your spunk, sass, and just overall hystericalness (that’s a word, right?) has always made me laugh.
But now? Now I just adore and respect you on a whole new level. First of all, with 1 in 8 couples suffering through infertility issues (Resolve.org) the bravery and courage you have shown by using your voice to open up about your struggles is nothing short of heroic. So many of us have walked the path of infertility and know first hand what it’s like. (my story) Though all of our paths are different (my IVF mafia) they are all very much the same in so many ways. The resentment towards a body that won’t simply do what it’s meant to do. The pings of jealousy towards others experiencing pregnancy joy (immediately followed by self loathing guilt for even possessing such “selfish” thoughts) the pain of loss, etc.
For those who DO experience pregnancy, there is the constant struggle to simply enjoy the beautiful gift growing within because of the fear that taking too deep of a breath, too long of a walk, or too hot of a shower will bring about a wave of destruction and collapse the shell of a “happily ever after” dream that you have let creep into your mind.
So THANK YOU Melissa. Thank you from the bottom of my heart (and thousands of others I’m sure) for having the gracefulness to share such an intimate part of your life with us all. The loneliness and heartbreak I felt during my struggles wouldn’t be wished on anyone. Your voice helping to “open a conversation” or “close the mouth” of a well intentioned friend/family member is so very powerful.
I pray you find peace, joy and fulfillment, and that you are able to savor this journey to your little one!
Kara Edwards is a photographer based in Nashville, TN specializing in maternity and newborn photography. After her own 4 year struggle with infertility, she (along with her husband) founded the Starfish Infertility Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization committed to providing financial support for those struggling with infertility in the U.S. Founded in 2015, the foundation awards two grants annually to individuals and couples who do not have infertility provisions through their insurance to help fulfill their dream of having a family. Starfish is the only organization in Tennessee that awards grants for infertility treatment. Visit the website to learn more, donate or apply for a grant.
I Absolutely Love Collages of all the Adorable and Unique Parts that a Newborn Baby Possesses. From the Ten Tiny Fingers to the Sweet Little Ears, Everything about a Brand New Baby is so Precious (except maybe the Sleepless Nights, but Luckily we don’t have to document those!), and Baby Thomas is no Exception. The only thing that could possibly make this Spread any Cuter would be an Adorable Stuffed Bear…oh wait, got that too! Congrats to the Proud Parents on the Birth of their Perfect Baby Boy!
Baby Thomas’s Wraps by Little Ewe Props
I’ve had the Honor of Photographing this Little Angel a few times now, and each time is an Absolute Pleasure. Of Course that Gorgeous Face, Sweet Disposition, and Adorable Dress doesn’t hurt either! What an Awesome Session to go with an Awesome Girl!
This Little Guy could not have been more Cuddly or Adorable! He looked so Cute in just about every Photo I Snapped, and that Sweet Little Face while holding the Stuffed Bear….too Precious! Congrats to the Lucky Parents on the Birth of this Perfect Baby Boy!
Baby Graham’s Wraps by Little Ewe Props
What could possibly be any Sweeter than an Adorable Baby in a Box…… an Adorable Baby in a Box wearing possibly the Cutest array of Animal hats I’ve ever Seen! Not only was this Lil Guy a Dream to Shoot, these Props could not be any more Precious!
Talk about a Perfect Baby! Not only did this Little Sweetie look Absolutely Angelic in her Photos, but was also a Perfect Lil Angel during her Photography Session. You can’t ask for better Shoots than that!
Wrap by Little Ewe
Headbands by Lela’s Props, 4 Little Princess Props, and Kitty’s Boutique
Nothing is more Precious than a Sleeping Baby, and that’s why Layouts like this are One of my Favorites! Not Only do you get Gorgeous Photos of your Little One, but also a look at all their Sweet Little Details that make your baby Unique. Plus, if it Looks this Good in a Blog Photo, just Imagine how Amazing this Looks on a Canvas!
Headband by Pretty Luxe Designs
Wrap by Little Ewe
Being a Newborn Photographer is a Snap when you get Babies as Beautiful and Sweet as this Little Girl! Not only was she Absolutely Adorable, but was one of the most Cooperative babies being that she Slept like a Little Angel the Entire Time! Plus, let’s be Honest…that Lamb Hat might be One of the Most Adorable Props I’ve Ever Seen!
Headband in Bottom Photo by Manly and Pretty Little Things
Wraps by Little Ewe
What’s even Better than Celebrating a Child’s First Birthday??? Celebrating TWO First Birthdays! As the Mother of Twins myself, I can definitely Identify with the daily Joys and Challenges of raising twins, as well as Appreciate the Special Moments you want to Cherish for Life! Congrats to the Ketchum Family on this Huge Milestone in the lives of these Adorable Kiddos!
Even though this was the Stephen’s Third Child, it was the One they Worked the Hardest for, and More than Worth it! I always talk about how I love Newborns with alot of Hair, but this Little Girl leaves all Other in the Dust, not to Mention those Adorable Squishy Cheeks and Sweet Face! I Absolutely LOVED this Session!
Headbands by Little Princess Props and Dear Felicity
Wrap by Little Ewe