I had the pleasure of spending this chilly, bluebird-sky morning, photographing a lifestyle newborn session with the sweetest family and most beautiful baby girl. Introducing little Miss Collins Kate.
The Meeks Family are my kind of people. They work hard, love big, and enjoy things like open views. They recently built a beautiful home, with plenty of elbow room for big brother, Parker, to teach his new, baby sis the finer things in life, like running through the woods and riding atvs.
The moment I pulled into the quiet drive of their home, I could tell why they chose this spot. Those views!<insert heart eyes> I was greeted by the family, and the moment adorable Parker called me “Miss Feather” my heart began to melt. Enter- baby Collins. This precious baby girl was absolutely perfect. From her clear, creamy skin and little, wrinkled fingers, to her mellow demeanor, she finished the job her big brother started and my heart became a PUDDLE.
We moved through their session with ease. Like the seasoned parents they now are, Laikin and Landon were relaxed and even seemed rested. (Yay for babies who sleep!) No-one would ever guess that they’d brought home a new baby, just the week before!
I loved their entire home, but Collins’ nursery was especially adorable. On the wall above her crib was her name: “Collins Kate”. When I asked Laikin how they came up with it, a look of fondness washed over her. She told me Collins’ great grandmother, Katherine, was her namesake.
When Laikin spoke about her grandma, her eyes twinkled with love and maybe even a tear, and I felt my heart ache for my own grandmothers. Katherine must have been a pretty special person, because all 3 of her great granddaughters have carried on her name.
As I finish up the photos from this newborn session, I feel grateful the Meeks family welcomed me into their home to capture such a tender, fleeting time. I wonder if little Collins Kate might share these photos with her own grandkids someday… passing on the legacy of love that her great grandmother, Katherine, left for her.
Do you or your kids have a special namesake? Let us know in the comments below, or even just say hello!