Mirra AnnaLee [Newborn]

Double R, double N, double E, double C-U-T-E. This baby was beee-u-tiful and only 5 days old. Born Saturday, June 30 at 12:42 PM, Mirra weighed 8.9 pounds at birth. Friend and new Grandma, Julie, showed up at church on Sunday as proud as any new grandma should be with printed photos ready to share. I loved that! Mommy Melissa and Julie were champs at helping me keep things safe for Mirra while enduring the heat on an already hot day. Poor dad didn’t fare as well and had to spend most of his time out doors (where sadly it was cooler than our house!). Sorry Dan! (Note to self, get that space heater I’ve been wanting so I don’t have to heat a three-level house!) I’m still trying to find my style when it comes to photographing newborns but this one couldn’t have gone better. Mirra, you are my hero! The hardest part of photographing newborns is wanting to do every pose and have them wear every hat, but apparently there are other things to do in a day than to sit and stare at a sleeping baby (although it’s hard to know what). Melissa and Dan, may these pictures always remind you of how unbelievably small Mirra was. It happens all too quickly that they grow up. Enjoy the moments. Love and congratulations to Grandpa Terry, Auntie Emily and Uncle Patrick as well. Love, Mary

Okay, it’s time for my favorite pics. Here’s my first one coming up, and why? Because, seriously folks, who could resist kissing those lips. And I love the hat with the purple and that face! Much thanks goes out to Karen Wontor who is Baby Rhett’s great-grandma. I was so jealous of all his homemade hats that I called Karen and she made some for me! I was overjoyed at the beautiful selection I got. Thank you Karen. A shout out to co-worker Deanna Silvers as well for the last two hats you will see towards the bottom. Only trouble is not having enough time to try all the new ones out. Babies … I need more babies!

This next one would have to be my second favorite pic. The cocoon was gifted to me by my daughter for Mother’s Day — sadly after Simone was too big to fit in it. See, I told you babies grow fast!

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Roberta - July 10, 2012 - 6:05 PM

I know we are all prejudiced when it comes to our own grandbabies, though I don’t have any, I am the proud great aunt of some pretty special little people, BUT what a darling baby! Mary, love them all, each one made me smile even more than the last! Love the green hat too, tell Mirra’s parents/grandparents that they are truly blessed!

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - July 10, 2012 - 6:11 PM

Roberta, so great hearing from you again! I have to agree, this was a beautiful baby, especially her skin. Love all that hair too. As always, thank you for commenting. The new parents will love reading it. 🙂

Linda - July 10, 2012 - 9:23 PM

Oh my, I forget how incredibly tiny and utterly precious they are as newborns. Makes my four year old “grandbabies” seem like a pack of Incredible Hulks!! She is so beautiful and thoroughly loveable that it is absolutely no wonder that Grandma Julie and Aunt Emily couldn’t wipe the smiles off their faces. Congratulations and many blessings to Melissa and Dan and the whole Stromer clan. (Can’t wait to see how easily little Mirra will wrap her Grandpa Terry around her chubby little finger!) Terrific job Mary–You are so able to capture the soul of your subjects in your photos–how you do it with a sleeping baby I’m pretty sure is a true God-given talent.)

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - July 10, 2012 - 9:37 PM

You’re back!!! Yay!!! Thanks Linda, I love that Dan and Melissa and the rest of the crew can revel in your comment. Oh and Terry’s a gonner — no doubt about it. Wink.

Emily - July 10, 2012 - 9:51 PM

I LOVE THEM!!! Oh Mary….you did a wonderful job. I think she is just the cutest thing and it won’t be long until I can braid her hair. I’m so excited that she is finally here. Thank you!

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - July 10, 2012 - 10:02 PM

I agree with you Em … she’s pretty dang cute and I think I know what cute is in a baby … I have four of them after all. 🙂 You’re going to have a ball with her.

Megan - July 10, 2012 - 10:04 PM

Ok, so besides my baby- this is my FAVORITE newborn shoot to date!!! Holy moly- she is adorable and I am loving the hands on cheeks pictures!!! The third from the top was my very favorite- I love that little chunky body all nestled in and twisted- so flipping sweet.

I want another (newborn) baby! (Can you believe I just said that???)

Diane Drotzman - July 11, 2012 - 10:19 AM

Mary you did such a wonderful job. Every picture of little Mirra is perfect but she looks so perfect. The second picture from the bottom is my favorite. I like the way the light is glowing off her beautiful little rosey cheeks and I love the hat. Purple is Mirra’s color. Dan and Melissa are going to be great parents. Congrat’s to the whole Stromer family.

Laura Higgs - July 14, 2012 - 8:14 PM

Stellar job as always and what a great ” subject “. Sweet potato pie she is cute!

Kathty - July 15, 2012 - 1:27 PM

Too cute for words! What a beautiful baby. She is so sweet and her skin looks so smooth and soft. Mary – great job – we’re gonna start calling you Mary ‘Geddes’ Mouser!

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - July 15, 2012 - 7:01 PM

I like Mary Ann Geddes better. Ha! In my dreams! Thanks Kathy. Wasn’t she just one of the prettiest babies ever (everyone’s g-babes excluded). 🙂

Aubrey - July 15, 2012 - 10:46 PM

Man alive, you are getting so GOOD! Seriously love every one of these!!!

Deanna - July 19, 2012 - 8:34 AM

Mary, you do a fantastic job! I love all the pictures!

molly rank - September 19, 2012 - 11:20 PM

Love these poses, Mary! If you’re just mastering your newborn poses, I cannot wait to see the future pics! So fantastic. Agree wholeheartedly on the sweet little lips and the beautiful hats.

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