Welcome Jude Nicholas. {Just Born}

Over the last few months, Hilary and I chatted VBACs and birth and her staying hopeful that this second baby would be more cooperative than Luca was for her. She was on the calendar for this week when I got a shocking text over the weekend, “Baby is here! Had a fast Natural VBAC!” I literally said out loud, “Whoa! Whaaaa?! Hells ya!” Normally I’m in the loop when moms go into labor so I was so surprised and excited by this text! A few hours of laboring at home with less than an hour in the hospital and little guy was in her arms! And THAT is how you do it, Mama!! First shot I took of Sweetface, he smiled for me! 🙂 How about that head of dark hair and those dark eyes!! Congrats Rob, Hilary and Luca!

Welcome Jude Nicholas | Born  January  28, 2017 |  6lb 5oz | 19 3/4″





Love, Melanie

Jude. » LOFT 3 PHOTOGRAPHY - February 1, 2017 - 4:37 pm

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JennyBZ - January 31, 2017 - 8:31 pm

Oh my heart!! What a perfectly little squish!! Makes me want another teeny babe right now!! lol congrats to this beautiful family! Gorgeous images Mel!! xx

Welcome Penelope Noelle. {Just Born}

Penelope was scheduled to arrive mid this week and I guess she didn’t like the idea of her birthday being that close to Christmas, so she came last Friday! But regardless of the day, she was getting dolled up in Christmas props because duh! Gavin was a lot more excited this time than last, because when Stella was born, he mostly just gave her the side eye and had us all rolling with his uncertainty of that baby. BUT this time, him and Stella are totally into little sis! Hopefully they are big helpers for you, Mary and Jason! Lots of exciting times ahead for y’all! Have fun!

Welcome Nellie | Born December 16, 2016 | 7.4lbs | 20inches




Love, Melanie.

Penelope. » LOFT 3 PHOTOGRAPHY - December 19, 2016 - 7:06 pm

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welcome joseph edward {just born}

Little Joey thought it was a great idea to break Mom’s water 2wks early, then spend a day frustrating her as he decided to not find his way out of his comfortable womb. He’s made up for it with his sweet little face, chicken legs and awesome nursing skills. What could have been a crazy Christmas, will now be a relaxing time spent with your early teeny blessing, as a family! How exciting! So many congrats and it’s very evident y’all got this under control. Now onto filling out all that skin!!

Welcome Joey | born December 9, 2016 | 6.6lbs | 20 inches


Love, Melanie.

Karen Joyce keen spelman - December 14, 2016 - 4:11 am

God Bless you handsome son!!! Have a Very Merry Christmas🎄 and a Healthy Happy 😊 New Year🎉🎊🎁❤️️🍾

Joey. » LOFT 3 PHOTOGRAPHY - December 12, 2016 - 8:50 pm

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Welcome Evelyn Ruth-Marie {Just Born}

What an exciting time for the Egers to welcome a baby girl after the last 9yrs of boys! Even though Ryland was trying to play it cool and not let me see his excitement, Brexton was SO pumped to meet baby sis. Evie already rocked Mama’s world by keeping her in labor for 3 days after being a week late! Just you guys wait, this is just the beginning of her getting her way. 🙂 Congrats! She’s beautiful!

Welcome Evie | Born December 1, 2016 | 7lbs | 19 inches.


Love, Melanie.

a beautiful beginning: tatum paul’s birth story.

If you remember the first time Alex & Doug graced this blog, it was for the birth of their first rainbow baby – Declan. We also shared the story of the unexpected loss of their first son – Dougie – there if you’d like to check it out. Now, 3 years to the day later, I was honored once again to document the birth of their second rainbow baby – Tatum Paul. Their story is so inspiring, and such proof of God’s beautiful plans for us even when we can’t even begin to comprehend it. As with Declan, Tatum’s pregnancy was a complete surprise – and he even shared a due date with his older brother, Dougie. Then, at one of their first appointments, her doctor scheduled her induction for Nov.21 – which was the exact same day 3 years ago that Dougie was born! Alex & Doug joke that Dougie wanted to make sure they always have cake on his birthday 😉

Thankfully Alex had a smooth pregnancy (chasing a busy toddler around all day made it go by super fast!) and super smooth delivery this time around. She was scheduled to go in at 5am on Nov.21 to start the induction. The first couple of hours were pretty chill, she was all hooked up and just relaxing. At 11:30am, she was 2cm and they broke her water. At 1pm they started pitocin and by 2pm she was 4cm. She texted me at 2:51pm to say she got her epidural and would be checked again in an hour and would let me know if I should come then or not. Thankfully I had already left my house to get gas on the way because Doug texted at 3:45pm to say she was complete and to get there ASAP!! I made it into her room by 4:15pm just in time for her to start pushing. She pushed for less than 10 minutes and daddy was able to deliver a his tiny, sweet boy into his mama’s arms at 4:31pm. There was a huge sigh of relief and lots of tears when that baby let out his first scream 🙂

Good Sam now does immediate skin-t0-skin time with mama as long as the baby is fine (which is awesome by the way!), so little Tatum wasted no time and was literally latched within 5 minutes! He got lots of quality time with mama before he got weighed and checked out. As soon as he was all bundled up, big brother Declan arrived with grandma to meet his new brother. He wasn’t quite sure what to think (as to be expected from a 2 year old boy), but he was very sweet wanting to touch Tatum and give him his gifts. I hear he’s gotten a little more comfortable with Tatum since he’s been home and will be hearing the word “gentle” for the foreseeable future haha!

SO happy for you guys! Those brothers are going to be so much fun 🙂

Love, Kelly

Welcome Tatum Paul | Born November 21, 2016 at 4:31pm | 6lbs. 3ozs. | 19 3/4 in.