YOURStory ~ Baby L | Lifestyle Newborn Session | Maggie Malson Photography

newborn baby boy

This sweet newborn baby boy was such a joy to photograph. Most of my subjects this summer have been kids, cattle and sheep as we’ve been traveling to shows for the past few months. ;0) (And yes, still need to edit/post those photos.) It’s fun capturing those moments for sure, but anytime I can meet a new little one and his family, I’m over-the-moon excited!

Baby L is a beautiful baby and these first-time parents are so proud, as they should be. They were referred to me by some other newborn clients, and we have many mutual friends, but had never met. Dad is an auctioneer and also helped my sister-in-law at a charity event she hosted. Small world stories make me smile. Making connections like this help clients turn into friends.

I just love newborn sessions!!

My newborn lifestyle sessions are done in my clients’ home, where everyone can be relaxed, we can take breaks for baby to eat, and we capture in between moments too. We also captured the adorable nursery his mom and dad put together for this little guy.

It’s always fun to share in a couple’s joy, reminiscence about my babies (who aren’t so little anymore), reassure them they are doing an awesome job, and encourage them in their new roll. Whether it’s baby no. 1 or baby no. 5, it’s an incredible experience to add a new baby to the family.

So thankful to capture this special newborn baby boy!

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Grace: We all need it

A few months ago I put some of the thoughts swirling around in my head on paper in a personal essay. Usually they just remain on the pages of my journal, but I decided to step out of my comfort zone and share it with others. I want to be an encourager, especially of women, as we all need a little boost every now and then. I realize this is a different from the usual writing I do professionally, and obviously different than what you typically see on my photography blog. But, this has been on my heart for awhile.

*Update* I’ve received so many positive comments and messages about this piece, which is truly humbling. I know I always feel more connected to people when they let their guard down and share their heart. It’s something I do a lot more with my close, trusted friends and family; however, I’m realizing, maybe I need to share with broader audience. Sometimes in this day and age we focus on our differences, but really deep down, we are so, so similar. We all want love, acceptance, and reassurance. And we all need grace. I think sometimes from the outside it may look like I have it all together, but goodness knows I have my daily struggles. It’s nice to know there were other women—other moms—who felt the same way. It’s nice to not feel alone in this crazy/awesome journey of motherhood.

 

We moms—we women—put so much pressure on ourselves.

We’re bombarded with choices to make for ourselves and our children the minute the pregnancy test shows two pink lines.

Breast or bottle, work outside or stay home with the kids, jarred baby food or homemade, co-sleep or crib, cloth or disposable diapers—the list truly goes on… and on…

And really, no matter what you choose, there will be times when you hit it out of the park and times when you make the wrong choice. Some days you nail the mom thing. Other days you fall flat on your face. I know I have—a lot. But you’re trying. You are desperately trying to give your children the best you can.

You love them with a love that you never knew was possible until you had kids.

I’m not saying motherhood is great all the time. Many people say, “Enjoy every minute of it because it goes by so fast.” I’ve even uttered those words myself. But honestly, I don’t know if it’s truly possible to enjoy every moment.

I mean, when your first baby has a major diaper explosion at a formal family dinner event and you forget to pack an extra set of clothes, I’m not sure you’re actually relishing that moment. I know—rookie mistake. Or when your 4-year-old is refusing to stay in bed and you’re on the outside of the room holding the door closed, praying that your tough love will work. That’s not a moment to relive over and over again. Just try not to wish away all the hard stuff. It will pass.

I have enjoyed my kids at every stage of development. I had good babies, even though I remember two of them being colicky, so there were certainly times when it was hard. Maybe you have a colicky baby, too. Maybe you’re walking around the house, standing up and sitting down, using warm rice bags, swaying to and fro—whatever it takes to make them comfortable—and you’re thinking I CANNOT WAIT until this stage is over! I get it. I have been there. Just remember, it will pass.

We’ve just entered the teen years with our oldest, and while she’s been pretty easy going so far, I’m sure she will test us. There will be moments when her dad and I think, “Who is this little person we created, and what do we do with her?!” In fact, I’m pretty sure we’ve already uttered those words in reference to each of our children.

When I think about all this hard stuff—the crying newborns and the testing teenagers and everything in between—I realize that there is one gift I need more than anything else. Maybe you need this gift too.

To read more about this gift and how I accept it, head over to Mother.ly for the full post.

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Winter Scenes ~ Take Two | Idaho Landscape Photography

Angus bull in winter Angus cows in snow cows in snow Angus bull in winter Black Angu bull Angus cattle in winter winter scenes Angus bull in winter Black Angus bull winter scenes, icicles

Currently it’s raining…a far cry from the winter scenes I’m posting here. All the snow is gone and with all the moisture we’ve had lately, everything is green, green, green. Yay! But, it wasn’t that long ago that we didn’t think we’d ever see spring or green grass again. I was asked to submit some photos for a couple different projects recently and was going through files to edit. I kept coming back to these. Our winter was characterized by tons of snow, followed by freezing rain, then more snow. This happened over and over again.

I remember this particular day when I was able to get outside. The sun was shining and the sky was blue—even if there was still three feet of snow on the ground. This winter was a doozy, but there is beauty in all the whiteness too. I know I really appreciate the other seasons after the barrenness of winter.

Each morning I could hear the noise of the tractors as they were warmed up, then driven into the pastures to deliver hay. The cattle carved pathways in the snow as they plodded through the drifts to and from water and feed. Every morning we woke up to yet another blanket of white, covering up the paths, yet they never quite disappeared. The snow was up past my knees as I captured most of these images. In fact, as I look at them I notice that the six-wire barbed wire fence only has the top three wires showing…so much snow. It was a winter we won’t soon forget. I’m hoping Mother Nature decides that was enough too. ;0)

It’s a lot easier to look at these images now and appreciate their beauty. Isn’t that the way it is with most of life? As you’re going through the hard stuff, all you can think about is how to get to the other side of it. We’re always looking for something better, especially if we’re in a hard season. I catch myself doing this sometimes, more times than I would like. I need to embrace the season I’m in wholeheartedly. I’m not saying it’s always easy, but there is beauty in all seasons. We might just have to look a little harder for it.

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