baby Charlotte & family

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Something special happens with the addition of a baby. A family changes and grows as it welcomes a new member and it doesn’t take long until you can’t remember what life was like before. You take on new roles, change your routine, and in a way it’s a reminder that you’re a part of something bigger, that life isn’t just about you but about those around you.

Last week I drove up to Rochester to the home of the G family and documented their beautiful new baby girl named Charlotte. While I was there, I was able to witness the interaction between a family and photograph not only her but the people around her. It’s those interactions and exchanges that take place between family members that often go undocumented or overlooked. They may sound ordinary – like a father holding his daughter, a mother quieting a cry, or a little girl holding her sister – but they are not. They are moments from a time in their lives that they will always remember… when they went from 3 to 4.

I sincerely mean it when I say it’s been a pleasure to photograph this family for the third time. I love watching them grow and documenting their lives while also getting to know them personally. So thank you for inviting me in to your lives and here’s a glimpse of their family:

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Norah is the best big sister you could ask for. It’s amazing how quickly a bond between sisters can form and I think these two will be inseparable. charlotte05charlotte12

love baby details. so much changes in the first few months you have to document it before it’s gonecharlotte10charlotte07charlotte11

I can’t help but love Charlotte’s sad face, but don’t worry it didn’t last long – she has two amazing parents to take care of her. charlotte13charlotte14charlotte15charlotte16charlotte17

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