April 28, 2016

First birthday – Celebrating incredible baby girl Sophia

Praying for baby

While some pregnant moms are praying for their baby to come early, hoping for some relief from the maternity back pain and water weight or they are just anxious to snuggle their newborn baby, many expectant mothers are praying that baby will stay put for at least a few more weeks. Sophia’s mom fell in the latter category but now, a year later, we’re celebrating this incredible little girl’s first birthday!


Sophia was born at only 28 weeks and spent a very long time in the NICU as you can imagine.


While she’s still quite a petite little one, she amazed me with her big personality and how well she was doing with her milestones!

baby girl first birthday photography

To celebrate her first birthday, Sophia’s mom had some ideas on making her portraits more meaningful for this amazing little girl, this miracle baby.

Including her first teddy bear that at one time was much larger than her…

baby girl first birthday photo Hudson Valley

Can you believe that she was once much smaller than her teddy bear?! Sweet Sophia is wearing 6 month clothing now!


Mom wanted a photo of Sophia standing in her beautiful Manolo wedding shoes… it didn’t quite go as mom planned but that expression is just priceless!

first birthday baby girl with Manolo shoes


and some things to go with their very special first birthday theme ‘Oh, the places you’ll go’… Mom loved a vintage look so I created a set to go with the theme…

vintage look baby's first birthday photos oh the places you'll go theme

And of course we had to include her favorite book… which apparently was quite tasty.

first birthday baby portraits Hudson Valley NY photographer

Something girly but simple to show off that sweet, innocent baby face…

baby crawling first birthday photography Hudson Valley NY

This singing and dancing baby doll makes Sophia smile and laugh like nothing else so we had to include her favorite toy!

First birthday baby photos with her favorite toy in the Hudson Valley NY

When I asked about a cake smash, mom wanted something more unique for her special baby girl so I suggested finger painting instead. =)

first birthday finger painting photos Hudson Valley baby photographer

finger painting first birthday portraits Hudson Valley NY baby photographer

I am so glad to have met this amazing baby girl! She may be tiny but she is fierce! What a fighter this little one is… I was astonished that she’s so close to standing on her own already given how premature she was. I am so honored to have been a part of capturing just a little part of what makes her so special and learned about her story. Thank you to mom who shared Sophia’s NICU photos with me as well – I had a rough pregnancy and my daughter was born early – it really does help you put everything else into perspective and makes you realize just how lucky you are.

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