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1st Year Collections: Preserving your Memories

There is only one way, in my opinion, to watch the amazing amount of growth and change that happens in a year… and that is through photographs. A child changes more in the first year of life than ANY OTHER TIME and sometimes you don’t realize it until you look back. Hindsight is 20/20, they say. Well, I was struck by the difference I saw in a friend of our’s daughter yesterday afternoon. I started with photographing their maternity session, and then was honored to take newborn (July), holiday family portraits (November) and now spring/10 month portraits (June) before Emma’s first birthday at the end of July. As I looked back through her pictures, I couldn’t believe how much she changed and honestly, I didn’t notice many of those changes until I looked. I’m sure it’s been more obvious to her parents, Kris and Aubree, but it really stood out to me and reminded of me why this is so important.

I’ve decided for the first time, I’m going to offer a summer special to expecting parents! Check out the details…

Book a 1 year collection (3 or more session in 12 months) and receive A FREE NEWBORN SESSION!! This will include:

  • 1 hour + session (I don’t rush mom’s if they need to nurse or if baby needs consoled) 
  • Gallery of images online to easily order professional prints
  • CD with all high resolution images
  • Released rights
  • 10% discount on custom birth announcements!!

Contact me for more details at dattomastudios@gmail.com!!

Check out this sweet family’s sessions below and explore the blog for more 1 year portrait collections!

MATERNITY PORTRAITS

Emma Jane is almost here…

Look how tiny!!

One of my favorite portraits of a new mom:

HOLIDAY PORTRAITS

Sitting up!

Look at Emma NOW!! So beautiful, sweet and full of joy!

Trying to stand up on the chair… we are watching you emmers!

Look at those teeth!!:)

Won’t be long until she is walking…

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Melissa & TJ’s San Souci Farm Wedding: SNEAK PEAK

Southern Wedding bliss.

So much more to come!

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Stone Mountain Park Wedding: Amy + Ben

I saw Amy the night before the wedding. She had been baking her own cake, picking crumbs out of the icing, creating a PERFECT grooms cake (a circuit board!!), and worrying about rain in the forecast. I asked her to do me a favor and NOT check the radar again until at least noon the next day. (Ceremony at 4pm). We woke up to a gloomy, chilly morning and some sprinkles around 11am for about an hour. Afterwards, the sun came out and it was a brilliantly beautiful day.

Amy & Ben chose to get married at Memorial Hall at Stone Mountain Park in Atlanta, GA. Ben grew up just a few miles away from the park and this location was extremely cherished by his family. Not to mention that the scenery was outstanding!! Thank you for trusting me to photograph such an incredibly meaningful day… I hope these portraits will allow you to relive it for decades to come. Much love, Sarah

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Governor’s Mansion Portraits: Durgin Family

There are times when I casually say “has it really been a year since…” This particular time caught me off guard. I thought for sure that I was meeting up with this family for Sophies 6 month portrait session and Aimee kindly said, “Oh no, it’s been a year. Sophie turns 1 in 2 weeks.” Time can crawl and time can fly. For some reason, it seems like a blink of an eye since Sophie was born and I was photographing a tiny 7lb baby girl. Now, this beautiful family has grown and changed…..

I am already looking forward to another session in the fall when Lauden turns 3!! But for now, HAPPY BIRTHDAY SOPHIE!!!

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Carolina Girl

It’s time for a Mila post. There is so much to share I don’t even know where to begin. I’ve been recording some of her “sayings” lately  and new experiences that we’ve shared over the last few weeks….

  1. She says WATER with an english accent. Makes me laugh every time.
  2. She has to get “daddy kisses” in the morning and at night. If we are hanging out with people, she needs to get a kiss from everyone before we leave. She doesn’t let Mike leave the house in the morning before getting a kiss and she reminds him to give me one!
  3. She often WAKES UP asking for cookies. We have a new rule that she can’t have any until after lunch, otherwise she’d be getting cookies all day long!
  4. If you ask her “What color is this?” she’ll say purple every time just because it’s her favorite. Then we’ll ask her what the REAL color is and she’ll tell you the right one. She knows all of her colors and is even learning dark and light.
  5. She loves to watch cars, trucks and busses drive by. She normally waves “bye bye” but recently she’s also been asking to touch or kiss them. Last night she also asked if she could kiss the sun as it was going down. I told her to just blow kisses, so all night she was saying “night night sunshine!” and blowing kisses to the sky.
  6. At bedtime I ask her who she wants to pray for. She loves naming people and praying together.
  7. Every time she sees letters she shouts ABC’s!
  8. She’s learning the song “Read your Bible & Pray every Day” and “This Little Light of Mine” for the Spring Children’s Program. She loves songs with motions and wants to do them over and over. HOWEVER, if I start singing it and she doesn’t want to practice, she’ll say no, no, no and make me stop singing.
  9. She has learned to say “MYSELF!” and I hear it often! If she tries to do something for awhile and can’t, she’ll stop and say “Help, MAMA!” (As if I never offered!”
  10. Mila now says “BYE BYE YALL!” and man, is it cute!
  11. She is a water baby! We play in her pink pool several times a week. Yesterday she also wore a life jacket for the first time and played in a big pool!
  12. She loves to color with crayons and sidewalk chalk, go on wagon rides, stack her cups and rings, play with her seashells and in the sand, put her shoes on other people, swing, and help water plants.
  13. We went to the ocean for the first time and she loved putting her toes in the water and watching the waves!

Mila in her 9 MONTH Easter dress (at 21 months!)

 

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