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Dusti welcomes Ryan home

Dusti & Ryan have done 3 deployments in the 4 years they have been in the Marine Corps.
This time, their little one was just teeny when daddy left.
August 8th was a HOT & HUMID night
but one filled with anticipation & happiness
as everyone welcomed home the 2nd Batallion 8th Marines from their tour in Afghanistan.
Ryan's sister (USAF), brother in law & niece were also there
along with his wife Dusti & sweet baby girl.
Ryan's niece made a sign on the iPad, it was pretty awesome!
I'm pretty sure the 2hours while the Marines turn in their weapons at the armory 
as long 
as the previous 7 months.
And the butterflies were almost visible as those big buses drove in
& the Marines poured out looking for their loved ones.
Welcome home, Ryan & thanks for your service!!
And good job, Dusti, you're truly a hero!!

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Baby Madison

This little one decided she wanted to make her world debut about 6 weeks early!
We did these photos on her actual due date...
and she was weighing in at 6 weeks old at 8lbs 3oz.
Such a little peanut!!
Her mama is a proud Navy wife & I loved capturing their tender mama/bebe bond.
Madison was a trooper being held all kinds of crazy ways &
being awake so long (all in the name of good light!) & conked out by the last few shots.
Mmmmm, newborns are the sweetest.
So teeny. So precious. So new.

I love that she was still a little fuzzy:

this next one is my absolute favorite image from the session -
can't you just hear mama saying "shhhhhh?"



{ meet Miss Maggie! }

her mom is the famous blogger/quilter extraordinaire AmyLouWho
MamaLouWho really likes fabric... it's a wonder Maggie's name isn't AmyButler LouWho.
Maggie is such a little cutie & we wanted to capture her littleness as much as possible.
She loves mama, milk, tickles & her big siblings.
She was barely learning to stand when we took these pictures.
We made a day of it & just hung out at my house & played
& of course took lots of pictures.
Amylouwho is such a great friend-
one you can just talk for hours with & laugh & be yourself & feel so loved!
We both love dentists, wegmans, ikea, photography & baba ganoujh
& playing that blasted words with friends scrabble game on our iThings.


 meanwhile, this is going on behind the scenes.
2 harmonicas, 5 kids, 2 moms, a bed & a camera (and a whole lot of crazy!):

after a couple milk breaks for Maggie & some lunch for everyone else, we relocated & re-costumed for some more shots. It was a long day for such a little model, but she was sweet as ever, even past naptime.