I am such a lucky lady! I love being welcomed into people’s homes & trusted with their precious newborn babies. There is not one thing in this world that could be treasured more than a sweet newborn baby. Mommy & Daddy’s pride and joy.
I met this family when the mama came over from next door (at the studio.) She had heard about me through a friend & saw that I had moved in. She wanted family photos done. How could I say no to these cute little faces!?!?
Isn’t this family beautiful!?! I find myself staring into their eyes, smiling back at them. They have been through so much this past year, yet they are so positive and so encouraging. The girls are so smart, beautiful and well behaved. Their mama is just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. . . and their daddy …well he’s okay, I guess 😉
This sweet mama has wanted me to do a specific kind of photograph of her daughters for about a year, now. She sent me the link to her now retired photographer. She had such a raw, unique style so far different from my own style. I was up for the challenge. To be quite honest, I was nervous. I put my heart and soul into my work. I feared letting her down. I knew inside that I could do it, yet I was so worried. After their session, I edited a few photos and put them on my facebook fan page. I eagerly awaited her response. I stalked my fan page just waiting to hear her feedback….hours passed…more hours passed…I HAD to go to bed. I woke up in the morning and stalked some more…I stalked throughout the day. Finally, after almost 24 hours of stalking my own fan page….she replied to my post! Her reply brought tears to my eyes. “OMG, Julie! This is EXACTLY what I wanted. You are a dream believer and achiever, sweet lady! I can’t wait to see more : ) ” Those words kept ringing through my head…echoing in my heart…before I went to bed, I even had to read them once more. If you’ve followed me for long, you know my photography is something I put my entire heart and soul into. When it comes to my heART, nothing does me more good than to hear/see someone so happy with the art and memories I have created for their family. Elizabeth, I want to thank you for believing in me. Believing in my heART. Thank you for making me think outside the box! I pray that your family’s year improves and blessings pour down on you!!! YOU deserve it!
No session would be a Julie MayRee session without a few smiles and fun little POP of color!!! ♥
Check out their session from 3 years ago! I love to see how they have grown, as well as my work!
Thank you again for believing in me!!!
I know that many of you will remember me sharing Luke & Tracy’s story last July and precious Baby Liam’s birthday this day one year ago today. The sweet little man was born on his Mommy’s birthday and is celebrating his 1st birthday in heaven today. He sends reminders all the time that he’s still here. During this session, he was a playful little white butterfly flitting around as we were taking photos…so playful & happy. I could almost hear his little giggle as Mommy and Daddy reached down to play with him and he would flit close and then away quickly. I knew it was him and my other sweet NILMDTS babies when the back yard at the studio was filled with the biggest, most amazing, vibrant dragonflies a few nights ago. Or when I’m feeling down and one of the baby toys go off on it’s own these are reminders that I have little angels around me. I’m so very thankful for Liam and his precious life.
Luke and Tracy are now pregnant with not one but two rainbow babies, a boy and a girl! “Rainbow Babies” is a term for the understanding that the beauty of a rainbow does not negate the ravages of the storm. When a rainbow appears, it doesn’t mean the storm never happened or that the family is not still dealing with its aftermath. What it means is that something beautiful and full of light has appeared in the midst of the darkness and clouds. Storm clouds may still hover but the rainbow provides a counterbalance of color, energy and hope. Luke and Tracy have been through quite the storm over the past year and a half. They have displayed such amazing strength and their love has grown stronger for each other, I can see it in their eyes and in their embrace. Luke and Tracy are such amazing parents & these sweet babies are so lucky to be able to call such special people Mommy & Daddy!!!
Congrats, Luke & Tracy! I can not wait to see your sweet little ones!
Here is a little poem I wrote for Luke & Tracy. From my heart. I ♥ you guys!
Now I Lay me down to sleep,
as I lie and quietly weep,
night after night, day after day,
it is for strength I pray.
My heart feels empty, I am blue,
for I’m longing to be with you.
In my heart you’ve always been,
I await the moment I hold you again.
You remain my precious boy,
my heavenly boy.
8/4/2012 Julie MayRee Oliver
Happy Birthday, little man!
I love you! Please enjoy a piece of cake in heaven for Ms. Julie today!! ♥
As most of you know, I’ve been on maternity leave after giving birth to my little princess 6 weeks ago. Well these little guys were born 12 weeks ago. Their mama contacted me last week asking if I could possibly take their newborn photos. I was so overjoyed! I was also a little nervous. Normally newborn photography is done within the first 14 days of the baby’s life. These little guys spent 3 weeks in the NICU and then I’m sure it was quite the adjustment when they came home. The little guys are just the sweetest. Little mister Jeffery was so quiet & sleepy…UNLESS his brother Michael was asleep, then of course he was awake. Michael was normally WIDE awake…as you can see, he did finally give in and then HE was the one sleeping and Jeffery was awake. Then we have their precious big sister Grace….oh, she’s such a doll!!! A smart, sweet, precious little firecracker!!! This mama and daddy are so very blessed!!! But as a mother of three, I know how hard it can be to find time for each other as parents. When Joanna asked for a photo of just her and Jeff…I was so touched. Then to catch her snuggling in his neck both with so much joy on their faces, it brought tears to my eyes. Still, seeing that photo below makes me all misty. Thank you Jeff and Joanna for allowing me to come into your home and spend the day with your beautiful family!!
So much ♥ love,