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Theo: One Year Old


How incredible to watch this little man grow up over the last year.

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To celebrate his first birthday, he also got his first cake, made just for him.  Although he had been eating solid foods for a while, this first foray into cake was more about exploration than eating.

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It’s just amazing to see how much he grows each week.  Two weeks later we took family portraits at Mill Pond, where the Moerleins spend so much time throughout the year.  Look at how much he has changed!




This week, he was standing and toddling, but was still working on walking without assistance.

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I think that makes this week one of those special times where as a photographer I get to capture the moments that add up to the big milestones.  That has been one of the things that has made me feel luckiest about getting to see Theo grow and photograph him throughout this year.  It’s amazing to see so many moments: big and small, that make up a first year for such a delightful little guy.

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Theo had really started to get into books around his first birthday and Dinosaur Kisses was his favorite book.


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Theo has been just the biggest joy in his parents lives and I adore him tremendously.



We are all so very, very happy to have him around.  It will be so much fun to watch him continue to grow and develop, and hopefully become the older, cooler friend to our little one when my husband and I welcome our addition sometime in the next month.  It’s incredible to have so much wonderfulness in your life and the Moerleins are such a big part of that for our family.


Theo’s First Year

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As my best friend and amazing photography assistant, Dorothy, prepared to have her baby turn one-year-old, I couldn’t help but look through all the photos we had taken over the first year of his life.  From the baby bump, to her baby shower, to his birth, to the first few days of his life, there is nothing more special then being there each one of these incredible milestones.

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I also realized there were some photos that we didn’t get to share when they happened.

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Here are some of those amazing moments around six months old.  Theo was pushing up, crawling, and discovering how amazing his hands and feet are.

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His little expressions are just the most amazing.  I hope you’ll come back next week to see how much he had grown by his first birthday.  You won’t believe how much he has changed (although still just as cute).




Theo: 10 Days Old

One of my favorite things about newborn photos is getting to capture babies at their very tiniest.

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He will grow out of his squished nose and his little hand tucked up by his ear.

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When I did the viewing of these newborn photos for the parents, Dorothy kept repeating, “I can’t believe how much he has already changed.”

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In newborn sessions, we get to create a pause: this special moment between mother and son when there is nothing to do but look at him and take in all the details.

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Since the first few days and weeks are an amazing profusion of every new things at once, constant change and learning, I feel remarkably lucky to get to capture a moment in time.

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From baby’s first fist bump with his father to his already burgeoning personality.

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When I was knitting these pants, they seemed so small, but they were still too big for this little guy. It’s easy to forget how truly tiny newborns are.

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Thank you so much for letting me be a part of these amazing moments with you all!

Welcome Theodore Douglas!

I’ve been waiting so long to share this one. Theodore Douglas, ten days old, and his gorgeous family.

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In the arms of one set of grandparents and wearing a hat picked out especially for him in South America by his grandpa.
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Of course, there was way too much adorableness to get into one post, so please come back next week for the second installation.


It’s Today

Nine months ago, Dorothy and I met up at Georgetown-Rowley State Park for a hike. We walked for hours talking about the kinds of things you only share with your very best friend. It was a gorgeous day and I can still remember the scent of cedar as our boots crunched over the trails. Before we parted, Dorothy said, “Oh, before you go, there is something I want to tell you.” She didn’t need to say anything else, I just started crying and hugged her while shouting something super eloquent like “Really?! Really?!” That’s how I learned my best friend was pregnant on the very same day she found out the amazing news.

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Since then, it had been nine months of anticipation.  Dorothy and Alex had prepared everything that could be done: reading the books, taking the birth class, cooking and freezing meals, hand crafting mobiles, the baby’s blanket, the crib, and hanging shelves full of books from those who love this little baby already. (For more images of the of all the preparations you can see the maternity photos here and the baby shower photographs here.)

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Since I can remember the Trippe’s have always been a part of my family’s community.  They are not family friends; they are family.  Growing up, I used to hear the story of how my mother was in the room when the two youngest Trippe children were born.  They retell the story of how in their sleep deprivation my mother and their father, Mike, tried unsuccessfully to convince a laboring Mary Kay to name the baby Trina Thomasina Trippe (Clara Mary was a much better choice) and about Mary Kay almost biting my mother in the middle of a contraction.  For this reason, it seemed incredibly normal to me that best friends would be present at the birth of their children, even in the room.  However, when I mentioned to my dismayed husband that I hoped to be at the birth center, in the waiting room, at the birth of baby Moerlein, he wisely suggested I should probably check before driving up at the first news of labor. Maybe not all families feel the same way about friends in the waiting room.
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Out to dinner one night, I “casually” brought this up to Dorothy.  Emphatically, she grabbed my arm and said, “Oh thank goodness, because I really want you to be in the room.”  Somehow the universe really did perfectly match us as friends.

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For weeks, I excitedly checked my phone every time it vibrated.  My amazing co-workers heard me talk about it every single day (they really are the best).  I checked and recharged my camera equipment every night before bed to make sure I would be ready for a call in the middle of the night.  In the meantime, Dorothy was as calm as I had ever seen her.  She was ready, but waiting patiently.

Finally, on Sunday, April 20th, I got the call.  “Come on over when you can, we are watching Gilmore Girls and timing contractions.”  A major life moment has never happened without Gilmore Girls.
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After many hours passing on this gorgeous spring day, there was an hour of contractions five minutes apart.  Alex called the midwives.  The next time they passed through these doors there would be a new member of their family in their arms.

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On our way to the Coastal Family Birth Retreat, Alex only ran one red light, which I think must be a record for a father-to-be.  I had no laboring mothers in my car and I wanted to run them all.
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Dorothy and Alex are one of those couples who give you faith in marriage.

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Watching them this day, I was astonished by their care for each other, and certain that they will be the most incredible partners for each other and parents to this child.
I am honored to be their friend.

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Dorothy amazes me always.

I have never witnessed anything like the strength she demonstrated throughout these twenty-one hours.


The care Dorothy’s parents and Alex displayed throughout the day restores ones faith in how remarkably powerful love can be.

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He has arrived.
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This has been one of the most surreal and fantastic experiences I have had in my life.


I am so remarkably grateful that Dorothy and Alex let me be a part of this indescribable experience and let me try to tell it through photographs.

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Welcome to the world: Theodore Douglas Moerlein.


You are already loved endlessly.


Stay tuned for newborn photos, coming soon!


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To the best of Dorothy’s knowledge, the weekend was a wonderful opportunity for our college girlfriends to start a yearly tradition of reuniting.  Many of us have married, so we don’t have weddings as a convenient excuse to see each other every year.  I think it is so important for us not to lose touch with those we love, even when the pace of life makes it so easy for time to slip by.


We wanted to set aside a time to stop and be together.


In our society, we rarely come together to celebrate babies in the way women historically did.  As we planned this first weekend of female bonding, I couldn’t think of anything better than also rejoicing in the new life about to join our community and the mother bringing him into the world.


In preparation for this special weekend, we handcrafted decorations in the colors of the baby room to bring a personal touch to the day.  In just a couple weeks we will be using these creations in his newborn photographs!


We planned a morning yoga class just for her.  She was completely surprised (and I love a good surprise!).


Amy from GLOW studio and spa, hosted such a personalized class for us, including a reading from a book our book club had selected in Dorothy’s honor: The Red Tent.





Though we all went to the same university, this group of women truly became friends post-graduation in a book club we continued for years after college.



So, we couldn’t imagine a better gift for this new addition, than a children’s book library of his own.  Each of us brought him our favorite children’s book, which we hope he will grow to love as much as we have.

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We began each morning with a warm breakfast and coffee overlooking this view.








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And ended each evening watching the ocean, the fireplace and sipping a glass of wine.


Our last morning morning, we curled up with the books everyone brought for the baby’s library and read to him for the first time snuggled on the bed in front of the fireplace.


We can’t wait to share all of the love we already have for this littlest one and accompany Dorothy into this new stage of life.


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Photographing Dorothy’s maternity portraits was such an honor, being a part of these special days of anticipation.

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Dorothy and Alex have chosen not to share the baby name until he is born, but they also didn’t want to slip up and accidentally use the real name.  So, to be on the safe side they have taken to calling him Juan Pablo.  Whether this is referring to a race car driver (Alex’s hypothesis), the Bachelor (Dorothy and my hypothesis), this playfulness is part of what will make them such great parents.  They never stop making each other laugh.

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It was such a privilege spending the afternoon together, laughing, talking, and being astonished about this incredible thing that is about to happen.

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We’re counting the days.

Just Can’t Wait to Meet You

To call Dorothy one of my best friends is somewhat of a misnomer. Dorothy is not only my photography assistant (she is truly a baby whisperer and has the miraculous ability to make anyone feel comfortable in any situation), but truly my laotong. We first heard about this concept in Lisa See’s lovely novel: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.

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“A laotong match is as significant as a good marriage . . . a laotong relationship is made by choice for the purpose of emotional companionship and eternal fidelity.” We are “sworn sister[s],” “old same,” we are a perfect match. I cannot imagine a life without Dorothy (and now soon, with baby boy Moerlein).

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I cannot describe my joy when Dorothy told me that she was pregnant.  She and Alex are truly one of those couples that give you hope for true love and a lasting happy marriage. They have had that magic spark, from the first time they picked each other out from a crowded dance floor. That ember now warms their home. They will make this baby the luckiest little boy in the world.  Baby Bump Moerlein


Dorothy has been the face of grace as she grows this new little person.  As baby Moerlein reached the 27th week and his ears were able to hear voices for the first time (see the baby milestones as embodied by fruit here!), Dorothy started reading him The Little Prince.  She has loved this story since French class and it seems only right that the first words he hears were written in French.

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The entire house is readying for him.  The nursery is painted.  Dorothy is knitting the baby blanket and Alex is constructing the crib (yes, they are that amazing).  Even Gatsby is practicing guarding the baby. Baby Bump Moerlein

I have rarely seen Dorothy more relaxed, content, and replete with happiness.

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Also, she looks incredibly gorgeous.  Pregnancy definitely suits her.

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I cannot wait to meet him and begin this next incredible stage of our lives and our friendship together. I am so very grateful.

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Dorothy and Alex are so incredible that I will be sharing more of her images next week.  And stay tuned for the baby Moerlein in April!