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Elliott’s Small Steps

Elliott Livingston completes his Small Steps odyssey.


Elliott Livingston's Small Steps Finish

This little guy has a BIG story, but it’s only one of the reasons why he’s on our list of all-time favorite Small Steppers.

The opportunity to be intimately involved with new families for the whole first year of their miracle Small Steps experience has always been a great privilege for us, but this family has been even more special than most.

The night before new parents-to-be Briana and Paul were scheduled to come in for the pregnancy photo session, we got a scary notification telling us that Mom was in serious distress and would have to postpone.

The distress continued, and a few days later Baby Elliott had made his appearance into the world a month early, and was about to start his infancy in an incubator, where he would spend the next several weeks.


So, although he’d already been born for over a month when he came in for his new-born session (usually done 10-14 days after the birth), Elliott was, nevertheless, even smaller than the usual newby.  And even though Mom and Dad had already been through more trauma than most, we were impressed by how they were handling everything.

Elliott Livingston's Newborn gallery

Paul and his new son, Elliott  Briana and her new son, Elliott

Mother and child Livingston

Over the course of the next year, their sturdy can-do attitude continually impressed us, particularly given that Paul was a soldier, and would have to experience fatherhood between deployments in a war zone.


Elliott and Mama at 5 months


At five months (or 4 months, depending on your perspective about that premature birth complication thing…), Elliott and Briana were back in for a session, but this time Dad would have to keep tabs on his boy from Iraq.  Being able to provide him with new images of his son’s progress through their private on-line gallery was an unexpected bonus for the Small Steps program.

Hey, check out the hat and suspenders!




Elliott Livingston hams it up

What else can you say?

Terminally cute!











The eight-month session was particularly enjoyable because Paul was given temporary leave to return Stateside for a visit.

Family Reunion at 8 months


An 8-month birthday party AND a reunion!  Kewl!


Elliott and Paul at 8 months











Like father, like son. Check out that matching hair!









By the end of the first year, the baby boy was walking, Dad was back home for good, and the leaves were on the ground.

Elliott is 1-year old!







So after a quick formal in the studio…












Elliott in the fall leaves



…we stepped out for some chilly fall fun.

















The Livingston Family moves on into Mr. Elliott's second year

It’s always bittersweet for us to see our Small Steps families complete the program.  When they walk out for the last time, they always leave with a standing invitation to come visit us again at any time.


Taquari’s Small Steps

Taquari Reyes puts the final stamp on his Small Steps adventure.


Sourcelight's Small Steps Program_Taquari Reyes at 9 monthsTaquari and his mother, Jasmine, were one of the first participants in Sourcelight Photography’s Small Steps Baby Program, a complete package of five photography sessions distributed over a baby’s first year, including mom’s pregnancy.







Sourcelight's pregnancy portraiture_Jasmine ReyesOur goal with the program is to commemorate the entire first year of a baby’s life in images that are deliberately intended for gallery-quality display.  Jasmine and Taquari have been a perfect first client for the program–a beautiful, happy mother and child who’ve both been willing (although Taquari hasn’t had much to say about it) to let us push the envelope w-a-y beyond the usual family album.




The Newborn Session_10 days old!

Sourcelight's newborn infant photography_Taquari Reyes at 10 days


When Jasmine first saw her online proofs from the newborn session, she wrote to us, “Okay, so I just stopped crying over how beautiful those pictures are!!!  I have never seen anything more perfect.  Thank you so much.  I just can’t wait ’til the next ones we are going to do.”

And frankly, neither could we.  (BTW, he was born with ALL that hair.  And have you ever seen a cuter, more inquisitive face on a newborn?!?)


Four Months

Sourcelight's infant photography_Taquari Reyes's big feet at 4 monthsBy four months, like most babies, Taquari was mostly interested in sleeping, as expected, so we took the photos available to us, and waited for Mr. Bigfoot to wake up.






Sourcelight's infant photography_Taquari Reyes with a peacock feather



He still wasn’t much interested in posing for the camera until he snagged a peacock feather Mom was trying to tickle him with and proceeded to destroy it.  Okay, he’s a boy…





Nine Months

Sourcelight's infant photography_Jasmine and Taquari Reyes at 9 MonthsBy nine months, Mom had a new look, and Taquari, as usual had an eye for everything.  Easily the most open and fearless baby we’ve ever worked with.


Big Grin for the tot-sized ATV












So, go ahead… try to resist those eyes and that million-dollar smile, we dare you.



Braxton’s Small Steps

One small step for a Braxton…

one giant leap for the Clyde Family!


Small Steps for Braxton Clyde and parents Braxton Clyde has “graduated” from the Sourcelight Small Steps Baby Program—nice work, youngster!













We met new parents-to-be Danielle and Brandon back in January 2010 for the pregnancy photo session.  Baby Braxton’s worldly debut was still a month away, but Mom’s and Dad’s parental instincts were already obvious, as was their desire to help create frameable art.

Danielle at 8 months






Danielle in white  at 8 months












One month later, Braxton was ready to take center stage in his own portrait session.


Rock-A-Bye Braxton


Little feet for small steps












It won’t be long before these feet will be taking their own Small Steps.  Look at those toes!









At four months, Mom had a new figure and Braxton was already flashing serious attitude.  Dad was just beaming with pride—and who wouldn’t be?

Braxton at 4 months


The 4-month Small Steps session

Braxton's 4-month Small Steps session


The eight-month session is always one of our favorites.  By this time, babies are holding their heads up without any effort and crawling everywhere—it means we have to move quickly, but their new-found independence is an enjoyable challenge to capture.

Clyde Family's 8-month Small Steps sessionBraxton's 8-month Small Steps sessionBraxton's 8-month Small Steps session



Clyde Family's 12-month Small Steps sessionThe one-year photos are often the most challenging.  Babies are often decidedly independent by this time, and since they’re usually walking, they’re also not very patient about sitting in the studio for a portrait.

Mr. Grumpy was having none of it this day, so we took what we could and decided to meet again in a couple of months when warmer weather would let us go outside.





Last session—a beautiful spring day in Albertson Park.  Big surprise—Mom showed up carrying Braxton’s soon-to-be sibling.  Here we go again.

Clyde Family's final Small Steps session