Elliott Livingston completes his Small Steps odyssey.
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.
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.
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!
What else can you say?
The eight-month session was particularly enjoyable because Paul was given temporary leave to return Stateside for a visit.
An 8-month birthday party AND a reunion! Kewl!
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.
So after a quick formal in the studio…
…we stepped out for some chilly fall fun.
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.