Merritt’s Lifestyle Newborn Session

I met Sadie & Derek a few years ago after Sadie emailed me about shooting their wedding, and at the time we had no idea that her cousin was married to one of my best friend’s. 🙂

Their wedding was one of my favorites for so many reasons. Not only was it beautiful to photograph, but Sadie values photos so much. It’s hard to put into words the connection that I immediately feel with clients that not only respect and trust me as a photographer, but that love pictures SO much.

Since then Sadie has become a dear friend, and when I found out she was pregnant, well, you probably already know I was so elated. Fast forward a few months to a sunny Saturday morning. I’d just gotten home from yoga, and I got a text from Derek that said “I just wanted to see if you would be available for birth pictures this weekend.” I called him immediately and asked him for who, because Sadie wasn’t due for another 10 weeks.

It was, in fact, for Sadie and her c-section was scheduled for 2 hours from the time he called. As fate would have it, the hospital was about 2 hours from my house. I rearranged a shoot I had scheduled, flew (not literally. Well, maybe kind of literally, haha) to Monroe and minutes from the hospital got held up in a 30 minute traffic delay. Y’all, I literally could have gotten out and walked to the hospital. I missed her birth by minutes, and cried in my car. Haha but guess what? Life happens, and that’s ok.

She was less than 3 lbs at birth, spent 46 days in the Nicu, and now she’s home and over 5 lbs! I have goosebumps just thinking about it. God is so faithful, and modern medicine is just the coolest.

She came home to two really excited big brothers. I love babies, but you guys already know that I love four-legged siblings maybe just as much! 😉 Ok, enough talking!

Enjoy my session with the dramatic, sassy, feisty, and so. dang. cute. Merritt! Love her. Love her family. Love her furry brothers.

24 comments so far...

  1. Sadie Watts Flower
    Sadie Watts Flower

    I can’t stop looking at these!! ?????

    August 17, 2018 at 5:02 pm   |   Reply
    • Rhonda Griffin

      Beautiful Sadie!

      August 17, 2018 at 7:51 pm   |  
  2. Jeannine Bouby Coker
    Jeannine Bouby Coker

    LOVE ? everything about these! Beautiful pictures to cherish! And how could they not be, with Princess Merritt in them?!

    August 17, 2018 at 5:28 pm   |   Reply
  3. Holly Rhymes Maxwell
    Holly Rhymes Maxwell


    August 17, 2018 at 5:47 pm   |   Reply
  4. Kimberly McDaniel
    Kimberly McDaniel

    Omg!! Adorable! Congrats on being home sadie!

    August 17, 2018 at 5:48 pm   |   Reply
  5. Melissa Watts Perry
    Melissa Watts Perry

    Love these!

    August 17, 2018 at 5:55 pm   |   Reply
  6. Haley Carraway
    Haley Carraway

    Love these! Her room is perfection! ??

    August 17, 2018 at 5:56 pm   |   Reply
  7. Shauna Bradley
    Shauna Bradley

    Sadie these are soooooo! I love her room!!! Merritt is just beautiful:)

    August 17, 2018 at 6:02 pm   |   Reply
  8. Kenyatta Spencer

    So beautiful!!!

    August 17, 2018 at 6:19 pm   |   Reply
  9. Melanie Shively

    Rachel, you are a rock star photographer. I am so in LOVE with every one of these pictures!

    August 17, 2018 at 6:28 pm   |   Reply
  10. Michael Debbie Procell
    Michael Debbie Procell


    August 17, 2018 at 6:45 pm   |   Reply
  11. Ashley Rogers Gates
    Ashley Rogers Gates

    Love!! ?❤️

    August 17, 2018 at 6:46 pm   |   Reply
  12. Linda Lowther Yates
    Linda Lowther Yates

    That is just perfect! All the sweet babies!

    August 17, 2018 at 6:56 pm   |   Reply
  13. Rhonda Self Griffin
    Rhonda Self Griffin


    August 17, 2018 at 7:52 pm   |   Reply
  14. Jessica Roudolfich Koon
    Jessica Roudolfich Koon


    August 17, 2018 at 8:20 pm   |   Reply
  15. Jessica Roudolfich Koon
    Jessica Roudolfich Koon


    August 17, 2018 at 8:20 pm   |   Reply
  16. Denise Pullen
    Denise Pullen


    August 17, 2018 at 9:10 pm   |   Reply
  17. Beth Monk

    Pictures are beautiful. I LOVE her room. You have such a precious family.

    August 17, 2018 at 11:06 pm   |   Reply
  18. Mallory taylor

    Omg!! These are amazing!! Love love love!

    August 17, 2018 at 11:57 pm   |   Reply
  19. Pam Cathey Jones
    Pam Cathey Jones


    August 18, 2018 at 12:20 am   |   Reply
  20. Debbie Austin Williamson
    Debbie Austin Williamson

    Omg! These are absolutely precious!

    August 18, 2018 at 12:32 am   |   Reply
  21. JudyandChris Young
    JudyandChris Young

    Great pictures!!!

    August 18, 2018 at 1:27 am   |   Reply
  22. Alayna Austin Harris
    Alayna Austin Harris

    These are soooo good! ❤️❤️❤️

    August 18, 2018 at 2:13 am   |   Reply
  23. Tammy Chappell
    Tammy Chappell

    This is awesome we want a copy☺️?

    August 18, 2018 at 3:39 am   |   Reply

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