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Meet Olivia Rose

January 18, 2010
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Olivia’s story starts with another story very dear to my heart and experience: my love story with my best friends and with my husband. Sounds kind of convoluted, but it’s actually pretty simple and romantic and a only a little hard to believe.

I made forever friends very early in life. I met Tracy in 2nd grade and then we teamed up with Jodi & Jody in 6th grade. As a 4-some we solidified our friendship in Orchestra – the three of them playing the cello (very well, in fact) and me playing the viola (pretty badly, on the whole.) Plus, we were in most of the same classes, shared birthday months, and were generally in love with our own friendship (still are, I suppose.) As we were all set to venture to different states for college we decided to spend our senior spring break together on a 3-day cruise to the Bahamas. To travel as adults (we were 18, after all) and together for the first time was exhilarating and wonderful and ultimately, the key to little Olivia’s future. You see, the cruise is where we met my future husband, a Wisconsin native with a best friend named Brad.  A couple of years after the cruise my Georgia girls Tracy, Jody & Jodi would visit me in Wisconsin and another vacation would result in a Georgia girl falling in love with a Wisconsin guy. Jodi & Brad eventually married and several years later, little, tiny, adorable Olivia Rose would be born. Who knew a cruise could result in so much love?

I don’t usually shoot baby or children’s photography, but Auntie Heather made an easy exception for Olivia. She is only 4 days old in these photos. Welcome to the world, baby girl.

Olivia was surprisingly amenable to a photography session and only needed to be “swaddled” ever so snugly when it got too cold or bright in the room. A pair of baskets made the swaddling a bit more picture perfect and she literally fell instantly asleep whenever mom and dad tucked her in one of them.

Jodi & Brad have been fur-baby parents for many years and I couldn’t miss an opportunity to pair Olivia with Lucy, the cat and Norm(a), the dog. Both animals are black and white and sweetly interested in Olivia. Norm is the best dog on the planet and I think these images demonstrate her amazing patience, willingness to accommodate humans and quite possibly how good a baby sitter she’s going to be one day.

Olivia has long feet and fingers to go with her tiny body. I hope that means she’s going to be tall (a dream her mother and I share…)

And last but not least, a pair of surprisingly cute images that might just hint at what kind of little girl Olivia will turn out to be.


5 Comments leave one →
  1. Susan Lassiter permalink
    January 18, 2010 2:08 pm

    Absolutely beautiful Olivia Rose – welcome to the world! And beautiful photos of her as well

  2. Kelly Verlatti permalink
    January 19, 2010 5:48 pm

    THANK YOU HEATHER!!!! Amazing pics, think there is a perfect one in there somewhere for the announcement. See you this weekend. Love, Kelly

  3. Tony Winkler permalink
    January 20, 2010 8:58 pm

    Heather you are so talented! These pictures are awesome!! Can’t wait to meet her in person!!

  4. Linda Schmidt permalink
    February 2, 2010 6:45 pm

    Heather, as a Grandmother, I can never thank you enough for taking such beautiful and precious pictures of Olivia that I will cherish forever. Thanks too for letting me live vicarously through your pictures on your trip through Africa–it was an awesome journey.

  5. Jodi Warhanek permalink
    February 4, 2010 7:26 am

    We can’t thank you enough for capturing these beautiful images of our little girl. We are so proud of who you are and the talent you have. Thank you being a treasured friend and a very special Aunt to Olivia.
    The proud parents (Jodi & Brad)

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