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If you’ve hung around this blog for any time at all, you have probably met my good friend, Chandra (the gal behind C. Jayne Teach) and of course Lincoln! The most recent addition to Chandra’s beautiful family is this sweet little one — baby Stella. She was born in late January, and I was honored to document some of her first days in her home with this family of four. Chandra did a beautiful job with Stella’s nursery, and I love all the sweet, girly details she incorporated! Enjoy this peek into cute baby snuggles and polka dots… some of my very favorite things! 😉
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I recently shared Wyatt’s First Birthday Party, and at the party, Wyatt’s mom asked me which type of photography was my favorite to capture. I told her that while I truly love weddings and being a part of a couple’s big day most of all, when it comes to families, milestone sessions are my favorite. I love one year portraits and two year portraits because I get to document a little one doing what they do best: playing, laughing, and loving on their family. No, they are not always perfectly behaved, and not every session is easy, but every session is genuine and fun!

I was so excited that following that party conversation, Wyatt’s mom booked a session with me to document him turning one. This was earlier in the fall when mosquitoes were still out and we were all sweating like crazy, but these guys were such troopers! Even Wyatt loved dressing up and playing in the park despite the super warm temps. Here are a few favorites from our session at Ellington Agricultural Center.

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Wyatt’s First Birthday Party

December 16, 2014 — 1 Comment

I love being a family photographer and capturing memories of special times in a family’s legacy. The first birthday is such a milestone, and I believe it’s just as much of a “three cheers, we made it 12 months!” for the parents as it is for the little one. Early this fall, Wyatt had a fun sock monkey themed first birthday party in his family’s home! The decorations were perfect and of course he was the cutest little monkey. Be on the lookout for more to come from Wyatt’s one year portrait session!

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Rachel in the Fall

October 30, 2014 — 1 Comment

With the leaves changing quite beautifully and the 80 degree temps we’ve had, I decided to take Rachel outside and do a quick little fall shoot before it rained and turned cold. These shots were all taken in Nic’s parents’ back yard and front yard. For any photographers reading this, these first several were shot with the 135L, and the last two were shot with the 35L to show off not only Rachel but the beautiful tree behind her, too! I love the leaves that got stuck in her feet :) aaaaand that I caught her picking her nose! 😉

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Adalee | 9 Month Baby Photos

October 14, 2014 — 1 Comment

I have always said that six months is one of my favorite ages, but as Rachel grows, I’m loving months 8, 9, 10, and 11. Each stage seems to get more and more fun! Adalee’s 9-month session was no different. She is adorable, and is always dressed in the sweetest outfits! You’ll see her Bama roots coming out in the precious hounds-tooth dress! Check out a few of my personal favorites from our photo session at Cannonsburgh Village in Murfreesboro.

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Welcome to busy season at Teasley Photography! Fall photo shoots are really gearing up, and in between all those sessions, I’m excited to continuing sharing some of the images I captured over the summer. Lincoln turned two in June, and his family had a little surprise to share right around his birthday. Check out some of my favorite images from this session, including his super cute “Big Brother” shirt and their beautiful new home.

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Gabby Jo | 3 Month Baby Photos

September 3, 2014 — 1 Comment

Sharing a beautiful family and a sweet little girl today! I’m honored to capture photographs of Gabby Jo all throughout her first year. These images are part of her 3-month session at her family’s home in Brentwood. Be sure to scroll to the end to see her super cute expressions!

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Excited to share these one-year-old photos with you today! Between a beautiful family and some gorgeous light, I can’t ask for a much better opportunity to document this fun milestone. It feels like just yesterday I was photographing Noah’s sweet newborn session.

 

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Being a mom is the toughest thing I have ever done in my life. It’s so rewarding, but far from easy! Early in my pregnancy I was absolutely clueless about what many baby products were for, much less which ones I would actually need! I asked for help from friends, took friends with me to register, and read up on lots of new baby stuff. By nature Nic and I are both researchers, so we did our fair share of research to find what we were looking for or what we thought we would need. We also took lots of recommendations from friends. But, let’s be honest, even those recommendations can be a bit overwhelming! Throw out a post on Facebook asking, “What’s the best car seat to get?” and you’ll get 65 different recommendations, all for great car seats. So, after our first 6 months with baby Rachel and lots of trial and error, I thought I’d share my favorite baby products. Each of these things has helped me in some way as a new mom or just made life easier/simpler in general. In no particular order…

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This blanket boasts that it will help lengthen sleep time and reduce colic. It is worth every penny! Rachel was a squirmer, but stayed in this until about 14 weeks. We tried a normal swaddle and the SwaddleMe velcro blankets. All of them worked for us, but this was by far the best.


2. MOMS ON CALL
Y’all. If I had to pick only one item, this would be it. Hear me when I say that sleep training and sleep methods are some of the most controversial aspects of motherhood (I had no clue!!!) Everyone has a different opinion, and different things work for different people, so if you have something that works for you, great! As a brand new mom who was clueless and exhausted, I needed a plan, a schedule, a goal to work toward. Moms on Call helps with a “typical day” schedule for baby that changes as she grows. Following their plan and their tips for sleep, along with their night time routine, Rachel slept through the night at 7 weeks, and has been sleeping 11-12 hours since about three months. She had hardly any trouble with the “4-month sleep regression” and we haven’t had to “cry it out” more than 10-15 minutes. Naps aren’t perfect, and every night isn’t perfect, but we love her schedule! It works! The Moms on Call book also helps with starting solid foods, first aid, bathing, and more! Their toddler book also addresses how to keep a newborn on schedule with an older sibling.

Once we “dropped the swaddle” when Rachel could wiggle out of it, we moved straight a sleep sack. She loves it! Sleep sacks are the perfect option after you are done swaddling. We love them so much that we currently have three!

4. PLAY MAT
We love our play mat! This has been a great tool for helping Rachel learn to play independently. She’s been playing on the mat since about 4-5 weeks. It’s good for tummy time as well as just laying on her back and playing with the toys above. I love that you can add whatever toys you’d like. Several friends gave us clip-on toys so we can change these out to keep her from getting bored.

5. BABY JOGGER CITY MINI GT
We did lots of stroller research and this is the one we landed on. We ended up scoring it locally at a discount store, still in the box, which was a great find! I love that the stroller is light and easy to maneuver. I take it on walks, to the zoo, shopping, etc. Because the seat reclines, I was able to put Rachel forward facing at about 4 and half months. You can also purchase an infant carrier or car seat attachment, which I loved using in the early days!

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ERGO
A baby carrier is super to have when you need two hands! Since Rachel was born in November, I carried her in this quite often outdoors in those first few weeks. We went for short walks in the neighborhood and she would even sleep in it while I made dinner or worked around the house, or when Nic did work at the computer. The Ergo carrier is so comfortable, and a lot easier to use than I expected. The infant insert was great in the winter. For summer babies, I’m afraid it would be a little hot. We love it, and I still wear it to the grocery store or when I’m out running quick errands and don’t want to take in the car seat.

7. HONEST DIAPERS
Diapers were yet another thing I did researched quite a bit. Nic and I decided to give Honest Company diaper bundles a try and see what we thought. Right now, we love it! I can pick out the diapers I want for Rachel, and update sizes as needed. I can even specify which day I want the diapers to ship to us. I love that Rachel hasn’t had diaper rash (hello, mom’s ultra sensitive skin), and can wear cute, fun diapers that actually aren’t quite so bad on the environment. I knew I didn’t have the patience for cloth diapers, but these are a great alternative. Yes, they are a little more expensive than traditional diapers, but the difference isn’t as much as you’d think when adding up what you’d spend on name brand diapers and wipes each month.

8. ANGELCARE MONITOR
I really have a love-hate relationship with the Angelcare monitor. It tracks your baby’s breathing and movement, alarming when it does not sense movement for 20 seconds. In those early days, it helped me sleep so well, because I knew that it was going to alarm if something were wrong. However, we’ve had more than a few false alarms. The first false alarm even caused Nic a wrist injury as he lept out of the bed at 4am to check on her. Did I mention that he’s the best dad in the world?!?! That first alarm was so scary, which is where the “hate” side of this relationship comes in. When baby moves to the edge of the crib, where the pad can’t sense movement, the number of alarms greatly increase. Either way, we highly recommend a monitor, and we also love our video monitor from Motorola. The Angelcare also works with the sensing pad turned off, as a normal monitor, which we enjoy.

9. SNAP AND GO STROLLER
I picked up one of these at a consignment sale for $10, and it’s been so nice! This super lightweight stroller allows you to just snap in your infant car seat. It’s perfect if I’m running inside the bank, or need to pick up a prescription. Those quick errands don’t really call for a big jogging stroller, or taking the time to get baby out of the car seat and into the Ergo, so I simple move the car seat from the car to the stroller. It’s so easy! And, the basket underneath is nice and large. This particular one works with most any brand of car seat.

10. BOON GRASS and STEM
If you’re a nursing mom who needs to pump, or you’re feeding baby with a bottle at all, you’ll need some place to put all those bottles and parts. I didn’t think I’d enjoy a silly accessory like this as much as I have, but it’s been awesome next to the kitchen sink. We recently found the stem attachment which has been super for those smaller pieces! Early on, we started giving Rachel a nightly bottle, and I still pump a couple of times each day, so we use this like crazy! It also helps keep baby’s stuff from getting mixed up with all your other dishes.

There are so many more products that I absolutely love! Honorable mention has to go to a few more things:

  • A good lactation consultant, if you’re going to breastfeed. Jackie came to my house the first full day I was home from the hospital… it was the best thing that happened to us that first week!
  • A support group. I’m so thankful for many sweet friends who I can ask for advice. I’m also part of a Facebook Group of moms who help answer each other’s questions. Many of these ladies have used Moms on Call, so I can always ask about specifics, as well as random questions or suggestions.
  • Lots and lots of burp cloths! My amazing mom made quite a few for us out of the old-fashioned cloth diapers with some rick rack or flannel sewn on.
  • The 4Moms Mamaroo. Rachel didn’t love it as much as we hoped, but it helped for more than a few naps, especially in the early weeks.
  • Consignment sales. I love shopping, and I love deals. This is the perfect combination!
  • A photographer for your newborn and milestone photographs! I happen to know one! 😉

What were your life-saver items as a new mom? Leave a comment and share!

I’m excited to share another recent newborn session. Gabby Jo’s mom is a sweet friend (who happened to also graciously host my baby shower for Rachel in her home!), and I was thrilled when she asked me to photograph Gabby Jo over the coming year! Rachel will have yet another little friend in her classes at church, and I’m sure at many play groups in the months to come. Gabby Jo has a sweet big sis who helped welcome her, and who you’ll see in several images. Here are some of my favorites from our newborn session in  their home with this very sweet baby! And isn’t her nursery focal wall beautiful?!?!

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April 2014 Goals

April 3, 2014 — 2 Comments

Happy April! It’s time for some monthly goals. Oh, and Rachel says, “Hi!” :)

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APRIL GOALS:

  • Work out at least 2 times each week.
  • Travel to the beach and document it. So excited about this!
  • Declutter: Master Bath.
  • Attend a Calligraphy Class.
  • *Submit at least 3 events for publication.
  • *Finish reading Restless by Jennie Allen.
  • Read 7 by Jen Hatmaker.
  • *Complete one social-media free weekend.
  • *Edit Rachel’s photos from months 1-3… and 4!
  • *Prepare a blog post of my favorite baby products!
  • Write at least one additional “life” non-session-related blog post.
  • Photograph a special surprise personal project.

*March Goals that didn’t happen yet. Eek!

What are your goals for the month? I’d love to hear! Leave a comment and share a link to them!

I’m so excited to share a beautiful little one with you today, along with her adorable nursery. Baby Adalee was welcomed by her parents in November. Since the family did not do formal newborn photos, Kelly and Drew contacted me to do 3-month photos and capture some images of her beautiful grey and white nursery. For our photo shoot, Adalee wore several heirloom pieces including her grandmother’s dress and her mother’s wedding pearls. There’s something extra special about documenting the first year of a little one only a few days younger than Rachel. I’m excited to watch them grow alongside one another this first year! You’ll see I snuck in images of a few of my favorite Alabama details from Adalee’s nursery!

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Photography: Teasley Photography http://www.teasleyphotography.com
Bedding: Pottery Barn Kids http://www.potterybarnkids.com
Silver Stars: Hobby Lobby http://www.hobbylobby.com
Pink Dress: Worn by Adalee’s Grandmother as a baby
Cream Floral Dress: Worn by Adalee’s mom leaving the hospital as a baby
Pearls: Worn by Adalee’s mom in her wedding

 

 

 

 

 

Old Man Winter strikes again! We are stuck inside today trying to stay warm and off the icy Nashville roads. While baby Rachel is napping, I thought I’d share some cute photos of another sweet baby! This little one is past 6 months now… and such a cutie. His smile is contagious and I like to call him a little gymnist with the way he wiggles and rolls around everywhere. :) Here are a few of my favorites from our recent session.

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March goals are coming soon! In the mean time, leave a comment and let me know what you think of this cutie and his 6-month photos! :)

Remember Laney? It’s been so fun to watch this cute little girl grow up over the past year! I have absolutely loved getting to know her and her family. If you’d like to see how she’s grown, check out her newborn session (one of my favorites EVER!) along with her three-month session, six-month shoot, and nine-month shoot! She is such a fun girl to photograph. Here are a few favorites from our Saturday morning together earlier this year.

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I’m getting ready to go shoot this sweet one’s 1-year photos, and I am having a hard time believing that a whole year has passed since her arrival! Check out how much Laney has grown…
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…and then came her 9-month photos, which were especially fun! It was fall, and we had a lot of fun with a our favorite fall accessory, a pumpkin. :) You’ll have to check out the end of this post to see more.

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I’m so excited to feature this little one today! She is growing so fast, but a couple of months ago, we met up for her 6-month photos. Do you remember her adorable newborn shoot? Or maybe her parents’ sweet maternity session before she arrived? Anna Claire is a beautiful little girl and I’m delighted to share these photos with you today!

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