One of my favorite things to do lately is to open a baby announcement covered with my newborn images! Today that announcement came from two of my best friends, Angela and Ty Col(e)man. It’s been such an exciting time with so many of my closest friends having babies the last couple of years. I had no idea how many people I was going to be “Auntie Frances” to in such a short span of time & I couldn’t be happier about it. I recently was able to go visit one of my own Aunts in CA and when she squealed with excitement over getting to see me, for the first time, perhaps ever, I understood how she felt. I imagine getting a surprise visit from one of my nieces or nephews in 30 years and how that would just warm my heart right up and over the moon! But for at least the next 18 years or so I get to be right here, watching them, capturing them, and loving them to pieces all along the way. Baby Soren Tyson Colman is one such amazingly special little baby boy. I was as excited as his entrance into this world as I could ever imagine I would be. And he is perfect in absolutely every way. In fact, one newborn session just didn’t cut it (in terms of my own selfish baby time satisfaction), so I went back for more less than a week later. The photos here are from both sessions with them. The other thing that makes me so proud and happy is that the main art piece in the nursery is a beautiful landscape image that I took years ago that I gave to Angela and Ty as a gift after they helped me to produce my very first ever fine art show, “Flow”, at the Space Gallery in 2009, benefiting a nonprofit organization that Angela and her step-father set up to help victims of domestic violence, called the Trelexa Foundation. They have been waiting for the perfect wall to present itself to showcase the image as it didn’t exactly match the rest of their house. It only took 3 years, but that spot finally showed up, and if you ask me, it has found a permanent home! We already know that Soren is destined to be a mountain lover, just like mommy and daddy, so it seems appropriate that it will be a scene that becomes as familiar to him as his own parents. Angela, Ty, Soren, and the doggie children, Serena and Sidney, I love you ALL. Now and forever. Kisses…. Auntie Frances.