photography & films tara fletcher

Bright Eyed and Bushy tailed Newborn Baby Boy | Kalamazoo Newborn Photographer

This beautiful family welcomed their third child into the world at the beginning of January. Getting to know them and photographing his session was such an amazing experience.  Sweet Nabeel slept beautifully in mom, dad, and sisters arms, but when it came time for posing, he was so alert and interested in everything going on around him!  He was such a content boy; wrapped snug as a bug in a rug.  Those big, beautiful eyes stayed wide open with curiosity and just had to check it all out!

A little fun fact for you about this family: Mom (Aalia) and Dad (Willis) are profoundly deaf, and all three children are hearing.  The children are blessed to be growing up learning two different languages, theirs and their parents.  While communication isn’t always ideal for them, they are growing up with lots of love and understanding. I know and have worked with a few profoundly deaf people, but I do not know sign language and expected communication to be a bit of a stumbling block. (I find myself tripping over my words to people who can hear me most of the time anyway, so I’m not sure why I thought this would be different.) Aalia and Willis were so easy to work with, and incredibly patient with my ignorance to sign language and lip reading, texting me anytime I couldn’t understand.  Aalia teaches ASL at the college, and is as kind and witty as she is beautiful.

Funny story: My husband, Rob, happened to be home for the end of the session and invited Willis and the girls to watch a movie with them, while Aalia and I took individual shots of the baby.  Rob and I are both musicians and have many instruments in our home. While trying to strike up a conversation, Rob asked if Willis was a musician. *shaking my head* (Sorry to throw you under the bus, Rob, but it was funny!) Being that I am a music teacher during the day, I enjoyed singing songs with the girls and hearing their beautiful little singing voices too. They were so well behaved and sweet! Despite our own awkwardness, this family is anything but.  Their outgoing personalities, friendliness and grace is endearing.  Thank you for allowing me to photograph your beautiful family and capture these precious memories for you. We are blessed to have met you all!

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