Charlottesville Children’s Photographer | Baby Wesley

We’re going to take a break this week from puppy photography because I have another little man that I want to show off to everyone. If you follow our blog, you might recognize sweet Wesley because back in the fall, when he was around four months, we did his first baby session on the Lawn at the University of Virginia. Now Wesley is almost nine months, and he’s just all chub and rolls. For this session we wanted to do something different, so his mom and I put our heads together and decided that, if they would let us, the beautiful little shop,  O’Suzannah, would be our dream backdrop for the session. By the way, if you’ve never dropped by this little gem of a store, you have to head over to the Downtown Mall as soon as humanly possible!! Of course, Suzannah and the ladies that work there are so sweet and obliging, they had no problem having us stop in one morning a few weeks back.

A view from the store window….now who in their right mind could resist walking in here???

Wesley!! Just look at those two front teeth!

Just so serious…:-)

Walking!! (with just a little help from mom):-)

Yeah, I work out.

Oh my goodness. Oh my goodness.

Before we ventured outside, we quickly changed Wesley into his adorable Hanna Andersson jumper. Right as we were heading out the door, I got this shot of Wesley and his beautiful mamma.:-)

Toddling around the Downtown Mall…

I adore these next few…

Cutest. Baby. Ever.

Thank you, Jill and Wesley, for a wonderful morning out! I can’t wait for your family session in the spring!

Un abrazo,


Lori - June 1, 2012 - 11:22 pm

love the pics of Wesley and Jill. You captured both of them. He has gotten so big over the year and Jill is the picture of contentment in motherhood.. YOu are a tremendous photographer and I love your work.

Life Lessons from a Pup: Lesson 1

Well, the creative juices have been flowing this week, and when they start flowin’, you never know what I will come up with! The end result of this week’s burst of creativity is that I’ve decided to start a new series of posts for the blog. They will be entitled “Life Lessons from a Pup” because it’s becoming clear that Gus has as much to teach us as we have to teach him! It will also act as a way of sharing a little bit about our lives with him, and let’s be honest, an excuse to post a million pictures of his cute little face.:-)

Lesson 1: Never lose your sense of curiosity.

Gus is into everything. He doesn’t leave a rock unturned, a leaf unsniffed, or a face unlicked. Whatever we’re doing – whether we’re typing on the computer, reading a magazine, gardening, talking on the phone – he wants to be right there in the middle of it. His relentless curiosity about life has been so refreshing for us. Yes, he’s a hand full, but overall, his genuine interest in life, people and experiences have been a great reminder that there is always more to learn and discover if we just keep our eyes open and resist the temptation to become complacent.

If you’re anything like me, you like predictability, stability and a sense of safety and security. I don’t think these are inherently “bad” preferences, but if I never push myself out of my comfort zone and turn over a few new rocks, if you will, then I will miss the opportunity to grow and be inspired by new discoveries. So here’s to reinvigorating our sense of curiosity and taking a few risks! Thanks, Gus.:-)


Un abrazo,


Gustavo “Gus” Bell

John and I are overjoyed to announce the newest member of our family: Gustavo “Gus” Bell! He is just the cutest bundle of fur and fun, and we are so excited to be puppy parents. On Tuesday I flew out to Kansas City to pick him up (might I also add that this was just after taking a red eye back from San Diego – crazy, I know!)

Now I can probably guess what you’re thinking, and yes, we do recognize that if we are flying to pick up our dog, we also might be tempted to send out birth announcements and Christmas cards where we’re all dressed up in matching sweaters. Don’t worry, we’re coming to terms with this.:-)

But to commemorate Gus turning ten weeks yesterday, we took him outside for his first photo shoot. Let me tell you, if we’re able to master puppy photography, we’ll be able to do anything. You want pictures of your 2 year-old triplets? Bring it on.:-)

We started off in the backyard because our daffodils are starting to bloom and we thought it would be cute to get some shots of Gus amongst the flowers. What we didn’t anticipate was that once we dropped him in the leaves he would take off running back and forth and in perpetual circles like a wild banshee puppy. As you can see, we had to let the whole daffodil thing go.

We did, however, manage to catch him hiding behind the snowdrops.

Gus and Mommy!

Gus and Daddy!

I absolutely love the shot on the left. My two handsome boys!

Exploring the side yard…

Oh life with a puppy. Yes, he’s chewing on everything and is far from potty trained, but he is just all play and so curious about everything.:-)What about you? Do you have pets? What is your favorite part of being a pet owner? We’re new at this, so any advice you have to offer would be much appreciated! Have a great weekend!

Un abrazo,

Natalie, John + Gus

Nancy Bell - February 24, 2012 - 5:00 pm

Absolutely adorable and awesome!We are soooo happy about our new “grand-dog”! Get the feeling you are, too!!! Give Gus a hug!


Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Happy Valentine’s Day!!! After you have taken your last bite of dessert, savored your last piece of chocolate from the assorted box, and swept away the last rose petal, I hope that you go out and love with full abandon. It’s not for the faint of heart, but it’s worth the time, the risk and the commitment.

And, of course, I couldn’t end this post without a shout out to my lifetime Valentine, John, who wakes up every day ready to love me to pieces. I love you, sweet husband!



Puppy Steps

The countdown has begun. In a little less than three weeks John and I will be welcoming a furry bundle of pure joy, curiosity and love into our home. Yes, we are getting a puppy. But not just any puppy. We are getting a Havanese puppy.

Now if you’ve never heard of the Havanese, you are in for a real treat. Havanese love to be around people. They are curious, smart, eager to please and have the cutest little bounce when they walk. Considered part of the Bichon family, they are also known as the “Havana silk dog” and remain, to this day, the national dog of Cuba. They were a favorite among the Cuban aristocracy and were first brought to the U.S. during the time of the Cuban Revolution.

I was first introduced to the breed when I was fourteen. Our family decided, after many years of deliberation, that we were going to get a dog. So in true Natalie fashion, I started researching and gathering information. We knew we wanted a smaller dog, but it couldn’t be too delicate or prissy. We also needed a dog that was hypoallergenic and, hey, while we were being picky, it would also be great if it didn’t shed.:-)After reading about a lot of different breeds, I stumbled upon the Havanese, and it just seemed like the perfect choice for our family. So in March of 1998 we welcomed Paco into our home. Paco is now thirteen, but he’s still as snuggly, sweet and perceptive as ever.

Now fourteen years later John and I are getting our own little guy. Our family is growing, and if he turns out to be anything like Paco, we are sure to be blessed beyond words.


Here is Paco waking up from his morning nap. Gotta love that face and the 85 1.2!!

Un abrazo,


Sarah G - February 3, 2012 - 10:31 am

Yeah congrats on the addition to your family! Being a puppy mom is awesome!

admin - February 3, 2012 - 1:01 pm

Thanks so much, Sarah! We’re so excited…we’ll definitely post pictures once he arrives. :-) Hope you and Matt are doing well!!

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