dallas area family photographer- gabryella at the fair

I loved this session!  We planned it back in the spring and I was really looking forward to spending an evening at the fair with this sweet family.  The weather was perfect, the light incredible and we spent hours on the midway.  So much fun!!  Be ready for a whole bunch of fun images!

{Max Riley ~ December 15, 2011} Plano- Allen- Mckinney Birth Photography

I was so anxious for sweet Max to arrive. His poor mama was on bedrest for a good portion of his pregnancy and I am certain she felt the same! It was especially exciting for me to be there as I attended the birth of their daughter Lucy two years prior. I love getting to photograph siblings! This family demonstrates so much love for each other that it is always an honor to photograph them. It is just breathtaking hom much they love each other and you can feel it in every image. Once again, it was an honor to be there. Thanks for sharing it with me!

Oh and I know I never do color, but this Christmas Tree HAD to be left in color ;)

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{Garrick~ November 14, 2011} Plano- Allen-Frisco Birth Photographer

I was there when this sweet boy's older sister was born, so I was so thrilled to get to photograph his arrival as well. He came out with a ton of dark hair and was quite peaceful! Everyone was thrilled to meet him. Despite a brief stay in NICU, he is doing amazingly well and is getting bigger and stronger every day! Welcome to the world, little man! mb_birth_web_1

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{Ainsley~ September 8, 2011} Allen- Plano- McKinney Birth Photographer

I was so excited to get the call to come to this sweet girl's birth. I was glad I left to go when I did, because when I got there, mom was already pushing! This sweet girl was in a hurry to arrive. Mom did an amazing job bringing her into the world and Dad was right there the whole time. Big brother was THRILLED to meet Ainsley once he woke from a deep sleep. Overall, a beautiful and calm homebirth where Ainsley was surrounded by love. whbirth_web_1

 

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Sizzling Summer Sales {DFW Photographer}

We are so excited to offer you some special pricing during this horrible heat! We hope that thinking ahead to fall and the beautiful weather we have then will help everyone cool off just a little! So here is what we have going on...  

BOGO SALE:  Thursday & Friday July 21-22, 2011

Pay for your session fee and get equal credit for prints! If you purchase a regular session at $150, then you automatically get $150 to spend on prints. Purchase a newborn session at $250 and get $250 in a print credit! Can't beat that!

 

Sessions can be booked during any available session time between now and December 20, 2011. A $300 minimum purchase is required above and beyond your additional credit. Your credit may be applied to the purchase of a collection or an a la carte purchase. This is a full session and will be considered as such. For all studio policies and contracts, please contact us. Full payment is due at time of purchase by credit card or cash.

Buy one and get one sale starts Thursday July 21st and runs thru 11:59pm on Friday July 22nd.

15% OFF PACKAGES:  Saturday & Sunday July 23-24, 2011

Purchase any of our packages and receive 15% off the package price!  Packages are already offered at a discount, so take off 15% more and really save!  The following packages are on sale.  Custom packages are not currently offered at a discount.

Belly & Baby  $300  $255

Belly, Birth & Baby $650  $552.50

Baby to Birthday $500  $425

Baby to Big Kid  $800  $680

 

Packages cover only your session fee.  A minimum purchase of $300 is required for each session related to your package.  All sessions much be completed for you to receive your gift included with the package.  Pricing is locked in for the duration of your package and will not be increased during that time frame.  You must already be expecting to purchase a pregnancy package and we must be available for your due date.  For full studio policies and contracts, please contact us.  

Buy 15% off sale starts Saturday July 23rd and runs thru 11:59pm on Sunday July 24th.

HOLIDAY MINI SESSIONS: Monday & Tuesday July 25-26, 2011

Book a holiday mini session for those holiday cards!  This is for a 30 minute session and 7-10 images on CD.  Session to take place in the fall and will be ready by December 1st or sooner. 

ONLY $350!!!

 

These sessions will take place anytime in September, October or November that sessions are available.  Sessions will be 30 minutes and will include 7-10 images on a CD.  It may include up to 5 subjects.  Additional subjects are extra.  Session will take place within 15 miles of 75074.  All sessions take place outdoors.  Not available for a newborn session.  Any babies not sitting freely must have a parent involved in the session.  Props or baskets will not be provided.  No additional purchase is necessary.  Please contact the studio for our full policies and contract.

Buy holiday mini sale starts Monday July 25th and runs thru 11:59pm on Tuesday July 26th.

Belly and a Babe {Coppell- Dallas- Highland Park Child Photography}

This family has been with me for a long time and I always love getting to see them. This time we did a little combo session. Cait was turning two and they are expecting baby number two! So we did two year old pictures and maternity all at the same time. We ended up with beautiful images, even if we were told "no" by a spunky toddler. I love this age! cnfamily_web_1

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On the Prairie Mini Sessions {Bed in a Field- Dallas- Plano- Allen Child Photographer}

ad_1 We are so excited to announce our upcoming spring mini sessions! This is something I have been dreaming up for months. It took a lot of work, but the images prove that it is worth it. We can't wait to share them with you! But first, the details...

"On the Prairie" Mini Sessions Saturday, May 14th 8:30-11:00 am Allen, Texas

5-7 Digital Images & 20 Minute Session

$300 + sales tax

Your mini session spot includes up to 4 subjects. It will last 20 minutes long and you will receive 5-7 digital files. Sessions are for immediate family only. The cost is $300 for each mini session, plus sales tax. This amount is due when you book your session and is payable by credit card.

There are ONLY SIX mini session spots available.  Email elizabeth@earthmamaphotography.com or call 972-757-0995 to book your spot NOW!

We will provide the canopy bed in the field, a bucket with a frog, a wicker chair, basket of flowers, and a few other accessories that goes with the look and feel of the prairie!  Vintage or prairie clothing is not provided.

Please note! This session will take place in a field. This field is real, which means it may have mud, bugs, frogs, snakes, etc. We obviously take all precautions, but want each family to understand that this is possibilty for this session. The session will take place on the border of Allen and Parker, Texas. Specific location will be given upon booking.

We recommend sweet, vintage clothes for your kiddos. Boys can wear overalls and shirts, or more classic vintage clothing. Girls can wear nightgowns, vintage dresses, denim, or a blouses and bloomers. Think light and airy as that is the type of mini session this is. Here are some places that offer clothes that we think work well for the session (if nothing strikes your fancy- search www.etsy.com for vintage or prairie clothing):

Matilda Jane

My Fair Maiden

Reimagined Treasures

My Sister's Closet

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{Announcing "One Moment" Video Sessions}

We are so excited to announce our latest project! Earth Mama Photography and Ceci Jane have teamed up to bring you One Moment Video Sessions. These sessions will give you the chance to have fun with your family in a natural setting while having professional photos and video taken. 

They are styled a little differently than a normal photo session. They are longer and we plan 4-5 different activities for you to do, allowing us to capture your families love while you spend time together. The photographs from these sessions are less posed and very real. We still make you look gorgeous, but you will find more candid moments captured by the camera. Above all else, we want this to be a fun and amazing experience for your family and we work very hard to make it incredible. Watch one now!!

 

One Moment Video Sessions include:

  • 3-4 Hours of Video and Photo Coverage
  • Clothing, Location, & Styling Assistance
  • Up to 8 Subjects (Kids, Parents, Grandparents, Pets, etc)
  • 2-4 minute Home Video
  • 15 Photographic Digital Files on CD with a print release
  • Custom Photo CD Box to keep everything safe!

All Inclusive Price: $1500 

Email or call us today to get yours booked as spring is on its way!

{Teygan ~ January 26, 2011} Plano- McKinney- Dallas Birth Photography

I was honored to be asked to attend the birth of this sweet boy. I was there two years ago when his big brother Noah was born. I love getting to work with a family for the second time. The birth was beautiful and went as perfectly as we could have hoped. I was so happy to get to see big brother Noah get to meet "Baby Teygan". What an exciting day for everyone. Enjoy a few images from this beautiful birth! kbbirth_web_1

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{25% OFF COLLECTIONS} Monday November 29, 2010

The last day of our Black Friday Specials has arrived! I think this sale applies to everyone! Who can pass up 25% off! Take advantage of it today and save on your next session. It is pretty simple. You get 25% off any of our collections for portraits or births. Here they are! Portrait Photography The Seeds Collection   $450         SALE!  $337.50 Our Seed Collection is our most basic collection. You receive five digital images with a print release and a $50 print credit. This is perfect for mini sessions and those who prefer to purchase prints instead of having their images in a digital format. Your digital images will also come web-sized and watermarked for online sharing.

The Sprouts Collection  $750     SALE!  $562.50 Our Sprouts Collection is one of our most popular. You receive ten digital images with a print release and a $150 print credit. Most clients are pleased to have their top 10 images in a digital format and find that print credit is perfect for offsetting the cost of a gorgeous gallery wrapped canvas. Your digital images will also come web-sized and watermarked for online sharing.

The Roots Collection  $1400     SALE!  $1050 Our Garden Collection is for our customers who just can’t let any image go. When they fall in love with each image, the Roots collection is the answer. You receive all of your images in a digital format with a print release and a $250 print credit. Many use this print credit towards a book or album that will beautifully showcase their session and will display perfectly on a coffee table. Your digital images will also come web-sized and watermarked for online sharing.

Birth Photography

The Bud Collection   $300    SALE!  $225 Our Bud Collection gives you the basics and exists so that every budget can capture this special time.  You will receive a 4x6 print of each of your images.  You will also receive access to a slideshow hosted online for one month.  Additional prints, digital files, and DVD slideshow may be purchased separately if desired.

The Bloom Collection   $600     SALE!  $450 Our Bloom Collection is perfect for those wanting to have access to their images in a digital format.  You will receive all of your images on CD with a print release.  You will also receive access to a slideshow hosted online for one month.  Additional prints and DVD slideshow may be purchased separately if desired.

The Garden Collection  $1000     SALE  $750 Our Garden Collection is perfect for those who want it all!  You will receive each image printed as a 4x6 and stored in a keepsake box.  You will receive each image on CD with a print release.  Your slideshow will be hosted online for six months and you will also receive your slideshow on DVD for sharing with friends and family after your online version has expired.  Lastly, you will receive a custom bound 8x8 book designed to tell your child’s birth story.  Additional prints or albums may be purchased separately if desired.

Sale ends at 10pm on November 29, 2010

The Fine Print: All sales are final. Collection purchases may be applied to any full session or any session that is part of a package. Your purchase is only applicable to future sessions. In the instance that you upgrade to a larger package at a later date, you will be credited the value of your package towards the larger package price. Payment is due in full at the time of the purchase and only credit or debit transactions will be available. Purchases are not transferable or negotiable. We are unable to extend sales, apply sale prices to past purchases, or make substitutions. Thanks for understanding!

{Isabella~ November 6, 2010} Frisco- Allen- Plano Birth Photographer

I was so excited when Miss Isabella's mama told me she was on her way to the hospital in labor! I knew she would do beautifully and was honored to attend their birth. Her mama labored beautifully and against some tough odds, but she did an amazing job. Sweet Isabella was born into a loving family who were so excited to meet her! She is just gorgeous. Without further ado, the pictures! jabirth_web_1

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{The Blowing Belly Tutorial} Photoshop Tutorial for Photographers

Nothing is more beautiful than a pregnant glowing mama to be. I adore maternity sessions. When I do a studio set up, as demonstrated below, it can be challenging at times to come up with different ways of showing off that beautiful belly. This is one of my favorites. As another photog said, "That is Art!" I agree. It can be a challenging image to finish however, so I thought a quick tutorial might help! First I am going to show you a quick snapshot of the scene pulled back. This will help describe my set up.

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She was standing in her entry way and I was shooting from the living room into the entry way. Our light source was the front door. You can all laugh at my mad drawing skills ;)

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For the steps:

1. SOOC (Straight Out of Camera) Please note how the fabric is held up by the clamps. blowingbelly_1

2. Liquify! You can see how big my brush was. I simply pulled the image in the direction it was already flowing. blowingbelly_2

3. It may take my several attempts in liquify to get the fabric to look natural. This is not tedious, so feel free to just start over from scratch if it isn't looking right. Remember to keep the fabric flowing in a it's natural direction. Once you are finished liquifying, it should roughly look like this.

Once you finish liquifying, you will see areas on your backdrop where the image looks "pulled". Use your clone tool (stamper) or your heal tool (bandaid) to blend those areas. You don't want it to appear obvious. I may also use the blur tool to soften those areas.

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4. I finished the image with my standard post processing. I did use portraiture at 60% and I also burned the background using layer masks so that the "pulling" I mentioned above wasn't as obvious.

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The Before & After!

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Have fun!

{50% OFF PACKAGES!} Saturday, November 27, 2010

We are so excited for day 2 of our Black Friday Weekend of Specials!  Today is a good one too.  You receive 50% off any of our four base packages.  Packages are a way to pay for multiple session fees, save money and receive bonus products. They do not include prints, digital files or other products. Those are all sold separately. Watch Mondays sale to save on those! Here is what you can save on today... Packages

Belly & Baby Package-  $275      SALE!  $137.50 Our Belly and Baby package includes a mini maternity session with 10 proofs and a full newborn session after your baby arrives. It also includes a 5x10 storyboard to help you cherish those special moments forever.

Belly, Birth & Baby Package-   $550     SALE!  $275 Our Belly, Birth and Baby package includes a mini maternity session with 10 proofs, birth coverage and a full newborn session to help you capture every second of this special journey. It also includes a 10x20 storyboard.

The cost to upgrade to a full maternity session is $50 and is not on sale at this time. If you want to purchase a full maternity session, please add $50 to the total of your package.

Baby to Birthday Package-  $700     SALE!  $350 Our Baby to Birthday package includes a full newborn session and a session at each milestone, including sitting, standing and at their first birthday. It also includes an 8x8 custom bound book with images from your child’s first year to share with friends and family and recall how quickly it goes by.

Baby to Big Kid Package-   $950     SALE!  $475 Our Baby to Big Kid package includes a full newborn session and a session at each milestone, including sitting, standing, as well as first birthday, 18 months, and second birthday.  It also includes two 8x8 custom bound books with images from your child’s first year and second year so that you don’t forget a minute of those precious two years.

The Fine Print:  All sales are final.  Prior to purchasing your package that includes birth photography, you must first let us know your due date (if any) and your birth location (city and hospital if applicable).  All sessions are subject to collection and a la carte pricing.  Each session is required to purchase a collection or meet the minimum purchase requirement for a la carte pricing.  Session orders may not be combined.  Sessions cannot be scheduled until previous orders are paid in full and have met required minimums.  No substitutions.  Packages do not have a cash value and are not transferable to other parties or products.  In the event that the client chooses not to schedule their session within two months of the designated milestone, the session is forfeited.  In the event that the client chooses not to schedule at all, the package cost is forfeited.   Only the above packages are on sale.  Customized packages are still the quoted cost.  Payment is due in full at the time of the purchase and only credit or debit transactions will be available.  Purchases are not transferable or negotiable.  We are unable to extend sales, apply sale prices to past purchases, or make substitutions.  Thanks for understanding!

"Garage Sale" Holiday Portrait Special

So we have been cleaning and purging around the Boyce home, trying to get rid of things we just don't use any more! Since we are having our garage sale tomorrow to get rid of all that stuff and will be selling our stuff for dirt cheap, I thought EMP should do the same! So for all you clients who love the simplicity of shoot and burn, this is for you!

30 minute session and 10 images on CD. Plain and Simple! No worry about galleries, ordering sessions, prints, etc. We will shoot your 30 minute session and I will choose 10 images, fully edit them and mail your CD to you! Our rock bottom price on this is $350! That is over 60% off the normal price!

The details:

Sessions must take place outside and on-location. They must take place within 20 miles of 75074. Session fee includes up to 5 subjects. Additional subjects are $25 each. Payment is due in full when booking. We accept check, cash, or credit cards. Sessions may be booked between November 15th and December 4th. No sessions will be scheduled Thanksgiving Weekend. While the special is designed for holiday portraits, you may also use the session for other portrait needs. Newborn sessions and other specialty shoots, such as a cake smash, are not permitted.

Please contact us to schedule your session! Limited spots available!

{The Grumpy Baby} Photoshop Tutorial for Photographers

I often have grumpy babies during newborn sessions. They aren't REALLY grumpy. They are actually sleeping quite peacefully. However, I am a natural light photographer and need great light to photograph them in their sleeping sweetness. When I place them in this beautiful light, they often react by scrunching their face up. My best bet is to get them to relax by gently stroking their brow to get rid of the creases, but sometimes that isn't possible. Sometimes you just have a grumpy baby face. So, if you are wanting to reduce that grumpiness, there are a few things you can do in photoshop to help. I am using Adobe Photoshop CS4. I have no working knowledge of other programs and what they can or can't offer you. I will use the heal tool (looks like a bandaid) and the liquify tool found in Filters-Liquify.

1.  SOOC (Straight Out Of Camera)

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2.  I use the heal tool (looks like a bandaid) on Diameter 20 (adjust this according to the size of your image) and Hardness 88%. You heal the areas that have creases and shadows. My reference point was the lighter part of his forehead. The selected areas below were the areas that I healed.

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3.  Now I use the liquify tool to lift his eyebrows ever so slightly. I may also raise his eyes. Using the brush in a smaller format will cause small changes, so I use a large brush (about 400 size for this image). You may have to play a little with this tool as it takes some time to master. If you can't get it, you can always skip this step.  I wasn't able to get my screen capture to work in liquify (sorry!) but this is what it looks like after I have used liquify.

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4.  I prefer the use of portraiture to smooth out any imperfections. I create a new layer, run portraiture, create a layer mask, masking back in his eyes and lips, then reduce the opacity to 50%.

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5.  Then I finish the image with my normal post processing steps. From grumpy baby to peaceful baby!

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The before and after for a quick comparison!

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{Kennedy ~ September 12, 2010} Arlington- Irving- Grapevine Birth Photographer

Sweet Kennedy arrived as scheduled to an amazingly loving family. Her dad, being a high school football coach, asked that she come inbetween game weeks and she did! If she wasn't going to have him wrapped around her finger already, that would have done it. She came out with the most gorgeous curly hair and an attitude to match! She was strong and fiesty! She knew what she wanted (to eat) and was going to let everyone know about it. It was great! It is always such an honor to see the instant bond of a new family and this was no exception. Congrats you guys!

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{Holiday Mini Sessions} Plano- Dallas- McKinney Family Photographer

That is right!! It is Holiday Mini Session time. PLEASE read all the details. It really helps if you read it all to make sure this works for your family. There will be a limited number of them and I want to make sure everyone gets what they need for their holiday portraits. THE DETAILS:

Session Fee: $75

This covers my time and talent at your 30 minute mini session with up to 5 people. You may add up to two additional people for $15 each. If you have 8 subjects or more, you must book a full session. You do not receive any prints, digital images or products with your session fee. They must be purchased separately.

Collections:

We are offering 3 collections to choose from. As always, you may choose to purchase additional items from our a la carte menu. If you choose not to purchase a collection, you must meet our $250 minimum purchase from the a la carte menu. It is much cheaper to order a collection, but we like our clients to have the option to get what they need. These collections only apply to our Holiday Mini Sessions and are not applicable to any other sessions.

Collection #1 $275

5- 5x7 Prints 2- 8x10 Prints or 24- Flat Holiday cards

Collection #2 $425

5- 5x7 Gift Prints 1- 11x14 Wall Print or 48- Flat Holiday cards 1- Digital Image

Collection #3 $625

5- 5x7 Gift Prints 1- 11x14 Wall Print or 48- Flat Holiday cards 3- Digital Images

If you prepurchase a collection, you receive $25 off your collection price.

Your $75 (plus tax) session fee is due when you book your session.  You are always welcome to upgrade later if you decide you want more. This is a very easy way to save some money on your portrait session!

HOW IT WORKS:

You can book a 30 minute session on the following days:

You pay your $75 session fee when you book your date and time. There are no restrictions on dates/times for sessions, but please understand they are on a first come, first serve basis. If you also choose to prepay a collection, you will receive a $25 discount. It must be paid at the same time as your session fee. We accept checks if received within 5 days of your booking or debit/credit via email or phone. You will also receive a link complete all necessary forms online.

Your session will take place as scheduled! Clothing changes are not permitted and you will need to arrive on time to allow for a full 30 minutes. Please make sure you schedule a time that will work for everyone involved. This means dinnertime for little children or your husbands work schedule. We will work to get 8-10 great images of your family. Short and sweet!

Approximately 2 weeks after your session, you will receive a link to online proofs so that you may select your final choices. If you live within 10 miles of 75074, you may also choose in-person ordering. Please let me know when booking. If you are unclear about the differences, we are happy to explain further!

If you choose online ordering, your gallery will be active for 3 days. During those three days, you will need to place your order. Please be assured that your gallery will not go live without your knowledge. We want to make sure you have your full three days to decide.

Once your order is placed and paid for, it will be put into production. It can take 2-3 weeks for your order to be completed and ready, depending on the type of purchase you make. For this reason, all orders need to be submitted no later than November 5th to be back by December 1st. Our goal is to have everyones prints in their hands by December 1st, allowing plenty of time to address holiday cards or mail off gift prints to friends and family.

THE FINE PRINT:

These are mini sessions! We only do these during the holiday season for a reason. We understand not everyone wants or can afford the investment of a full session. These give everyone the chance to afford beautiful and custom portraits for their family. Please understand that these sessions can not be used in place of newborn sessions, cake smash sessions, other specialty shoots or take place indoors. If your child can not sit unassisted, please plan to be in the pictures with them. We also can not accept gift certificates or coupons for these mini sessions. Beyond that, get ready to love images of your family!

Below are samples of our holiday card templates. Please note that changes will only be made with the purchase of design time. If you select a card template that requires your name, that will be changed free of charge.

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{Take Two} Dallas- Highland Park- Downtown Child Photographer

This sweet boy, who smiled up a storm at his 6 month session, decided that the heat was too much! He also decided that getting out of mom's arms was a bad idea and should result in tears. I got a few cute smiling images of him but the rest of our session was mostly images that looked like the following... dsninemonth_08_14_10-167

So we decided to meet up again the following weekend when Dad could bring him instead. Well, it took some coaxing, but we prevailed in getting him to smile and ended up with these instead!

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{Chasing Smiles} Dallas- Highland Park- Downtown Children's Photographer

I was excited to see these three kiddos again! Little Elena was only a newborn when I did her last session. At 9 months, she has gotten so big! Her twin borthers love her to pieces. They just dote on her and are so sweet. I was a little worried about being able to keep up with all three, but they were so pleasant! They took instruction and were great about showing sibling love. Excited to share a few from the session... web_1

{Naked in the Forest} Dallas- Mesquite- Garland Newborn Photographer

This sweet girl was a model at our recent workshop, only she was on the inside of her mama's belly at the time. We had the joy of photographing her stunning mama and I was so excited when they had me come do newborn pictures of her. Our workshop must have inspired her, because her mama wanted outdoor images. I was happy to oblige! We laughed at the amount of people who stopped in the park to make sure everything was ok. I guess it isn't every day that you find a baby naked in the forest! LOL! Without further ado, this sweet girl!

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