Well it has been a little quiet on the blog lately, sorry about that! It has NOT been quiet at my house however! We welcomed our second baby girl into the world August 21st at 8:08 pm. She was 6 pounds 15 oz and 21inches long! Her name is Ava Grace…

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She was 10 days early– I went to a routine prenatal doctor visit and when they examined me they said that my water had broke! My doctor told me to hightail it to Magee and I wasn’t in any pain yet so I drove myself there! It was a little nerve wracking but I made it there in one piece, drove up to the valet and started my journey to meet our second daughter.

We are still adjusting to having two kids, it is very hectic! My older daughter Isabel turned 4 on September 29th, and although she seems to love her sister and is proud to show her off, once in awhile she still asks “Mom, can’t you just put her back in your belly?”

Oh and guess what my sister had her baby girl two days before me! So I am a proud Auntie too!

I have been slowly getting back into my photography routine and looking forward to seeing many of you this fall for your photography sessions!
Go figure I would have my baby right before the peak Fall season;)I guess I would have been up all night either way- feeding the baby or editing!

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Once upon a time at Hartwood Acres a beautiful couple got married. One of their hopes and dreams came true when this little guy entered their lives!

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This family is always such a pleasure to photograph! They have an adventurous spirit and are always excited on photo shoot day. I have been planning sessions with babies and kids in the early mornings lately and it has worked out really well! The early morning light is similar to the evening light (the golden hour) which is when most on-location photographers like to work. The kids however are very happy in the morning! And as parents we are up anyways right?? So we might as well take advantage of the nice soft light.

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In the photo above, this little guy was so proud of himself for climbing up on that ledge all by himself! I was proud of him for picking such a perfect spot to sit;)

Here he is getting himself up there….

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Mom brought the most photo friendly wooden toys to our session! They were perfect for the setting and I will be looking into purchasing some of these for future shoots!!

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as you can see he loved these!

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We had a great time exploring at Hartwood Acres. There are so many trails and little undiscovered beautiful spots there to take photos. I am still cursing myself for moving farther away from this place! And on the search for something similar west of the city, out towards the airport. If you have a favorite spot to walk and explore in the great outdoors, let me know!

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I would love to work with you to create a beautiful, meaningful photo session for your family. We will plan everything out from your wardrobe, to the location, to any props to use. And we will have a blast! The sky’s the limit. Contact me at tricia@patriciajune.com to get started.

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Welcome to the Little Heroes series! We feature babies and children here who have had a rough time at some point in their lives whether it be physical or emotional. Parents submit a story of what happened and how the child is doing now. Then we take some new photos for the family compliments of Patricia June Photography. This series is a great way to show support for these families- leave a comment on the blog to show you care! Share the link to the blog so that more eyes can see these children who are truly miracles, and more prayers can be said for them and their families.

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This week we feature Lana. Doesn’t she just look like a fighter in the above photo!!!? We ventured to Soergel’s in Wexford for this session. Here is Lana’s story as told by Mom…

I found out I was pregnant in March 2013 with my third child. We were planning on a third but wanted to wait another year or so since our youngest was only 10 months old and our oldest was 3 1/2. After the initial shock wore off, we were extremely happy and decided to tell friends and family. Around my 12th week of pregnancy I started to bleed quite heavily. The doctors sent me emergently for an ultrasound. Surprisingly the baby was fine, but I had a large bleed called a sub-chorionic hemorrhage under my uterus. They said sub-chorionic hemmorhages were somewhat common in pregnancy but they usually see about a tablespoon amount of blood on an ultrasound, and I had over 1000mL (over a liter). At 21 weeks after my first hospital admission to Magee for severe bleeding, my regular OB doctors referred me to a high risk group of OB specialists. The doctors reviewed my ultrasounds and blood work and suggested for my safety that I chose to terminate the pregnancy. Without even a second thought I told them no! They then had me meet with neonatal doctors to prepare me for the chance of early labor and then started me on several medications to help mature the baby faster, just in case. On August 9th 2013, 25 weeks along in my pregnancy and after just being discharged from Magee for a second time for loss of blood, I was at home with my two other children when I began having strong and painful contractions. I phoned my husband at work, along with my mother and sister and told them all to come to the house immediately…something was wrong. My mother was the first one to reach the house, soon followed by my sister. My contractions were so close and severe that they had no choice but to call 911. Shortly after the paramedics showed up, so did my husband. In the ambulance on the way to Magee hospital, I delivered our 1lb 14oz baby girl, Lana Dawn. Looking down at her, I thought for sure she was gone. They rushed me into the ER triage where at that time my husband saw i had delivered the baby. They worked on Lana right beside me for what seemed like hours. Thinking the worst, I couldn’t even bear to look at her. One of the nurses holding my hand told me that she had a pulse and was now intubated. They let me hold her for several seconds before rushing her off to the NICU. Within 24 hrs Lana was extubated and placed on a different mode of assistance called nasal CPAP, to assist her with breathing. After a couple of days I was able to hold her against my chest for the first time. I’ve seen pictures and have heard other families’ stories about their preemie babies; but looking down at Lana , it was just so amazing and incredible how such a small life could live and survive outside the womb.

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As most NICU babies do, Lana would have her good and bad days. She was being fed with my breast milk through a feeding tube in her mouth; increasing the amount every 3 days or so. Having two other children at home and a husband working full-time, it became physically and mentally exhausting going to Magee everyday (sometimes twice), not only for me but my other children. I had to make the decision to visit Lana every other day, sometimes every 3 days. But between myself, my husband, mother and sister, we made sure Lana was being visited and held everyday by one of us.
At around 31 weeks Lana was taken off the C-PAP machine and placed on oxygen (nasal cannula). Several days later, Lana’s oxygen levels began dropping. They did a chest X-ray and an Echocardiogram and found out that Lana had moderate/severe pulmonary hypertension, which means that her heart was working extra hard to help the lungs oxygenate her body. They had to put her back on C-PAP to help rest her heart for several more weeks. A repeat echo was done about 5 weeks later and showed only mild pulmonary hypertension. This was great news! The next day they took her off the C-PAP and placed her back on the nasal cannula. They also moved her feeding tube from her mouth to her nose and began teaching her to bottle feed. On the first attempt Lana drank over 1/2 the bottle. The nurses and doctors were all amazed considering this is the biggest obstacle for preemies to overcome before being discharged. Within a week, Lana was taking all her feedings via the bottle and her feeding tube was removed! Finally plans for discharge were in the works. On November 18th, after 102 days in the NICU, we were finally able to bring Lana home! She came home on a heart monitor and oxygen. After only 2 months at home, the doctors said she was able to come off all equipment.

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Lana is now 11 months old, 16lbs and doing absolutely amazing. She is the most laid back, cool, calm and content baby there is. We have therapy come to the house weekly to work on developmental skills with her. She will continue to have follow up appointments for her heart and eyes. But right now she is doing better than anyone could have ever imagined or expected.

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Even though the pregnancy, the delivery, and the 102 days in the NICU were overwhelming and stressful… To think Lana wouldn’t even be here if I had listened to the doctors suggestion of terminating the pregnancy… Lana is truly a miracle. Our little angel.

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If you know anyone who would be a candidate for this series please have parents email story submissions to tricia@patriciajune.com

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  • Frank - So beautiful and great success storyReplyCancel

  • Mandy - How amazing! She is absolutely beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon - Your daughter is beautiful!! May you continue to be Blessed!!

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  • Mary - Dawn and Ed, I love the way you told this story, and the beautiful pictures of Lana! THanks for Sharing it with me!ReplyCancel

  • Elena - What fabulous photos and what a touching story. I had goosebumps and tears reading it. Kudos to your family for being so strong for Lana – she is an insanely beautiful little girl. Every time I looked at a photo I would think, “This is my fave!” – until I scrolled to the next one. And the next one. They are all just as amazing as her story and your family.ReplyCancel

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I’m pretty sure this baby girl was the only comfortable one at the park this sweltering hot summer day! She totally rocked her on-location photography session at Robin Hill park near Robinson twp. Pa. It was nearing 90 degrees around 4pm when we took these photos! Mom and Dad were troopers and we got the family photos done right away so everyone looked their best! Then we focused on this gorgeous baby girl. Babies are amazing. She could have cared less about the heat and just looked as adorable as ever!

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This is possibly the only split second she stayed put on this blanket, otherwise she was on the move!!! Her mom was getting a workout plucking her up and plopping her back on the blanket about ten times.

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I loved the colors Mom put together for this photo session! They looked beautiful together.

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pittsburgh baby photographer took this photo of a baby girl in a garden

I was so thankful to this baby girl’s parents for being understanding of my third trimester pregnant self!! We took lots of breaks and Dad even brought me a bottle of water! My clients are so amazing to work with!

I have to say with about 7 weeks left to go in my pregnancy I am doing awesome! I am blessed enough to still be sleeping well and staying active! I only have a few photo shoots left before I am taking maternity leave and preparing for our sweet baby girl’s arrival. I’m sure I will be blogging in my down time so expect to see some activity here during my break! And of course our new baby will have her debut on here as well– she will be comfortable being in front of the camera from a very young age! I always say one of the reasons I love newborn photography so much is because I know how fleeting that time is. Before you know it the babies are grown. My older daughter was a newborn before I started this photography journey so I don’t have professional newborn photos of her and I regret it all the time!! So get yours done!

I am still scheduling for this fall and winter if you are interested in a session email me at tricia@patriciajune.com

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Welcome to the Little Heroes series! We feature babies and children here who have had a rough time at some point in their lives whether it be physical or emotional. Parents submit a story of what happened and how the child is doing now. Then we take some new photos for the family compliments of Patricia June Photography. This series is a great way to show support for these families- leave a comment on the blog to show you care! Share the link to the blog so that more eyes can see these children who are truly miracles, and more souls can pray for them and their families.

This week we feature Sean (Monkey) who came to visit the studio awhile ago. Here is his story as shared by Mom….

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Back in January we noticed that Monkey was limping a little. We thought that maybe it was because of how he usually sits on the floor…legs to the side like a M…we thought maybe his leg or foot was falling asleep. We started making him sit in his little chair and watched him carefully to make sure he sat with his feet out to see if it helped. Oddly the limping got worse. Soon he was complaining it hurt and would barely walk. We took him in to our pediatrician on January 24. He sent us right away for x-rays saying that often times kids his age can fracture their leg and not show any signs (bruising/swelling). After getting x-rays we were told they didn’t see any breaks or fracture of any kind. Once I got the confirmation back from the doctor he referred us to the pediatric orthopedist.

On February 2 we met with the orthopedist and they were using words like “rheumatoid arthritis” and “MRI”. This is when I started worrying. An MRI for a two-year-old meant sedation. The word rheumatoid brought images of my poor baby not being able to move at age 5 and never being able to live a ‘normal’ life. Needless to say I was scared and confused. Ed talked me down from the ledge though, he reminded me that we needed to take things one step at a time…not jump to conclusions.

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We went in on February 5 for his MRI. What a scary thing. I know that there are children and parents out there that are dealing with much worse but for us this was new and to me a little terrifying. To watch the nurses put an IV in your 2 year old and see him shake because of the medication and watch his eyes roll back as it finally put him under…not really something I thought I’d have to experience as a parent. I sat in a rocker while they took the images and I prayed. I prayed that he would be ok. I prayed that they would find something that was easily treatable, something fixable.
Later that week, after many tearful calls to the office, I finally got the results of the scan. He had severe inflammation around his knee. We were then referred to a rheumatologist at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. I was so shocked that 1) there were pediatric rheumatologists and 2) that they were so busy! We finally got him in on February 17. That’s when Monkey was diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. We were told that they would start him on Naproxen and see how he responded to that. I know they told me other things and handed me a bunch of papers but honestly it’s all just a blur. Unfortunately, he didn’t respond well to the Naproxen and we had to go forward with an injection directly into his knee where the inflammation was.

Since then Monkey has had a total of three injections under sedation and he is now limping again and has swollen joints. Now we are waiting to get a sonogram of his hips, knees and ankles to see where the inflammation is specifically and how bad it is. Once that is determined, we will talk more about treatment. From this point treatment will most likely including him being on a weekly injection of a stronger more preventative medication.

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To date there are over 300,000 children in the United States with Juvenile Arthritis. Even with so many affected there are still nine states without a pediatric rheumatologist. If you or someone you know has a child who has been diagnosed with JA please know that you are not alone. Reach out and find someone to talk to, someone you can find support and encouragement from, and someone who has walked down this road. You can also contact your local chapter of the Arthritis Foundation (http://www.arthritis.org/) and find out what programs and resources are available in your area.

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If you know a candidate for this series please have parents email story submissions to tricia@patriciajune.com

  • Meghan - Such an adorable and obviously strong little boy!! Many many prayers for no pain for your little Monkey!ReplyCancel

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