newborn claire {two weeks new}

mother nature did not act to kindly on us as we were rained out two times for our newbie session with new miss baby claire…she was two weeks old for our session and wide awake and ready to play and see what was going on. babies really wake up after day ten, and in order to pose them and mold them into the sleepy, tight newborn poses, well, they need to zonked…big zzzzzzzzz’s….but i think we did great, you know what made it great….her beauty, her pink skin, her pouty lips, her beautiful head of hair, her tiny baby feet, her peeling newborn skin, her smell, her coos, and her sweet, sweet parents and brother. i really did feel like i was hanging with friends and i loved their positive demeanor and the love they have for their little ones, well it is the way life should be and what every baby and child deserves. elizabeth kept saying to her new baby claire “we are so happy you joined our family.” …made me get goose bumps…..congratulations sweet family……sweet family of four.

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August 27, 2014 - 1:47 pm

Michelle - I love that bucket/wash tub!

August 15, 2014 - 4:09 pm

Audra Bender Photography - new baby claire on the blog! new post on the blog!

August 15, 2014 - 4:08 pm

Audra Bender - new baby claire now on the blog! new post on the blog!

August 15, 2014 - 10:49 am

Jan Lindsey - Fresh and lovely!

August 15, 2014 - 10:16 am

Jennifer Langley - Beautiful!

jakob & sam

these kiddos are the cutest and sweetest little people. jakob has been playing little league baseball with my son, cade, for many years now. this past year they played challenge and all stars together. jakob has such an arm on him, super good athlete and kid. we have spent many late nights at the baseball field with this cute family. sam is just beyond precious, she is the perfect mix of athletic and preciousness. she is adorable and so smart. she is beyond observant for her age, she said in the middle of the session “i see you have used four lenses, why do you need that many?” i can honestly say, no kiddo has ever asked me anything about what i am doing in a session, just “why are you so crazy?” maybe just that.:-)she is super smart and we had a little mini photo learning session and they were both so interested. we ended up having so much fun in our session by running, playing baseball, jumping, doing piggy back rides etc. and the following day their sweet mom {kelly} sent me a message that said the kids said they had a great time and want to do it next year! what an endorsement from a ten year old and 8 year old. i will take it. maybe next year we can do an ice cream session even with sprinkles on top….you think they like me now…oh boy….i loved every minute with them and look forward to giving them big high fives when i see these sweet faces again.

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August 12, 2014 - 9:57 pm

Audra Bender Photography - we had so much fun..jakob and sam now on the blog! new post!

August 12, 2014 - 9:56 pm

Audra Bender - we had so much fun..jakob and sam now on the blog! new post!

August 12, 2014 - 9:53 pm

Audra Bender Photography - we had so much fun….new post on the blog!

August 12, 2014 - 9:52 pm

Audra Bender - we had so much fun…new post on the blog!

August 12, 2014 - 5:03 pm

Michelle - Love the bright colors! Fabulous photos

August 12, 2014 - 3:01 pm

Susan Pierce - CUTE!

August 12, 2014 - 3:00 pm

Emily - GREAT photos! I cannot get my kids, this same age, to take one! Amazing, the black and white piggy back shot would be a huge canvas on my wall

Audra Bender Photography is five and a half

so i am kind of mad at myself…not the first or the last time for that i am sure… :-) i believe strongly that when you hit milestones, especially in business or personal that they should be celebrated and thanked/blessed upon. i rolled right over my five year anniversary in business, and did not mention it or celebrate it. Audra Bender Photography is 5 1/2!  to say that i am proud of that is an understatement. it is a daunting task to have your name on a business, use your art as your business and raise four kiddos as a stay at home mom and run a business and still be running, running and going strong. this year has been my best year in business for a long, long time. i have the most loyal, wonderful clients and i have met some of the best new clients and i feel so honored to be able to share a little slice of their lives and document it for them. there is a photographer on every corner and i have seen at least five go out of business this past year that were very talented and some i really admired….for me to still be going strong, even after the birth of my twins and still be enjoying all my clients and the love and friendship they show me…well, i celebrate….THAT. you all mean the world to me  amens…♥

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August 27, 2014 - 1:48 pm

Michelle - So well deserved, great photos.

August 7, 2014 - 6:42 am

Beth Swanson - Keep on keeping on! Love your style! Congrats

August 6, 2014 - 8:50 pm

Chad Emery - Congratulations

August 6, 2014 - 8:47 pm

Audra Bender Photography - audra bender photography turns 5!!! new post on the blog!

August 6, 2014 - 8:47 pm

Audra Bender - audra bender photography turns 5!!!! new post on the blog!

August 6, 2014 - 3:39 pm

Audra Bender Photography - second post of the day….holy moses! this is personal…

August 6, 2014 - 3:38 pm

Audra Bender - second post of the day…holy moses! this is personal…

August 6, 2014 - 10:10 am

Heather Turner Photography - WHOOP! WHOOP!

August 6, 2014 - 10:04 am

Jennifer Langley - You are amazeballs!

August 6, 2014 - 10:01 am

Emily - WOW! Congrats! Much deserved.

August 6, 2014 - 8:45 am

Jan Lindsey - Oh Congratulations! What an honor it has been to follow your blog and along with that your growth. You are amazing and thank you for sharing your art. I adore your writing and photographs and to still be continuing your work is so admirable with four little children. I love your blog and look forward to every post! Congrats!

sam and james

i love a brownie sundae like a ton, like to much for my own good….especially with the whip cream and the cherry on top. put some chocolate sprinkles and nuts on there and i might  just be your best friend. that is how i feel about this family. like they are the brownie sundae with all the fixens and more. i just adore them. i photographed little sam when he was still in mary’s tummy  (matt and mary’s in the belly session)  and now we have two baby boys to love on and to cherish. we were all set to do james’ newborn session and he came so so so early, scary early. he was born at 26 weeks and weighed 1 pound 15 ounces….he was a micro preemie and he spent four months in the nicu…he is a tough little trooper and God just made him so perfect and so resilient and strong and he gave him matt and mary to love him like no other, through every wire and through every scary situation. he knows how much they love him and he has flourished because of it. he is about to turn one in a few weeks and what a blessing that birthday is going to be for his precious parents and brother. these photos document the love of a family, the love of this family. this family that is a favorite of mine. watching sam and james grow up has been a treat for me the last few years…i did sam’s newborn photos {sam’s newborn photo session} and i did provide a little before and after of both boys in the post……they will carry that love that i have for them on as they embark on a new adventure in birmingham, alabama. what a lucky city to get these peeps in their midst.

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August 8, 2014 - 10:54 pm

Barbara Leonard Cox - These are WONDERFUL!!!

August 6, 2014 - 12:52 pm

Audra Bender Photography - the cutest family now resides on the blog! head over and show them some love! new post!

August 6, 2014 - 12:51 pm

Audra Bender - the cutest family now resides on the blog! head over and show them some love! new post!

August 6, 2014 - 10:03 am

Emily - I love that wall! These are going to look so good grouped together on their walls because they are all so unified and wonderful. Nice job!

August 6, 2014 - 7:02 am

Katherine Lackay - I love these family photos. You captured their essence perfectly and so wonderfully.

August 6, 2014 - 6:54 am

Heather Turner Photography - I love the use of the wall! Every angle, great job! I adore the black and white with Mom, Dad and baby, gorgeous.

August 6, 2014 - 6:53 am