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Seriously, the BEST part of being a photographer is that I get to take photos of events like this...the birth of a new niece!

It's always such a wonderful thing to witness another human entering this world and it's even better when I get to watch as my sweet sister and husband bring this perfect little person into the family! Welcome to the world baby Azure! 

This is part 2 of 3 for Azure's birth story (part one being Nicole's maternity session):
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azure_birth002.jpgazure_birth003.jpgazure_birth004.jpgIn the middle of labor and she's beautiful!
azure_birth005.jpgThe world of emotions labor brings...
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azure_birth028.jpgazure_birth029.jpgazure_birth030.jpgazure_birth031.jpgazure_birth032.jpgazure_birth033.jpgazure_birth034.jpgazure_birth035.jpgPart 3! She's perfect! 
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Azure I already love you SO much!!:)
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Rog said:
I absolutely LOVE these photos! But I can smell birth every time I see a picture of it :) That's why I'll only look at this post once.
(10.02.12 10:57 PM)
Sara Lucero said:
This is all insanely beautiful. I'm dumbfounded at how beautiful Nicole looked during the entire process. That is NOT normal, right? Wow what a beautiful mama. And Amelia- you captured such a sweetness in all of these. I took my breaths quietly as I moved on to each delicate and precious picture. They are all so lucky to call you family!
(10.02.12 10:58 PM)
Cindy Cieluch said:
As a photographer and soon-to-be aunt to my sister's first baby, I completely melted more & more as I looked at each image. Every single one is filled with emotion and tells a story. Even the simple wall with the clock=brilliant. Your sister is stunning and Azure-----model baby! That dark hair and those lips! It's almost too much to soak in. She's so so perfect. This is by far one of my favorite posts of yours. Congratulations to your family! Pure joy...
(10.02.12 11:02 PM)
Amber Moon said:
Amelia are you kidding me with this goodness?!!!! OH MY STARS!!! Welcome sweet Azure!!! Just beautiful y'all! xoxoxo!
(10.02.12 11:10 PM)
Nicole DeAnne said:
Sister, I'm crying over here.... Completely balling, I'm in awe at how perfectly you captured every.single.detail. So perfectly too. You are so wonderful for doing this for my sweet Azure. I am so lucky to have photos so intimate for our family to remember. I want to frame them all, I love this! And I love you! Thank you thank you thank you!!!
(10.02.12 11:32 PM)
Andrea said:
These photos give me goosebumps, and actually make me want to experience labour again, if only to have someone photograph it! So incredibly stunning! What an amazing mama, that shot of her crying is perfect. And that baby? What a beautiful child. Sigh. Such a fantastic job, Amelia! xoxo
(10.02.12 11:37 PM)
Casey said:
Beautiful, really beautiful! xxx
(10.03.12 01:11 AM)
canvas print said:
congrats on your little one, its amazing seeing it through the photos like that.
(10.03.12 08:24 AM)
Robyn Davis said:
I just love birth photography, such an incredible thing and takes all us mamas right back there. What a gift for your sister on this day. Beautiful capture, Amelia.
(10.03.12 09:18 AM)
Collette Budd said:
Oh My !! Are you kidding me Amelia ? Seriously such raw emotion my chest was pounding at the emotion felt in this images and the love. My beautiful friend captured with all the love around her... blessed
(10.03.12 09:36 AM)
Marisa said:
Absolute perfection! Very moving images...loved every second of scrolling through it! :)
(10.04.12 06:29 AM)
Heather Armstrong said:
So beautiful! Tears!!!!
(10.04.12 08:46 AM)
Tonya Joy said:
so incredible!!!!
(10.05.12 10:00 AM)
elizabeth antonia said:
oh, i'm weepy looking at these! what a beautiful family and such special moments captured. this makes me even MORE excited to meet our new little one! xoxo elizabeth
(10.12.12 01:59 PM)
Jannatul Shumi said:
Just lovely photos and it brings tears in my eyes. Awesome feelings of mother, just love this photos.
(11.20.12 02:29 AM)
celeste said:
These photos made me tear up!! how beautiful and what quality of documentation and care for detail, amazing, thanks for sharing, youre a great source of inspiration all the time!!!
(10.18.13 06:35 AM)
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Warning! Disclaimer: VERY long post ahead featuring a year in the life of our little Monroe! I really can't believe that she's already an entire year old! Time flies when you're having fun, and we've been having SO much fun with this little girl. She adds so much love to our home and we are so thankful that this sweetheart was born into our family!

So, without further ado I give you Monroe's first year of life!

Our first look at Monroe, just a few minutes old! September 14th, 2011.
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One day old.
monroe_1_002.jpgTwo days old.
monroe_1_003.jpgOne week old.
monroe_1_004.jpgTwo weeks old. My treasures in life!
monroe_1_005.jpgmonroe_1_006.jpg7 weeks old. I just LOVE dressing a girl! So much fun!:)
monroe_1_007.jpgmonroe_1_008.jpgTwo months old. November. This was Monroe's special blessing day!
monroe_1_009.jpgMonroe's blessing outfit, it was the very same dress I wore on my blessing day. So happy my daughter got to wear it too!
monroe_1_010.jpgThree months old. December. I have to smile SUPER big whenever I see this photo of my wonderful husband with our first daughter! Thank you Joseph Llanes for this sweet sweet portrait!
monroe_1_011.jpgMore December. Three months old.
monroe_1_012.jpgThis was the best Christmas portrait I could squeeze out of my kids...love it anyway!
monroe_1_014.jpgThree months was the BEST age, so chubby!
monroe_1_015.jpgJanuary.  Four months old.
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monroe_1_017.jpgmonroe_1_018.jpgFebruary. 5 Months old.
monroe_1_019.jpgmonroe_1_020.jpgmonroe_1_021.jpgmonroe_1_022.jpgMarch. Six months old. My boys continue to adore Monroe, they can't get enough of her!
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monroe_1_025.jpgApril. Seven Months old.
monroe_1_026.jpgHudson took this photo of us together!:)
monroe_1_027.jpgEaster.
monroe_1_028.jpgmonroe_1_029.jpgMore 7 months old! Love this shot of her!
monroe_1_030.jpgmonroe_1_031.jpgMay. Eight Months old.
monroe_1_032.jpgmonroe_1_033.jpgMonroe ADORES Justin and Justin ADORES her!
monroe_1_034.jpgMy precious little baby!:)
monroe_1_035.jpgThis could be one of my FAVORITE photos of all my kids!
monroe_1_036.jpgmonroe_1_037.jpgJune. Nine months old.
monroe_1_038.jpgmonroe_1_039.jpgmonroe_1_040.jpgJuly. Ten months old. She did so good at swim lessons!
monroe_1_041.jpgA few weeks later Sloan came running in to where Monroe was crawling and accidentally fractured her right tibia bone, so she had to where a cast for SIX full weeks! Sloan felt super bad about it! Monroe didn't even care about the cast, she just kept going and going! 
monroe_1_042.jpgmonroe_1_043.jpgmonroe_1_044.jpgThis is one of my all time favorite photos of Monroe, so much JOY!
monroe_1_045.jpgAugust. Eleven months old. I was ECSTATIC when I realized that her hair was long enough to put pigtails in! So much fun!
monroe_1_046.jpgmonroe_1_047.jpgmonroe_1_048.jpgIn front of my grandparents' garden, my happy place with my happy girl!:)
monroe_1_049.jpgMonroe and her look alike cousin Nora, these two are the same age!
monroe_1_050.jpgSeptember! ONE year old!!! HOW in the world did that happen?! Seriously, what a FUN year it has been and what JOY this little girl has brought to our family! Every single day we get to spend with her is cherished!
monroe_1_051.jpgmonroe_1_052.jpgmonroe_1_053.jpgI love her. I love her. I love her. Thanks Collette Bud for the cute hair clip, it paired perfectly with this fun sequin headband!
monroe_1_054.jpgI bought these little booties when I was 6 months pregnant with Monroe, she FINALLY fit into them at one year old, had to take advantage for her official one year shoot! She's still so itty bitty.
monroe_1_055.jpgHe loves her. He loves her. He loves her.:)
monroe_1_056.jpgmonroe_1_057.jpgThis little blue dress was mine as a baby, it fit Monroe perfectly and it was so much fun seeing her in it!
monroe_1_058.jpgThe best. Monroe isn't quite walking yet, but she stands pretty well with the help of her big brothers.
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I CANNOT wait to see what the next year of Monroe's life will be like! I love you my little Roe!
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Casey said:
Soooo beautiful! Loved them...
(09.20.12 01:42 AM)
Alyda said:
Seriously you have the most beautiful family! Makes me want children (that's a big deal). Your little girl is just so squeezable! xx
(09.20.12 05:12 AM)
Kate Whitmore said:
Amelia Lyon, you've got some gorgeous kiddos. Seriously obsessed with the black and white under the tree of the three of them. Perfect.
(09.20.12 05:54 AM)
Corissa said:
I LOVE this post!! She is adorable and your boys are so handsome! Happy One Year Monroe!
(09.20.12 06:36 AM)
Jade said:
Hi Amelia - love your work. I don't comment often, but I had to today. Just love the family happiness that oozes from these. Gorgeous.
(09.20.12 06:53 AM)
Kiki said:
Hello pretty baby. :)
(09.20.12 07:42 AM)
Heidi said:
Wow! Adorable pictures!!! Guess that's what happens when you parents are photographers. But I seriously LOVE the picture of dad standing and baby leaning back in joy. I want to print it myself! SO cute!!!
(09.20.12 07:47 AM)
Grandma & Grandpa Lyon said:
Oh my, just what our hearts needed today!! WE LOVE HER! Thank you so much for making it possible to know her a little bit even though we have not even held her yet! We are so glad her parents are photographers! We are so glad she is in a family that loves her so much. She is blessed to have two wonderful, fun older brothers to love her and help her. Thank you for being such good parents. WE LOVE ALL OF YOU!!
(09.20.12 07:51 AM)
Millie said:
Ahhh, my heart just melted! I love your photography, but I love it best when looking at the photographs of your own family. So so great.
(09.20.12 08:11 AM)
Courtney said:
She's so adorable and my little girl will be one in 9 days!
(09.20.12 08:47 AM)
Drew Renner said:
Holy cow shes a cute little gal, love the post. You've inspired me to take better pics of my kids.
(09.20.12 09:16 AM)
Katie Metka said:
beautiful!! Monroe is so cute and your photos of her are just lovely!
(09.20.12 09:47 AM)
Lindsey Moreno said:
Such a fun post of a beautiful family and adorable little Roe. I love seeing how much you love your family. xo
(09.20.12 10:57 AM)
CHenin said:
Amelia, she is such a doll. I am so happy for you and Justin. You have a beautiful family and we're lucky to know you! xoxo!
(09.20.12 12:04 PM)
Rebecca said:
Awww she's too cute! She's got the most beautiful eyes ever, they smile!
(09.20.12 01:33 PM)
Carmen vanDyck said:
Love it!! She is beautiful, your family is so darn adorable, and what a great whole year post. Love it, love it!
(09.20.12 01:37 PM)
Brooke Ogilvie said:
Too much cuteness Amelia!! Beautiful family!
(09.20.12 01:59 PM)
Kelsey Murphy said:
Too much cuteness to handle! Love seeing your beauties up on the blog! :)
(09.20.12 04:24 PM)
emily said:
AWWW -- ameila, your kids are ADORABLE!!! Monroe is beautiful -- I love all the pictures capturing 1st year!
(09.20.12 06:32 PM)
Linda said:
Amelia, these pics brought so much joy to my heart. I have a baby girl of my own. Where do you get her flower headbands and that lovely romper? So much pretty!
(09.20.12 07:12 PM)
amelialyon said:
Thanks Chenin! We're lucky to know the Boutwells too!:)
(09.21.12 08:00 AM)
Erin said:
Cant believe she's a one year old. What an adorable, smiley girl!
(09.21.12 09:26 AM)
Ellie Be said:
this is too precious!! love love love watching her grow. she is adorable. your whole family is adorable. :)
(09.22.12 06:08 AM)
Hayley said:
What a beautiful girl. I actually said "aww" out loud a few times. She looks so happy and full of life!
(09.22.12 07:00 AM)
Saundra said:
well done, I love them!
(09.25.12 08:56 AM)
ksen :) said:
love!!! so beautiful. she is so precious, as are all of you! happy birthday Monroe!
(09.25.12 01:26 PM)
Jackie Wonders said:
OH MY WORD! loved the entire post Amelia! You're such an amazing mommy :) xo
(09.28.12 01:07 PM)
Kris Sundberg said:
You are soo good at keeping up with the family photos - What a cutie! Love seeing these!
(09.29.12 11:58 PM)
Collette Budd said:
Oh Amelia ♥ She is so precious its such a blessing to have boys then be blessed with a princess ♥ such is my world too. I adore the pics and how perfect Monroe looks in her hair pretty. Totally made my week!
(10.01.12 11:04 PM)
Lydia said:
The little girl in blue is adorable. Sensationally realistic photography. I like your style.
(10.02.12 02:50 AM)
amanda vanvels said:
what a sweet little girl. looks exactly like you, too!
(10.04.12 07:45 PM)
Christina said:
Wow! At one week old, she already looked so much like her brothers! Beautiful
(10.09.12 02:25 PM)
Alex Volmar said:
Wow, very nice pictures! - Love it!
(01.12.14 02:53 AM)
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