Ready, set, GO

My goodness, where do I start? 

I've been on a hiatus of sorts. Maybe you've noticed? 
There's a reason! Truly! You see, I've gone and had a little baby boy of my own. And the last 6 (SIX!!) months have been filled with mildly sleepless nights and increasingly adventurous days.

Oh, and picture taking. Lots and lots of picture taking. 

Ignacio Baltazar Bowie Leonard-Navarro arrived on February 24th weighing 6lbs and a few ounces. And he kind of rocked our world a little bit, as babies are prone to do. 

We call him Iggy. We like him just fine. <3

Our first family picture - taken about 45 minutes after Iggy delivered.

Our first family picture - taken about 45 minutes after Iggy delivered.

The first several weeks (months?) I surprised myself and didn't pull out my camera once. Not even once! Motherhood was so very surreal and the nights turned to days and back to nights again with alarming speed. Weeks went by in a daze and while so many moments were beautiful, they were often a blur. 

We are so fortunate to have wonderful friends - one of whom is an incredible photographer and came down from New York to snap some photographs for us. I am still so grateful for these photos - as Iggy gets older, it's amazing how difficult it is to remember he was once so small.

Photo by Samantha Nichols www.samnichols.co

Photo by Samantha Nichols www.samnichols.co

Photo by Samantha Nichols www.samnichols.co

Photo by Samantha Nichols www.samnichols.co

Photo by Samantha Nichols www.samnichols.co

Photo by Samantha Nichols www.samnichols.co

Photo by Samantha Nichols www.samnichols.co

Photo by Samantha Nichols www.samnichols.co

Photo by Samantha Nichols www.samnichols.co

Photo by Samantha Nichols www.samnichols.co

And then month four rolled around. And we found our stride. And all of a sudden, my camera was in hand and Iggy's instagram went crazy (Yes. He has his own instagram).

So, you know, I'm getting back in the saddle. And slowly, I'm starting to lift my head from this crazy, wondrous, wild science experiment that is parenthood and getting back to work. 

Because I love photographing all you beautiful and lovely people. 
So, Baltimore, here I come. 

Oh, and here are a few more photos of Iggy.