James by Bella Babies Photography

Near the end of my pregnancy, I started researching photographers in our area who could do a professional photo shoot with James as a babe.   I remembered that my friend used Kristi Zontini for her wedding and her photographs were gorgeous.  Kristi’s studio, Bella Babies, now focuses mainly on babies and families.  We ended up purchasing four photo sessions (to use in a year), and have done two so far.  A family shoot is scheduled for November, and then we’ll do the last one when James is a year old.  Here are some of the shots Krisit’s done so far.  Keep in mind that these are my photos of her photos, so the originals are far superior.  2 Weeks Old image I love the baby sleeping in a basket because it looks so natural with the woven basket and drapey cloth.  Our little guy had so much hair, and it was so dark then.  I thought it was a great idea that they used a warm hairdryer to blow some warm air on James so he didn’t get cold during the photo shoot.  image I think it was Kristi’s idea to put James on his monogrammed diaper bag!  I love how it turned out.  We pulled out his pacifier just before this picture was taken.   Someday, he’s probably going to kill me for posting these pics of him in the buff! image Here’s a triplicate custom framed series that shows off James’ tiny newborn hands and feet.  We brought the blanket from home. 5 Months Old Tray- living room 015 The second photo shoot was so fun because James was awake and his happy personality is coming through.  He loved Kristi and her wonderful assistant, Jordan, and couldn’t stop smiling.  Kristi remarked that he was really easy to photograph. . .  I bet she says that to all the parents!  🙂 Tray- living room 012 James is sitting on a black leather couch is this picture, but it just looks like a black background.  I love how playful he looks with his little hand in his mouth.  He was having so much fun.  This one might be my favorite. image This picture cracks me up because he looks like a little man!  What IS that expression?!  His long hair is tucked behind his ears.   Tray- living room 013 I jumped into this photo, and I’m so glad I did because we hardly have any good pictures of us together.  Of course, my skin is nowhere near as flawless as it looks in this photo, but that’s the beauty of airbrushing!   (Jimmy was working, so he wasn’t there, unfortunately).  James will be wearing clothes in the next photo shoot, but I’m not sure what yet.  And here is James on his very first Halloween!   . . . .  It was really hard to get him to sit still for a photo, but I think we managed.   image In other news, one of my favorite people in the whole world, my grandma, is coming to visit for a week and she’ll be here tomorrow!  I’m so excited to have her staying with us, it will be such a treat!!  When I was little, until about age 5, I spent a lot of time with her while my parents worked.  To this day, she brags about what a good baby I was and says that James takes after me in that regard!  🙂  image My grandma is a wonderful, very wise woman.   She takes care of “elderly” people in her neighborhood, shopping for them, helping them with their doctor visits, and just helping with day-to-day living- and all simply out of the kindness of her heart.  She’s a world traveler, cooks delicious meals, sews, and bargain shops.  She even taught herself how to use the Internet last year by taking a class and she reads my blog everyday.  Isn’t that awesome?!

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Hi! I’m Megan, mom to a thoughtful teenager and spunky young girl. We call Houston home and recently moved into our dream home. I traded my lawyer hat to become a full-time blogger in 2010. I love sharing my passion for affordable fashion, home decor, organization, & fitness to help inspire you to take care of you!


  1. That is waaay too cute! How sweet.
    Thanks for your comment about my gift wrap art. To answer your question, yes, I hung them in a straight line on my bedroom wall in my soon-to-be-revealed master bedroom!

  2. Where do I begin? With Grandma or James?! He is beyond adorable. What beautiful photos. Those blue eyes are just stunning. The one of the two of you is so sweet. {you are gorgeous}. Okay. . your grandma . . . she sounds amazing. What a blessing to you and now to James! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Wonderful pictures! I have a James too! Great name!

    I am a aspiring photographer and hope to one day have those kind of shots on my studio walls!

    Have fun with Grandma, she sounds like a awesome lady.

  4. I know some baby girls who would be envious of his gorgeous head of hair! 🙂 Great photos!

    I'm hosting a Silhouette Product Giveaway today, and you don't have to own the machine to use the products…just scissors. 😉 Hope you might stop by!

  5. All I have to say is, I am glad my girls are 17 and almost 21, or I would have to lock them inside for the next 20 years if I lived next door to you! He is sooo stinkin adorable, and those "lady killer" eyes…oh my…
    So glad you are getting a chance to spend with you Grandmother. My grandparents took care of us growing up while our parents worked and I wouldn't trade all the time I got to spend with them for the world!

  6. The pictures are so beautiful! He is such a handsome baby, love those baby blue eyes and he has great hair!! Your pumpkin outfit is definately cuter than ours;)

  7. Oh my gosh! I love that picture of James looking like a little man. I cringe to say this, but he actually looks like Charlie Sheen in that picture. How exciting to have your grandma come down! That is going to be so fun. That is so neat that she reads your blog. I can't say any relative of mine reads mine 🙂 So now that your husband saw our beautiful weather, time to start planning your anniversary trip here.

  8. i stumbled across your blog this weekend and found it so inspiring! your house is absolutely gorgeous, as is your little boy!

  9. Gorgeous post!!! Those pictures are amazing…and yes, you look like that!

    Have the best time with your grandmother…what an amazing woman to have in your life!


  10. Those pictures are precious! Have fun with your grandma this week!! She sounds like a great lady!

  11. What a sweet baby James is! He looks adorable in his pumpkin costume. We had a really hard time to photographing Aidan in his costume, too. Those little men! Have a GREAT time with your Grandm! She sounds a lot like Jason's Grandma.. with the way she takes care of the "elderly", is very active and knows her way around the Internet. Enjoy your week! 🙂

  12. The pictures are great! He has gorgeous eyes!! That one picture with the funny expression reminds me of Joey on Friends – "How you doin??" HAHA!

  13. These photos are SO ridiculously cute!

    Photography is so worth the investment when it comes to our babies! We can never go back and redo it!

    Loving your blog!

  14. Love these pictures Megan! Baby James is too cute in his costume and I love the picture of the two of you, you're gorgeous!
    Have fun with your Grandma, that is so cool that she reads your blog!

  15. Those pictures are so precious!!! But I'm sure it helps when the subject is so adorable! Love those blue eyes. And his hair. Dang.

    Have fun with your Grandma!

  16. James is absolutely adorable. Just look at those gorgeous blue eyes! I love the picture of the two of you together.

    I can't believe I am just finding your beautiful blog. I am now your newest follower.
    Hugs, Sherry

  17. how adorable is Little Mister!! and your home is amazingly beautiful!!! Congrats,
    (and thanks to Rhoda for introducing you to us!!!) Terri

  18. James has the MOST GORGEOUS EYES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh what a lady killer he is going to be!! I also want to say HI! to your Grandma and thank her for all that she does for the elderly! XO, Pinky

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