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Two is a Charm… – Newborn Session

Due to a disturbance in sleepthe night before for the entire family, this session had to be done in two parts. Everyone had a rough night and unfortunately, most of the session went that way too. Little baby B had a hard time falling and staying asleep. Her big sister B was so tired that she wanted nothing to with the session. This is something that I am used to, but I know how tough it is on the parents. So we did as much as we could the first round and let everyone go home to rest and recuperate.

About a week later they all returned and it all went much better. We got a family portrait, we got a sibling portrait and lots of extras. Yay! We were even able to throw in a few at the end for test images of a new backdrop that I needed.

To see another image from this session, click HERE to view it on my Facebook page.

Renee Giugliano Photography, Oak Harbor, WA Photographer specializing in Pregnancy, Newborn & Children
Renee Giugliano Photography, Oak Harbor, WA Photographer specializing in Pregnancy, Newborn & Children
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Renee Giugliano Photography, Oak Harbor, WA Photographer specializing in Pregnancy, Newborn & Children
Renee Giugliano Photography, Oak Harbor, WA Photographer specializing in Pregnancy, Newborn & Children
Renee Giugliano Photography, Oak Harbor, WA Photographer specializing in Pregnancy, Newborn & Children
Renee Giugliano Photography, Oak Harbor, WA Photographer specializing in Pregnancy, Newborn & Children
Renee Giugliano Photography, Oak Harbor, WA Photographer specializing in Pregnancy, Newborn & Children
Renee Giugliano Photography, Oak Harbor, WA Photographer specializing in Pregnancy, Newborn & Children
Renee Giugliano Photography, Oak Harbor, WA Photographer specializing in Pregnancy, Newborn & Children

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What I Have Been Doing on the Weekends

This is a long one… bear with me.

As our eldest son (Jon) has been growing up, my husband & I always wondered if he would get into any extracurricular activities. When he was a toddler, we thought it would be soccer. He loved kicking that ball in the backyard. But when it came to taking lessons, he didn’t want anything to do with rules and strategies, he just wanted to kick the ball and run.

So we waited. In elementary school he was very fidgety and could never sit still. He had so much energy and we thought. “Maybe baseball. His friends play baseball, maybe he would too.” But no, he had no interest. He waited for his friends to get home from practice and then they would all meet up outside to ride bikes and run around.

Okay, maybe football in middle school. At one point, he was interested and we almost signed him up. But the interest faded and that idea just blew away in the Whidbey wind. Guess we’ll wait some more and see if something sparks later on.

But first, a roadblock. It was in his middle school years that we noticed something was happening. Like I mentioned before, he was always very fidgety and would never sit still. His hands were always moving, mind was alway busy, sleep was almost nonexistent. But now he was really having a hard time concentrating and his grades were dipping and so was his spark to play and enjoy life. He was also being bullied. He was very thin and small and lacked any confidence to fight back. He was hesitant to go to school and just hated it. And his eczema was flaring up due to the stress. His arms and back were full of cuts and scratches because the itching was so bad that he would bleed. He never wore short sleeved shirts and would only let me see it to put ointment on it.

During his 8th grade year he hit a wall. He was struggling to communicate, struggling to understand what was happening and why he couldn’t be a normal kid. My heart broke for him as I tried to talk to him and help him. It wasn’t until a teacher happened to catch a glimpse of one of his arms that took down a new journey. A journey that we had actually been through when he was in the 3rd grade, the road to a ADHD diagnosis. But in the 3rd grade, we were told that he did not have ADHD. Because we didn’t know very much, we never questioned the doctor and never thought of it again. We stuck with what worked at home: routines and a firm hand. But now, in the 8th grade, it’s all different. He is a different.

After the teacher saw his arm, she was very concerned. I received numerous calls, requests to come in to meet… and I did. They were surprised to know that I was aware of it and as we spoke about his history they suggested to go and get tested again. And so I did. I filled out the paperwork, waited for the teachers’ paperwork, turned it all in and made the appointment for him.

This time he was diagnosed. He has ADHD with insomnia and anxiety. Let me tell you, this was not easy for me. I was not relieved to have this diagnosis. As a parent, I had always had the firm hand with discipline because I always thought he was just being a rebellious, stubborn child. I felt so much guilt. Although I did a lot of things right, I also did a lot of things wrong. I immediately began to learn more about ADHD. Reading and reading and having lots of the “aha” moments.

Almost three years later, here we are. Three years of changes made in our diet, our environment, our teaching at home, our listening skills, our thinking skills and communicating have brought us here. (He did not want medication, so we had to do it naturally) He is in his second year of Oak Harbor High School’s NJROTC. His first year (9th grade), he laid low. He was still the little guy and so he just enjoyed being in the ranks. But now, he is quite involved. He has found that spark. He is part of the Orienteering Team, the Armed Drill Team and also practices with the Color Guard. He is a B student with future goals for college. He is wearing SHORT SLEEVED SHIRTS. I know it sounds so little and unimportant, but this is something that makes me cry. He still has the scars on his arms, but there is no shame, no hiding. If people ask, he tells them his story.

Every weekend since November, we have been traveling with him to meet his teams for competitions. Two different teams, every switching off each weekend. We leave early in the morning and get home late in the evening. And I am loving every moment of it. For pretty much all of them, I literally left my camera at home on purpose. Because I just wanted to watch. To just watch him doing something he loves. To see him motivated and focused. To remember the journey we have been on and the new journey he is on. He is able to get his need to fidget out of his system by twirling and tossing his rifle and I have my boy back.

If you live in our local area, he will be competing tomorrow. His school, Oak Harbor High School is hosting the competition. If you would like to come down and support him and his fellow teammates in all the competing categories, be there by 9:00am (that’s what time it starts). You may see me with my camera or you may not, I’m still trying to decide.

I took my camera to two weeks ago and although I took pictures throughout the whole day of the different teams and kids, here are some pics where I was focusing my son. If you are not sure which one is him… in the first image he is the 3rd guy from the right.

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Second Princess has Arrived – Newborn Session

Four years ago, her big sister “A” was photographed by me. Among her outfits, was a little golden/yellow tutu and a crown. She was Princess Belle (Beauty & The Beast). For Baby “R” we borrowed her sisters tutu and instead of a crown, mom added a little red bow. We added a woodsy backdrop and apples, and here were have Snow White.

Baby “R” was just calm and quiet. She slept pretty lightly so we didn’t move her around too much. We wanted make sure she was comfy throughout the session. When it was time for to eat, we let big sister take a few images of her own in her gorgeous Belle dress. Then we got Baby “R” back to sleep and prepared for a few of these princesses together.

To see two other images from this session, click HERE and HERE to view them on my Facebook page.

Renee Giugliano Photography, Oak Harbor, WA Photographer specializing in Pregnancy, Newborn & Children
Renee Giugliano Photography, Oak Harbor, WA Photographer specializing in Pregnancy, Newborn & Children
Renee Giugliano Photography, Oak Harbor, WA Photographer specializing in Pregnancy, Newborn & Children
Renee Giugliano Photography, Oak Harbor, WA Photographer specializing in Pregnancy, Newborn & Children
Renee Giugliano Photography, Oak Harbor, WA Photographer specializing in Pregnancy, Newborn & Children
Renee Giugliano Photography, Oak Harbor, WA Photographer specializing in Pregnancy, Newborn & Children
Renee Giugliano Photography, Oak Harbor, WA Photographer specializing in Pregnancy, Newborn & Children
Renee Giugliano Photography, Oak Harbor, WA Photographer specializing in Pregnancy, Newborn & Children

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I Had a Little Secret – Pregnancy Announcement Session

And I’ve been waiting (somewhat) patiently to be given the “okay” to share. Why? Because this session was done specifically to announce their pregnancy and I didn’t want to ruin it by sharing online and risk having some one see it before they were supposed to. But, now I get to share. YAY!

This was my first session of the year. They called a week before I reopened, chose a date and we went for it. They wanted an outdoor session and the only thing we were concerned about was the weather. We weren’t sure if we would get rain or snow, but the day came and there were clear skies. We headed out to Deception Pass State Park in the morning where we were hit with freezing temperatures. I honestly thought it would have been warmer than it actually was. Although we stayed within one area, we moved quite a bit to keep ourselves warm along with having the ability to have different backdrops by just changing directions.

It was such a joy to be able to capture this beautiful couple as they prepare to welcome and share a very exciting, new adventure into their lives. Congratulations again Mommy & Daddy! Thank you for choosing me to be a part of this special time in your lives.

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Michelle W. - Gorgeous session! Congratulations!

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Let It Snow!

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Although the chances are slim, we do have a forecast for snow this week and maybe next week. As most of us know, our little Oak Harbor town shuts down when it snows. So when school is canceled, we’re all scrambling to get our kids all bundled up so they can go out and play.

But some of us like to use the white backdrop for some family portraits, pregnancy portraits, birthday and more.

If you would like to schedule a Snowy Mini Session, give me a call. I will be available during the weekdays only and you may choose either of the two Mini Options:

Session Only Mini Sessions – $50 (Plus tax)
Includes:

  • Up to 30 minute session
  • 1 outfit, no clothing changes due to time constraint
  • backdrop/location changes as time allows
  • multiple poses & props as time allows

Digital Plus Digital Mini Session – $175 (plus tax)
Includes:

  • Up to 30 minute session
  • 1 outfit, no clothing changes due to time constraint
  • backdrop/location changes as time allows
  • multiple poses and prop use as time allows
  • 10 completely edited, high resolution images (of your choice) to download
  • 8×10 Standout Print (ready to hang) -OR- $25 Print CreditLifetime
  • personal use print release also included

We can either meet up at one of the local state parks or I can come to your neighborhood to capture you and your family (if applicable) right there, in your front yard. I am able to travel down the island to Clinton if needed. These mini sessions are available for any occasion you want to celebrate while in the snow.

If you are interested in this, send me an email or a message on my Facebook page so I have your name listed and ready to send info to if snow starts to fall and stick to the ground.

  • Important Info for location sessions
    As of July 1st, 2011, Washington State Parks are charging a fee for entry. You are responsible for your family’s fees when requesting a session at any Washington State Park. Click HERE for more info on these fees.

This offer will remain available until March 2017.

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