The Macs

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

a little photo shoot

When Griffin was about a week old I attempted a little newborn photo shoot.

Some of the pictures reminded me so much of some pictures I took of Cora when she was just a few days old. What do you think?




It is crazy how sometimes I can look at Griffin and totally see his big sissy in him. There are times that it brings tears to my eyes and reminds me of how much I miss her. But most of the time I just can't believe what a gift it is to be able to see glimpses of my daughter through my sweet baby boy. She is still such a huge part of our family in so many ways.

I didn't get very many pictures of cutie-pie Griffin because I made the mistake of trying to take them when Mr. Levi was awake. He thought it was his job to oversee his baby brother...which would have been fine if he had just sat at a distance and watched.

But most of the time he was standing in front of the camera... 
or drinking my water (which he later spilled all over the floor)...

 or rearranging Griffin's room (no progress on the nursery in case you were wondering)...
or smothering his brother (no pictures of that because I was too busy rescuing Griffin).

I think photographing newborns is so hard anyway. It doesn't seem like it should be because at least they sit still! That is why we spent the morning with Megan a few weeks that she could capture my sweet boy as a newborn.

photo by Megan Duerksen

I am so glad we did.

Megan always does such a great job capturing my kids. And it is much more relaxing to just sit and watch her take the pictures! This picture was just a sneak peek...I can't wait to see the rest.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Griffin is absolutely beautiful!

October 12, 2011 at 5:29 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

yummy baby boys, both of them. and i have thought all along that griffin resembles big sissy.

October 12, 2011 at 5:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh goodness doesn't he look like Cora? So bittersweet I guess? Levi looks like such a cute Big Brother! Give them BIG hugs from me Mama. You're doing a fabulous job! Xxx

October 12, 2011 at 5:50 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

He definitely has Cora's lips! Congratulations again!

October 12, 2011 at 6:01 PM  
Blogger amy jupin said...

oh my goodness jess, griffin is just scrumptious! and yes, i very much see cora in him! you are going to have such wonderful times with these little blessings!

October 12, 2011 at 6:06 PM  
Blogger AllTheKingsBlessings said...

Beautiful beautiful babies you have!! Wow, they do look so much alike! I'm so thankful for pictures. :)

October 12, 2011 at 6:13 PM  
Blogger myheartshapedlens said...

Wow, he is sooo much like Cora!

October 12, 2011 at 6:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He does look a ton like cora...I bet God thought you were strong enough now for this baby to look like her (when you had levi you may not have been) and I bet the next one will be a little girl :)

October 12, 2011 at 7:02 PM  
Blogger Bethany said...

He's beautiful! And he does look like Cora. I noticed that in the first pictures you posted.
I LOVE the picture with Levi in the background. It is such a sweet picture of them both. Newborn pictures are hard...and fun. My favorite pose was a stack of towels and my baby in a simple longsleeved onsie laying on her tummy.

October 12, 2011 at 7:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to agree. He looks so much like Cora. These are great photos.

October 12, 2011 at 7:16 PM  
Blogger KatieMGreen said...

Wow! They do look so much alike!! Both beautiful babies. What a gift to see her in him so much!

And... I always love those water mugs they give at the hospital! :)

October 12, 2011 at 7:23 PM  
Blogger Happiness Is... said...

Wow - they really do resemble each other. What a neat blessing. He is gorgeous!

October 12, 2011 at 7:35 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

So sweet! And I was just thinking when reading your last post that I thought he looked a lot like Cora too!! So so cute! Love the ones with Levi : )

October 12, 2011 at 7:37 PM  
Blogger Kristy said...

I just knew that the pic Meg has on her blog was Griffin. Too cute. He really does look like his sissy. Very bittersweet.

October 12, 2011 at 7:39 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Ya know, as soon as I saw a picture of Griffin I thought of Cora. He resembles her so much!
Love reading about your little family! Have been reading for years!

October 12, 2011 at 8:05 PM  
Blogger Toni :O) said...

I've definitely seen the resemblance of Cora in Griffin from the very first day. Such a beautiful babe, and loved the photos, just fabulous! Thank you for sharing your sweet babies with us, I can't help but smile at God's grace.

October 12, 2011 at 8:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I lost my first baby boy shortly before labor due to an umbilical cord accident. He was so perfect. I thought the grief and loss would never end, I was devastated. I went on in the following five years to have 2 more beautiful boys, but they looked nothing like my first son. I thought I was done having children to decide 12 years later to have another baby, which ended up being my 4th boy and he looked identical to my first that I lost. God knows when your heart is ready to send hugs & kisses from your angel in heaven.
Love your babies, they are beautiful...all of them!

October 12, 2011 at 8:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These photos of your babies are beautiful. Cora and Griffin are very similar. So precious.

October 12, 2011 at 8:31 PM  
Blogger Kristen and Andy said...

What precious pics and I definitely think he looks like his big sissy - what a wonderful blessing to see glimpses of your precious daughter in your new baby.

And oh my word - that last pic your friend took - absolute perfection! Love how you can see his newborn skin in so much detail - almost makes you feel like you could smell that wonderful newborn smell too....almost makes me want to have just one more...hehehe! Thanks for sharing :)

October 12, 2011 at 8:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He does so favor your sweet Cora! Oh Momma I bet you are going to have your hands full with the these two sweet boys ;0)...all 3 of your babies are beautiful...

October 12, 2011 at 8:55 PM  
Blogger Allison said...

Look at those sweet babies! These pictures are NOT helping my baby fever one bit! Griffin and Cora do look alike. Your photos are great and I hope you'll post more from Meg's session - I love her newborn portraits!

October 12, 2011 at 9:13 PM  
Anonymous millicent said...

oh my--he is going to look so much like Cora!!!!

October 12, 2011 at 9:21 PM  
Blogger BlogMaster said...

Jess I think you did such a GREAT JOB!!!! -Andrea-

October 12, 2011 at 9:32 PM  
Blogger Allison said...

Wow, Griffin really does look like Cora! You make some beautiful babies! So happy for you guys!

October 12, 2011 at 9:40 PM  
Anonymous Susy M. said...

It is amazing how much Griffin looks like Cora. He is a present straight from God. Cora told him to make him in her resemblance so you will know she is okay. God bless you all.

October 12, 2011 at 9:48 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

I found myself scrolling back and forth thinking...wait, which one is which! So beautiful!

October 12, 2011 at 10:08 PM  
Blogger Selina said...

Wow, they are really similar. I'd love to see one of Levi at the same age!! Gorgeous pics by the way!

October 12, 2011 at 10:23 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

He is so pretty!!

October 12, 2011 at 10:40 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

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October 13, 2011 at 12:28 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

You are an amazing strong woman...I pray to have strength like you have!!! God bless you and your sweet lil family! Both Griffin and Cora are beautiful and look alot alike...and Levi is also such a DOLL! :)

October 13, 2011 at 12:31 AM  
Blogger Stef said...

oh my word - he's a beautiful baby and yes! he does look like Cora. Its amazing how much I thought it was the same baby. What an amazing evidence of God's beautiful grace.

October 13, 2011 at 12:53 AM  
Blogger Mum2twopreciousgifts said...

I went back and forward between the photos. And without reading the titles, I would have been hard pressed to tell them apart.

As soon as I saw the baby pic on Meg's blog, I was sure it was him!

Continuing to pray for sleep and strength for you at this time of transition.

Hugs from Australia!

October 13, 2011 at 1:42 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...

Beautiful pictures...and way of perfectly capturing how our children's siblings love to be a part of what we do - even if it's not exactly in the way we would prefer. ;)

I think Giffin's eyes most resemble you think they will be similar in color too?

Love and prayers,

October 13, 2011 at 5:45 AM  
Blogger DianeTaylor said...

Cora and Griffin looks so much alike - you can really see it in these pics. I think Cora is loving her new baby brother right now. I'm she she blows him kisses all the time. Such sweet memories - I can't wait to see the rest of Megan's pics!

Have a great day, Jess!

October 13, 2011 at 6:49 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Simply precious!! You are a great photographer!

October 13, 2011 at 7:04 AM  
Blogger Kimberlee Jost said...

Griffin is beautifully made, Jess.
And I love Meg's picture and all the ones you took, too.
I can't remember if I've told you, but I love the name. Not that you need approval, but I remember naming my girls and loving the affirmation! ;)

October 13, 2011 at 7:07 AM  
Blogger Anna said...

Can't get over how much Cora and Griffin's pictures look so much alike--they definitely favor each other!! Precious...

October 13, 2011 at 7:09 AM  
Blogger Ranee Brokaw said...

oh my! they do look so much alike and both are just precious. well, all three are just precious!

October 13, 2011 at 8:06 AM  
Blogger meg said...

It is crazy how much he looks like Cora. I know that must feel so hard at times but I'm hoping it turns into a wonderful blessing for you. He's SO cute too ... all of your kids are!

October 13, 2011 at 8:44 AM  
Anonymous Alisha said...

Sweet baby boy!!!!! And I just love Levi! He cracks me up! You are SO right. Babies are extremely hard to photograph. I tried with my little one when she was a tiny, itty-bitty thing and had a heck of a time.

October 13, 2011 at 8:48 AM  
Anonymous kristin said...

these are so sweet. and the resemblance is an amazing gift.

my kids remember praying for baby cora, so they even look at these photos with joy.

October 13, 2011 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger Kristin Stegent said...

Love the pictures of sweet! And he totally looks like!

October 13, 2011 at 9:04 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

that is CRAZY! griffin totally looks just like cora! i can see how that is so bitter-sweet. they are just precious ... all three of them. ♥

October 13, 2011 at 9:35 AM  
Blogger Sadie said...

two of the MOST precious babies!!

I love his pink little lips in the very first one :)

October 13, 2011 at 9:37 AM  
Anonymous Karina said...

Wow, Griffin really does look just like Cora at that age! That fills the heart, for sure. What a gorgeous family...Can't wait to see more!!

October 13, 2011 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger Alyssa said...

I have wanted to comment for weeks, but we welcome our Ally one week after Griffin was born and we have been busy adjusting too!
I love your post and can relate to a T! we had two spills yesterday and one already today!
Griffin is a beautiful baby! It is so nice to know you are juggling the same task as I right now! It is wonderful, but very tiring!
Thanks for sharing!

October 13, 2011 at 11:49 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

beautiful pics and I agree that he does look a lot like Cora! Beautiful babies, :)

October 13, 2011 at 11:56 AM  
Blogger January said...

WOW ~ only God could give a gift like that! I can only imagine it is bitter sweet but sweet all the same! Congrats on your blessing little boy Griffin (fantastic name) and hang tight sister as you enjoy the ride of 2 boys...I have 4 boys- had them in 5 years- it is quite the ride! :o)
Richmond VA

October 13, 2011 at 12:03 PM  
Blogger Don, Aimee, Kaitlyn and Kysen said...

Wow....what a resemblance of Cora! That is great! He is unbelievably adorable and his big brother seems to be doing a good job watching him!

October 13, 2011 at 12:05 PM  
Blogger The Schilling's from Cimarron said...

Ahhhhh I too think he looks so much little sweet Cora! I am sure she is smiling down every day at her swet family! Miss u lots! Take care always! Thanks so much for posting lots of pics I love seeing the boys grow and change along the way!:)

October 13, 2011 at 10:15 PM  
Blogger Momma H said...

Griffin is a beautiful baby, and Levi is a darling whatever month old he is. I am glad that Cora is still with you in so many ways.I really believe she is aware of what is happening in her family. God bless you all!!!

October 14, 2011 at 12:16 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

he is perfect! Precious, adorable!

October 14, 2011 at 1:52 PM  
Blogger Crown + Castle said...

I am catching up on blogging after a LONG break and it is so great to see your sweet boys. Congratulations on your new little one, Griffin is adorable.

October 14, 2011 at 2:20 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

WOW! The resemblance is breathtaking! God is truly amazing! Griffin is absolutely precious, just like Levi and Cora. You make beautiful babies. I am so happy for you. What a blessing to be able to see peeks of Cora in your house again. <3

October 14, 2011 at 2:26 PM  
Anonymous Tami said...

What a cutie! He does resemble sissy! You have a beautiful family! I know you're proud!

October 14, 2011 at 4:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Wow...they look identical! Without the names under the pics they could pass as the same baby. I think that is so neat! To be able to still see glimpses of Cora here on earth through her siblings. That is such a blessing.

October 14, 2011 at 10:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The resemblance to his big sister is striking. You have a beautiful family, Jess. Congratulations on the birth of Griffin. What a blessing he is!

October 15, 2011 at 11:46 AM  
Anonymous S said...

What adorable pics of your beautiful children. I love the pic of Levi blurred in the background as well as the one of him rearranged little bros room.

I just wanted to let you know that I enjoy reading your blog and have given you the Versatile Blogger Award

October 15, 2011 at 9:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yep, cut from the same pattern!

I love your pics and Meg's!

October 16, 2011 at 3:05 PM  
Blogger Missy Locklear said...

Griffin is such a beautiful baby! Yes, I definitely see Cora in him.

October 16, 2011 at 4:18 PM  
Blogger meg duerksen said...

sorry i am so sloooooooow getting them to you. :)

October 16, 2011 at 11:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! They really look a lot alike! What a blessing to be able to see that beautiful baby girl in that scrumptiously sweet baby boy! Those have to be the cutest boys I have ever seen!!!!

October 17, 2011 at 12:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes. I think they for sure look alike! How special.

October 18, 2011 at 7:45 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

How absolutely adorable is he? He has to be one of the cutest babies ever, makes me want just one more :)

October 18, 2011 at 8:57 PM  

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