46/52 Yasmin Luiza | Weekly Portrait

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We had a huge shift in the weather and haven't been outside as much this past two weeks, but this day we felt brave and decided to go to the park for a walk. We got there, the sky went completely dark, raindrops started coming, and we almost gave up, but decided to walk to a shaded area to try and do your portraits. 5 minutes later, the sun started shining, the rain and sunshine together made such a beautiful scene. Then we walked down to this river and found this beautiful scenery. Now I am in love with this photo of you and so glad that we persisted.

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46/52 Penelope | Weekly Portrait

Truth is, you didn't feel like portraits this day. You did everything you could to avoid me and to 'not listen'. Still I had to capture your little face. This week was a challenge for us. You didn't feel like listening, and you really tested my patience. In a few hours, you wrote all over your hands, you put on my makeup, made all my brushes dirty, colored your face with eyeliner and took all of daddy's shoes off the shelves. Then you took a sheet of paper and sat on the toilet and drew the most wonderful picture gave it to be and kissed my belly. The good definitely outweighs the bad. I love you for that!

45/52 Penelope | Weekly Portrait

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It feels like we are floating through the weeks. We are waiting for our house to get done and getting all we can in order in the meantime. For you guys, it has been pretty fun living with grandma and grandpa. They play your favorite card games with you, like trash and Uno and never complain. The temperature has been pretty low the past week and we barely went out of the house. On this day we decided to go for a walk at the park, but only endured about a half hour before feeling too cold and returning home for hot chocolate. You kept saying to me: "Mom, take a picture of me", while I was trying to take Yasmin's portrait. You sat there quietly on this branch with the most angelic face when I turned the camera towards you. I thought it was the funniest. 

45/52 Yasmin Luiza | Weekly Portrait

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Always my willing model. You were the coldest since you didn't wear any warm clothing under your hoodie. Not because I didn't tell you to, because I did, but you didn't listen and thought you wouldn't be cold. You were okay though, you collaborated and was even happy after we got into the car. You were happy for having gotten out of the house after so many days cooped up. You were amazing this week with school work and participating in your classes. This year has been the easiest so far for me, because I allowed you to attend live classes and follow the teachers instructions, instead of us both trying to figure things out together. You have been to every class with perfect attendance, and every teacher has a million great things to say about you. It has been harder on you, but you are so eager to learn. I'm 100% proud! 

44/52 Penelope | Weekly Portrait

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We are loving on all things fall this week. Our Lorimer Park is looking absolutely beautiful with tones of yellow, red and green. The day of this photo you guys accompanied me to the park for one of my fall sessions, and you both behaved very well for grandma. On Sunday we visited Longwood Gardens together for our own family photos and you were promised an L.O.L. doll if you behaved and collaborated. Unfortunately while arriving at the store we found out that they had run out of these little dolls. You were so understanding and decided to wait until the next time we go to the store to get your prize. You're such a big girl!

44/52 Yasmin Luiza | Weekly Portrait

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We love playing with leaves for Yasmin's portraits. This one was taken a few minutes before my Saturday clients arrived at the park. I can always count on Yasmin to help with testing the 'light'. She was also amazing at our session at Core Creek Park this weekend even though she didn't need a doll as a prize for her awesome behavior. She took advantage of the time before we took our photos to capture her own photos around Longwood Gardens with my Fuji x100f. We all had a wonderful time.

Baby Gabriel - Week 23 | Weekly Portrait

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Week 23 and you're fine and cozy in here. This past week was successful and we did so many things like going to the mall, grocery shopping, organizing after grandma's move, preparing for our 'quick family session', between a thousand other things. On both Saturday and Sunday we had photoshoots and walked A LOT. After all the commotion, Monday morning came like a holiday to us. We needed the rest and my body let us know that. I could barely walk Monday with an intense backache, but I knew we were okay. I just kind of overdid it. Ooops! This new week has been slower in the walking and exercising department, but we got a ton of editing done and we did a lot of sitting and resting so far. We are mid week now and so ready to be back out there again! 

43/52 Penelope | Weekly Portrait

Another day at Pennypack Park. We got dressed to go out to the park and as soon as we opened the door we saw the heavy rain. We sadly retreated back inside and decided to make something warm to eat and leave the park for another day. We made some cupcakes and when we were done we looked out to see the most beautiful sunlight. We hurried to get dressed again and headed to the park with our rain boots on on a search for adventure.

43/52 Yasmin Luiza | Weekly Portrait

Fall is finally looking proper. This week we visited the park three times to see the beautiful changes. I forgot my memory card the first two times and I blame it on pregnancy brain. We found this beautiful tree which is shedding its leaves, each with gorgeous unique tones of orange, red and green. Yasmin offered to do this shot, and of course, when the model is willing we must take advantage. She ended up  not being able to open her eyes much but I love this shot. Collaborating with her is one of my favorite things in life.

Baby Gabriel - Week 22 | Weekly Portrait

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Hey there baby boy! A few things have changed this week out here. Grandma and grandpa have moved in with us and we will share their house until our new home is move in ready. We got a lot done, you and I, around the house. I did a lot of cleaning, organizing and making space for grandma and grandpa's things in the house. I'm glad that you have not made me feel so tired as you did those first 20 weeks. I feel like I can accomplish so much, yet sometimes I need to remind myself that you are number one and I need to rest for us. I also had a photo-shoot over the weekend between all the moving and I photographed the cutest twins. It reminded me of the first couple of weeks when I was scared to  be carrying two in there because of the tiredness I was feeling. Everything felt so different than when I had your sisters, something had to be different. I'm so excited to meet you in 18 weeks but take your time in there. Love, Mamãe.

Baby Gabriel - 21 Weeks | Weekly Portrait

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Hey there baby! I've been feeling you more and more. You like doing your flips and kicks at night, right after my most needed warm shower. This week I craved loaded potato soup and I got to eat the most delicious one at Longhorn restaurant. I could definitely see us eating that more often. This set of photos were taken by big sister Yasmin, she takes such great photos of us. My goal for us next week is to get my hair cut/fixed, and maybe have a fresh look for some pics with you at 22! 

41/52 Yasmin Luiza | Weekly Portrait

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What a beautiful week it was. We had the opportunity to visit the park a few times, and get many things we needed done. This week we also had Yasmin's conference with our homeschool family coach. We were so excited to hear all the beautiful and positive things about Yasmin's progress this year. She has been working so hard, and I am so proud of her achievement. Quarter one is already almost over and she has been able to keep her grades above a 93%. This year she has been attending live classes every day and working on her homework independently. I jump in every now and then when I see her struggling and also to help her keep organized. Even though I still have a part in the process it feels like she is getting more and more independent. 

Baby Gabriel - 20 Weeks | Weekly Portrait

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I finally got some bump photos with my "babies". Both big sisters participated and I even got some photos alone taken by both my mom and Yasmin. I hope I can keep up with taking some at least a few times a month, maybe once a week.

Week 20 feels so good!  I feel less tired than the early days though I still feel the need to rest in the middle of the day every now and then. This week I started feeling baby move and he is certainly a gymnast. While on my first and second ultrasound I saw how much he moved and I couldn't believe that I couldn't feel him. He was nonstop! Now that I feel him I can tell that he hasn't changed a bit. We've started calling him Gabriel and the name feels good. It's not set in stone yet but it feels right for our baby boy. We will be sure when we see his little face that this is the name for him. Halfway mark! 

40/52 Penelope | Weekly Portrait

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Our weekly prompt for the bloom collective this week is window light. Penelope was happy to help me with the prompt. I photographed her by the window for a little while with her baby brother's first car and Dino. All of a sudden she decided to pick up the glass prism which was sitting by the window and this shot happened. I especially love her little smile and sparkling eyes. 

40/52 Yasmin Luiza | Weekly Portrait

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My beautiful preteen Yasmin had all the good intentions on collaborating in our weekly portrait session. She picked a dress (miraculously) and sandals herself when she saw her sister in a dress, and all was good, until the bugs showed up. Oh my, how she hates insects, and it seemed to be just the time for the little pesky mosquitoes to come out. I'll take what I can get, even a pout!

39/52 Penelope | Weekly Portrait

For Penelope, new house, means tons of new "places" to explore. Her favorite things this week were hiding behind the garage and getting to run in and out of dad's work trailer. They both headed to grandma's for a sleepover on Friday and Penelope carried along some of her favorite characters "her treasure", to play at grandma's. It's so wonderful how at this age, the simplest of things can mean so much to her, for example these cat ears which she wears 90% of the time.

39/52 Yasmin Luiza | Weekly Portrait

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YAY! We made it. The process took a little over 2 months but we got our house, and all the beautiful rosebushes that came with it. Daddy has already started breaking things for the remodel, and we have been here and there with tons of things to pick for the house. We are so excited and can't wait to move in. Here is Yasmin in front of one of the rosebushes in the backyard.