Celebrity baby


Meet lovely Zoe, seven days old. This isn’t just any gorgeous newborn baby, but a true celebrity baby! Here’s why:

Zoe’s mom delivered Zoe with her husband by her side, except he was coaching her, supporting her and loving her via Skype—all the way from Afghanistan, where he has been stationed since last summer. And when they had to make decisions about the birth, he was there participating in the process.


Zoe was the first baby born at this hospital with a father participating from overseas, but she sure won’t be the last—Zoe and her mom were on the news, and the hospital has been getting all kinds of calls from families in a similar situation.


Given the special circumstances in her family, it was especially meaningful to shoot these photos of Zoe and her mom, knowing that dad would see them before he ever got to meet her. While I was shooting, I deliberately looked for those teeny tiny details and things like odd newborn eyerolls and funny expressions that, while not the stuff of beauty shots, captures a fleeting moment in her life that dad might not otherwise get to see.


Isn’t she beautiful? Congratulations, Kelly and Joe!


Zoe’s cousin Sydney takes a closer look.




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15 Responses to “Celebrity baby”

  1. John McGerr Says:

    Found this entry while tag surfing – it’s a lovely story and nice photos.

  2. Sara Says:

    Anna, as always these pictures are amazing and the story brought tears to my eyes. Congratulations to Kelly and Joe.

  3. MelodyA. Says:

    Well Daddy is just gonna love them. What an incredible birth story!

  4. B. Says:

    nice story, nice photos…

  5. Erinne Says:

    Tears are in my eyes as I read your beautiful post. What great photos and an incredible story. Many congratulations to them!!! Hope they get to be together soon.

  6. Sarah G now B Says:

    Wow, beautiful story & photos!

  7. Christina Says:

    Oh Anna! Wow, that gave me the happy shivers. What a beautiful story, and what incredible pictures. You really knocked this out of the ball park. such sweet, sweet images that will be cherished for a lifetime – especially by Daddy!

  8. thelandofka Says:

    Great shots, Anna, and wonderful that you got to do that for her Daddy. It’s so sad that he is missing this wonderful newborn stage.

  9. Maria Says:

    Welcome to the world, baby Zoe….
    Wow, the wonders of technology!
    great shots , anna

  10. Maggie Says:

    What a great story — and what amazing photos!

  11. Sheila Says:

    Love them! A very special baby indeed- for so many reasons!

  12. christine Says:

    On behalf of military mommies everywhere, Anna… Thank you.

  13. lucinda Wesson Says:

    love the toes!!

  14. Jess K. Says:

    Zoe, you are gorgeous, and as usual, Anna, you make me weep. No, no, it’s a good thing!

  15. Chrissy Says:

    Such a beautiful photo shoot! She is a gorgeous baby. And what a great story – it’s amazing how technology can make a difference in ways that are so small and yet so significant all at once.

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