When Emma Met Mollie

Things are finally settling down in Lindsay Land, and I feel like I’ll be able to get started on some projects soon.  I may even be able to wade through my overflowing email inbox.  I feel like there is a light at the end of the tunnel!

Zack started Pre-K yesterday, and I was successful in getting he and Emma up and out the door so that he got to school on time.  I totally patted myself on the back for that one.  I can’t really expect that to happen ever again, since I could never actually get him to school on time before I had a newborn, but it’s the little victories that give me pleasure these days.

Speaking of the newborn, I wanted to share some photos that were shot by a super talented photographer here in Austin, Mollie Kendall. Mollie came to my house for the session, so I didn’t have to worry about getting anywhere on time.  :)  These images are from when Emma was 6 days old, and they are just amazing.

This sweet little newborn tutu was made by Holly at Heartbreak Kids.  How cute is that?

Mollie was also there for Emma’s birth, and put together a slideshow of the images which you can see here.  I cry every time I watch it (and don’t worry, there’s nothing graphic!).

If you live in or around Central Texas (or know someone who does), I highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend Mollie Kendall Photography.  Honestly, I cannot praise her work enough, and I wish she could just move in with me and capture the rest of our lives.  Mollie is a baby whisperer, a class act, and has an incredibly natural ability behind the camera.  She also photographs older children, families, and weddings.

I cannot wait to get the prints we ordered!

Filed Under: Real Life with Lindsay

About Lindsay Ballard

Lindsay Ballard is a former college mascot turned political geek turned DIY fanatic who is conspiring to live in a Technicolor dream world. Her designs are bold and graphic, while her spirit is fun and full of color. Lindsay chronicles her projects and design ideas here at Makely, where she shares daily tutorials and inspiration. Lindsay lives outside of Austin, Texas with her husband (Tom), children (Zack and Emma) and dogs (Jack and Duke).


  1. Wow! What great photos. Mollie is very talented but it doesn’t hurt that Emma is super cute!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing with us today! I watched the slideshow & you aren’t joking she is an amazing photographer! I’m in Austin, So I might just have to look her up! Be blessed today!

  3. I am in LOVE with your little one!! Those are some of the most adorable newborn pictures ever!! Congratulations!!!

  4. OMG! Those pics are gorgeous!! Fabulous job! You will treasure those forever! Wish I lived closer…. 😉

  5. Oh my! How sweet is this little punkin!

  6. Absolutely adorable. So cute. Great photos.


  7. Nadir@Hodgepodge says:

    Oh my gosh! Why am I bawling my head off after watching that slideshow right now?!?!?! 😀 That was one of the most precious things I’ve seen! I would have never thought to have a photographer come with you to a child birth but those photos are sooooo precious & what a treasure to have. 😀 I loooooove the one of Emma in the tutu! She’s is completely precious & so beautiful! Blessings to you all! 😀

  8. Those are ADORABLE!! But I cannot watch that slideshow again. I am in Starbucks and it would not do for me to be bawling like a baby again! :)

  9. Those are the cutest pictures i’ve ever seen :)

  10. Turley Times says:

    Those photos are amazing, and the slideshow had me in tears…and I don’t even know your family. :-) The song accompanying the photos was just perfect. I hope you are enjoying getting to know your new daughter!


  11. Be still my aching uterus! She is just the sweetest, most precious thing! And that slide show?! I totally cried, like I was in the room. Love it! Congrats to your little family! -Kelsee

  12. I love the slideshow. What a neat way to document the event. Very poignant (sp?) and special.

  13. Absolutely adorable. My fave is next to last, but it was very hard to choose!

  14. The tutu picture is fantastic! The birth photos are amazing, too. How special for you to have those forever!

  15. Those are amazing! Just really, really beautiful! So precious!

  16. What an awesome slideshow (and I love the song paired with it, too!). She’s going to have so much photographic history, it’s great.

    Have to ask, though… is your baby in a trash can in that one pic? She’s THAT much of a not-nighttime-sleeper, huh? 😉

    Congrats again!

  17. Beautiful! Simply beautiful! I love those photographs! Congrats on getting No. 1 to school on time as well :)

  18. Those pics are BEAUTIFUL! And I just watched the slideshow…I started tearing up! What a special “photo shoot”!

  19. oh my goodness – the video is beautiful and priceless I’m sure. the matthew west song was so perfect. congratulations!

  20. judy in carefree says:

    What wonderful memories you will all have! Life’s special moments are so fleeting and how wonderful to have the video and beautiful pictures to remember each precious moment.

  21. Wow! What a beautiful child and what wonderful pictures :) Thank you for sharing your little one’s entrance into this world with us :)

  22. Oh heavens…the slide show is amazing. She is gorgeous! Congratulations!

  23. Truly some of the best I have EVER seen! How lucky are you?!

  24. Dear Lindsay, Thank you so much for sharing the pictures of your angel with us! Emma is so beautiful! The pictures are absolutely divine and the slide show is so moving! What a gift to have super talented Mollie document such precious moments.

  25. Emma is absolutely gorgeous! And the photography is stunning!
    I will for sure be calling on Mollie if I ever need a photographer while I live in Austin. She does beautiful work

    Congratulations on a beautiful little girl!

  26. How in the world do photographers get naked babies to sleep? She is a precious bundle :)

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  28. Ohmygracious, I love the one with the tutu!

  29. Wow. The baby is gorgeous and so are the pictures! 😉 Congrats and you’ll have to introduce me to the photographer!

  30. It’s been 15 1/2 years since my son was that small, but viewing your photos brought back an absolute flood of treasured memories. Thanks for sharing these absolutely fabulous photos!!!

  31. so sweet – love it!

  32. The slideshow had me in tears too. How wonderful (she was pretty big) Congrats again :)

  33. What an adorable baby! We bought a tutu for my daughter’s newborn pictures too!! Your pictures make me want another one! :)

  34. she is just toooooo precious!!!! those are some great photos!

  35. wha, I LOVE your blog! Bright, cheerful and fun… the description “one burn at a time” is hilarious, I’m definitely grinning. 😀

  36. Your little girl is absolutely adorable! GORGEOUS photos!!


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