She's Still My Baby

I love portrait photography and in my former life, when I only had seven children, I loved reading books on photography and applying what I learned. My favorite books were on photographing children and one thing that made a deep impression on me was the importance of photographing children before they lose their front top baby teeth.

I did this with Ladybug and I am so happy I took those photos. I have a sweet frame that holds three 5X7’s of her on the wall next to my desk.

Both Dimples and Boo have lost their bottom two teeth and Dimples lost a third one in May. A few weeks ago they both excitedly told me that their top front teeth were loose. Dimples had a professional photo shoot last Fall, so I had some sweet photos of her, but I told Boo that she simply was not allowed to wiggle her teeth until I got some special portraits. Her teeth were growing looser and looser while I tried to find time to get it done, but I finally managed to squeeze it in. Rusty was my capable assistant and we had a great time, although it was seriously hot and we forgot to bring water along.

I have a number of other cute shots, but my computer is having issues and running like molasses, so I’ve given up on uploading some of my favorites.

So,word to the wise, if you have a little one who is about to loose her front teeth, grab your camera. Children never look the same once those sweet baby teeth come out and you’ll want to remember them this way. It will be bittersweet when Boo and Dimples’ baby teeth come out, but I’ll do my best to be a cheerful Tooth Fairy.


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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. Jess
    July 9, 2009

    what a little sweetheart!

  2. Anonymous
    July 9, 2009

    I love these pictures! So precious!

  3. Kristen, The Pajama Mama
    July 10, 2009

    ah! i've never heard that advice-but my Belle just lost her first bottom tooth last week and is anxiously wiggling at all the others! must take photos soon-thanks!

  4. Amanda Cox
    July 10, 2009

    These are absolutely gorgeous – made better by the fact that your subject is so cute and charming looking. I can't wait to have a child to photograph. There's only so much you can do with a dog! ~Amanda

  5. Marissa
    July 10, 2009

    Great photos! She is so beautiful.

  6. jen
    July 12, 2009

    That is precious advice! I have one who is currently loosing bottom teeth; I better get busy!


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